TRIO programs were established in 1964 to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers, TRIO programs overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. TRIO programs are funded by the Department of Education to enrich the academic and social experience of students in the nation. There are seven TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound Math – Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement. Georgia Perimeter College currently hosts two of the federal TRIO programs: Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound (UB).
TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS)
Located on the Clarkston and Decatur Campuses, the TRIO SSS program helps low-income, disabled and/or first generation college students to remain in college until they earn their associate degree and transfer to a four-year institution. GPC's TRIO SSS programs provide eligible participants with academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring, transfer counseling, cultural exposure activities, student development workshops, supplemental grant aid and access to technological equipment in order to empower them toward success.
TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB)
The Upward Bound program provides college preparatory services to low-income and first-generation college students. The goals of Upward Bound are to ensure that participants successfully complete high school and are prepared to enter and successfully complete a post-secondary educational program. Upward Bound participants receive an array of services, such as Saturday Academic Sessions, individual and group tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, academic advisement, personal counseling, a summer campus experience, college tours and career exploration. Ultimately, participants are provided the opportunity to increase their academic proficiency and experience college before enrolling.
Georgia Perimeter College hosts Upward Bound on both Clarkston and Newton Campuses. High school students are selected from seven target schools: Cross Keys, Druid Hills, Stone Mountain, Monroe Area, Newton, Rockdale or Social Circle. For more information about the program, please contact 678-891-3515 for the Clarkston Campus or 770-278-1456 for the Newton Campus. You may also visit the GPC Upward Bound website (www.gpc.edu/~gpcub).
TRIO programs at Georgia Perimeter College are committed to assisting students as they progress through their educational journey. For more information, please visit the GPC TRIO website (www.gpc.edu/~gpctrio).