TRiO - Student Support Services
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Student Development Center
West Building, W207N
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
(425) 739-8361 or (425) 739-8353
The Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity programs designed to motivate and academically support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight outreach and support programs targeted to serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.
It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. It led to Student Support Services, Educational Opportunities Centers, Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs, McNairProjects, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Veterans Upward Bound, and Talent Search.
The mission of the TRiO Projects at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is to increase the retention, graduation and transfer rates of eligible students. This is accomplished by providing supportive services such as tutoring, academic counseling, educational planning, academic success workshops, learning labs, financial education and transfer assistance.
The purpose of the TRiO Projects is to assist first-generation and/or low-income students OR students with disabilities in achieving their post-secondary academic ambitions. Students are encouraged to complete their associates degrees or certificate programs and, when feasible, transfer to a four-year institution. TRiO Projects are committed to making college a rewarding and successful experience for each participant.
TRiO staff is pleased to welcome all Student Support Services (SSS) participants and Support Services for Students with Disabilities (SSSD) participants to LWIT. Since September 2005, TRiO has been providing quality academic and program services to participants. We serve over 300 students every quarter.
Students in the TRiO Student Support Services programs are more than twice as likely to remain in college as those students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program.
To be eligible for TRiO at LWIT, you must:
Be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at LWIT and in a technical program.
Be a first-generation and/or low-income student OR be a student registered with LWIT Disability Support Services.
Be able to meet the need for academic services criteria as established by LWIT's TRiO Projects.
Complete a TRiO application packet and entry interview.
Be able to meet with TRiO staff at least three times per quarter.
LWIT TRiO Projects accept applications during all academic quarters. If you are a new or returning student who is first-generation and/or low-income OR have a documented disability, stop by the TRiO offices in the West Building, Room W207M to check your eligibility.
The enclosed materials were compiled through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents have not been reviewed by the Department and no endorsement should be inferred. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Support Services TRIO Projects are 100% federally funded annually at $444,064.