The goal of TRIO is to provide services to Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) students who are low-income, first-generation (neither parent nor guardian has a bachelor’s degree and neither does the student), or students with disabilities. We, at TRIO, encourage students to complete their degree or certificate and transfer to a four-year college in Washington or elsewhere, if possible. The staff at TRIO strive to make college a rewarding and successful experience for our students.

COVID-19 TRIO Remote Operations Update

During these difficult times with the COVID-19 outbreak across our nation and here at home, TRIO is still here for you and able to serve you remotely.

Since March 9, 2020 TRIO moved all operations online. We still offer the same services that have always been available to you, but in a slightly different format. When you return to online classes for Spring quarter at LWTech, you can expect the following services available to you:

  • Online one-on-one tutoring via Zoom (If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, there are some tutorials available to you.)
    • You can request one-on-one tutoring by contacting Tien Do at or by phone at (425) 739-8249
  • Remote academic advising and academic planning (phone, email, Zoom)
  • Remote study skills appointments (Zoom, StudentLingo)
  • Remote transfer advising (phone, email, Zoom)
  • Remote graduation and career assistance (phone, email, Zoom)
  • Support and advice for how to succeed in an online class (phone, email, Zoom)

If you need anything during your break or when we start Spring quarter, feel free to reach out to your advisors in TRIO. We are here to help.

History of TRIO

TRIO at LWTech began in 2005 with the only Support Services for Students with Disabilities grant in the State of Washington. The SSSD TRIO grant serves 160 students with disabilities with academic and other support services. In 2010, LWTech was awarded an additional TRIO, Student Support Services grant for 140 first-generation and/or low income students in addition to the TRIO grant for students with disabilities.

TRIO is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal TRIO programs began in 1964. For further information on the history of TRIO, check out the Department of Education TRIO page.  

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Grant Statement

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 $518,583.