Mission Statement with Supporting Goals underneath

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and Support Services for Students with Disabilities (SSSD) Project mission is to increase the persistence, graduation, and transfer rates of first-generation and low-income students, and students with disabilities at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Our goal is to empower students toward self-advocacy and self-sufficiency. We encourage students to complete their degree or certificate and transfer to a four-year college where possible.

We do this by providing support services such as:

  • One-on-one Tutoring;
  • Academic advising and planning;
  • Student Success appointments;
  • Financial aid and Financial literacy education;
  • Staff mentoring
  • Transfer and Career planning.

We strive to make college a rewarding and successful experience for our students.


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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 $536,733.