History of the TRIO Programs

The TRiO/SSS Program is an academic program funded through TRiO Grants by the U.S. Department of Education with the purpose of assisting low-income, first-generation college-bound students further their education beyond high school.

As part of Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" the third program in a series of three Federally funded programs was created, Student Support Services. A series of programs that grew to be known as TRiO Programs. Specific legislation for these programs was initially authorized under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and later moved to be included under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

The history of TRiO is progressive, beginning with Upward Bound, in 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. Later followed in 1965, with the birth of the second program which would be called Educational Talent Search, the second outreach program, creat​ed under the Higher Education Act. Only to be followed shortly after by the third program, Student Support Services, originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, this programs' birth was in 1968, under the Higher Education Amendments. By the late 1960s, the term "TRiO" was coined to describe these three federal programs, beginning an umbrella of programs that was later to follow and become part of the TRiO family.

The Student Support Services Program has been in existence on the campus of College of the Sequoias since August 2010 becoming the second TRiO program within the campus.

Questions about the TRIO/SSS Program?
Contact our Student Services Specialist at stephanies@cos.edu or (559) 737-5403
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Last Updated: 1/25/2017 9:28 AM