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From the Director’s Desk

“Be Still and Believe That You Are”

Annette Toms, TRiO-SSS Director So many times, we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, never taking the time to sit and reflect. Last week as I sat and watched the snow, I was amazed at the stillness and quietness that comes from the weather. As I reflected, I remembered things from and about my life gone by. I remembered growing up and playing in the snow with family as I watched my neighbors come out to play together. I reflected on the good times we had and we had FUN!!!!!

As I reflected back on my life in college, I remember working to do my best. I had an expectation of myself to do well and I knew I had to work hard. Because, I too, was a first generation college student, I wanted everyone to be proud of me. I knew that my parents, church, community, family and good friends had an expectation of me. Going to college had never been part of anyone’s plans except mine for as long as I can remember, and that was since first grade.

No, it wasn’t always easy and no, I was not allowed not to do my best. I am encouraging you to do your best at anything that you put your hands to. If it's writing a paper, do it to the best of your ability. Don’t just write to get a grade, write to complete it with an ‘A’. If it’s completing your math assignments, set time to do that as well. Get still and focused on your tasks. Believe in yourself. Believe that you can do whatever you set your mind to do. Believe in someone or something higher than yourself.

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What is TRiO-SSS (Student Support Services)?

TRiO-SSS is a program designed to provide academic development opportunities to students who are currently receiving the Federal Pell Grant while motivating students to successfully complete a postsecondary education.

Who is eligible to participate in TRiO-SSS services?

You are eligible for TRiO-Student Support Services if you are a first-generation college student, if you have financial need, or if you have a documented disability. First-generation college students are students who do not have a parent who received a four-year college degree. Financial need means that your income or your family’s income falls below the income figure determined by the federal government, based on family size. A documented disability is a physical, learning, or psychological disability which has been verified by a licensed medical doctor.

How do I apply for TRiO-SSS?

You can get an application for TRiO-SSS in the Student Success Center on the second floor of the Jack Hunt Campus Center. An interview will be required before you can be accepted. Once you are accepted, there is no cost to participate, but you will be required to be active in our programs, such as tutoring and advising. Our services and requirements are designed to ensure your success here at CCC and beyond. We’re committed to making your college experience rewarding!

What are some of the services provided by TRiO-SSS?

Our academic services include tutoring in a variety of subject areas, one-on-one academic advising and educational planning, free workshops and seminars on study skills and organization, and mentoring opportunities to help you set personal and academic goals. We may also be able to arrange visits to colleges and universities you would like to attend.

Our counseling and financial aid services include personal assistance with applications to four-year universities and financial aid applications. We will help you explore both public and private scholarships. We also provide personal, career, and academic counseling to help you set and meet personal and academic goals.

As a participant in the TRiO-SSS program, you will have opportunities to participate in on- and off-campus cultural enrichment activities which will educate and enhance your college experience. These activities will be free or provided at a reduced rate.

TRIO-SSS staff from left to right: Annette Toms, Antonio Jefferson, Kathy Jones, and Betty Z. Taylor

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