Student Support Services

About TRiO

TRiO programs were initiated in the 1960s by President Lyndon Johnson to assist students in overcoming academic and financial barriers. The SSS program at HCC began in 1977.

The goal of Student Support Services is to improve academic performance, increase retention and graduation rates and foster an environment that supports students.

TRiO now includes eight federally funded programs:

  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement
  • Student Support Services
  • Talent Search
  • Training Program for Federal TRiO Programs Staff
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math-Science
  • Veterans Upward Bound

Famous TRiO Participants

Oprah WinfreyDr. Franklin Chang-Diaz
Oprah Winfrey
Upward Bound
Network owner, Author, Journalist
Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz
Student Support Services
First Hispanic Astronaut
Patrick EwingViola Davis
Patrick Ewing
Upward Bound
NBA Basketball Player
Viola Davis
Upward Bound/Student Support Services
Actress and Oscar Nominee
Patrick EwingAngela Bassett
John Quinones
Upward Bound
ABC Prime Time Live
Angela Bassett
Upward Bound