TRIO SSS is one of 3 TRIO programs offered at Eastern Gateway Community College. We are not a tutoring program. TRIO SSS is a grant funded program focused on supporting underrepresented students in completion of a degree or certificate. We encourage development and support of the “whole student” by getting them involved on campus and in the community. All students have access to a licensed counselor. We promote and support academic performance and financial literacy. All services are free to eligible TRIO SSS participants. Application is required and acceptance in to the program is limited to 160 students.
TRIO SSS has been at EGCC since 2000 supporting students and hundreds of them have gone on to 4-year institutions and/or graduated with Associate Degrees. SSS participants are twice as likely to graduate as their peers and maintain an average of GPA of 3.0 or higher.
TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) is committed to the successful completion of a degree or certificate program, and/or transfer opportunity to a 4-year college or university for all if its students. Providing quality experiences, services and support of eligible underrepresented populations.
To improve financial literacy and academic performance
To increase retention and graduation rates
To provide leadership opportunities and access to a variety of experiences
To support personal well-being
First-Generation College Student
Note: Current EGCC students in good academic standing seeking a degree, certificate OR transfer to 4-year college or university.
Over 25 years ago, I was a non-traditional student with a full time job raising two small children. I remember too well the challenges of working (at times two jobs) while also commuting to Kent State University to earn my degree. I know first-hand the dedication and energy needed to drag yourself from one place to another. I love working for TRIO SSS in helping students balance the responsibilities of work, family and school. In my free time, I like to read, watch Netflix documentaries and spend quality time with my amazing granddaughter.
A long time ago I was a first generation student at West Liberty University (it was still WLSC back then) and I wish they had a TRIO SSS program then to help me find my way through college. I used to tell my friends that when I grew up I was going to teach a class in creative BS, and now some days that‘s just what I do when I make the students in Steubenville improve their vocabularies to come up with words to replace "hate", because it’s a 4-letter word in my office. I get to help students learn what they want to do, help them figure out how to do it, and be there when they walk across the stage at commencement. In my free time, I go walking with my dog Rooney, listen to all kinds of music, read a ton of books, and I am hooked on shows like This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, and Law & Order: SVU.
I used to sit right where you sit. I began my educational journey at EGCC (JCC) myself. EGCC and its instructors gave me a great foundation and encouraged me to further my education. After EGCC I transferred to Ohio University Eastern and earned my Bachelor’s Degree. I then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling, and put that degree to work today as the TRIO SSS licensed counselor. My job gives me the privilege to sit with students when they are anxious, stressed out, experiencing relationship problems or even just in need of motivation. I love what I do in helping students navigate life and ultimately transfer or earn a degree.
I‘m honored to be a part of the TRIO SSS program on the Youngstown Campus. I hail from Warren, but recently relocated from Orlando, Florida where I spent time as an academic advisor. I graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in French. When I’m not cheering on my Bobcats or getting to know my students, you can find me playing peek-a-boo with my son or researching my next travel destination. I am a passionate advocate for underrepresented student populations, which is why I love working with TRIO SSS students. I’m looking forward to hearing about all of your successes and struggles that we can navigate together.
I’m Devon, an academic counselor fueled by compassion for students, a love for education, and my own personal academic experiences. I was the first person in my family to go to college. I was the student struggling to balance life, classes, work, and motherhood. I was the young woman needing direction, unsure where to find it. If I had a program like TRIO SSS available to me, I can only imagine how much easier my journey would have been. I started my academic journey at West Liberty University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A few years later I continued my schooling and returned to West Liberty for a Master’s degree of Professional Studies with a focus in Organizational Leadership. I’ve spent a lot of my time working with students and at-risk youth in the foster care system. Throughout my time working with these populations, I have developed a passion for seeing students succeed and helping everyone reach their full potential in their personal, academic, and professional lives. In my free time you can find me with my 2 year old little girl and my dog Jake, traveling, selling makeup, and camping. I’m a coffee lover, makeup junkie, and Netflix enthusiast!