Skyline College's TRiO Student Support Services Program

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that offers free comprehensive services designed to promote academic success.  Our goal is to provide first-generation, low-income and/or students with disabilities with resources and services to earn a certificate, graduate with an associate degree, and transfer to a four-year university.

TRiO Services

The program offers eligible students a rich variety of services intended to support their academic, personal, and social needs as they work to achieve their dreams. Such services include:

  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Transfer planning and campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Priority registration
  • Academic support, such as tutoring, study skills, workshops, mentors, and access to computers
  • Financial aid, financial literacy, and scholarship assistance
  • Cultural enrichment activities, such as museum visits, events, and performances


To qualify for TRiO, you must be within your first two years of college, have the realistic goal of graduating with an Associate Degree or certificate and transferring to a four-year institution within a four-year period. In addition, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year institution in the U.S.)
  • Be from low-income background
  • Have a documented learning and/or physical disability

Application Process

  • Complete a one-page application to determine if you are eligible for the program. TRiO applications are available in the Learning Center located in Building 5, Room 5100 or on our website. For help with your application, please call (650) 738-4144.
  • Submit completed application to the TRiO Staff Assistant in the The Learning Center.
  • Upon invitation, attend an intake session with the TRiO Director in the The Learning Center.
  • If accepted into TRiO, meet with a TRiO Counselor and the English and/or Math Coordinators.

Tutoring Assistance

To receive tutoring assistance, TRiO students should be enrolled in one of the following courses:

  • MATH 650: Mathematics Supplement (0.5-1 units; Pass/No Pass)
  • ENGL 650: English Supplement (0.5-1 units; Pass/No Pass)
  • LSKL 800:  Supplemental Learning Assistance (0.5-1 units; Pass/No Pass)
  • LSKL 803: Supervised Peer Tutoring (0 units; Noncredit)

TRiO SSS Staff

TRiO Director – Michael Stokes

  • TRiO applicants must complete an intake interview with the TRiO Director to determine eligibility to participate in the program.

TRiO Staff Assistant – Judith Cheung

  • The TRiO Staff Assistant provides clerical and administrative support for the TRiO program and is available to answer questions regarding the application process, tutoring assistance, workshops, activities and events, etc.

TRiO Counselors – Jessica Lopez Jimenez, Guillermo Villanueva, and Brianna Clay

  • Students must meet with a TRiO counselor twice per semester. Counseling is designed to help students accomplish the following: define and clarify academic goals, access academic advising on Associate degrees, certificates, and transfer needs, develop and update a Student Education Plan, learn about financial aid, scholarships, and on-campus resources.

English CoordinatorChanel Daniels

  • TRiO students should make appointments with Professor Daniels to develop a study plan at the beginning of the semester.

Math Coordinator – Miranda Wang

  • TRiO students should make appointments with Professor Wang to devise a study plan at the beginning of the semester.

Project Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

The Skyline College TRiO Program has three Project Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) that measure student success in persistence, academic standing, and certificate, associate degree and/or transfer attainment. The three PSLOs are:

PSLO #1:   80% of TRiO students will demonstrate initiative and individual responsibility to persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year. Click here for results.

PSLO #2:   85% of TRiO students will maintain good academic standing (2.00 GPA) per semester with greater than 67% completion rate. Click here for results.

PSLO #3:   20% of TRiO students will graduate with an associate degree or certificate within four years AND will transfer to a four year institution. Click here for results.

History of TRiO Programs

TRiO programs are the result of two acts of legislation that are an important part of American history: the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, known as the War on Poverty statute, and the Higher Education Act of 1965, which asserted a national commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity or economic circumstance. In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.  Our TRiO Program is funded through Student Support Services at the U.S. Department of Education.

Skyline College's Mission Statement

To empower and transform a global community of learners.

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