TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federal outreach and student success program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Big Bend Community College has has a TRIO SSS program since 1997. The program’s goal is to provide support and encouragement for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities to help them attain their educational goals, graduate and/or transfer to an institute of higher education.

Program Services

  • Academic tutoring
  • Postsecondary course selection
  • Info on Federal Aid & Scholarships
  • FAFSA Application Completion
  • Financial and Economic Literacy Education and/or Counseling
  • Activities to support/increase four-year transfers
  • Individual counseling – personal, career, and academic matters
  • Career information/activities/instruction
  • Exposure to cultural events & academic programs not usually available to students
  • Mentoring program 
  • Temporary housing during breaks in the academic year – homeless/foster youth
  • Other activities designed to meet the purpose of SSS project goals in CFR 646.1

The BBCC TRIO SSS program houses two TRIO grants, Classic and STEM*, who work together to serve 310 eligible Big Bend students each grant cycle. The one-minute video below features program participants who talk  how the program has helped them!

Am I Eligible?
How do I apply?

There are several steps to apply to the BBCC TRIO SSS Program including an online application, two intake meetings, and verification of household income. Click here to see the full steps and to start applying! 

*The TRIO Student Support Services Classic grant is funded at $335,053 per year and serves 190 participants. The TRIO Student Support Services, STEM grant is funded at $261,888 per year and serves 120 participants. 



TRIO SSS Contact

Building 1400

Office Suite 1433 & Rooms 1436 & 1427 


Elizabeth Valle

Valle, Elizabeth

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2082
Jasmine Evangelista-Martinez

Evangelista-Martinez, Jasmine

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2041
Early Achievers instructor, Astrid Chen

Chen, Astrid

TRiO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2042
Noyola Mackenzie

Noyola, Mackenzie

TRIO SSS Academic Advisor
(509) 793-2083
Cheryl Brischle

Brischle, Cheryl

TRIO SSS Program Assistant
(509) 793-2040
Veronica Guadarrama

Guadarrama, Veronica

Director of TRIO Student Support Services
(509) 793-2039

Schedule an appointment

Did you know you could schedule directly onto your TRIO advisor’s calendar through Starfish? Below are the individual calendar links!

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