TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) & TRiO Student Support Services/English as a Second Language (SSS/ESL)

TRiO Student Support Services students walking up to Building K

TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The ECC TRiO programs serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through postsecondary programs.

Due to Covid-19, we will not be accepting in-person document submissions until further notice. We have created a new application form and electronic documents for easy submission. If you need to schedule a document drop-off, please speak with the appropriate contact for the program you would like to apply for. For Upward Bound I, please contact Dr. DeSean E. Coleman by email at dcoleman@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6942 or Tanya Ocampo by email tocampo@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7903 to schedule a document drop-off. For Upward Bound II, please contact Dr. Elaine Blair by email at eblair@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6946 or Mireya Castillo by email at mcastillo@elgin.edu or call 847-214-7406 to schedule a document drop-off.

Counselors and teachers are encouraged to recommend students.

About TRiO

The mission of the TRiO Student Support Services and TRiO Support Services/ESL programs is to encourage and assist traditionally underrepresented students in preparation for completion of a college education. SSS/ESL also provides support to eligible students whose second language is English and are enrolled in mainstream college classes. These programs support current ECC students.

Services

  • Career exploration and assessment.
  • Tutorial support and services.
  • Financial and economic literacy.
  • Assistance with college applications and transfer.
  • Visits to four-year institutions.
  • Various workshops.
  • Leadership development activities.
  • Cultural and social events.
  • Referral to college and community support services.
  • Computer and study lounge access at TRiO offices.

Program Eligibility

TRiO services are available to individuals who:

  1. Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Are a registered ECC student.
  3. Meet one or more of the following requirements:
    • First generation college student (neither parent(s)/legal guardian(s) graduated from a four-year college or university in the U.S.).
    • Demonstrated financial need.
    • Documented learning or physical disability(ies).
    • English as a Second Language.

To apply for the program, complete the following application and supporting documents and return completed documents to trio@elgin.edu: