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Welcome to SSS 

What is Student Support Services?

The purpose of Student Support Services (SSS) is to

  • retain and graduate students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds at the highest possible rate; and

  • foster an academically focused climate supportive of the success of students.

Mission Statement

Our purpose evolved out of the belief that students, when provided with the tools, resources, and information necessary for success, will have a greater chance of graduating.

We aim to embody a holistic program that facilitates and customizes services that address the academic and non-academic needs of participants at each level of their college experience.

Where Did SSS Originate?

SSS is a federal TRIO program funded through a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant process. The current five year grant totals more than $1.5 million. The name TRIO stands for the original three programs that were part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The programs were established by the federal government to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic situation.

SSS has been serving UTC students since 1978.

Why You Should Participate in SSS?

Students who participate in SSS are more than twice as likely to remain at UTC and graduate than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.