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TRIO Programs are federally-funded programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. WCC has three TRIO Programs: Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound.

Student Support Services (Project AIM)

The Student Support Services Program is a federally-funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to assist eligible students with the goal of increasing their retention, graduation, and transfer rates. Services that are provided by Project AIM include:

  • Personal and Educational Counseling
  • Academic Advisement
  • Career Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Tutorial Services
  • Transfer Assistance
  • Financial Aid Advisement
  • Book Loans
  • Cultural Activities

Offices for the Student Support Services (Project AIM) staff are located in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the first floor of Bland Hall. For more information, contact them at 276-223-4761 or dcregger@wcc.vccs.edu.

Educational Talent Search

Talent Search at Wytheville Community College is a federally-funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that assists students with reaching their educational and career goals.  The program consists of two components.  The adult program serves persons from Bland, Carroll, Smyth, Wythe, and Grayson Counties and the city of Galax who wish to re-enter the educational system and complete their educational ambitions.  The school-age program serves middle and high school students in 11 schools throughout Bland, Carroll, Grayson, and Smyth counties. .  All activities are at no cost to participants.  The program currently serves around 650 participants. 

The adult component assists persons 18 and over who are not currently enrolled in an educational program.  Talent Search offers assistance with FAFSA completion, college selection, college application completion, career information, and any other services to facilitate post-secondary enrollment.

The program’s Outreach Coordinators for the schools provide information and counseling services that help students with academic and financial planning necessary for successfully pursuing education beyond high school.  The following topics are targeted in order to assist with the mission of the program:  study and test-taking skills, standardized test preparation, tutoring referral, goal setting, decision making, life skills, financial literacy, career exploration, financial aid, and college information and selection. 

Activities held during school meetings will enable the students to discover and acknowledge their own interests, abilities, and priorities, with exploring career options based on their individual strengths.  Goal-setting activities help them to focus on their personal choices for the future, and to map out a plan for achieving those goals.  In addition to one “get-together” each month, trips are also offered that allow students to tour college campuses, attend cultural events, and visit educational, scientific, historic, and career sites. Parent workshops are also offered which target topics that are beneficial to parents and students.

For more information, please contact Stacey Jones at 276-223-4792, srjones@wcc.vccs.edu, or Maria Whited at 276-223-4791, mwhited@wcc.vccs.edu, or refer to the following website:  http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/index.html.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound at Wytheville Community College is funded through the U.S. Department of Education.  The year round academic program provides opportunities for high school students from 8 schools in the college’s service region to succeed in their precollege performance and in their higher education pursuits.  The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The program provides academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages. This instruction along with cultural enrichment, college tours and similar activities are provided to high school students from low-income families; and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. For more information call 276-223-4748. 

Veterans can visit the Veterans Upward Bound web site at http://sw.edu/academicenhancement/vub/. Please note that this is not part of WCC's Upward Bound program.

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