July 31, 2019

Kishwaukee College TRIO programs serve 213 local students throughout 2018-2019 academic year

Kishwaukee College’s TRIO Upward Bound (TRIO UB) and TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) supported 213 students during the 2018-2019 academic year. Both programs help first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students with disabilities reach academic and college success.

“Upward Bound provides academic preparation to help build mastery and confidence in subject areas. The program also develops life skills such as time and money management,” comments director of TRIO UB Tashena Briggs. “We also expose students to new cultural activities and college experiences. It helps expand their perception of what the world is and what they can do with their lives.” The program works with eligible DeKalb High School students in their preparation for college entrance and completion. Throughout the year, the program provided support to 68 DeKalb High School students, 13 of which were seniors who recently graduated. Of the 13 graduates, 8 students will be attending Kish and 4 will attend other colleges.

The program received a STEM Supplemental Award this year. The grant aims to expose high school students to new and interesting STEM experiences. As part of the grant, the College collaborated with NIU for a hands-on chemistry activity and a community service-learning project. Currently, TRIO UB’s 6-week summer program is underway. Participants are taking non-credit classes and specialty workshops in resume building, email etiquette, career exploration, stress management and job interviewing. 

TRIO SSS offers a variety of resources and services to help eligible students overcome barriers and ensure a successful college experience. “Our holistic support approach has a powerful impact on the success rates of our students,” stated director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise. The program provided tutoring support, college visits, cultural trips, career exploration and personalized advising to 145 Kish students this year. Of the participating students, 41 graduated this year. Of those, 33 have been accepted to 4-year institutions, 5 served as officers for the National Society of Leadership and Success, 7 participated in Phi Theta Kappa, and 3 were recognized at the annual Academic Student Awards & Recognition Ceremony.

The program helps students navigate college processes such as applying for financial aid or preparing for transfer along with offering academic support. Three new mentoring groups were implemented this year. TRIO SSS hosted their Second Annual First Generation Student Celebration with guest speaker Jahquan Hawkins, author of Finding My Way: A Practical Guide to College Success and dean of student services at Oakland Community College in Michigan.

“The TRIO programs are both an important addition to Kishwaukee College,” says vice president of student services Michelle Rothmeyer. “Though they have two distinct missions, both programs have had positive impact on our College and strengthened our partnership with DeKalb High School. TRIO will continue to serve area students, encouraging them to go to college and helping them complete their degree.” 

For more information on TRIO Student Support Services, visit www.kish.edu/triosss or contact director of TRIO SSS Keith Wise at kwise@kish.edu or 815-825-2950.

For more information on TRIO Upward Bound, visit www.kish.edu/trioub or contact director of TRIO UB Tashena Briggs at tbriggs@kish.edu or 815-825-9437.