TRiO is Education, Knowledge, Friendship & Community

TRiO is a federally funded grant program designed to give all students an equal chance to a quality education. TRiO evolved from the Higher Education Act of 1965 and is a group of nine programs, collectively known as TRiO, which helps students overcome environmental, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. Under the umbrella of TRiO there are programs for students beginning in high school and going through graduate school. Gulf Coast State College has three TRiO components: Student Support Services, Educational Resource Center, and Upward Bound. Student Support Services and the Educational Resource Center provide services for college students and the Upward Bound program provides services for high school students.

TRiO Students


 trio staff

TRiO Office Staff: (Left to right): Coordinator-Tawanna Hall; Program Assistant-Danielle Pierce; Educational Resource Advisor- Lori Harrington; Mathematics Learning Manager- Judy Bailey, Educational Resource Advisor- Cristina Doan; Administrative Assistant-Terri Thomas; Academic Coordinator-Tony Pilot; English Learning Manager-Glenda Wood; Educational Resource Advisor- Jessica Myer; Counselor- Kendra Kizziah; Director- Melissa Pinero

TRiO Gulf Coast State College