Bellevue College, at the moment, is full of students whose minds are all focused on next quarter’s classes and tuition payments. With the budget cuts, along with the rumors that have aroused from the release of these new cuts, many students fear they will not be able to take the classes they originally planned on taking during the rest of their time at BC.The school, like all schools across the country, is facing many challenges today but students must remember that some things can be salvaged. There are still many great programs offered at BC for student success, programs that help students through academic and financial problems, and that motivate students to achieve and earn high grades.
TRiO for example, is a program offered to assist students with basic study skills, tutor sessions, assistance with financial aid, and academic advising. In addition, TRiO offers fun activities, workshops, and events for students who are interested in joining the program.
In order to become a member, students need to visit the TRiO office found in the B building, above the bookstore and fill out an application to be accepted into the program. Students who are interested in joining TRiO must be first time college students in their families (meaning that neither their parent nor other family members have earned a college degree) have a limited income according to federal aid, or have a documented disability.
Once a TRiO member, students will be asked to participate in a minimum of one TRiO Student Support Services activity each quarter, such as tutoring or advising, complete quarterly grade checks, and keep in touch with a TRiO advisor.
Students need to remember that despite the challenges BC is facing today with the budget cuts, their education is not at stake at all, and that their future here at BC still remains a positive one.
For more information on Bellevue College’s TRiO program, please visit http://bellevuecollege.edu/trio/index.htm