TRiO BC’s road to success

TRiO Student Support Services
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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 

About Ana Palma-Gutierrez 29 Articles
My name is Ana Palma-Gutierrez, and I am from Mexico City. I first moved to the U.S. when I was seven years old, and the transition into my new life was a very challenging experience for me. I had to learn English in order for me to survive in my new home, and in addition, I had to leave all my friends and family behind in order for me to find a better life. Almost thirteen years have passed by since I first moved to the U.S. and I am very proud of being a Staff Writer and Copy Editor for The Jibsheet. Currently, I am the only Mexican/Hispanic Staff Writer and Copy Editor on staff, and I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment. I want to thank my Editor in Chief (Riley Hartwell,) as well as the rest of my editors for giving me the opportunity of writing and editing for The Jibsheet. I look forward to completing my Arts and Science Degree here at Bellevue College, and transferring onto a four-year college, where I hope to Major in Political Science and Minor in Journalism.