Welcome

Do you need help getting through college? You are in the right place!

The goal of TRIO-Student Support Services is to help you achieve success. By joining our program you will have access to exclusive services that include one-on-one tutoring and your very own Academic Advisor/Life Skills Counselor. Your Counselor can work with you on anything you need help with, including class schedules, degree plans, career choices, financial aid, transferring to a university and any social or personal issue that impacts your college success. We will do whatever we can to help you succeed. We want to be your “family” on campus!

Students served by TRIO-Student Support Services must have an academic need* and meet at least one of the following three criteria:

 

  • First Generation College Student: a student whose parents have not received a four-year college degree
  • Low Income: a student whose family income does not exceed 150% of the national poverty level according to current year tax returns
  • Disability: a physical or learning disability which requires special accommodations for you to succeed academically.

 

* Evidence of academic need is determined by TRIO-Student Support Services during the student’s application process. Academic need may include having a high school equivalency, low high school or college GPA, low ACT or SAT scores, low diagnostic scores on the College Placement Test (CPT), failing grades, or out of school for more than 5 years.

Services Provided

TRiO-Student Support Services offers an array of services to assist you in meeting your academic goals.

Advising and Counseling

  • Academic advising
  • Career counseling
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Personal counseling
  • Transfer counseling

College Visits

  • Four-year college campus visits during spring and fall semesters
  • Fall visit usually to Florida State University (FSU)
  • Spring visits usually to University of South Alabama (USA) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)

Computer Access

  • 10 computers available for student use

Cultural Field Trips

  • Broader life experiences can contribute to college success
  • Field trips are free
  • Past trips include Bellingrath Gardens, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Wildlife Sanctuary, USS Alabama, and the Mobile Museum of Art

Grant Aid

  • Active TRiO-SSS Pell Grant funded students can apply for an additional $500 per semester
  • Maximum amount of $3,000 may be given while at PSC

Educational Videos

  • Variety of videos aimed at student success includes study skills, test taking, stress management, time management, resume writing, interview skills, healthy relationships

Peer Coaching

  • Support and encouragement provided
  • Practical assistance offered, such as with scholarship searches

TRiO-SSS Learning Lab Peer Tutoring

  • Assistance with most general studies subjects
  • Assistance with other subjects in which there is a high demand
  • Individual and group tutoring

How To Apply

For New Students

Student Contract Requirements

Students must have a signed TRIO-Student Support Services Program Participant Contract form (provided during Orientation) on file in the TRIO SSS office.

Students must meet these four requirements each semester to stay active in the TRiO-Student Support Services program.

  1. Tutoring Lab Attendance
    Students must visit the TRiO-Student Support Services Tutoring Lab at least twice each term during the semester.
  2. Counseling Meetings
    Students must meet with their counselor at least twice each semester:
    James Blackwell 850-484-2086
    Kimberly Calloway 850-484-1858
  3. Cultural Event Field Trip Participation
    TRiO-Student Support Services hosts two cultural event field trips and one college campus visit each fall and spring semester. Students should attempt to participate in one of these scheduled events each semester. Students who are unable to join a scheduled event may choose from the alternate choices list below. After the activity is completed, students should fill out the Cultural Event Activity Form.

Activities that count for the academic year:

Transit:

  • Go to everfi.com/register and enter password 9c433f5a
  • Select TRiO group
  • Complete at your own pace. This may take several hours, but you can stop and come back later to finish it.
  • Print completion certificate
  • Complete Financial Literacy Activity Evaluation and attach completion certificate

Money Matters:

Activities that count for one term:

CashCourse:

  • Go to cashcourse.org and register (if first-time user) or log-on
  • Select “financial tools” from left hand menu
  • Select “COURSEWORK” from top of menu that pops up
  • Choose a coursework topic that you haven’t previously done
  • Complete the Coursework section
  • Print a copy of the last page showing completion of the activity or the email sent to you by CashCourse to confirm your score
  • Complete a Financial Literacy Activity Evaluation and attach the printouts confirming completion

MoneySmart:

Money Management DVD:

  • Available to watch in the TRiO-Student Support Services office
  • Students may only watch DVD one time for credit as a Financial Literacy Activity
  • Complete Financial Literacy Activity Evaluation

Welcome to TRiO-Student Support Services at Pensacola State College!

  • You are now part of TRiO, a grant that services 2000 programs with 780,000 students nationwide
  • TRiO-SSS is a federally funded program instituted for students who are first-generation, low-income, or disabled
  • Pensacola State College serves about 225 students a semester.

The online orientation will review the services we offer and explain the minimum requirements you must fulfill to be an active participant in our program. You should have been given a packet of information about TRiO-Student Support Services. Please have this in front of you as the orientation will discuss this as well as other important information.

To begin online orientation, please play the video below.

We Are Here To Help

CONTACT US

Located on the
Pensacola Campus,
Building 6, Room 620.

Phone : (850) 484-2028
Fax : (850) 484-2032

Rachelle Burns, Director
484-1817

rburns@pensacolastate.edu

Ms. Rachelle Burns began working for the Student Support Services program in 2005. She has worked as a Career Specialist in the Career Connection and at the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center on campus.  Ms. Burns is PSC’s Crisis Referral Coordinator and oversees the Pensacola State C.A.R.E.S. (Crisis Action Referral Effort for Students) project. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS.

James Blackwell, Counselor

484-2086

jblackwell@pensacolastate.edu

Mr. James Blackwell has worked in TRiO-Student Support Services since 2007. He previously worked in other positions at Pensacola State College, including at the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center, the Career and Technical Education Center and the New Student Information Center. He has a Master’s degree in College Counseling & Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Kimberly Calloway, Counselor

484-1858

kcalloway@pensacolastate.edu

Ms. Kim Calloway began working with TRiO Student Support Services in 2012. She has also worked in the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center and in the TRiO Educational Talent Search program.  Her experience includes teaching College Success and College Success Skills.  Ms. Calloway earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University.

Randall Broxton, Lab Supervisor

484-1195

rbroxton@pensacolastate.edu

Mr. Randall Broxton has worked at Pensacola State College for over 40 years with over 20 years in Student Support Services.  He has extensive teaching experience and teaches American History at PSC. He is a member of the Academy of Teaching Excellence and sponsors the Jared Sparks Historical Society.  He is also a founder (1968) and chair of the Gulf South History and Humanities Conference. Mr. Broxton has a Master of Science degree in Education and History from Troy State University.

Penny Taylor, Recruitment/Retention Specialist

484-2046

ptaylor@pensacolastate.edu

Ms. Penny Taylor has worked in TRiO-Student Support Services since 2007.  Previously she worked in administrative support in both Advising and Career and Technical Education Student Resources. She is both a PSC and TRiO-Student Support Services alumna, graduating with an A.A. in Psychology in 2005.  She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Florida in August 2015.

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