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Central Washington University’s TRiO Program Background

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students to overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRiO Programs have been providing valuable support services to help students from low-income and working families successfully enter college and graduate for over 30 years.

Central Washington University (CWU) hosts three TRIO programs, the Student Support Services Program (SSS) and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, both located on Central’s main campus in Ellensburg as well as the Educational Opportunity Center in Yakima.

Central’s TRiO SSS has been serving students since 1992.  Our Program provides a wide range of services to assist students as they earn undergraduate degrees.  For the 225 scholars selected to participate, we provide the following services:

  • Comprehensive academic advising
  • Academic and career workshops
  • Career exploration
  • Academic tutoring
  • Cultural, social and/or leadership activities
  • Financial literacy programs
  • Assistance in applying for graduate school and financial aid


All TRiO SSS students are successful in their pursuit of an undergraduate education and segue seamlessly into advance degrees or rewarding professional careers.


We offer TRiO SSS students at Central Washington University comprehensive academic support services through advising, tutoring and study skills instruction while simultaneously providing a broad range of opportunities that enhance their social and personal succes

Program Objectives:

We measure our success by our students’ success!  We are committed to the following outcomes:

  • 75% of all TRiO SSS students will persist from one academic  year to the next until graduation
  • 85% all enrolled TRiO SSS students will meet the performance levels to stay “in good standing” at CWU.
  • 54% of new participants served each year will graduate within six years.


  • EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTERS (EOC), located throughout the country, primarily serve displaces or underemployed workers. These Centers help people to choose a college and a suitable financial aid program. There are over 139 Educational Opportunity Centers in America serving 160,832 individuals. CWU's EOC is based on the Yakima campus.
  • RONALD E. McNAIR POST-BACCALAUREATE ACHIEVEMENT programs encourage low-income and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in this program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors. Currently, there are over 156 McNair programs hosted at universities across the nation serving 3,774 students.  CWU's McNair Scholars Program is located on the second floor of Hertz Hall on the Ellensburg campus.

Additional information about TRiO can be found at the federal website (click here).


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