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Trio – Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services Program at Central Lakes College
CLC TRIO Student Support Services provides direct support for students to successfully complete their Associates in Arts Degree and assist participants in a successful transfer pathway to a 4-year college or university for their bachelor’s degree. TRIO is a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that support students in their pursuit of a college degree.

TRIO’s individual advising as well as creating connections with other students creates an environment for academic and personal success.

Apply now!
Enrollment is limited to 180 student per year so apply now by completing the following application.

Download an application link here (pdf)

Return completed application to the Central Lakes College TRIO Department in person or mail to:
Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Attn: TRIO Student Support Services

Free TRIO Program Services to enrolled participants.

  • Individual TRIO advisor until you graduate and transfer
  • Academic degree planning with priority registration
  • Understanding how to be successful in college
  • Peer tutoring and connections with campus staff and faculty
  • Understanding financial aid and finances for college
  • Scholarship application assistance
  • Computer lab and free printing
  • Career advising and free career interest assessments
  • Choosing courses at CLC to transfer to 4-year college
  • 4-year college campus tours, faculty visits and application assistance
  • Leadership and personal development

Eligibility
TRIO Student Support Services Students must be enrolled at Central Lakes College, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and express a need for academic and/or transfer advising services.

A student must also meet one or more of the following TRIO program guidelines:

  1. First-generation: neither parent has completed a four year college degree
  2. Limited Income: Federal income guideline based on family net income and family size
  3. Documented Disability

“Students in TRIO Student Support Services Program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as those student from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.”  Council for Opportunity in Education

Steps to become a part of TRIO Student Support Services

1) Complete TRIO application and submit to the Central Lakes College TRIO Department.

Mail to Central Lakes College
TRIO SSS
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

or bring to TRIO on campus E124.

2) Meet with a TRIO advisor to discuss your application and eligibility for our program.

3) When accepted, complete orientation to TRIO Student Support Services and take advantage of all the great services to support your progress toward graduating with your Associate in Arts Degree and successful transfer to your next college.

The TRIO Student Support Services program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and in-kind support from Central Lakes College.

Contact Information

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Sue Austin

TRIO Student Support Services Assistant Director

Professional Experience: Sue’s employment at Central Lakes College began as an academic advisor in the first TRIO Program at CLC in 2002. She has since been active in campus, state, regional and national advocacy for educational opportunity for first generation and low income students. Sue has served in several leadership roles including President of Minnesota TRIO Association.…View Contact Info
Brainerd Work E132 Work Phone: 218-855-8014

Professional Experience:
Sue’s employment at Central Lakes College began as an academic advisor in the first TRIO Program at CLC in 2002. She has since been active in campus, state, regional and national advocacy for educational opportunity for first generation and low income students. Sue has served in several leadership roles including President of Minnesota TRIO Association.

Education:
Sue has her Bachelor in Arts Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and completed Rehabilitation Counseling graduate coursework at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Educational value:
Sue believes that all students should have equal access to education and the supports needed to achieve their college degree. She enjoys working with students in developing a belief in their abilities and future opportunities as they complete their education.

Advice/Quote:
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Julie Jo Larson

TRIO Student Support Services Advisor

Professional Experience: Julie Jo is a Central Lakes College TRIO Student Support Services Alumni. She is a licensed social worker, published freelance writer, and area historian. Education: Julie Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the College of Saint Scholastica, Associate in Arts Honors Degree and Child Development Certificate from Central Lakes College, and a Sales, Marketing, and Management Certificate from Mankato Technical Institute.…View Contact Info
Brainerd Work E130 Work Phone: 218-855-8045

Professional Experience:
Julie Jo is a Central Lakes College TRIO Student Support Services Alumni. She is a licensed social worker, published freelance writer, and area historian.

Education:
Julie Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the College of Saint Scholastica, Associate in Arts Honors Degree and Child Development Certificate from Central Lakes College, and a Sales, Marketing, and Management Certificate from Mankato Technical Institute.

Value Statement:
Julie Jo believes that TRIO programs help students break the cycle of poverty; education is a powerful tool.

Advice/Quote:
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

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Jane Vogt

TRIO Student Support Services Advisor

Professional Experience: At Central Lakes College, Jane has worked in a variety of departments including Admissions and Student Life before joining the TRIO/SSS program as an advisor in 2003. Education: Jane has a Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University, Associate of Applied Science from North Hennepin Community College and a Diploma from Staples Area Vocation Technical Institute.…View Contact Info
Brainerd Work E133 Work Phone: 218-855-8228

Professional Experience:
At Central Lakes College, Jane has worked in a variety of departments including Admissions and Student Life before joining the TRIO/SSS program as an advisor in 2003.

Education:
Jane has a Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University, Associate of Applied Science from North Hennepin Community College and a Diploma from Staples Area Vocation Technical Institute.

Educational Statement:
Every day I work at CLC in the TRIO Department I focus on building a foundation for student success for each individual student.

Advice:
“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

 
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