TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services

Director: M. Theresa Bloskey
Assistant Director: Denise Chaytor-Zugarek
Retention Specialist: Samantha Shoup
Data Management Tech: April Sarge
Secretary: Kara Workman-Hawrelak

268 Student Services Center
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office: 570-389-3606
Fax: 570-389-2612
  • Academic tutoring with master tutors in English/writing, study skills, math, sciences, social sciences, business, accounting and more ...
  • Individual confidential advisement for academics, personal and professional development, and assistance navigating higher education financing.
  • Group and individual preparation for APA and MLA formatting, GRE, PAPA, Miller's Analogy, and other professional development assessments.
  • Quiet study areas with computer access

How to Apply

To apply for TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program enrollment consideration:

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Students who meet the eligibility requirements established by the US Department of Education will be contacted to schedule an appointment with the program director to learn more about our TRIO SSS services and the enrollment process. Thank you for your interest in learning more about TRIO SSS.

The mission of Bloomsburg University's TRIO Student Support Services is to contribute to the success of students in pursuit of their educational career and life goals. The TRIO SSS program is committed to increasing retention and graduation through:

  • Personalized supportive, proficient and accessible program services and staff
  • Quality advising, tutoring, mentoring, teaching and advocacy
  • Acknowledgement and appreciation for individual diversity and resilience

In August of 2020, the Bloomsburg University TRIO Student Support Services office was awarded a $319,609, five-year grant from the United States Department of Education to provide opportunities for first generation college students, Pell-eligible students, and/or students with a documented disability.

TRIO SSS’s mission is to help under-represented students persist in college and earn their degree. The office offers one-on-one holistic support to help students manage their academic and social transitions during their time in college.

The grant will allow BU’s TRIO office to continue to provide individualized support for academic advisement, personal and professional development, assistance navigating higher education financing, as well as academic tutoring with master tutors in English, Communication Studies, Math, Sciences, Social Sciences, Spanish, and more.

This grant will continue the tradition of the TRIO programs started by President Lyndon Johnson as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; Student Support Services was added to the group of TRIO programs in 1968. TRIO SSS has provided academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other necessary support to Bloomsburg students since coming to BU in fall 1997.

Students in Transition Programs

TRIO SSS recognizes the need for transitional programs for college students. These programs focus on supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. This mission is achieved by providing students with appropriate advisement, scheduling of coursework, mentoring, financial aid counseling, and workshops that relate to where the student is in their academic career. These programs are research-based opportunities to engage students in their process of learning and development.

First-Year Experience Program

This program assists newly enrolled TRIO SSS students to make a successful transition to college both academically and personally. TRIO SSS staff work to empower first-year students through a holistic approach to advisement and mentoring by assessing and strengthening both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Students attend workshops and weekly/bi-weekly meetings depending on student needs. The staff offers comprehensive programming to enhance students' transition to, connection with, and understanding of the BU community.

Sophomore Transition Program

Strong evidence exists showing that sophomore students face serious challenges that are often overlooked. TRIO SSS staff understand that the second-year experience is unique and challenging for many students and seek to provide strategies to assist this group of students to find appropriate, achievable majors and connections to the BU community, to understand how healthy behaviors impact all aspects of life, and to investigate leadership opportunities and a life purpose.

Junior Transition Program

TRIO SSS staff work to encourage junior students to take full advantage of their academic "home" by encouraging them to become involved in their major's clubs and organizations. The staff continues to work with students on how to manage their time more efficiently as their major courses become more demanding. Students write resumes and look for internships with the guidance of the TRIO SSS staff, and attend workshops on professional behaviors and other pertinent topics presented by TRIO SSS staff.

Senior Degree Completion Capstone

This program is an intellectual capstone experience for senior students which involves participation in focus groups and panel discussions. TRIO SSS staff support senior students as they deal with the transition stress of leaving college and seeking graduate school enrollment or employment. The staff assists seniors with resume writing, internship placement and job seeking.

Transfer Student Transition Program

This program creates a bridge between students' institutional experiences. TRIO SSS staff work diligently with each individual transfer student to enhance their success at BU through the facilitation of a smooth transition for major choice, course scheduling, and connection to BU resources and programs. TRIO SSS staff understand the uniqueness of this population of students. The staff aids in the simplification of the financial aid system. Research proposes that many transfer students see a drop in their GPA during their first year from the college where they attended to their present institution. Tutoring, mentoring and individualized advisement helps these students reach their academic goals.