trio Student support services




Claudia Velasco, Associated Director


Dawn Castillo, Program Coordinator

Flor Sandoval, Program Assistant

Being a successful college student is not solely the result of enrolling in college  but also involves staying in college and transferring to a four-year university.  The TRiO Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a federally funded program focused on increasing student retention, graduation, and transfer rates for West Los Angeles College students.
To qualify for the program, participants must:
  • Be a first-generation college student
  • Be low-income as defined by federal income guidelines
  • Be a U.S citizen or meet federal residence guidelines
  • Be able to attend workshops and tutoring at WLAC
  • Be a full-time student, enrolled in 12 units
Program activities and services include:
  • Student success workshops
  • Academic advising
  • Assistance with transferring to four-year institutions
  • University tours
  • Tutoring
  • Professional mentors