TRIO and Academic Services

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TRIO and Academic Services


Driscoll (chair), Fazekas, Giachetti, Hall, Johnson, Knopp, McMillen, Ramsey


The mission of the department is to foster academic, social, cultural and career student success through programming, support and academic services. The department provides services to university and TRIO college students as well as eligible high school students from 9 target high schools that participate in three federal TRIO grant-funded programs: Student Support Services and two Upward Bound Programs: Fayette and Monongahela Projects. In addition, the department offers student academic support services through the university’s Reading Clinic and Tutoring Center.


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

  1. Instruction

Faculty Course Offerings include: EDU 210, Critical Thinking and Reading; XCP 194 Career Planning; and UNI 100, First-Year Seminar; UNI 200, Career Readiness

  1. Counseling and Supports

TRIO Counselors provide educational career counseling and academic advisement to students from freshman year until graduation.  New program students are interviewed and receive an orientation and academic plan. Counselor’s help students select and register for courses; monitor each student's academic performance; and provide students with information concerning academic resources, policies, procedures and practices. Program students receive priority registration, financial literacy and planning (including scholarship), personal development workshops, tutoring, mentorship, learning communities, graduate school planning, and grant aid (for those that meet criteria).  Students may also participate in cultural enrichment opportunities offered on/off campus.  Any student interested in services should contact the TRIO SSS office at 724-938-4230.

  1. Academic Support Services

Reading Clinic

The Reading Clinic provides one-on-one free sessions with Dr. Patricia Johnson, a certified Reading Specialist.  She is the Reading Clinic Director and helps students work on various reading skills such as reading rates; approaching college texts actively; close reading; vocabulary building; visualization; reading complex texts strategically; and synthesizing ideas across multiple texts.  The Reading Clinic is located in Manderino 430-O (Department of TRIO and Academic Services). Contact the department for operation hours at 724-938-4230.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center provides an opportunity for you to connect with a student who has previously done well in your course.  Most tutoring is one-on-one, but tutors also work with small groups of students.  Some of the services provided are: reviewing concepts for papers or class; preparing for exams; learning in a supportive environment; and, learning how to approach course specific material.  Students use the center to not only improve grades, but to maintain good grades.  The tutors assess what you need help in and provide the services you need to succeed.  Approximately 140 subject areas are covered.  The Tutoring Center web page provides a distribution sheet with tutors listed, hours they tutor, and subjects they cover.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Please check availability of tutors.  You may contact the Tutorial Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Johnson at 724-938-4230.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Manderino 430-P (Department of TRIO and Academic Services).

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) Programs

Cal U is committed to community outreach for local students in the surrounding high schools.  TRIO Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that helps to prepare eligible high school students for success in postsecondary education.  The program is offered to those students meeting TRIO eligibility and is offered year-round support and services through Saturday, after-school and summer activities. 

Cal U hosts two TRIO Upward Bound programs, Fayette and Monongahela.

Upward Bound (UB) helps high school students to prepare for and succeed in college after high school. The program offers a wide array of services that include academic and career guidance, college tours, exposure to college majors/careers, tutoring and study skills, applications for college and financial planning, fee waivers and college planning workshops, cultural exposure and field trips.  Students can also earn up to 9 college credits prior to high school graduation that will transfer to desire post-secondary institution.

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the TRIO Upward Bound office at 724-938-4470.