TRIO and Academic Services

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Lisa Driscoll (chair) | Jeanne M. Fazekas | Laura A. Giachetti | Marnie L. Hall | Patricia Johnson | Nathan Knopp | Eron M. McMillen | Jennifer 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 nine 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)


Faculty Course Offerings include:

  • EDU 210  Critical Thinking and Reading
  • XCP 194  Career Planning
  • UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
  • UNI 200  Career Readiness

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. Counselors 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.

Academic Support Services

Reading Clinic

The Reading Clinic is located in Manderino 430-O (Department of TRIO and Academic Services) and is under the direction of Dr. Patricia Johnson, a Reading Specialist. Students seeking services meet with Dr. Johnson for free one-on-one sessions. Students are evaluated to identify needed strategies for reading comprehension. Some of the strategies covered are: active reading; determining purpose; determining what is important; developing higher-level questions; making connections; navigating unknown words; creating visuals; and, enhancing comprehension and recall. The Reading Clinic is open: M-W (8-4) and T & R (8-8 pm). For more information please contact Dr. Patricia Johnson, director, at or call 724-938-4469.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is located in Manderino 430 (Department of TRIO and Academic Services) and is under the direction of Dr. Patricia Johnson. Services include one-on-one sessions, group sessions and online assistance. Students use the center to not only improve grades but to maintain good grades. 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. Tutors assess what you need help in and provide the services you need to succeed. Walk-ins are welcome. Please check availability of tutors. The Tutoring Center is open: The Tutoring Center hours are: Monday-Wednesday-Friday (8-4) and Tuesday-Thursday (8-8). For more information please contact the Tutorial Coordinator: Dr. Patricia Johnson at or call 724-938-4469.

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 college preparatory 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 nine 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.