The primary purpose of the TRIO programs is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully enter, persist, and complete a postsecondary education. In general, these programs identify low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities and provides them the assistance, support, and encouragement necessary to enter and complete a college education.
- Educational Opportunity Center provides guidance and assistance to adults who want to begin or restart their college education or career training.
- Talent Search helps low-income and first-generation students successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education.
- Upward Bound provides low-income and first-generation students with the skills and motivation to complete high school, go to college, and graduate.
- Student Success Services provides eligible South Seattle College students with personal and academic support to successfully graduate and transfer to four-year colleges.