Student Support Services
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) each year serves 160 eligible participants. It is designed to provide academic support to low income, first generation and /or a student with a documented disability. SSS provides valuable support and services that will assist in student success and persistence towards graduation. SSS serves to motivate and help students to accomplish their goals by offering comprehensive individual support.
The TRiO Student Support Services program at Piedmont Technical College is committed to increasing student retention and transfer to an institution through academic, career and personal advising; transfer assistance; and providing cultural enrichment opportunities.
Student Support Services wants to see the students succeed and achieve the best possible outcome from their education. Student Support Services increases opportunities for academic success for first generation students, low-income students and students with disabilities. The overall goal is to increase graduation and transfer rates for the students and to foster a climate supportive of the success of eligible students.
Student Support Services is a part of TRiO and federally funded by the Department of Education.
We provide personal, academic and career counseling to help you set and meet your goals.
Through seminars or classes, individually or in groups, we give you assistance with study skills that are necessary for college success and the quality of daily life.
We offer assistance with completing the college and financial aid application processes, a resource library of four-year college information, tours of various college campuses, and workshops designed to prepare you for transfer to the four-year college of your choice. In the Spring term we participate in the College Fair, attended by over 25 institutions from around the Carolinas.
Personalized Education Plan
Participation in an assessment and goal setting process creates an individual semester plan reviewed each semester with your assigned Counselor.
An online D2L SSS community provides 24/7 access with up-to-date information and resources.
Cultural Activities and Trips
Some of the previous trips include cultural events at the Peace Center in Greenville, the Abbeville Opera House, the Greenwood Community Theatre and Lander University. Etiquette workshops are held at local restaurants.
Academic Success Workshops
Academic Success Workshops are discussion/workshop seminars sponsored by the Student Support Services. Topics are selected that have the ability to improve the quality of college or daily life. Recent topics have included Time Management, Test Anxiety, Study Skills and Financial Literacy. Dates, times and locations are listed here.
Monthly Newsletter (The Connector)
Mailed each month with information, guidance and important news and deadlines. An online version can be found here.
Through special arrangements with the college's Tutoring Center, you may be able to receive extra hours of free tutoring for any of your classes.
Participants are able to check out laptop computers, borrow textbooks when available and have access to computers, fax machines and printer/copier. To be eligible to check out laptop computers, SSS participants must first watch the Basic Technology Training GROW Module. Contact your Student Support Services counselor for a link to this module.
All services offered to Student Support Services participants are free.