Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) serves 165 eligible participants each year. It is designed to provide academic support to low income, first generation and /or students with a documented disability. 

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.

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.

Student Support Services is a part of TRiO and federally funded by the Department of Education.

Our Mission

The TRiO Student Support Services program is committed to providing quality academic services to improve the overall success of our participants while increasing their exposure to cultural, educational, and career-related activities. Improved persistence, graduation, and transfer rates are top priorities.

Services Offered


We provide academic, career and personal counseling to help you set and meet your goals.

SSS Veterans 

View all of our veteran services.

Transfer Information

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 Academic Support

Students will work with a Counselor to complete an academic needs assessment, an action plan, and a semester plan. These tools are utilized to provide the most effective academic support to each student based on their individual needs.

Online communication

An online D2L SSS community provides 24/7 access with up-to-date information and resources.

Cultural Activities and Trips

The cultural activities are selected to provide SSS participants with an opportunity to experience something new and unique. Creating an opportunity for students to learn to appreciate something they have never seen or done before.

Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops are discussion/workshop seminars sponsored by the Student Support Services program. Recent topics have included Time Management, Test Anxiety, Study Skills and Financial Literacy. See a complete list of dates, times and locations for these workshops.


Eligible students accepted to the SSS program have the opportunity to receive additional tutoring at no cost to the student.


Participants are able to check out laptop computers, borrow textbooks when available and have access to computers, calculators, a fax machine and printer/copier.

The Costs

All services offered to Student Support Services participants are free.


You may qualify for TRiO SSS if you are a US citizen or permanent resident and demonstrate a need for academic support. You must be working toward an associate degree and  meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a First Generation College Student: Neither of your parents or guardians received a bachelor's degree before you were 18 years of age.
  • Working toward your First Associate Degree. If you have an associate degree or higher, you are ineligible to apply.