TRIO - SSS

“A community of students and staff committed to the challenges and rewards of learning, graduation and transfer.

Iowa Lakes Community College TRIO-SSS  Program is a free  program designed to help students succeed in college.

Iowa Lakes TRIO-SSS promotes academic and personal success for all participants, while offering a variety of student-focused services to enhance their potential for successfully graduating from their post-secondary program.

One of the first steps to success in college is to make a connection and feel part of a community. TRIO-SSS (Student Support Services) provides support and services to help students achieve and complete their academic studies at Iowa Lakes Community College and transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree.

Our services enhance academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and facilitate the transitional process to the next level of higher education.

TRIO-SSS is funded 100% ($335,086) by the U.S. Department of Education and serves 200 students annually. A variety of FREE services are provided to assist students.

We are located in Room 9 on the Estherville Campus and Room 240 on the Emmetsburg Campus.

WHO CAN JOIN TRIO-SSS?

To qualify for TRIO-SSS a student must have the intent on transferring to a 4-year college or university and meet one of the three qualifications listed below:

  • Neither parent or student has graduated from a 4-year college or university and/or, 
  • The family meets our federal income guidelines, based off of the family’s TAXABLE income level and/or, 
  • The student has a documented disability.
PROGRAM DETAILS

The TRIO-SSS program is a FREE program committed to helping students succeed and obtain their educational goals. Our services enhance academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and facilitate the transitional process to the next level of higher education.

DID YOU KNOW?

Iowa Lakes awards $20,000 to TRIO-SSS participants each year!
Interested students must complete a scholarship application.

TRIO-SSS Academy: TRIO-SSS students are automatically enrolled in the TRIO-SSS Academy on Canvas where they can access all the TRIO-SSS resources

Academic Enhancement: TRIO-SSS offers Professional, Peer, and Online Tutoring. Professional and Peer tutoring is offered in person and virtually. Online tutoring is offered 24/7 in over 250 subjects via tutor.com

Career Advising: We assist students with career exploration, resume writing, and interviewing skills. An essential part of the college experience is identifying interests and skills and matching these with possible career fields.

Cultural & Educational Enrichment Opportunities: Students will have an opportunity to participate in various cultural events and leadership opportunities. Activities take place both on Iowa Lakes Community College campus as well as in other communities.

Financial Literacy: We assist students with understanding the financial aid process, budgeting tips, credit card debt management, types of aid available, scholarship opportunities, along with deadline requirements, and scholarship essay writing.

Peer Mentoring: TRIO-SSS participants who are first-time, full-time Iowa Lakes Community College students are assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are sophomore TRIO-SSS participants who are available in person and via email to assist students with study skills, time management, location of community and campus resources, and personal support.

Transfer Counseling: We assist students in exploring colleges and areas of study by providing college visits and assistance with transferring to a 4-year college. Communication and support are provided through office visits, weekly emails, monthly newsletters, and social media accounts.

Workshops: TRIO-SSS offers workshops in person, virtually, and online. All participants have access to StudentLingo, an online platform with workshops covering topics on Exploring Careers, Stress Management, Study Skills, Time Management, Text Anxiety, Financial Literacy and more.

Meet our Staff
Trudy Ahrens
Trudy Ahrens
TRiO Director
712-852-5302 Ext: 5302 | tahrens@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Terry Luiken
Terry Luiken
TRIO-SSS Program Advisor
712-852-5264 | tluiken@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Tiffany A. Nolta
Tiffany A. Nolta
TRIO-SSS Program Advisor
712-362-8365 Ext: 8365 | tnolta@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus
Monica Rosacker
Monica Rosacker
TRIO-SSS Project Assistant
712-852-5301 Ext: 5301 | mrosacker@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus

CURRENT TRIO-SSS STUDENTS

All Events are FREE to TRIO-SSS Students and are posted on the TRIO-SSS Academy in Canvas. Students may also find our events posted on Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Stop in the TRIO-SSS office to sign up or contact your TRIO-SSS Advisor.

TRIO-SSS Events

Events held throughout the year

  • Tutoring online 24/7 and in-person
  • Midterm Cramfest
  • Campus Visits
  • Workshops online and in-person
  • Transfer Week
  • Finals Fest
  • Career Etiquette Dinner
  • Mentoring Program
  • Bridge Program
  • Scholarship Week
  • TRIO-SSS Advising Sessions
  • End of Year Banquet
  • Non-traditional Support Week
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Literacy
  • FAFSA Assistance
  • Cultural Enrichment Opportunities
  • National First-Generation Celebration
Tutoring & Mentoring

Professional, Peer, and Online Tutoring

  • A professional tutor is available in person or virtually
  • Peer tutoring is available in person or virtually
  • Tutor.com is an online tutoring platform where students can connect with expert tutors in over 250 subject areas for on demand, 1:1 help 24/7.

Mentoring

The TRIO-SSS Mentoring Program is designed to connect returning TRIO-SSS students with first time TRIO-SSS Students. The mentoring curriculum covers various topics to help you transition to college, build relationships, and make the most of your college experience. Mentoring is offered in person and virtually. Topics that a mentor may cover include:

  • Transition to college
  • Study skills, time management and other success skills
  • Balancing school, work, activities, friends and family
  • Getting and staying connected
  • Choosing a major

Mentors will hold weekly sessions covering various topics to help you succeed in college. 

Stop in Room 9 in Estherville or Room 240 in Emmetsburg for an updated tutoring and mentoring schedule.

REQUEST A TUTOR

Trio SSS Contacts
Trudy Ahrens
Trudy Ahrens
TRiO Director
712-852-5302 Ext: 5302 | tahrens@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Terry Luiken
Terry Luiken
TRIO-SSS Program Advisor
712-852-5264 | tluiken@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Tiffany A. Nolta
Tiffany A. Nolta
TRIO-SSS Program Advisor
712-362-8365 Ext: 8365 | tnolta@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus
Monica Rosacker
Monica Rosacker
TRIO-SSS Project Assistant
712-852-5301 Ext: 5301 | mrosacker@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus