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SSS History

Why are we called TRIO programs? Originally there were 3 programs-Upward Bound, Talent Search and Special Services. Student Support Services is one of 7 current TRIO programs. The other 6 are: Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement. Our program is funded by the Department of Education on a 5 year cycle.

Quick review of SSS at RCC

We serve 160 students and we are located in Building 14, Room 1442B. Students are selected by demonstrating an academic need and meeting one of the following criteria: first generation (neither parent graduated from a 4 year college), low income (as determined by federal guidelines) or disabled (registered with Mr. Ronnie Sampson or can provide documentation verifying disability). 




We provide social and academic counseling related to the students’ educational goals. We also offer academic advisement, information about financial resources available to the student, and assist in the transfer process.


Once accepted into the program, you will need to complete a tutoring request for with your schedule and we will pair you with an approved tutor. Click on the following link to access our Tutor Request Form.

Process to become a tutor: An interested student must complete an application, meet the cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5 (with an A or B in the course to be tutored), obtain two faculty recommendations, and schedule an interview with Tydal Jackson (, 272-3357)


We offer 6-7 workshops per semester. Topics include: Study Skills, Time Management, Test-Taking Skills, Resume Building, Transfer Assistance, College Survival, and Financial Aid Information. We also offer an Open House during the Fall and a Dress for Success seminar in the Spring.

Financial aid counseling

We will assistance students with their FAFSA, applying for Foundation scholarships and searching for other available scholarships.

Cultural trips

Typical cultural trips include visits to art museums, historical sites (such as MLK’s burial site), aquariums and performing arts presentations. We will provide the necessary expenses (meals, tickets, transportation).

Transfer Students

For transferring students, we take one campus tour each semester. If you would like to visit another college within North Carolina, we will arrange for a tour and provide transportation.



You can receive TRIO services too! TRIO provides counseling and advising by telephone or email. Our application is also available on our MyRCC page. If you have any questions about our services, please contact Jennifer McLean or 910-272-3348.

Have you interacted with the TRIO office? If so, please take the time to tell us how we are doing! Click on this link to provide comments: