TRIO SSS grant renewed for 2020-2025 cycle

August 24, 2020

Media Contact:
Ivan Valdovinos, TRIO SSS director, 509-682-6979,
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (T-Th.)

The grant for Wenatchee Valley College TRIO Student Support Services was renewed this year. TRIO SSS was awarded $1,309,435 ($261,887 annually) for the 2020-2025 grant cycle.

TRIO SSS is a federally-funded program that helps provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of its participants.

WVC's TRIO SSS team provides individualized support to 140 participants every academic year in a number of areas including financial literacy, tutoring, academic advising, transfer assistance, career planning and more. Nearly 80% of TRIO students complete their associate degrees, and 60 percent of students earn their associate degree and transfer to a four-year university.

“Our students succeed academically, but they also receive scholarships, awards and mentorship opportunities, and are active in student government and clubs,” said TRIO SSS Director Ivan Valdovinos. “TRIO students leave WVC prepared to continue their educational journey.”

During this upcoming grant cycle, Valdovinos said TRIO will implement a Career Mentorship Program. The program will leverage local industry mentors to enhance participants’ career readiness skills and network, ensuring a smoother transition from college to career.

Students may view eligibility requirements or submit an application at


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