TRIO-SSS Achieve Success with TRIO-SSS

We are committed to providing excellent academic advising and access to financial literacy education, peer-mentoring, college tours, cultural events, and skill development workshops to empower TRiO-SSS participants to thrive in higher education. We help our students become college and career ready through the following practices:

Individualized Academic Advising. Each TRiO-SSS advisor has a small student caseload. We can spend time with you to explore your academic and career goals. Academic advising meetings must be scheduled via email.

Assistance Applying for Scholarships. We award $20,000 in TRiO-SSS Grant Aid each academic year. We also help students apply for numerous local and regional scholarships.

Campus Visits to 4-Year Universities. We will explore your transfer options and cover all expenses for campus visits. We will guide you through the process as you prepare to transfer.

Financial Literacy, Skill Development & Career Readiness. We engage participants in a student centered environment to assist in the learning of strategies to navigate college more skillfully and reach degree completion.

In 2019 and 2020, TRIO-SSS students; Caleb Adams, Jennifer Longo and Amy Pecis achieved state and national academic recognition within STEM fields.

Amy joined the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team in 2019. Here she is with UNM-Taos Chancellor, Dr. Valdez getting recognized for her scholarship.
A TRIO-SSS student at UNM-Taos, Jennifer was one of only 20 students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team, an honor recognizing outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, and community engagement among students attending associate degree-granting institutions. She was also the sole awardee from New Mexico of the 2019 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar award, similarly recognizing academic accomplishments and leadership activities. Longo has since acquired a full-time position at LANL.

TRiO-SSS is funded 100% by the Department of Education Federal TRiO Programs. We support students who are highly motivated to complete their academic programs. Qualifying students include TRiO-SSS students who are motivated and diverse achievers.

Students must meet at least 1 of the following qualifying criteria; • First generation college student, (Neither parent graduated from college or university with a Bachelor’s degree.) • Meet income guidelines set by Dept. of Ed.;• Documented disability and registered with UNM-Taos Accessibility Resource Center. They also meet the program eligibility requirements : • Enrolled in a Certificate or Associate program. • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Our TRIO-SSS students enjoyed an evening of bowling at local Gutters Bowling. We ate, had fun and built a sense of community!
Spring 2020 TRIO Day! UNM-Taos TRIO-SSS students met other TRIO students from across the state. We learned about other TRIO programs, met state leaders at the capitol in Santa Fe and built a sense of purpose within the TRIO New Mexico family! Learn how TRIO-SSS can help you achieve success like thousands of other students before you!


Meet our 2019-2020 Peer Mentors and Mentees!

TRIO-SSS serves diverse students from all backgrounds. Our students come to college with wealth of knowledge and skills that provide mutual academic empowerment. This is why the Peer-Mentoring program is so important for improving academic success, campus belonging and social emotional development. You are not alone in your college journey!

Incoming TRIO-SSS students are matched with 2nd year high-achieving TRIO students who are eager to support the social and academic development of their mentees. Weekly mentoring sessions focus on various learning outcomes like career exploration, study strategies, goal setting and social skills to help mentees find purpose and meaning in their education and learn how to navigate college responsibilities and resources. Mentoring increases academic success, campus engagement and student leadership skills!

Mentoring Testimonial

"The TRIO-SSS Program has benefited me immensely during my 2 years at UNM-Taos. Last year, as a mentee, I enjoyed having the guidance of a mentor in navigating all my newfound challenges as a college freshman. Now, as a mentor, I am able to share my knowledge and understanding of college life with my own mentees. What I have learned from my year of being in a mentor position with TRIO-SSS is that there is no one-way learning system in this program. Both the mentee and mentor learn from each other and support each other, with the mentor giving more guidance and the mentee offering more enthusiasm. I would highly recommend any student looking to improve their academic performance and increase their campus involvement to join TRIO-SSS, a recommendation made from my genuine, personal experiences as both as a mentee and mentor for this program."

Julia Shang, A.A. in Liberal Arts; Student Government Association President

TRIO Staff and Contact Information

To learn more about how TRIO-SSS, contact taostrio@unm.edu Please tell us your name, banner ID, academic program and why you want to join TRIO-SSS.

Bella Rodriguez, Student Success Splst, Sr: bperez@unm.edu, 575-737-6250

Alexis Laube-Manigault, Student Success Splst, Sr/ Peer-Mentoring Coordinator: alaube85@unm.edu, 575-737-3776.

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