TRIO Student Support Services

Achieve Your College Goals with TRIO

TRIO is a program specifically designed to assist students in the transition to higher education and the college environment. The staff provides Kirkwood students with advice, guidance, and support.

Together, we'll help you achieve your academic goals, such as earning an associate's degree and/or transferring to a four-year post-secondary institution.

Explore what each TRIO location has to offer.


For most up to date program information:
TRIO SSS Information

The TRIO SSS Traditional student support program provides individualized guidance and support to first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. TRIO provides a welcoming environment to study, make friends, and get advice on your studies, finances, jobs, and the transfer process to 4-year schools. Our goal is to make sure your time at Kirkwood is successful and fulfilling.

Kirkwood Community College’s TRIO SSS ESL program provides opportunities for academic support, social engagement, and cultural activities for non-native English speakers, ELA students, or students who speak a language other than English at home.

How does TRIO SSS ESL programming support students?

  • Academic Advising and Support
  • Financial Literacy
  • Tutoring and Mentorship
  • Transfer Advising
  • Assistance with Applying for Scholarships
  • Cultural and Civic Engagement Opportunities


Who can join TRIO SSS Traditional?

To be eligible for the TRIO program, a student must meet one of the following eligibility criteria and be a citizen or national of the United States:

  • First-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree) 
  • Low income
  • Physical or mental disability

Who can join TRIO SSS ESL?

  • Be enrolled in English Language Acquisition classes (at least level five), a non-native English speaker, or speak in another language at home.
  • Meet at least one of these three criteria:
    • Be a First Generation student (Neither parent nor guardian has a four-year college degree)
    • Low income
    • Have a documented disability
TRIO SSS Traditional Application         
TRIO SSS ESL Application

Explore More

Students work with an individual advisor to meet TRIO program supports including, but not limited to:

  • Goal and solution-based counseling
  • Financial aid process assistance
  • Math and writing support
  • Transfer decision making and connecting.

Meet Our Advisors


Mallory Petsche
Title: Director, TRIO SSS ESL
Phone: 319-887-3602


Wisal Hussein
Title: Advisor, TRIO SSS ESL
Phone: 319-887-3965


Andrew Freeman
Title: Director, TRIO SSS Traditional
Phone: 319-398-5674


Elissa Teets
Title: Advisor, TRIO SSS Traditional
Phone: 319-398-5454


Morgan Bear
Title: Advisor, TRIO SSS Traditional
Phone: 319-398-4931

Federal Funding

TRIO programs are federally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965. TRIO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers in higher education.


TRIO Student Support Services – Traditional


TRIO Student Support Services – ESL



Cedar Rapids Campus
2010 Cedar Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404