TRiO Student Support Services

Program Services

Academic Advising

Advisors will meet with you regularly to devise an academic plan to complete a degree at Edmonds Community College and transfer to a four year institution by discussing your academic goals, help plan quarterly and yearly class schedules, and assist with early registration. TRiO advisors also offer guidance with the general admission requirements set by four-year institutions as well as many of the specific requirements set by programs and departments within the institutions.



Professional and confidential counseling is available when you need someone who will listen and help. Counseling services are offered through several formats. Our staff can help you decide which option would best meet your needs. Crisis management and referrals are also available. Types of counseling offered through TRiO include:

  • Personal counseling (including crisis counseling)
  • Career counseling and exploration
  • Academic counseling (such as stress over classes)

Personal counseling
Personal counseling helps address issues that can make it difficult for students to succeed in college due to worry, stress, grief, anxiety, depression, problems with self-esteem or relationships, culture shock, and other life concerns that impact their ability to focus on their educational and personal success.

Career counseling

Career counseling or a career planning class assists students to explore the best “fit” of a major/career with their skills, values, needs, personality, and interests, and introduces career research resources so they can develop an action plan for understanding themselves, career options, and decision making. Counseling might include career assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or referral to career planning classes such as:

CCLS 111 - Career/Life Planning
CCLS 105 - Career Transitions
CCLS 106 - Express Career Planning

Academic counseling

Academic counseling involves coping with problems with classes, adjusting to college culture, test anxiety, understanding college systems and processes, time management issues, etc. and may include referral to campus support services such as Services for Students with Disabilities, Learning Support Center, TRiO one-on-one tutoring, study skills classes, or a college success class:

CCLS 100 - Steps to Success
CCLS 116 - Overcoming Test Anxiety

Financial Aid and Scholarships

TRiO staff works with you to secure financial aid by providing assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): application, renewal process, and potential reinstatement due to probation or termination. Staff will help you search for eligible scholarships and assist with completing scholarship applications and reviewing essays.



Free one-on-one and group tutoring is available for a variety of college classes. TRiO utilizes a variety of peer tutors who are knowledgeable in the course information and are trained to help students better understand course content in order to increase success and enhance self confidence.



TRiO and other campus departments offer a variety of academic and personal workshops each quarter. Subjects may include:

  • How to write a Personal Statement
  • Time Management
  • Understanding Your Individual and Social Learning Styles
  • English Writing series
  • Math Word Problem series
  • Basic Computer Skills series