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2019-20 TRiO students: get started on the right foot! Review our fall events calendar, set up your beginning of semester appointment, and check out what’s coming soon to TRiO.

TRiO Resource Lab

The TRiO lab is open on a walk-in basis to active TRiO participants. The TRiO lab serves as a study area and gathering space for TRiO events, and is also the main site for TRiO tutoring. Technology resources available for use in the TRiO lab include desktop computers, free printing for coursework, select textbooks and reference books, and calculators and other supplies. A rotating selection of snacks is also available in the TRiO lab for our students.

In order to use the TRiO lab, you must be an active TRiO student for the current school year, which means you have either had your beginning of semester advisor meeting or your TRiO intake meeting. Please sign in and out at the front desk when using the TRiO lab. If you were a TRiO student in a previous year, but have not done a beginning of semester meeting this year, please contact us at (217)353-2267 to reserve your place this year.

Academic Tutoring
TRiO tutors are professional tutors who have a bachelor’s degree. Tutoring is offered in the TRiO lab on weekdays on a walk-in basis.
TRiO Advising: Academic, Transfer and Career Advising
In order to be active in TRiO, TRiO students are required to meet with a TRiO advisor at the beginning, middle, and end of each semester. These meetings generally take less than 20 minutes, unless you need more time. Depending on when you joined TRiO, your intake meeting will count as your first meeting. TRiO students are welcome to meet with a TRiO advisor more than just these three times. To schedule an appointment with a TRiO advisor, click here.

Fifth week grade checks
After the first month of each semester, instructors provide TRiO advisors with feedback on how their students are performing in each class. Your TRiO advisor may ask you to schedule an advising meeting in order to discuss instructor feedback and help you make the most of the academic resources available to you.

Retention concerns
If you are struggling to stay in school due to extenuating personal circumstances and/or academic challenges, you are encouraged to meet more frequently with your TRiO advisor.

Career advising
TRiO advisors will work with you to help you determine your career path. We try and review your career plans at each advising meeting, but you are also welcome to come to us with specific concerns. TRiO advisors can direct you to career inventories and guide you as you determine your path. We will also work with you to utilize Career Cruising, a free online resource that assists in the process. TRiO tutors and advisors are available to review and discuss job applications, resumes, and cover letters.

Transfer assistance

If you plan to transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor's degree, TRiO is here to help. We try and review your transfer plans at each advising meeting, but you are also welcome to come to us with specific concerns. TRiO staff lead 2-4 college visits to Illinois schools each semester: at each college visit, students have the opportunity to meet with admissions advisors, hear from financial aid personnel, and take a tour of campus.

Academic and Personal Skills Workshops
Financial Aid Information and Application Assistance
Financial Literacy
Cultural and Social Events