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Welcome to the TRIO ACHIEVERS Program

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Our Goal

To help give first-generation college students, students from low-income families or students with a physical or learning disability an equal opportunity to earn a college education.

Our Priority

To offer individualized quality support services in a personal and caring manner to promote academic success. Participants are offered an array of individual and small group services to ensure a smooth transition to West Valley College as well as ongoing support towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

The program is responsible for increasing retention, graduation, and transfer rates of students that are first generation in college, low income, and/or students with disabilities.

Our TRIO Vision

We are actively engaged in creating a positive caring community that promotes diversity, leadership, and student success.

Services & Benefits
  • Priority registration
  • Free printing and computer workstations
  • Grant aid to eligible participants
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Counseling
  • Peer mentoring
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Transfer Planning and Visits to Four-Year Universities
  • Cultural events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Leadership development
  • Sense of community

The TRIO Achievers Program is open to any undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. Applicants must have an academic need and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Low-income (based on the U.S. Department of Education scale)
  • Have a physical or learning disability
Program Requirements

In order to remain active in the program, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Meet with assigned staff member once per semester
  • Attend two campus partner events/workshops a year
  • Attend one TRIO Achievers sponsored Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Participate in at least two TRIO Achievers-sponsored activities per semester
  • Maintain good academic standing

TRiO Program at West Valley College

Eligibility and How to Apply

TRiO is a federally funded program designed to empower first-generation, low-income, and disabled West Valley College students as they prepare to obtain a two-year degree and/or transfer to a four-year university.

Are You Eligible?

To qualify for TRiO, you MUST:

  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States
  • Have applied for the financial aid via FAFSA
  • Be in academic good standing (GPA 2.0 and above)
  • Have an academic need and be:
    • Financially limited, according to Federal income criteria and/or
    • A first-generation college student (meaning neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree in the United States), or
    • A student with a verified disability

Student Spotlights

Kariffa Chiu
Kariffa Chiu

Major: Education

Degree: Teaching Certificate – Level 2

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: How TRIO guided me on how to accomplish my goal.

Amber Dayton
Amber Dalton

Major: Apparel Design and Merchandising

College/University: San Francisco State University

I am most passionate about: Art, color, and design.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: The care and support from the members of the TRIO program meant so much to me. Thank you!

Brenda Feldman
Brenda Feldman

Major: English

College/University: San Jose State

I am passionate about: Reading.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: My most memorable TRIO experience was when we went on field trips such as visiting college campuses.

Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez

Major: Communications

College/University: San Francisco State University

I am passionate about: I am passionate about sports and learning. I enjoy learning different things, especially life lessons. I love interacting with people of different backgrounds.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: The most memorable moment with TRIO will always be Alicia Cardenas and how helpful she was throughout my 3 years here at West Valley. She was always very motivating and leading the example, and for that I'm very grateful.

Monika Milani
Monika Milani

Major: Theater Arts

College/University: UC Santa Cruz

I am passionate about: Integrity within workspace, teamwork, and artistic expression.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: Notably, I met a few lifelong, hardworking friends in TRIO at Mission College and West Valley College; I was able to create solid plans to graduate with multiple AA's where I thought I may not before. The resources and support to be found with TRIO became fundamental to my success at WVC.

Maria Palma
Maria Palma

Major: Social Justice

College/University: San Francisco State University

I am passionate about: Coffee and people.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: The incredible and dynamic support system that repeatedly helped me.

Jorge Antonio Prado
Jorge Antonio Prado

Major: Business Administration

College/University: San Jose State University

I am passionate about: Uplifting others.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: I enjoyed every second of this program. This program was my backbone since the second I joined, and made me do a 180 change academically with its overwhelming tutoring services and support. Turned me form a Withdraw and C’s student to a 3.1 GPA student.

Juliet Roman
Juliet Roman

Major: Sociology

College/University: California State University San Marco

I am passionate about: Helping others.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: Attending the TRIO Student Leadership Conference.

Ali Taleghani
Ali Taleghani

Major: Statistics – Data Science

College/University: UC Davis

I am passionate about: Working out and biking.

Most Memorable Moment in TRIO: Most memorable experience from TRIO is the good feelings I get from helping other students and getting help from the wonderful tutors. I am blessed to be in such an environment.

TRIO Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Contact Information

Phone: (408) 741-2022

Email: TRiO%20Front%20Office

Office: SSC 2nd floor

Last Updated 10/13/21