Chipola College Student Support Services (SSS) Staff is eager to assist students with their educational goals.
Chipola College's Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist eligible students to succeed academically in college. The goals of the Student Support Services program are to increase the retention, graduation, and transfer rates of students participating in the program.
Student Support Services provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post secondary education.
SSS encourages academic excellence and student success by providing intrusive and proactive academic services designed to empower students to address and overcome access challenges to higher education and gains an understanding of how to be successful in the college environment.
Chipola College's Student Support Services program is funded to serve 140 students who are currently enrolled at Chipola College and are first-generation college students (parents do not hold a Bachelor's degree), and/or meet federal income guidelines, and/or have a documented disability.
SSS helps students prepare for academic success and overcome social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Students may be eligible to receive the following services from SSS:
SSS advisors, who are trained Chipola College academic advisors, assist SSS students in determining educational goals, selecting courses, and registering for classes. Academic plans are maintained for each participant.
SSS students' interests, skills aptitudes, and abilities are explored to assist them in the career decision-making process. Career choices are matched to academic goals and corresponding majors.
Cultural Events and University Visits
To ensure an increased knowledge and exposure to educational and cultural events, SSS students participate in trips and activities designed to broaden student life experiences.
Financial Aid Counseling
SSS students are advised of opportunities and priority deadlines of financial aid and scholarships. Assistance with completing the FAFSA online, scholarship searches, and scholarship applications are available.
Grant Aid Scholarships
Peer and Professional Mentoring
New students entering the program have access to an SSS peer mentor who provides help, support, and encouragement.
University / College Transfer Assistance
SSS students who plan to transfer to an upper-level institution upon graduation are informed about academic requirements for university transfer, application, financial aid, and housing. SSS students participate in campus tours to local and regional universities.
Workshops on a Variety of Topics
SSS Department Staff Assistant
Events and Activities
The goal of SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants and to help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. To enhance the college experience, SSS students participate in many activities and special events both on campus and in the community.
SSS students participate in workshops on Business and Careers, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and College Transfer. Students also make University Visits to learn more about options for their future transfer.
SSS students give back to the Chipola community by participating in community service projects such as Donuts with Dudes, Backpacks for Kids, and Breast Cancer Awareness activities.
SSS students participating in TRiO Society develop social relationships through student activities like Fall Festival, SSS Welcome Back Celebration, Club Day and Homecoming activities.
The TRiO Society, which supports Student Support Services, is one of the largest and most active student organization on Chipola's campus. The society works hard throughout the year on Chipola's campus and in the community volunteering and giving back. TRiO Society is a great way for students to connect with other SSS students. This is an important part of who we are!