TRIO Student Support Services

Student Support Services

What is Student Support Services (SSS)?
Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the US Department of Education. SSS offers academic assistance to 170 students at Westchester Community College. The goal of SSS is to increase retention and graduation rates, and promote transfer to four year institutions.

Am I Eligible for the SSS Program?
To be accepted as a participant you must be:

  • First year student
  • Accepted for enrollment/currently enrolled at Westchester Community College.
  • Enrolled or placed in at least one developmental course.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Highly motivated to graduate and/or transfer to a four-year college or university.

Additionally one of the following must apply to you:

  • Family meets financial low income levels as determined by federal TRIO Program
  • A first-generation college student (neither parent has a four year degree)
  • A documented disability


Staff & Location

Rita Samet-Slavin
Program Director
Science Building room 335
Phone: 914-606-8523
Noelle Bucci
Academic Counselor
Science Building room 336
Susan Hacker
Career Counselor
Science Building, Room 349
Phone: 914-606-8523 (to make apt.)
Tracy Adams
Office Assistant
Science Building room 329
Phone: 914-606-8525


How Do I Apply for Student Support Services?
There are three ways to obtain an application for Student Support Services. Once the application is complete, please return it to the address listed at the top of the form.

  • Click to Download an Application.
  • Send an email request to
    (Be sure to include your name, address, email address and phone number so that we may send you an application)
  • Stop by the TRIO offices in the Science Building – rooms 329, 335 or 336 to pick up an application in person.


What services are available to students in the SSS program?
Enrollment in this program will provide you the following:

  • Academic advisement/counseling
  • Financial aid counseling and Financial literacy education
  • Career counseling
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Cultural programs
  • Leadership and study skills workshops
  • Employment/transfer assistance


Advising and Counseling
TRIO/SSS counselors are available to help you with:

  • Course selection and registration
  • Academic or personal counseling
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Career counseling/coaching
  • Navigating the system
  • Transfer assistance


Need help with writing papers, a math class, or a science course? As a TRIO participant, you can receive individual or small group tutoring provided by a senior or peer tutor who is familiar with the requirements and expectations of Westchester Community College professors.

Tutor Hours and Location

Workshop Schedule


Cultural Activities
As a TRIO participant you will have opportunities to interact with other TRIO students and attend performances or activities that will enrich your college experience. Several of our students, along with TRIO staff, attended performances of “Grease”, “Phantom”, “Aida”, ”West Side Story”, “Chicago”, “Miss Saigon”, “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Oliver” at the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford.   Show Boat is planned for 11/2015.   We plan cultural excursions each spring.


Westchester Community College 2016-17 TRIO/ Student Support Services program is funded by a $255,012 U.S. Department of Education grant. This program is funded 60% with federal funds and 40% with non-governmental sources to serve 170 students.

A Federally Funded Program