TRIO Student Support Services
This semester, two new tutors have joined the TRIO READING/WRITING TUTORING team to assist with reading and written assignments: Rachel Spiro and Lew Koflowitz. Along with Gretchen Loase, there are additional tutors on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays to provide free, one-on-one tutoring for TRIO students and to help TRIO students succeed.
TRIO also welcomes back are wonderful Peer Tutors: Roaa Rdeef - Developmental Math through Calculus 1; Henry Poma-Vasquez – A&P I and II, Math 117, General Psychology, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry, Nutrition and Biological Sciences; and Caitlin McDonald – A & P I and II, Microbiology, English. Our Peer Tutors are exceptional. TRIO students often seek out their help. They are dedicated, patient and caring. We are very fortunate to have them on our team!
TRIO students are encouraged to please come by and see how TRIO tutors can provide concrete help as well as a listening ear (and even candy) to make a difference in their education as a WCC student and beyond. This is a priceless opportunity to enhance reading, writing and critical thinking skills with a dedicated advocate for student success. Being a student can be a stressful experience and TRIO offers resources and support to make things a little easier.
Gretchen Loase is available from Monday through Thursdays, and is the anchor of ongoing tutorial assistance to TRIO students. A former NYC teacher, Gretchen has been a faithful champion for TRIO students over the years. With her cheerful attitude and appreciation for the hard work and effort to be better students, Gretchen has earned the gratitude of many students for her help on papers, essays, and even piano! Gretchen always has a kind word for students and respects their initiative, whether they are Honors students or developing English language learners. “I want each student to become a confident and independent learner.” She enjoys how students are curious and open-minded, knowing that academic challenges are opportunities for growth.
Students coming for one-on-one tutoring on Wednesdays will find Susan Barocas, who is also a volunteer in the ESL Conversation Partners program, ready and willing to assist them. A former marketing communications executive, Susan is empathetic and enthusiastic when encountering the variety of topics that students bring. She believes that the student/tutor relationship is wonderfully collaborative. “Working together to tackle assignments is an enormously worthwhile experience. I have opportunities each week to explore, discover and learn with the TRIO students.” She approaches each tutoring session as a chance to provide encouragement, support and a sense of confidence.
Rachel Spiro (Mondays) has a Masters in special education and taught various subjects at the Windward School and in the Bedford Central School District. She also tutored students in all academic areas for many years. In addition to focusing on academics, Rachel is able to provide her students with strong organizational skills and learning strategies. She believes in tailoring her instruction to meet each individual’s unique learning style and needs. Rachel’s approachable manner and sense of humor puts students at ease, and makes for a positive and productive learning experience.
Lew Koflowitz has joined the TRIO program as a Writing Tutor at WCC. He has many years of career writing experience in the business, economic and financial sectors. Lew comes to TRIO with experience as a business and financial journalist, an economist, and a marketing communications and public relations specialist. Lew is a Westchester native. He grew up in Port Chester, and went through the Port Chester public school system, before heading off to college and graduate school in New York City. He studied engineering at Columbia University, and finance and economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and at Columbia University’s Graduate Business School.
TRIO/Student Support Services is a nationally recognized Student Support Services Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. We are dedicated to student success and will assist you in achieving your academic goals at Westchester Community College. Trio assists low-income, first generation and/or disabled students to graduate and transfer to a four-year college. We select motivated and conscientious students who will participate in the program activities and are in need of assistance and/or support services.What We Offer:
Enrollment in this program will provide you the following:
- One-on-one academic and financial aid counseling (assistance with filing financial aid forms)
- One-on-one tutoring and mentoring
- Helpful study-skills workshops
- Personal and career counseling
- Financial literacy education
- Review of mid-semester progress reports from professors
- Cultural events
TRIO /SSS program will accept students who are in their first year at Westchester Community College and have placed into at least one remedial course. You must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. In addition, eligible participants must fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Low-Income – Eligibility is determined based on federal family income guidelines.
- First Generation – Neither of your parents have obtained a four year college degree.
- Disabled – Disability documents must be provided.
- The student agrees to participate in academic advisement with the SSS counselor each semester.
- The student agrees to meet with the SSS counselor at least twice a month to discuss the student’s academic progress or any other student concern.
- The student agrees to work with the SSS counselor to develop a Semester Action Plan and periodically review and update the plan.
- The student agrees to notify the SSS counselor if s/he stops attending class or if s/he wants to drop or withdraw from a class.
- The student agrees to notify SSS counselor if difficulty arises, whether it is of an academic, financial or personal nature.
- The student agrees to attend at least one study skills or information workshop each semester offered by the TRIO/Student Support Services program.
- The student agrees to attend tutoring for a course s/he is receiving a grade of D or F at mid-semester. If receiving tutoring, the student agrees to contact the SSS counselor if s/he decides to stop meeting with the tutor, or if s/he has a problem with the tutor.
- The student agrees to participate in Trio financial literacy program.
- The student agrees to take the ETS Success Navigator assessment.
Am I Eligible for the SSS Program?
- 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.
- 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
How Do I Apply for Student Support Services?
- Click to Download an Application. in PDF format
- Send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org (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?
- 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
- Course selection and registration
- Academic or personal counseling
- Financial aid assistance
- Career counseling/coaching
- Navigating the system
- Transfer assistance
|READING, WRITING AND TERM PAPERS:|
|GRETCHEN||Mondays through Thursdays||9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|RACHEL||Mondays||10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|SARAH||Tuesdays||9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|SUSAN||Wednesdays||9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|SCIENCE AND MATH TUTORING:|
|(Developmental Math through Calculus 1)|
|ROAA||Mondays||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Tuesdays||12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesdays||10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Thursdays||12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|(Anatomy and Physiology I, Math 117, General Psychology, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry, Nutrition and Biological Science)|
|HENRY||Mondays||1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesdays||9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.|
|(Anatomy and Physiology I, II, Microbiology, Chemistry, English)|
|CAITLIN:||Wednesdays||1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.|
|Thursdays||1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.|
|WELCOME BACK TRIO STUDENTS!||9-11-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|WESTCHESTER COUNTY POLICE: Special Operations Canine Unit with Det. John Peters and Daisy K9!||9-18-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Learn about the resources available to you as a WCC student; Presenters – Sophia Pineiro and Travis Melby||9-25-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|“BASICS OF BUDGETING”: w/ Suzanne Matthews;||10-2-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway 139|
|VIKING SUCCESS: Presenter, David Byrnes; learn how to connect with Professors, TRIO Counselors and Support Services!||10-9-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway - 237|
|“BANKING ON YOUR FUTURE”: Presenter – Stuart Novick;||10-16-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway 139|
|“SELF CARE”: With Kristy Robinson, LCSW and Patrick Sheehan, Mental Health Professional||10-23-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|MERCY COLLEGE TOUR: Dobbs Ferry Campus||10-30-19|
|PANEL DISCUSSION: Hear from past and present TRIO students and get some helpful hints regarding student success! Mandatory attendance for NEW 2019 TRIO students||11-6-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|FAFSA WORKSHOP||11-13-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway - 237|
|DEGREE WORKS: Learn how to use and navigate the SUNY System! Presenter – Amy Mozingo;||11-20-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway - 237|
|RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP: Professor Gelaine Williams||12-4-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Science 371|
|FAFSA WORKSHOP||12-11-19||Wednesday from 11a.m. - 1p.m.||Gateway - 237|
Staff and Location
Professor Virginia Falcone
Science Building room 336
Science Building, Room 349
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Science Building room 329