TRIO-SSS offers four for-credit courses designed to help participants succeed in college and prepare for the world of work. Credits earned in TRIO-SSS courses may be used as electives toward graduation.

TRIO-SSS College Orientation

UNIV 1180  (1 Credit)

This course provides a complete orientation to the university to assist participants with the transition to college. Through departmental tours, guest lectures and various other activities, students gain a sense of community and knowledge that can enhance their college experience and help them become successful college students. This course addresses

  • Academic, personal and social issues
  • Economic and financial aid topics
  • How to calculate and monitor academic progress
  • Academic and other support services at BSU

Critical Reading and Analysis

(UNIV 1199 – 2 Credits)

This course addresses skill areas critical for academic success to help SSS participants become better students. Course topics include hands-on activities using a variety of materials, including the students’ own textbooks, that help students improve:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Textbook reading ability
  • Note taking skills
  • Test preparation and test taking skills
  • Memory techniques and study strategies
  • Time management and organizational skills

Life Career Planning

(UNIV 1200 – 2 Credits)

This course helps students decide on a major or confirm an already chosen major and then tie career planning to that major. Students learn to focus their academic endeavors toward post-graduation goals through the following activities:

  • Values clarification exercises, interest and personality inventories and career assessment analysis
  • Research of national and regional employment trends, salaries and employment outlooks
  • Specific career research
  • Resume creation and discussions about job search etiquette and interviewing skills

Personal & Financial Wellness

(UNIV 1930 – 1 credit)

Personal & Financial Wellness will address personal and financial wellness topics for students; examine the importance of regular physical activity, identify & implement time management and academic wellness opportunities, learn about financial topics including saving money, budgeting, loan information and developing job seeking skills.  Learning about, and implementing these topics can help avoid, or decrease stress and in turn, increase personal wellness.

Capstone TRIO Student

(UNIV 3200 – 3 Credits)

This course assists junior and senior students with job search strategies, networking, interviewing, becoming career ready and obtaining positions consistent with their career goals. This course also includes a service-learning component to enhance professional skills, practice community engagement and build networking opportunities and relationships.