Student Support Services(TRIO)

  • What is TRiO Student Support Services?

    TRiO Student Support Services-(SSS) is a comprehensive, federally-funded program that offers academic coaching to students in need of scholarly support to accomplish their educational and career goals at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). SSS provides assistance at every stage of undergraduate education, whether the student is deciding which courses to take in the first semester or wondering how to prepare for graduation and transfer to the university. We provide intensive academic, personal, and career counseling to help program participants reach their goals. If students are committed to achieving their academic goals, they will find great benefits in SSS.

     Who is eligible to join TRiO Student Support Services?  

    Services are available to eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are registered in credit classes at PGCC, demonstrate need for support of academic goals which include: graduation and transferring to a four year university/college AND meet at least one of the following criteria:

     Limited-Income Student – A family’s taxable income does not exceed levels set by the federal government which can be found at, if the student is receiving any type of public assistance, or if the student is receiving Social Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), or Vocational Rehabilitation funding.

     First-Generation College Student – This implies that the student’s custodial parent or guardian does not possess a four-year college degree or if the student has ever been a ward of the state or homeless.
     Disabled Student – The student must have documentation on file and be registered with the PGCC’s Disability Support Services.

     Entrance into the program is based upon meeting the outlined eligibility criteria, along with demonstrated academic need & potential for graduation with an Associates and transfer to a four-year institution in a period no greater than three years from entry into the program. Additionally, all decisions will be based upon available space. 

    What services does SSS provide?

    Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction - free one-on-one instruction in most academic courses. The tutor works with the student in a manner suitable to meet individual needs for an entire semester. Supplemental instruction is also a free service. The tutor attends the class with the students, facilitates a question and answer session after each class, and provides, in a group setting, supplemental instruction to enhance the course lecture.

    Academic Advising - help in understanding and meeting the academic requirements of your declared major. Assistance with course selection, scheduling, registration, and using the college catalog is provided by your advisor who is committed to your success.

    Financial Aid & Financial Literacy Advising - help in applying for and maintaining eligibility for student financial aid and scholarship programs. Additionally, program staff will assist in developing skills to become more financially literate.

    Counseling - assistance in clarifying educational and career goals and meeting the demands of college life. You can also get help with solving personal problems or discussing personal concerns that may be affecting academic progress.

    Transfer Assistance - assistance in preparing for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. SSS professional staff will assist in providing information in making the transfer process a relatively seamless process. Additionally, college tours are a regular feature of each semester. 
    Cultural Enrichment - Cultural enrichment activities are a regular feature each semester with trips in previous years to:

    • The Kennedy Center
    • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
    • Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk musical production
    • The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
    • The Blacks in Wax Museum
    • The Dance Theater of Harlem
    • Chicago, Broadway musical 

    The TRiO Student Support Services Program is located in Marlboro Hall, Room 2102. The hours are: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. The staff is available to help you by appointment or on a drop-in basis. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, please visit or call the program office for an appointment. Call 301.546.0681 to make an appointment or for more information.

    You may direct questions concerning TRiO Student Support Services to: or contact a staff member directly.

    Meet the TRiO Student Support Services Program Staff 

    Duane Norwood
    Program Director,

     Dr. Donyel Hill

     Student Advisor,

    Phyllis Collins, A.S.
    TRiO Student Support Services Specialist,
    Rhonetta Braxton-Fisher
    TRiO Student Support Services Office Associate III,

    Erin Wilkerson Program Coordinator,


  • Contact Us

    TRiO Student Support Services

    Office Hours:

    Monday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm Friday 8:30am-5:00pm


    Lanham Hall Room 101A



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