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TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)

TRIO program office of Kirkwood Community College. Student Support Services


The TRIO SSS - ESL program is currently full for the spring 2022 semester. We are still accepting applications and encourage anyone who is interested to apply. New applications will be placed on a waitlist until the summer 2022 semester.

The online application for the TRIO SSS - ESL can be completed here.

TRIO Student Support Services - ESL

What is TRIO Student Support Services - ESL?

Kirkwood Community College's TRIO Student Support Services-English as a Second Language program (TRIO SSS - ESL) is a federally funded program under the U.S. Department of Education. We provide opportunities for academic, social, and cultural development for multilingual students.

Who can join TRIO SSS - ESL?

  1. Be enrolled in credit classes at Kirkwood Community College on the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City campuses

  2. Be enrolled in English Language Acquisition classes (at least Level 5), a non-native English speaker, or speak, read, write in another language at home.

  3. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

  4. Meet at least ONE of these three criteria:

    1. Be a First Generation student (Neither parent or guardian of a student has earned a four-year college degree)

    2. Low Income (defined as household taxable income does not exceed 150% of the poverty level)

    3. Have a documented physical or learning disability

  5. Applicants must not have already earned a 2 year degree or higher

How does TRIO SSS - ESL programming support students?  

  1. Academic Advising and Support

  2. Financial Literacy

  3. Tutoring and Mentorship

  4. Transfer Advising

  5. Assistance with Applying for Scholarships

  6. Cultural and Civic Engagement Opportunities

How to Apply

CLICK HERE to submit the TRIO SSS-ESL application.

Reading/Writing and Science Support through TRIO SSS - ESL

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with a Reading/Writing or Science Specialist


Participants in the TRIO SSS - ESL program have access to tutoring from faculty who specialize in Writing or Science subjects. You can schedule an appointment with a Specialist through the TRIO SSS - ESL Calendly link by selecting "Reading/Writing/ELA Tutoring" or "Science Academic Support". All tutoring through TRIO will be on ZOOM during the Summer 2021 semester.

Staff Contact Information

TRIO SSS - ESL Program Staff Contact Information


Mallory Petsche

Director, TRIO SSS - ESL



Wisal Hussein

Advisor, TRIO SSS - ESL



Sarah Mickam

Department Assistant, TRIO Programs