TRiO Student Support Services offer a holistic approach to student development through Academic Coach Advocacy, facilitated workshops, educational method development, and student activities.
The mission of TRiO-SSS is to increase the knowledge, retention, and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities, and facilitate their transition from one level of post-secondary education to the next.
Through a three-tiered approach to student excellence, the Northwest Indian College TRiO-SSS program seeks to improve student retention, success, and graduation through holistic advising, academic success training, and writing mentorship. With service through the NWIC extended campuses, we work with students, staff, faculty – and most importantly with the community – to identify learning strategies based on place and culture, while also serving to prepare students to identify their own version of success.
…is committed to providing the tools necessary to help students reach their academic and career goals.
TRiO Eligibility Criteria
Under the Department of Education for TRiO-SSS the institution decides what the definition of Academic Need includes. At Northwest Indian College Academic Need may include the following:
My name is Destiny Petroske I am the NWIC TRiO Student Support Service Program Director. I am Lummi from the Toby family and a descendant of the Duwamish people under the James family. My spouse is from the Charles family from the Lower Elwha Klallam people. Currently I am working on my Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) in Tribal Governance. I graduated from Northwest Indian College in Fall 2015 with a BA in Native Studies Leadership. I also graduated in Winter 2015 with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and minors in Communications and Diversity in Higher Education from Western Washington University. Lastly, I graduated in Spring 2012 with an Associate of Arts-DTA from Spokane Falls Community College.
¡Hola! My name is Gaby Salazar, and I am part of the TRiO team in building 17. As a TRiO Adacemic Coach Advocate I am responsible for working with students to make learning a positive experience and an opportunity for growth. My life is dedicated to working in any realm of education. In the past I’ve worked in daycares, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges. I was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington and am fortunate to be from a Mexican immigrant family. I am first generation in continuing higher education and successfully completed all of my education in my hometown. Some things I like to do on my free time are: learning languages, learning to play drums, and guitar, karaoke, and dancing. Please let me know if there is any way I can help you on your educational journey. It is an honor to be working with you! My first priority was always to help in any capacity when any student feels overwhelmed and confused. Our NWIC TRiO team is happy to help in any way possible to make college a great place to be.
Jory Mickelson is a TRiO Writing Mentor/Advocate. He is new to the NWIC campus and excited to be here. He was born and raised in Western Montana and relocated to Bellingham, WA in 2002. He graduated with a degree in English from WWU in 2009 and has a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Idaho in 2013.
My name is Neah Monteiro, and I am a TRiO writing mentor. I am available to help you with any stage of any writing assignment. You can find me in the Math and Writing Center from 1-4:30 on Wednesdays or email me for support whenever you need it. I completed a bachelor of arts degree in sociology at the College of William and Mary in 2007 and studied in the graduate journalism program at Temple University in 2014.