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.
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.