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:
TRiO Student Support Service
(360) 392-4331 cell: (360) 224-3255
Joan Banel started with the NWIC TRIO Program in November 2015 as an Academic Support Coach Advocate. With over 25 years of experience in academics ranging from Preschool to Post-Secondary, Joan has developed skills and insights to provide essential student support services. This is Joan’s tenth year working for Northwest Indian College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Washington and her Master of Education degree from Western Washington University. Joan’s experience includes working as an employment specialist, a program coordinator for families experiencing homelessness, and as an educational advocate for youth in foster care. Her favorite motto is Keep Moving Forward. She loves to ski, garden, and spend time outdoors.
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.