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The REACH/TRiO program at Phoenix College serves as a resource and voice for first generation, low-income students and students with disabilities at Phoenix College. The program promotes a learning environment which challenges students to grow personally and professionally.

REACH also provides a supportive environment for developing potential and promoting success, and to assist students in reaching their goal of graduating from Phoenix College, has established a supportive environment for developing potential and promoting success.

Services provided include:

  • Academic pre-advisement
  • Tutoring and career exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Cultural events and success workshops
  • Instruction in leadership skills, skills and college survival techniques
  • University transfer support

The REACH/TRiO  office integrates the role of support services among other services at the college reducing anxiety about seeking help and creating access for first generation and low income students as well as students with a disability.

Do I qualify for REACH/TRiO?

Are you:
 A United States citizen or permanent resident?
 A first generation college student?
 Eligible for federal financial aid?
 Planning to transfer to a 4-year institution?

If so, you may be eligible through the REACH/TRiO Program for support, guidance, and services to help you complete your studies at Phoenix College and transfer to a 4-year institution.

History of TRIO Programs

The Federal TRiO Programs were started from the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to respond to the war on poverty by the administration. The word "TRiO" came from the development of the Upward Bound, Talent Search and Student Support Services program which was originally known as Special Services for disadvantaged students. All of these programs were authorized after the Higher Education Act of 1965 was passed. Over the years, TRiO programs have grown and improved to a wider range of services and diversified it to accommodate more students who need assistance. The new amendments of the Higher Education Act have created more opportunities with the establishment of Educational Opportunity Centers, training programs, Postbaccalaureate achievement programs and specified Upward Bound program for students with requests to study math and sciences. The Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) has been serving students at PC since 1979.

REACH/TRiO incorporates space for self study, tutoring or REACH laptop use. The REACH/TRiO Program has been serving students at Phoenix College since the 1970's.