What is Student Support Services (SSS & SSS-ESL)?

SSS & SSS-ESL are federally-funded programs that provide opportunities for academic, social, and cultural development for students. Our goal is to assist students to graduate with an associates degree and transfer to a four-year institution. Click here for: SSS/SSS-ESL Brochure

Our Mission

TRiO SSS & SSS-ESL provides an environment that is committed to encourage, empower and guide our students to achieve their graduation and transfer goals.

Program Services

Academic Advising Comprehensive and ongoing assistance with course selection and transfer plans, choosing majors and careers, school planning and test preparation.

Academic Support Study skill workshops, one-on-one academic counseling sessions, and study skills inventories to help students develop their skills and improve their academic performance.Campus Tour at UC Berkeley

Campus Tours Get exposed to many of the beautiful four-year campuses
that California has to offer. Learn about their resources, transfer requirements, and much more.

Cultural Activities To help in increasing our students’ cultural awareness.  SSS & SSS-ESL sponsors several cultural activities throughout the year.  Activities vary from attending plays, camping, visiting historical sites, museums and much more.

Financial Literacy We assist students in completing the FAFSA and scholarship applications. We provide workshops focused on increasing financial literacy, covering topics that range from budgeting to credit cards, to help increase their understanding of personal finances and global economic issues.

Peer Mentoring/Coaching Students have the opportunity to “learn the ropes” of what it is to be a student at our institution by matching them with successful SSS & SSS-ESL students with whom they may share similar backgrounds.


Applications are available for pick up at our offices or you can download the SSS/SSS-ESL Application here.

Application Checklist

  • Complete and sign the application
  • Personal Statement (pg. 4)
  • Provide a copy of an official form of identification
    (State License, State ID card, Permanent Resident Card, Passport etc.)
  • Copy of last year’s income tax (Form 1040 or 1040A/EZ).
    NOTE: *Parent tax returns are needed if a student can still be claimed as a DEPENDENT according to federal financial aid law.
  • Complete “Student Financial Eligibility Information” (pg. 3).
  • Submit Completed application to one of our offices.

Only complete applications from eligible students will be reviewed. After the initial screening, eligible applicants will be invited to a short interview with project staff. In a competitive situation, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate (1) the greatest need for support and (2) the strongest desire to be an active and engaged TRiO scholar. Space is limited and students are highly encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

You will receive an email to your “@go.yccd.edu” notifying of your application status.

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