Jillian Hettinger

Trio Programs

TRIO helps students achieve their college goals.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

The Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 established Upward Bound, then in 1965 Talent Search, and Student Support Services in 1968. Since then, the original programs (TRIO) have grown to nine other programs.  Currently, North Central Missouri College (NCMC) hosts three of these programs; UB, SSS and Talent Search.

All services are FREE for students who participate in a TRIO program.

Students studying together
Students studying together

Upward Bound (UB)

Established at NCMC in 1999. The purpose of UB is to increase the rate at which UB participants will complete secondary education and enroll and complete a program of postsecondary education.

Student Support Services

Established at NCMC in 2001. The purpose of SSS is to provide opportunities and to assist participants toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Students studying together
Students studying together
Student in the Library
Student in the Library

Talent Search

Established at NCMC in 2022, serving the Saint Joseph, MO school district. Assisting participants in grades 6th through 12th towards the successful completion of their secondary & postsecondary education.


Main Campus – Trenton
Geyer Hall 103 & 104
1301 Main St.
Trenton MO, 64683

Hours of Operation
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday
Select dates for closing can be found on our Academic Calendar


TRIO Director
[email protected]
(660) 357-6348

TRIO Admin. Assistant
[email protected]
(660) 357-6332

TRIO logo
TRIO logo