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TRiO SSS Graduation and Retention Data Highlights (as of 12/16/2012)

Since 2005-06, we have had 7 cohorts for a total of 684 participants and fifty-five percent (375 participants) being Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

We served an average of 236 students a year.

84% are low-income, 86% are first-generation, and 70% are both Low-income, First-generation (LIFG).

82.91% persisted from fall of one year to the fall of the next year.

96.18% are in good academic standing.

353 participants (51.61%) have received an A.A. and/or transferred to a 4-year college/university and 188 (50.14%) of the Hawaiian/Pacific Islander participants have received an A.A. and/or transferred to a 4-year college/university (no time limit).

Currently four participants (two Hawaiian/Pacific Islander participants) have earned a Masters degree, 68 (9.94%) have earned a bachelor’s degree (8.27% (31) for Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), and 137 (20.03%) are enrolled in a 4-year college/university (22.66% (85) for Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

Using full-time freshmen as a baseline, since 2005-06, there were 115 full-time freshmen who’s first semester of college started at WCC. Of the participants with 4 or more years of college (70), 21.43%  graduated with an A.A. or certificate and transferred to a 4-year college/university within 4 years (16.22% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

60% of the Full-Time Freshmen (56.76% of Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) either graduated with an A.A. or certificate OR transferred to a 4-year college/university without an A.A. or certificate (no time limit).

The following objectives are used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine the success of the project and are reported in the 2011-12 Annual Performance Report (APR). The 2012-13 APR is due 11/13.

100% of the participants (250) that the project is funded to serve will be identified, screened, selected, and assessed for their academic need for services, and retained each year. TRiO SSS served 254 participants.

85% of the participants will maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) each year. 99% of the TRiO SSS participants were in good academic standing.

75% of all participants will persist from the 2011-12 to the 2012-13 academic year or graduate and/or transfer to a 4-year institution during the 2011-12 academic year. 89% of the TRiO SSS participants persisted.

10% of 2008-09 New participants will graduate with a certificate or associate’s degree and 15% graduate and transfer to a four-year institution by 2011-12. For TRiO SSS, 35% (33 participants) of the 2008-09 cohort graduated with their AA or certificate and 73% (24 out of 33) graduated and transferred.

100% of the program’s key personnel shall participate in the college’s governance structure to influence institutional policies that affect participants. 100% of all TRiO personnel participate in the governance structure by meeting with campus committees, the Vice-Chancelor for Student Affairs, and/or the Chancellor.



TRiO Student Support Services provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.

Student Support Services (SSS) also may provide grant aid to current participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.


  • US citizens
  • Students enrolled in or accepted to Windward Community College
  • Low-income students
  • First-generation college students
  • Students with disabilities


Please visit the TRiO main office in Na'auao 146 for an application or call 235-7487 for an appointment. Fill out the forms and return completed application to a TRiO counselor.

Services and Activities

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  • Tutoring services, with tutors certified by professors
  • Instruction in basic study skills
  • A place to study and meet other students
  • Computer Lab
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Assistance in course selection/graduation
  • Financial Aid Counseling
  • Information about transfer and career options
  • Cultural events/field trips
  • Summer classes
  • Visit the Student Support Services blogspot.

Forms (PDFs)

Note that to save the information in the PDF file, you must have Acrobat Professional. Acrobat Reader will not allow you to save your information - you must print the form and drop it off at the TRiO office.

Becoming a Peer Tutor

Any job will pay you money. Not just any job will lift your spirit.

Help your fellow student succeed. Apply to become a TRiO SSS Peer Tutor today. TRiO Peer Tutor applicants must:

  • be Windward CC students
  • be Enrolled for at least 6 credits
  • have an A or B in the course(s) you wish to tutor
  • have a certification form from a teacher recommending you to tutor that subject

Contact Roy Inouye to inquire about becoming a TRiO SSS Peer Tutor or to schedule an interview.