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TRiO: Student Support Services offers a variety of conferences, workshops and events for our student’s academic, professional and personal success.


(For new and returning TRIO Students): We are conducting the Mandatory TRIO Semester Kick-off Meetings again. These meetings are to get everyone together, talk about what's expected in the TRIO program, answer questions, and get you started off on the right foot.

Choose ONE of the following dates you plan to attend:

Wednesday August 21 @5:00 - 6:30pm
Metropolitan's St. Paul Campus
New Main L205 (directly across the hall from Wabasha Deli)

Tuesday August 27 @4:00 - 5:30pm
Neighborhood House - Room 273

Thursday August 29 @4:00 - 5:30pm
Neighborhood House - Room 273

Please complete the following RSVP form to sign-up for one of the dates.


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Workshop: On-Course (non-credited mini courses)

Leader: Tom Boylan, TRIO Programs (call 651-793-1525) 
Series Course is designed to help you create greater success in college and in life. In the coming weeks, you will learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success. We will use guided journal writings to explore these strategies, and as a bonus, you will learn to express yourself more effectively in writing. You may never again have an opportu­nity quite like this one to discover how to create a rich, personally fulfilling life. I urge you to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity! If you do, you will dramatically change the outcome of your life—for the better!

September 4, 2013 4:30 – 5:30     Becoming an Active Learner
September 18, 2013 4:30 – 5:30   Employing Critical Thinking
October 2, 2013 4:30 – 5:30         Relationships with Active Listening
October 16, 2013 4:30 – 5:30       Developing Emotional Intelligence

Class: Learning Community Summer Bridge -2013

If you are new to the college experience, it can seem a little overwhelming and full of doubt.  This summer, our TRIO Program would like to provide you with a ‘bridge’ to the college experience.

Take a summer class with TRIO (tuition-free)

Enroll in POL 101-02 Introduction to American Government and Politics for 3 credits at Metropolitan State University

Click here to enroll


Class: Global Experience - COMM-333A - Spring 2014

TRiO: Student Support Services collaborates with different academic departments to coordinate short-term global experiences.  There is an increased need for college-aged students to have an international ‘global’ experience.  Metropolitan State University has embraced the value of student receiving global experiences and needs to find effective ways to create these educational opportunities to our students.

2014 Spring - COMM-333A (Belfast Northern Ireland)

  • Information -  The College of Arts and Sciences and Communications, Writing & Arts in connection with TRIO: Student Support Services has created an opportunity for students, especially those who come from limited-income backgrounds, to gain a short-term global experience built into an Intercultural Communications course.  Semester long course includes a short-term global experience to Northern Ireland (Belfast) on March 6-15, 2014 with additional course fee (appprox $1,950). 
  • Application/Registration In order to register fo rthe course, student must complete the Application for Course Enrollment Form and have an interview.

Past Gloabl Experiences:

Spring 2012 – Comparative Criminal Justice
School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (coordinating faculty Dr. Susan Hilal).
Location: London, England and Paris, France.

Spring 2011 – Topics in European History and Literature – a global perspective. Department of History/Communication, Writing and Arts (coordinating faculty Dr. Jeanne Grant and Dr. Danielle Hinrichs). Location: Prague, Czech Republic.

Spring 2010 – Topics in European History-a global perspective. Department of History (coordinating faculty Dr. Jeanne Grant). Location: Budapest, Hungary. 17 students.

More information: Andrew Cseter, Director of TRiO Programs

Student Support Services is one of three TRiO programs at Metropolitan State University.

TRiO is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. Certain eligibility requirements and criteria are required to participate.

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