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Student Support Services

Mission Statement

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) contributes to the five community college missions of the Northeast Higher Education District and is committed to fostering a campus climate supportive of student success and academic achievement through outreach, advocacy, and collaboration.Student and family at graduation

Itasca Community College's Student Support Services Program is a federally funded program which provides students who are low income, first generation college students  (neither parent obtained a four-year degree), or students with disabilities opportunities to achieve the same success in college as students who have more traditional support available to them. We make special attempts to assist adult returning students, individuals who have child dependents, minority students, and those who plan to transfer to a four-year college.

Students make many changes when starting college. The extra attention and support from our SSS staff can help make this transition smoother. We will assist you with your personal and academic problems, provide you with career guidance, connect you socially with other students, help you with transfer issues, enhance your study skills, and connect you with tutoring opportunities on campus. All services are provided FREE for eligible enrolled Itasca Community College students.

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SSS Eligibility

Free services to ICC enrolled students who meet the following criteria:

  • First generation:  neither parent has earned a four-year degree
  • Documented disability
  • Limited income based on federal financial aid guidelines

What SSS Offers


FREE College Course -  Transition to College

A tuition-free, elective credit course is offered to SSS participants each semester. Course topics may include career exploration, personal development, cultural awareness, and service learning.

Transition to College is a free three credit class. The purpose of this class is to equip you with the necessary tools for success in college. This class will help you assess your learning style and develop study skills such as note-taking, test-taking, stress reduction, textbook reading, memory techniques, time management, and much more.

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  • Academic Planning
  • Enrollment and Registration Assistance
  • Personal and Career
  • Graduation and Transfer Preparation Assistance
  • Financial Advocacy

Additional Support Services

  • Tutoring and Study Groups
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Academic Success and Support Groups
  • Academic Workshops
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Social Events
  • Training in Study Skills
  • Transfer Campus Tours

All services are FREE to program participants thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and in-kind support from Itasca Community College. Call 218-322-2430 for more information on becoming involved with Student Support Services at Itasca Community College or stop and see us in the Backes Student Center, Room CC014. 

“Students in the TRIO Student Support Services program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program.”
- Council for Opportunity in Education

The Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) TRiO Student Support Services grant is a five-campus grant funded 100% by federal dollars and is currently at $1,387,251.

Student Support Services Staff 

Ann Vidovic - Director
Amie Furlong - Counselor 
Elizabeth Gillman – Instructor/Advisor  
Jackie Gallop – Grant Assistant/Advisor