TRIO Fast Track Program

Fostering Academic Support and Transfer.

What is TRIO Fast Track?

TRIO Fast Track stands for Fostering Academic Support and Transfer. Our purpose is to help degree-seeking students complete their degree at KC and then assist them in transferring to a four-year university. There are 160 spots available each year.

Who is eligible to apply for TRIO?

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with any of the following criteria may qualify:

  • First-generation college students (neither parent completed a four-year degree)
  • Students who qualify under low income guidelines for federal financial aid
  • Students with disabilities

How can I join?

Fill out the application below or stop by Student Support Building (SS) Room 123 to meet the staff and complete an application. If you are unsure if you qualify please talk with us! You may call (903) 988-7590 to find out more information.

Apply Online for the TRIO Program


Mission Statement and History of TRIO

Our purpose is to assist degree seeking students in completing their degree at Kilgore College and then assist them in transferring to a four-year university.

History of the Program:

TRIO was first introduced in 1968 under the Higher Education Act. TRIO referred to three programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services. These three programs were designed to assist eligible students to begin and complete a post-secondary education

Upward Bound was created by the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964 which was originally the War on Poverty statute. Upward Bound was created to help eligible people and veterans prepare for higher education. Talent Search programs serve young people in grades six through twelve to better understand their educational opportunities and options. When the 1968 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act created Student Support Services and transferred Upward Bound out of the Office of Economic Opportunity into the Higher Education Act, the TRIO label was born.

In 1972 the EOC was added and in 1986 the Mc Nair Scholar Program was created. Five programs currently reside under the original title TRIO. Here at Kilgore College we are proud to be a recipient of the Student Support Services grant known as Trio Fast Track. This enables us to help eligible students achieve success at Kilgore College and transfer to a four-year university.

Lab Hours and Tutoring Schedule

Lab Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m. to noon

TRiO Tutor Schedule:

See the TRiO Learning Specialist in SS 126 for more information or schedule changes.

Academic Counseling:

The goal of the TRIO staff is to assist students in choosing appropriate classes at Kilgore College and to help each student find a transfer college that meets his or her needs. Services provided are:

  • Assistance with class schedules
  • University catalog library
  • Assistance with financial aid
  • Scholarship information
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance in completing the transfer process
Summer Bridge Program

Each summer, the TRiO Fast Track Program hosts a Summer Bridge Program. The Bridge Program is designed to assist incoming high school graduates who qualify for TRiO Fast Track. The Bridge Program seeks to cultivate a diverse group of scholars and prepare them to engage actively with and meet the challenges of their first year in college. This program supports Kilgore College’s commitment to excellence by providing students with a stimulating and challenging educational experience; personalized, comprehensive advising and counseling; and an intellectually and socially enriching residential experience. The Bridge Program is a fun way to prepare incoming students for the varied demands of college life at Kilgore College.

The Bridge Program typically includes:

  • Workshops and/or activities dealing with:
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership development
  • Diversity
  • Conflict Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Teambuilding
  • Academic workshops
  • Four-year university campus visit
Supplemental Instruction Program

The TRiO Fast Track Program provides a Supplemental Instruction Program. Based on the model created by Dr. Deanna Martin at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention. SI targets traditionally difficult academic subjects, those with a high rate of D or F grades and withdrawals, and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated sessions.

The SI Leader attends all class sessions, takes notes, reads all assigned material, and conducts two to three sessions per week. Sessions integrate how-to-learn with what-to-learn. Students who attend sessions discover appropriate application of study strategies, e.g. note taking, graphic organization, questioning techniques, vocabulary acquisition, and test preparation, as they review content material. Students have the opportunity to become actively involved in the subject material as the SI Leader uses the text, supplementary readings, and lecture notes as the vehicle for learning skill instruction.

SI students earn higher subject grades and withdraw less often than non-SI participants. Also, data demonstrate higher re-enrollment and graduation rates.

How students benefit:

  • SI is proactive and participatory rather than reactive and passive
  • Students earn higher subject grades while they learn effective study skills
  • SI provides peer collaborative learning experiences which promote assimilation into the campus culture
  • SI enjoys a non-remedial image while offering academic support to all students enrolled in historically difficult subjects
  • SI makes efficient use of study time
  • SI provides an opportunity for students to develop relationships to other students and staff, an important factor in retention

Come in and visit with the TRiO Learning Specialist in SS 126 for more information about this exciting resource.

Frequently Asked Questions

For information about TRIO:

Bindy Tice
Director, TRIO Fast Track Program
(903) 988-7590
Student Support Building (SS), 124
Dennis Cliborn
Assistant Director of TRIO
(903) 983-8220
Student Support Building (SS), 123
Heidi Everett
Learning Specialist, TRIO
(903) 988-7592
Student Support Building (SS), 123