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TRiO supports students

By   Jack Harvey

There’s no doubt behind it, college isn’t easy. Luckily here at Lake Region State College, there’s TRiO.

TRiO Student Support Services along with the LRSC PowerSkills Center provide students with an opportunity to be successful. They help numerous students with study skills, along with tutoring, creating goals and objectives for their education, career and beyond. TRiO and PowerSkills provides students with an ideal study space including math and science labs, technology and textbook lending libraries and knowledgeable staff ready to assist you with any of your needs.

TRiO also offers support to students with academic advising, career/transfer advising, professional tutoring, professional study labs, financial literacy and FAFSA assistance, computer/printer loans, and disability support services.

On the staff is director Dr. Cathleen Ruch, transfer coordinator Patty Wallace, vocational program coordinator Lindsey VanThuyne, PowerSkillsCenter Coordinator and Disability Support Services Erika Berg and TRiO and PowerSkills Administrative Assistant Dana Zinke.

LRSC students also have certain responsibilities to remain in the program such as maintain regular attendance for classes and tutoring sessions, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 each semester in order to graduate, check their LRSC email ( and eCompanion daily, notify TRiO/PowerSkills staff of any changes to your personal information, such as address, phone number, or email address, check your mid-term grades with your TRiO/PowerSkills advisor and meet with your academic advisor before dropping or withdrawing from courses.

The TRiO program here at LRSC has been in service since 2001 and is one of a few two-year colleges in the North Dakota University System with a TRiO Student Support Services program.

The program has a focus on serving students who are at a higher risk of not succeeding or completing college. These include low-income, first generation, or disabled students.

Statistically, students involved in TRiO are twice as likely to complete their degrees as students not involved in the program. The evidence is on campus as well as TRiO students at LRSC boast an 84% retention rate which exceeds the institution’s overall average.