My name is Shawn Pacheco, and I am from the Santo Domingo Pueblo in NM. I am attending Santa Fe Community College to receive my AA in Criminal Justice. My first semester of college was difficult because I didn’t know how I was going to get through the hardships of completing my FAFSA to receive financial aid or registering for classes to complete my degree. When I found out about the TRiO Program I applied; and when I was accepted it was like a second home because every time I went to the TRiO office the staff would welcome me every single day with a smile and positive comment as I entered the room. This program has taught me so much and has helped me because if I didn’t know what to do the adviser would do everything in his power to help me figure out what I wanted to do and find out what I needed. If it wasn’t for the TRiO program I wonder how much of a lost puppy I would be. I recommend this program to all my friends and other students, and I hope they take the opportunity to join because it’s great. I want to thank everyone in the TRiO program for the amazing job they do to help each student. –Shawn Pacheco
TRiO is a federally funded grant program to support eligible Santa Fe Community College students. The program services income eligible, first generation students and students with disabilities.
Eligible students who are committed to their college education and will to participate will be offered enriched services designed to help them meet their educational goals.
What Does TRiO Offer Students?
Academic Advising and Educational Planning
Social and Cultural Activities
Assistance with scholarship applications
Computer Lab and Private Study Spaces
Connection with other Students