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Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO

at Oakton provides:

·         Academic Advising

·         Transfer Assistance

·         Financial Aid Advisement

·         College Success Strategies 

·         Math Tutoring

·         Financial Guidance/
Scholarship Search

·         Cultural Activities 
and Events 

·         Career Information

·         Personal Support 

 Additional Resources

2013-2017 Strategic Plan 

Technology Help for Students



Welcome to my Oakton home page.

Joe J. Palencia, M.Ed.

Advisor, Student Support Services TRIO




















Provide comprehensive support that empowers eligible students to overcome academic, economic, and social barriers to obtaining educational success.



• 80% of participants persist from one academic year to the next.

• 86% of participants maintain good academic standing.

• 25% of new participants served each year graduate with an associate degree
  or certificate within four years.

• 20% of new participants served each year receive an associate degree or certificate and transfer to a four-year college or university within four years.



• U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

• First-generation student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S.).

• Identified low income as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

• Documented disability.


Ensure that students who are first generation, low-income, and/or have a disability reach their full academic potential.


• Provide students with the knowledge and skills to be successful academic ally.

• Provide students with the social support to address non-cognitive variables.

• Assist students in becoming informed financial individuals.

• Assist students in completion of an associate degree/ certificate and transfer to a four-year college or university.


Oakton students are invited to apply for the TRIO Program if you meet one or more of the following requirements:

·         You are a first-generation college student
(neither parent has a bachelor's degree);

·         You have a financial need that meets income guidelines
(as defined by the Department of Education);

·         You have a documented physical or learning disability.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions, contact a TRIO staff member,
or fill out the TRIO application to start the process.

TRIO Advisor (Skokie) Joe Palencia at jpalenci@oakton.edu or
call 847-635-1253 for assistance.

TRIO Advisor (Des Plaines), Kristine Panopio at kpanopio@oakton.edu or
call 847-635-1728 for assistance.

You can also contact the TRIO SSS Coordinator, Louie Lainez  at llainez@oakton.edu
or call 847-635-1420




Last Update: May 16th, 2017
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