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TRiO Resource Room (FH L108)

Come stop by the TRiO resource room - we have three computers/printers (check your emails, print a paper before class,get some work done) or just chill out with other TRiO students and staff.  Come Join us!  Might be treats in the freezer!  

Summer Class (2015):  Summer Bridge

If you are new to the college experience, it can seem a little overwhelming and full of doubt. This summer, our TRIO Program would like to provide you with a ‘bridge’ to the college experience. We want you to have a great start to your college journey by enrolling a our TRIO Tuition-Free course this summer.

Take a summer class with TRIO (Tuition-FREE):

POL 101-02 - Introduction to American Government and Politics, 3 credits

Date/Time/Location: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 22 - July 17, 2015; 9 am - noon; Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus, (Library)

Enroll now!

2015-16 Class: STARTright Learning Community 

If YOU are…

  • new to Metropolitan State University
  • new to the college experience (or have limited college credits)
  • nervous and excited about being in college
  • dedicated to a four-year college degree
  • ready to make college one of your priorities

Then welcome to the STARTright Learning Community…

…a community designed to provide a block of courses and college support to ensure your college success.

You already made your first big decision…. going to college!  Now make the commitment to STARTright, and you will be on your way toward graduating with a four-year college degree.  STARTright FLYER.

You will be part of a group of students taking a specified block of courses taught by learning community faculty (Courses are subject to change):

FALL: Sample Block Schedule

  • METR-101: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.   Tues (3 cr)
  • INFS-115: 1 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.   Thurs (2 cr)
  • SSCI-100: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Thurs (3 cr)

Students work with advisors to select additional 5-8 credits

SPRING: Sample Block Schedule

  • COMM-103 or COMM-231  Public Speaking or Interpersonal Comm (3 cr)
  • GNDR-270 Gender, Race and Popular Culture (3 cr)

Students work with advisors to select additional 6-9 credits

Application for STARTright Learning Community

2015-16 Class: Learning Community for NEW TRANSFER students.

If YOU are...

  • New to Metropolitan State
  • Transferring 40-70 credits
  • Previously been in a TRIO Program

TRIO Learning Community for New Transfers -- Brochure & Application!


TRiO: Student Support Services offers a variety of conferences, workshops and events for our student’s academic, professional and personal success.


(For new and returning TRiO Students): We are conducting the Mandatory TRiO Semester Kick-off Meetings again. These meetings are to get everyone together, talk about what's expected in the TRiO program, answer questions, and get you started off on the right foot.

TRiO KICK-OFF Dates will be scheduled shortly for 2014-2015 Choose


Science Museum of Minnesota, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed (November)


Workshop: On-Course (non-credited mini courses)

Leader: Tom Boylan, TRIO Programs (call 651-793-1525) 
Series Course is designed to help you create greater success in college and in life. In the coming weeks, you will learn many proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional, and personal success. We will use guided journal writings to explore these strategies, and as a bonus, you will learn to express yourself more effectively in writing. You may never again have an opportunity quite like this one to discover how to create a rich, personally fulfilling life. I urge you to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity! If you do, you will dramatically change the outcome of your life—for the better!

Dates TBA        Becoming an Active Learner
Dates TBA        Employing Critical Thinking
Dates TBA        Relationships with Active Listening
Dates TBA        Developing Emotional Intelligence

Class: Global Experience - COMM-333A - Spring 2014

TRiO: Student Support Services collaborates with different academic departments to coordinate short-term global experiences.  There is an increased need for college-aged students to have an international ‘global’ experience.  Metropolitan State University has embraced the value of student receiving global experiences and needs to find effective ways to create these educational opportunities to our students.

2015 Spring - COMM-333A (Belfast Northern Ireland)

  • The College of Arts and Sciences and Communications, Writing & Arts in connection with TRiO: Student Support Services has created an opportunity for students, especially those who come from limited-income backgrounds, to gain a short-term global experience built into an Intercultural Communications course.  Semester long course includes a short-term global experience to Northern Ireland (Belfast) on during spring break  2015 with additional course fees for travel. 
  • Application/Registration In order to register for the course, student must complete the Application for Course Enrollment Form and have an interview.

Past Global Experiences:

Spring 2012 – Comparative Criminal Justice
School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (coordinating faculty Dr. Susan Hilal).
Location: London, England and Paris, France.

Spring 2011 – Topics in European History and Literature – a global perspective. Department of History/Communication, Writing and Arts (coordinating faculty Dr. Jeanne Grant and Dr. Danielle Hinrichs). Location: Prague, Czech Republic.

Spring 2010 – Topics in European History-a global perspective. Department of History (coordinating faculty Dr. Jeanne Grant). Location: Budapest, Hungary. 17 students.

More information: Andrew Cseter, Director of TRiO Programs

Student Support Services is one of three TRiO programs at Metropolitan State University.

TRiO is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. Certain eligibility requirements and criteria are required to participate.

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