The Trio Programs at PCC are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our goal is to help give students from low-income families an equal opportunity to earn a college education. PCC's Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are U.S. Department of Education outreach and student services programs designed to serve low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to college.

Explore our four TRIO Programs to find the one that is the best fit for you.

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The Benefits of TRIO

 Free Academic Tutoring
 Academic Advisement and Mentoring
 Financial Literacy Education
 College Tours and Cultural Experiences


PCC's TRIO Programs


Educational Talent Search

A pre-college support program for students who are:

  • Enrolled in grades 9 - 12 at one of our target schools in Pasadena or El Monte.
  • Have the desire to attend college
  • Demonstrate academic need
  • Have completed 5 years of elementary education

Explore Educational Talent Search

Program for Academic Support Services (PASS)

PASS is for current PCC students who:

  • Have completed 12 units at PCC 
  • Are low-income or a first-generation college student or have a disability.
  • Want to earn an AA / AS degree or a certificate and transfer to a four-year university.
  • Demonstrate academic need

Explore PASS

Upward Bound

A pre-college support program for students who:

  • Attend John Muir, Blair, Pasadena High School, Arroyo High School or Rosemead High School.
  • Are low-income or a first-generation college student.

Explore Upward Bound

Upward Bound Math Science

A pre-college support program for students who:

  • Plan to pursue a college degree in STEM
  • Attend one of our target high schools in Pasadena or El Monte
  • Are low-income or a first-generation college student.

Explore Upward Bound Math Science