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Aug. 16, 2016

TRIO Support Services piloting Freshman Summer Bridge program

Northwest Missouri State University Student Support Services (SSS), a program dedicated to helping students meet their academic needs and successfully complete their undergraduate degrees, will launch its first Freshman Summer Bridge program.

SSS Summer Bridge kicks off Sunday, Aug. 21, and serves a diverse and global community of incoming freshmen in a holistic four-day academic residential program. It introduces scholars to the structure and rigor of the University, provides them with opportunities to foster meaningful academic and social connections and emboldens them to take ownership of their academic journey. The program educates freshmen about all of the resources they can access while attending Northwest.

It is a four-day academic and residential program offered under the umbrella of TRIO Student Support Services, which is under the direction of Cassie Tavorn at Northwest.

“The curriculum for the program is designed to help new SSS students make the best possible academic and social transition to Northwest,” Tavorn said. “Students get a head start connecting with and meeting other new students, staff and faculty.”

Upon completion of the program, scholars will be able to:

  • Navigate the academic rigor and demands of Northwest;
  • Attend to their intellectual, psychological and physical well-being;
  • Leverage the University's resources and connections to enhance their academic journey;
  • Master the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success.

SSS Summer Bridge will offer three components working in tandem to help ensure the scholars’ successful transition to Northwest: academic success coaching; advising and counseling, and academic resources

During academic success coaching, students will be introduced to strategic “motivational interviewing” methods on how to be proactive, consistent and intentional in utilizing campus resources. Advising and counseling will introduce students to a network of professional advisors and counselors to assist them with a range of topics, including academic and social adjustment, course planning and major selection as well internship opportunities.

The academic resources component will plug students into a comprehensive network of peer academic support via partnerships with faculty and staff, Talent Development Center, Wellness Services, Career Services, Office of Financial Aid, Human Services, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.   

Scholars will receive a competitive advantage over their peers, leaving the program with academic and social support, early campus orientation and resources.

Since 1986, Northwest TRIO programs have promoted educational opportunities while assisting students in their personal journey of earning a higher education degree. TRIO is a set of federally-funded college–based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds – including military veterans and students with disabilities. Currently serving nearly 760,000 students from middle school through post-graduate study, TRIO provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and other supports necessary to promote college access, retention and graduation.

For more information about the TRIO programs at Northwest, contact Tavorn at 660.562.1862 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468