TRIO Student Support Services
Los Angeles City College


Newsletter #66 March 2004


March greetings!  I trust all of you are back in the swing of things and have adjusted to the spring semester.  Thank you to all who came in the first couple of weeks to pick up your survival kit.  To those of you who have not, please come in at your earliest convenience to do so.  We have planned some great activities for the semester in addition to two new campuses to visit.  Please read below and sign up IMMEDIATELY for these events. 


Calendar of Events


Friday, March 5                 CSULA

Friday, March 12                        CSU Fullerton

Wed., March 17                 Lunch ‘n Learn Series

Friday, March 19                        Cal Lutheran University

Wed., March 25                 Get Over It!  Math Strategies Workshop

Tues. March 30                  Financial Aid Workshop

Friday, April 2                   National Hispanic Women’s Conference

Friday, April 16                 CSUN

Wed., April 21                   Lunch ‘n Learn Series

Friday, April 23                 UC San Diego

Friday, April 30                 Getty Museum

Wed., May 5                              Multiple IQ Series

Friday, May 7                     Achievement Ceremony

Wed., May 19                     Lunch ‘n Learn Series


As a reminder, all TRIO participants must participate in at least TWO activities each semester in addition to meeting with the Counselor for a minimum of once a semester.

More activities will be announced in upcoming newsletters however for the latest news on activities, please come into the office to check on our announcement board.


Volunteer Service


The Girls Club of Los Angeles is seeking part-time volunteers to tutor/mentor students’ ages 9-16 at our after-school component located in Watts.  Tutoring services and life skill workshops are provided Monday through Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for participants on probation and/or enrolled in a family program with Girls Club of Los Angeles.  They are especially interested, although not required, in tutors with experience and/or knowledge in teaching students with learning disabilities.  Tutors are also expected to facilitate workshop presentations and engage with students in other activities such as playing sports, fieldtrips, etc.  This position requires a great amount of patience and commitment. 


This is strictly a volunteer position but if applicable, class credit can be issued for hours volunteered.  If interested please contact Dianna M. Gonzalez, Project Educator at (323) 754-2122 ext. 32 to schedule a site visit.


Summer Residential Opportunities


University of Kansas Upward Bound Resident Assistant (Bridge Program)

The Upward Bound/Math & Science Center Bridge Resident Assistant will live in a residence hall and supervises approx. 15-20 high school students who are participating in a four-week educational institute at KU during the summer.  The salary for this position is $1,800 plus room and board.


  1. Required Qualifications:
    1. 55+ undergraduate hours
    2. Willingness to work long and irregular hours
  2. Preferred Qualifications:
    1. Experience with a team-focused work environment
    2. Experience with culturally diverse students
    3. Experience with conflict resolution
    4. Experience working with high school students
    5. Tutoring experience
    6. Experience coordinating and supervising group living experiences
    7. Previous TRIO (e.g. Upward Bound) Program experience
    8. Familiarity with college resident hall policies and procedures


To apply for this position please submit:

Cover letter/Current resume in addition to three references (include addresses, phone numbers and e-mails)/Copy of transcripts


Send above to:

            Mica Slappy

            Upward Bound

            305 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

            1122 W. Campus Rd.

            Lawrence, KS 66045-3101





The Univ. of Arkansas Pre-College Programs is now accepting applications for summer 2004 Residential Staff.  There are approx. 40 position available working with five summer programs.  The five pre-college programs are: Academy for Mathematics & Science, Gifted & Talented Scholars Summer Institute (S.I.), Reaching Educational Aspirations for Latinos (REAL), Upward Bound, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU).



Academy/REAL/Upward Bound/SI: June 1 – July 22

YOU: June 1 – July 23



Successfully completed at least 60 hours of college credit, in good academic standing, possess leadership and ability, and have residential living experience. Preferred: Experience working with/facilitating student groups and residential life supervisory experience.  Gifted & Talented Scholars Summer Institute Preferred: Honors program involvement.  YOU Preferred: Experience working with at-risk youth in high school dropout prevention setting.



Remuneration includes private room, university meal plan, various outings, and cultural field trips.

Salary: $2000 to $2500 (Varies according to program)


Application priority deadline:  March 12, 2004


For more information and to apply on-line to http://precollege, Contact Don Sanders, Associate Director of Pre-College Programs/Director of Upward Bound, at the University of Arkansas Pre-College Programs office (479) 575-3553 for more information.



Scholarship Opportunities



Several Scholarships and awards are available to Los Angeles City College students.  Criteria may include evidence of leadership in various academic departments and/or student activities, citizenship, need, and scholastic ability.  Awards are issued to students active in one or more areas of the College community.  Criteria for these may include evidence of leadership and obtaining performance in an academic area or department, club activities, student government, or committees.  Additional information may be obtained from the respective Department, the Financial Aid office or the LACC FOUNDATION OFFICE.  Students are encouraged to visit individual department websites and the LACC Foundation site for detailed information regarding available scholarships and awards


A list of established scholarships and awards for LACC Students is available in the TRIO office.




About The Knowledge Is Power Foundation – Knowledge Is Power was established in 1994 to help provide financial support to local youth organizations that offer job training and education programs.  Realizing many young adults have a desire to obtain higher or additional education training that will in turn result to better employment opportunities, Knowledge Is Power created the Knowledge Is Power Educational scholarship Program.  Scholarship funds are support by various fundraising activities sponsored by premier radio station, KPWR (Power) 106FM.  Knowledge Is Power is a public 501 [c] [3] fund.


Purpose – The Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarship provides financial assistance in obtaining certification from accredited or certified learning institutions or higher education degrees to deserving students.


Description – Sixty Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarships will be awarded in 2004.  Each scholarship is valued up to $1,000.00 each.  Five scholarships will be awarded each month (Jan. to Dec.) to applicants who are interested in pursuing education at a trade school, city college, 2- or 4-year college or university.  Scholarships are also available to graduating high school students who will successfully enroll in either of the aforementioned institutions in 2004.


Eligibility – Recipients must submit proof of California residency; complete a 250 word or less essay; be enrolled in or plan to enroll in an accredited trade school, city college or 2- or 4-year university or college in the 2004 year.


The Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarship will be directed to the applicant’s noted accredited educational institution or learning facility.  Funds will be disbursed directly to the applicant’s school.


Funds may be used to tuition, textbooks, fees and learning materials.  Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarships are not available to individuals receiving a full scholarship from another source.


How to Apply – Applications are available to download at or by sending an application request, with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarship Committee, c/o Knowledge Is Power Foundation, 2600 W. Olive Ave., 8th Floor, Burbank, CA  91505.


Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.  All completed applications will remain eligible until Dec. 15, 2004.


Selection: All award selections will be made by the Knowledge Is Power Educational Scholarship Committee.  Awards will be based on need, a 250-word essay and proof of successful enrollment at the educational institution noted on application.


Scholarship renewal is only available to applicants enrolled in an accredited city college, trade school or 2- or 4-year institution.  To be eligible for renewal, the student must show proof of completing the course of study during the 2003-04 year and achieving a minimum grade point average of 2.0.


National Women's Month


The following is an excerpt taken from the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) website:


In March of 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Message to the American people, encouraging the recognition and celebration of women’s historic accomplishments during the week of March 8th, Women’s History Week. 


In 1987, at the request of women’s organizations, museums, libraries, youth leaders, and educators throughout the country, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the national celebrations to the entire month of March.  A National Women’s History Month Resolution was quickly approved with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.


Since 1992, a presidential Proclamation has carried the directive for what is now a major national and international celebration.  For more information go to:





Congratulations to...


Gerardo Monterrubio…who was recently accepted to the Cal State Long Beach Art Program AND is a Hispanic Scholarship Foundation recipient (HSF).  Way to go Gerardo!


Barbara Mensah…The Maternal Child Care Clinic at USC County Hospital has displayed 5 pastel drawings of Barbara’s, which be on loan for the next six months.

In addition to her artistic background, this will be Barbara’s third time on the Dean’s Honor List.  Great job Barbara! 


Heidi Mejia…for recently being accepted to CSU Los Angeles AND San Francisco State.  Keep us posted with an update Heidi!


Jeanette Valdez…Jeanette was recently selected to participate in the TRIO 2004 European Study Program, “Shared Journeys: Identity, Heritage and Empowerment,” sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the University of Liverpool.  Jeanette will have the opportunity for travel to London, Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam.

While in Europe, Jeanette will have the chance to explore its history through formal lectures, seminars, museum visits and walking tours.  Dialogues exploring key issues such as urban poverty, globalization, health and social policy and racism will be discussed throughout her visit.  Congratulations Jeanette!


Elvira Vasquez and Marissa Gaitan…who each recently received a $100 grant for the Chemical Technology Program at Trade Tech.  Grant will be used for textbooks in the program.  Congrats Elvira and Marissa!



Student Grant Aid


FYI – A review of all participants eligible to receive Student Grant Aid will be checked this month.  Your TRIO activity participation in combination with financial aid status is key considerations that will be taken into account.  We will also review GPA and determine if you are following an approved counselor education plan with the goal of transfer.  Feel free to speak to the TRIO counselor or director should you have any questions.




Just some trivia you may (or may not) be interested in…


A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.


See, wasn’t that interesting???





Dear TRIO Students:


March 2nd and counting down.  I’ve seen a great many of you already and most are doing great.  Please remember to make an appointment at the first sign of a potential problem.  Ignoring an otherwise minor problem/situation could easily result in an unnecessary and costly consequence(s).  I’ve had the privilege to write or complete recommendation letters/forms for several individuals recently.  I want to remind any others requesting letters/forms to please make an appointment at least one week in advance to the date you would like your request completed.  Quite a few of you will be receiving associate degrees this June.  If you have not met with Mrs. Pumphrey or myself this semester and you are expecting to receive an associates degree this June please call one of us or come in for an appointment within the next couple of weeks.  We are in the process of compiling a graduation list and determining how many individuals will be invited to the upcoming EOPS/TRIO Achievement Award Ceremony.  If you expecting to complete your associate degree requirements by December of this year you need to file a petition for graduation no later than April 5th.  If you are in need of math tutorial services please come in and see Ms. Veronica Contreras.  As always, a reminder to those of you not sure of your future educational/vocational goals, please come in and utilize the numerous resources available to you in TRIO.  One last reminder, don’t forget to complete your two required TRIO activities.  There are numerous scheduled activities to participate in and you can also be creative with non-school related activities, however, check with us first to assure that your intended event will qualify.  That’s all for now.      


With the utmost respect and regard intended for each of you,

Rosemary Valencia









Effective Fall 2003




Your educational needs are our primary concern.  In order to meet those needs, we have developed this contract, which outlines the program’s responsibilities and your responsibilities.

By adhering to this contract, you will be actively participating in meeting your educational and career goals.


Within its resources, the Student Support Service program will provide you with            the following services:              

* Career Exploration                                                                * Student Educational Plan

* Financial Aid Information                                                       * Educational Workshops

* Transfer Information                                                  * Tutoring Referrals

* Professional Counseling                                                         * Scholarship Information

* Cultural Events/Field Trips/ Workshops                                 * Computer Lab Access          


As a recipient of the Student Support Service program, I understand and agree to do the following:

1.      Enroll in nine (9) or more units each semester and maintain at lease a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

2.      Meet with a SSS program counselor at least once per semester to develop and update the educational plan.

3.      Follow an educational plan as prescribed.  Enroll in remedial or prerequisite classes as directed.

4.      Before adding or dropping a class, it is highly recommended that you see a SSS program counselor.

5.      Attend at least two workshops and/or cultural event/fieldtrip each semester.

6.      See a SSS program counselor immediately if having difficulties in any class (es).

7.      Notify the Admission & Records office and the SSS office of change of name, address, or phone number, and social security number.                          


I realize that failure to comply with the above responsibilities may affect my status in the Student Support Service Program.


“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”

                                                                                    Thomas Jefferson                                                                   

Office Hours: M-Th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm        Fri 9-3:30        (323) 953-4000 ext. 2466     

Have a wonderful month!


Reri N. Pumphrey, SSS Director