About Us

ECU SSS History
Student Support Services began on ECU's campus as Special Services in 1972.  The name was changed to Project Goals and then later to the Learning Resources and Counseling Center.  Eventually, the name Student Support Services was adopted.   The program remained on campus until the grant ended in 2007.  In September 2010, ECU was again awarded the Student Support Services grant, but it would be under the new name of sECUre success.  In September 2015, a new grant was established and now operates as Student Support Services.

A Brief History of TRiO
President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" intiative led to the creation of the TRiO programs. The first program, Upward Bound, was created with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.  Talent Search followed in 1965 as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965.  The third program, Special Services, now known as Student Support Services, was authorized in Higher Education Act of 1968.  When Student Support Services was added as the third program, the name TRIO was adopted to represent the programs.  In subsequent years and reauthorizations of Higher Education Act, several other programs were added (Upward Bound Math Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program) but like the programs, the name TRiO has stayed the test of time.