Yuma, AZ (August 9, 2022) – Arizona Western College TRIO KEYS invites first-year college students to join their Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) program. GPS is a college experience program that assists students with the transition from high school to college.
“Starting college can be scary and overwhelming, especially for first-generation students or for students who feel lost and are unsure of what direction to take,” said TRIO KEYS Program Academic Success Advisor Rosa Báez-Ruiz. “This is why GPS plays an important role in providing students with guidance. GPS is designed to prepare students for college-level courses and it prepares them to graduate from AWC and transfer to a four-year institution in good academic standing.”
At no additional cost, students have access to the tools and resources needed to succeed in college. Benefits include, but are not limited to, academic support, leadership development, academic advising/coaching, social and cultural enrichment, and tutoring 24/7, among other professional and personal development opportunities. Students can also connect with their fellow classmates along the way.
To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at AWC, be a permanent resident or citizen of the US, and a high school graduate. Additionally, students must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria: first-generation college student, low-income background, or have a documented disability. Recent graduates of the Talent Search or Upward Bound programs can contact KEYS to continue getting the support and resources available to them at AWC.
Applications are accepted year-round, but the program only serves 240 students per school year. Once the program is at capacity, applicants will be placed on a waiting list not to exceed one academic year. The application is available online at azwestern.edu/student-support/keys/application. For more information, contact TRIO KEYS Program Academic Success Advisor Rosa Báez-Ruiz at Rosa.BaezRuiz@azwestern.edu or 928-344-7762.
TRIO KEYS Program Academic Success Advisor
Arizona Western College
Caption information: Students, administration, and staff are pictured here during a TRIO KEYS Spring Awards Ceremony last semester at Arizona Western College. First-year college students are invited to join the TRIO KEYS Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) program. GPS is a college experience program that assists students with the transition from high school to college.