College isn't working for today's students –- especially the ones most in need of support. Trio New College Network uses local support to help nontraditional students navigate the higher education landscape towards a pathway that works for them.
Traditional higher education too often fails to support nontraditional students – particularly those who are low income, first generation, or working adults.
Trio builds pathways that center the needs of these students, empowering them to pursue their career aspirations.
Trio engages students through local, personalized coaching. We collaborate with community leaders to launch sites, led by local teams, where students can receive in-person support.
Trio has helped launch sites in three cities in its first year of operation, with plans for new communities in 2023.
Trio-incubated site based in Camden, New Jersey.
Trio-incubated site based in Detroit, Michigan.
Trio-incubated site based in Newark, New Jersey.
Higher education shouldn’t mean the same path for everyone. We connect our students to innovative, nontraditional degree and credential pathways that fit their needs better than typical college.
What does our work look like on the ground?
Take a look at Gateway U, the Trio-launched site in Newark.
Students and local leaders alike weigh in on our impact.
"I was afraid of failure and being older. But when I got that first project back that was mastered, there was nothing but sheer joy. This is an amazing program. You can and will succeed."
"Degree Forward is a critical new piece of Detroit’s talent infrastructure, introducing a proven model to enable adults who have stopped-out of college return to earn degrees and contribute their skills to the regional economy.”
"Camden U truly does care about you! The coaches really provide the academic support you need to achieve success! The program allows you to work at your own pace, which is convenient for my schedule as a Camden city educator."
"Gateway U is filling the gap in Newark of affordability, flexibility, and workforce development, all wrapped up in one package."