Jessica Bortolus has been hired as a TRIO Student Support Services advisor at Lake Superior College. Her responsibilities will include: academic/career/transfer advisement, financial aid/financial literacy advisement, new TRIO SSS student recruitment, knowledge development of federal, state, and institutional policies, and organizing cultural/education activities/workshops for TRIO SSS students.
Through her prior experience as an Educational Technology Coordinator with The College of St. Scholastica’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program for three years, Bortolus brings knowledge of the U.S. Department of Education and TRIO program benefits and regulations to help serve LSC students well. Previous to her TRIO experience, Bortolus was an orientation intern for the Office of International Programs at the College of St. Scholastica and an intern for James Shaw, Green Party Co-Leader, in the New Zealand Parliament.
Bortolus holds a B.A. in Global, Cultural and Language Studies from the College of St. Scholastica and will complete her M.B.A. in Leadership and Change in May 2018 from the College of St. Scholastica.
TRIO programs were the first national access and retention programs to address social and cultural barriers to education in America. The programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them succeed. TRIO began as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty and the program that would evolve into Student Support Services was launched in 1968. The Lake Superior College TRIO SSS program has served students for more than 20 years and continues to work towards increasing college retention and graduation rates for its participants.