TRiO SSS / STEM Success Center


J. M. Hodges Learning Center, Library


Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) & Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) Center

The TRiO SSS / STEM Success Center housed at the WCJC Wharton Campus location is a relaxed and informal environment equipped with all of the technology and resources students need to be successful. The TRiO SSS staff work as a family of advisors, guides, helpers, and friends to each student. The staff strives to expand the horizons of students academically, socially, and culturally. Students that need academic advising will have access to our dedicated team. Students that need help with their coursework can get assistance from the Academic Support Leaders. As a team, the TRiO SSS staff will ensure academic success.

 TRiO SSS Staff

Jessica Falcon
TRiO SSS Project Director 

Jessica Falcon is the TRiO SSS Project Director at the Wharton campus. She has been a full-time employee at WCJC since 2006. Jessica received her AA degree in Psychology from WCJC. She then continued her education at Liberty University and received her B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies and her M.A. in Human Services with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jessica is beyond excited that WCJC was awarded the TRiO SSS Grant and is passionate about helping students achieve their educational goals. 

Shayna Barker
TRiO SSS Advising & Coaching Specialist 

Shayna Barker is the TRiO SSS Advising & Coaching Specialist. Shayna has held various positions as a WCJC employee. She received her A.A.S. Degree from Wharton County Junior College and is excited to be a part of the TRiO SSS Team. Shayna also teaches part-time as a Medical Office Specialist Instructor for the Continuing Education Department.  

Elizabeth Argote
TRiO SSS Clerk 
Harley Braun 
Part-time Academic Support Leader 


These staff members will help students by providing advising and academic support to improve their success and assist them in the transition from community college to four-year institutions.


The center is equipped with 20 computers and 12 laptops for students to use. Models (General Biology, A&P and Geology), TI-84 graphing calculators, charts, books and other resources are also available for students to use at the center to complete their work.

Faculty is encouraged to use the center to meet with students and have students work collaboratively in learning communities.

 About the Grants

TRiO Student Support Services Grant 

The TRiO Student Support Services Grant is a five year, renewable grant that is funded by the Department of Education. The Student Support Services Project is designed to provide comprehensive and proactive academic support and personal development services for 140 low-income, first-generation in college, and/or disabled students to achieve persistence and graduation rates that exceed that of the general student body. Applications for TRiO SSS are located in the center. 

Title V HSI STEM Grant

The Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM Success Project was a five year grant from the Department of Education to increase learning and success in STEM fields of study, especially among Hispanic and other low-income students. The project's focus was on student learning and success in STEM fields of study. Funding for this project ended on September 30, 2016.


Students must apply and be accepted in order to be a TRiO SSS participant.

Applications are located in the Library on the Wharton Campus and can be turned in to a TRiO SSS staff member.

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