In line with the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Strategic Plan, the Pre College TRIO programs strive to produce high-quality programming and activities that respond to the needs of the region. In addition, the programs focus on continually expanding community access to postsecondary education opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged and non-traditional students. The success of these programs has distinguished Cal Poly Pomona as one of the few campuses in the nation to host six precollege TRIO programs.
The Pre-College TRIO Programs at Cal Poly Pomona are designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among low-income and potential first generation college students who are enrolled in surrounding Cal Poly Pomona Tier I High Schools. The programs assist students in successful completion of high school and entry into postsecondary education by accomplishing program goals and objectives. All services and activities are offered and provided at no cost to participants or their families. Each program component is geared to assist students to become (1) more informed of the educational, social, and cultural opportunities available at postsecondary institutions, (2) acquaint participants with the range of career options available to them, (3) assist students in developing and implementing effective life skills, and (4) assist students in successfully gaining admittance and being retained at postsecondary institutions.