Professional Development Opportunities

 ASPIRE serves as a vehicle which provides professional development and technical assistance to increase expertise of individuals who are involved in services to TRiO students. ASPIRE strives to organize program personnel into a cohesive unit, to facilitate open communication between program personnel, and to disseminate legislative and Department of Education information to ensure that program personnel are well informed on current issues.

  • National TRiO Day
    National TRIO Day has been celebrated every year on the last Saturday in February since 1986. It is "a day on which the nation is asked to turn its attention to the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the investment necessary if they are to become contributing citizens of this country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made." (Proclamation passed in the House of Representatives, February 27, 1986.)

    In recent years, TRIO students in South Dakota have met with legislators at the state capital to share information about the programs at their schools, their needs, and their accomplishments!
  • ASPIRE Membership and Conference
    ASPIRE stands for Association of Special Programs In Region Eight.

    ASPIRE is one of ten regional associations that form the Council for Opportunity in Education, which promotes equal rights and opportunities for first-generation and low-income students, and for students with disabilities. ASPIRE is a professional organization of persons engaged in the administration, recruitment, mentoring, instruction, tutoring, and other support services for eligible students.

    TRIO Participant Membership is $5 per year. Membership is available to TRIO program participants who are supportive of the goals/mission of ASPIRE. Members may have a voice but no vote and may not hold office. SSS students who are interested in membership in ASPIRE should contact the SSS office. SSS students are encouraged to attend the ASPIRE Conference held each year in October if they are interested in the mission of ASPIRE. 


    SSS Makes a Difference

    "Meeting other students in SSS is also great.  I have made new friends there over the last few years, and am happy also when I see others I know.  We are all there for the same reasons.  We can even help each other at times.  SSS has held banquets for apppreciation of a specific person/professor that has helped/influenced our lives.  That is one of the best ideas ever.  When a professor makes an impact on me I want them to know just what they mean to me."      Mallory, Junior




    "Having been directed by Student Support Services to utilize the available Black Hills State tutors has inspired me to want to tutor others as well, and I am in the process of exploring that possibility.  Being a part of this organization has inspired me to do what I can to serve my community, even if it is in a small way.  I contribute to the women's shelters here in Rapid City by donating needed items for the women and children that stay at them and taking food items, when I can, to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission.  I know that I will be able to do more in the future and intend to do so."   Joan, Junior