S.T.A.R., Success Through Achievement and Retention, has been a part of SBVC Student Services for 30 years & counting! Servicing 200 students a year, STAR provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their AA/AS degree. We offer support services for SBVC students in a comfortable, student-friendly environment and we encourage all who meet to requirements to apply!

Federally funded by the Department of Education, the goal of STAR (a TRIO Student Support Services program) is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transferring to a four-year university.

The STAR (Success Through Achievement and Retention) Program is a comprehensive, federally funded TRiO Student Support Services grant program offering academic and personal assistance and support to qualified students attending San Bernardino Valley College.  The STAR Program seeks to retain, graduate, and transfer low-income, first generation and/or disabled participants, by providing a supportive learning community that will empower students to meet associate degree requirements and/or to complete courses required for transfer to four-year institutions.
The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs.

Over the years, the TRIO Programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance. The Higher Education Amendments of 1972 added the fourth program to the TRIO group by authorizing the Educational Opportunity Centers. The 1976 Education Amendments authorized the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, initially known as the Training Program for Special Programs Staff and Leadership Personnel. Amendments in 1986 added the sixth program, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Also, in 1990, the Department created the Upward Bound Math/Science program to address the need for specific instruction in math and science. The Upward Bound Math/Science program is administered under the same regulations as the regular Upward Bound program, but it must be applied for separately. Finally, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001 amended the Student Support Services (SSS) program to permit the use of program funds for direct financial assistance (Grant Aid) for current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

The legislative requirements for all Federal TRIO Programs can be found in the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 2. The requirements for the SSS Grant Aid can be found in Public Law 106-554.

Information Provided by The U.S. Department of Education Website - www.ed.gov