Humboldt State University


Humboldt State University has been the proud recipient of one or more of the federal TRiO grants (TRiO) for almost 50 years. TRiO's outreach and student services programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. Currently HSU SPF houses three federal TRiO programs on campus:


Talent Search is a pre-college program that provides services to help improve the academic strengths and college readiness of students in the 6th through 12th grades. The free services our Academic Advisors provide to eligible students include individual appointments, workshops, campus tours, and information for parents. All services are brought to the students' school site. The topics covered are designed with each age group in mind.

Upward Bound serves students in six target area high schools in Humboldt and Trinity counties. The program is designed to enrich students’ secondary education and motivate and guide them to pursue and persist in a postsecondary education environment.

Student Support Services aims to improve the retention and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students. The SSS program provides support and encouragement for program students to continue into graduate and professional schools at the postbaccalaureate level. The SSS program provides academic, financial aid, advising, mentoring, and career support services to current HSU students.


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Jen Dyke

Jen Dyke serves as the current Director of Humboldt State's TRiO Upward Bound. Her goal is to help students gain access to educational opportunities and training beyond high school through participation in the services offered during the summer residential and academic year components of the project. Students are provided with academic support, tutoring, advising, career and college guidance, and financial aid awareness.

“In addition to breaking new ground and wrestling with uncharted territory, today’s first generation college students also have to deal with increasing college costs,” says Upward Bound Director and graduate Jen Dyke. “What TRIO Upward Bound does is help students overcome some of these barriers by helping them gain the confidence and academic discipline they need to succeed in college.”