TRIO is a set of programs that have been instituted among campuses across America (in over 1,000 institutions) to aid first-generation, disabled, or lower-income students with and throughout their collegiate careers. Through their provision of resources (labs, tutors, courses, counseling, etc.), TRIO programs seek to ease a student’s transition into collegiate life, and aid in increasing retention among the students served by the program.

At FAMU, we believe in equal opportunity for all students, and our Career and Professional Development Center is dedicated to helping TRIO students have a successful collegiate experience throughout undergrad as well as their transition to graduate school or a career path of choice.


Why Visit the CPD Center as a TRiO Student?

As a department specializing in ensuring our students are career-ready, we have a strong track record of having positive effects on helping students from modest-income and first-generation families matriculate through their undergraduate experience to successful careers. Our dedicated team offers academic coaching with students in our TRIO Program, one-on-one, and in small groups to provide career and college readiness support. Even after you’ve chosen a major course of study, we understand that college is a new experience for both you and your family and you might have questions concerning what career path is best for you. Our Career Center is the place to go for guidance. Career specialists at the Career and Professional Development Center can assist you in choosing a major and also in deciding on a specialization within that major. Additionally, our career specialists can also help you determine what type of work best suits your personality, skillset, and personal preferences. Once you choose a major and a career path, your career specialist can assist you in setting and meeting your career goals. This may be a new experience for you overall, however, we will ensure that it is a successful one!

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Contact & Location

(850) 599-3700

Center for Access and Student Success (CASS), Suite 309
1735 Althea Gibson Way
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Service Hours

Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-5pm
Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-5pm