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Tech Opportunities Program (TOP)

TOP: TRIO Student Support Services

During the spring term all TOP services will be delivered remotely per the university's guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Current TOP students:
  • Students will meet with their TOP Academic Specialists for regular advising appointments via phone, Zoom, text and e-mail. 
  • Tutoring services will be provided by the Peer Consulting Center online via Zoom. Read more.
  • Peer mentoring will be provided to current TOP students via text, e-mail and Zoom.
  • Academic workshops will be delivered in a webinar and video format.
  • Extra-curricular social events will be conducted via social media. Detailed communication regarding these efforts will be sent to all current TOP students' e-mails.
  • All TOP staff is available to assist students during regular work hours, Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please use the contact section below reach out to any of the staff members. 
Prospective students:
  • Please use the "Apply" button below to submit a PDF application online.
  • Once submitted, our staff will contact your within a week to notify you of the next steps.
  • If you have any questions about your TOP application, please contact: Sarah Engelgau at 541 851 5179 or sarah.engelgau@oit.edu 

About TOP

We power the potential of first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Our dedicated staff provides services and support in the following areas:

  • One-on-one and group tutoring
  • Academic, career, and financial aid planning
  • Peer mentoring and networking with other students
  • College success classes, faculty-led sessions, and workshops
  • Assistance with applying for financial aid, scholarships, and grants
  • Community building and cultural events

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Support Programs


The Summer Bridge program is designed to help non-traditional and transfer students transition to Oregon Tech. This free program takes place just before the start of the fall term and offers a great opportunity to meet Oregon Tech faculty, staff and students.

Student Success Seminars

Freshmen in TOP participate in a three-term student success seminar intended to foster their transition to Oregon Tech. The class is offered at no cost to students.


We offer a wide variety of workshops on topics from financial literacy, study skills, and academics to career planning and professional development. We strive to offer at least one workshop a week throughout the academic year.

Financial Literacy

TOP students can access money management, budgeting, and financial planning tools and tips through the Owls' Worth Program. Additionally, TOP students have free access to SALT, which provides financial tutorials, templates, and strategies tailored specifically for college students. 

Meet TOP Graduates

Travis Thomas

Travis Thomas

Justin Villes

Justin Villers
Renewable Energy

Ashlei Morgan

Ashlei Morgan

Sarah Levesque

Meet TOP Staff

Program Director

Michal Kawka

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with TOP students as they pursue their goals and dreams. It is truly an honor to witness their journey.  

Meet Michal

Academic Specialist

Brianna Schwenk

I work side by side with students to encourage and support them through their time at Oregon Tech.

Meet Brianna

Office Manager

Sarah Engelgau

I am very glad for the opportunity to be a part of TOP Program and work with our team to support students.

Meet Sarah

Academic Specialist

Zach Jones 

I’m really excited to ‘pay it forward’ by continuing to support students throughout their journey here at Oregon Tech.

Meet Zach


Oregon Institute of Technology is an EO/Title IX/504/ADA Institution

Oregon Institute of Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity in its programs and activities. Questions or concerns regarding Oregon Tech’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Maureen De Armond, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Title IX Compliance, and Affirmative Action (e: maureen.dearmond@oit.edu; p: 541-885-1108) or Tanya Coty, ADA Coordinator (e: tanya.coty@oit.edu; p: 541 885 1790).