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Tech Opportunities Program (TOP)

TOP: TRIO Student Support Services

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
Our program is federally funded and has served Oregon Tech students since 2001. 

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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


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. Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Oregon Tech Title IX/504/ADA Coordinator, Sandi Hanan, Snell Hall, Room 107, 541-885-1074.