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TRiO grant renewed

By   Erin Wood

Lake Region State College students have continued support for success thanks to a federal grant.

The college has been notified of its selection to receive ongoing funding for its Student Support Services (TRiO) program.  This grant will be in the amount of $247,577 for the first budget period September 2015 through August 2016. It is anticipated that the grant will be funded for a total of five years.

The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program grant seeks to provide academic and general support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students in order to increase graduation rates, create a climate that will facilitate these students’ success and help them transfer from two-year to four-year colleges.

TRiO Student Support Services program at Lake Region State College started in 2001 and serves students that meet its criteria. Programs like TRiO assist faculty and staff in helping students achieve goals, said LRSC President Dr. Doug Darling.

“TRiO Services at LRSC are in place through these programs to increase retention and graduation rates by supporting students through various methods,” Darling said.

First-time college students may find pieces of the college experience overwhelming. Without adequate support systems, completing courses and/or a degree can become a challenge. That’s where programs like TRiO help students succeed. The program’s services include exam proctoring, tutoring (including course specific study labs), and tax and FAFSA nights.

“Education is a key part of empowering our citizens to access better opportunities and build a better life for themselves and their children,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said. “This funding will support the educational endeavors of low-income, first-generation and disabled students, which will allow them to gain the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.”

National statistics show that students involved with TRIO are twice as likely to complete their degrees as students not involved in the program.  The TRiO SSS program at LRSC serves around 160 students a year.  Lake Region State College also has a similar program called Power Skills for students not eligible for TRiO but in need of similar assistance.

New applications are being accepted for the upcoming academic year.  For more information or to apply for TRiO call 662-1529.