Among these institutions is Delgado Community College, which is slated to receive $220,000.
The grants are aimed at helping low-income college students, first-generation students and those with disabilities to successfully complete a program of study at the post-secondary level.
“Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation.”
Successful projects under the Student Support Services (SSS) Program will provide students with academic tutoring, assistance in course selection, information about financial aid and economic literacy, and support and resources to help students transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or from undergraduate to graduate or professional studies. Some additional services that may be offered under this grant may include the following activities: individualized counseling and career guidance, exposure to cultural events, mentoring, and housing assistance during school breaks for students who are homeless or in foster care.
SSS is one of seven Federal TRIO Programs, which provide outreach and student services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities, foster care youth or homeless children and youth to help them progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.
For more information about the Student Support Services program, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html.
Information about services provided through TRIO at Delgado Community College is available here: http://www.dcc.edu/student-services/trio-sss/default.aspx.