Flagstaff, AZ: Director of Student Support Services at Coconino Community College, Veronica Hipolito, announced today that Coconino Community College (CCC) will receive the first TRIO Grant since the College opened in 1991. The grant will be in the amount of $220,000.00 per year starting on September 1st, 2010 through August 31st 2011. It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of 5 year(s) totaling over a million dollars during the 5 year period.
Hipolito said, "The TRIO grant will be very significant to our students and our community. We are excited to receive it and looking forward to establishing many innovative retention programs for our students." According to Hipolito, competition for the grant was exceptional with The Department of Education estimating that only 906 programs would be funded, down by 40 programs from those funded in 2009, with some colleges defunded this year.
The Federal Student Support Services Program (SSS) which falls under the TRIO Grant Initiative provides academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges, and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low income and first generation college students and individuals with disabilities. .
SSS Program participants must be low-income, low-income and first-generation or disabled college students. All students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of postsecondary education at an institution of higher education. In addition, low-income students who are first-generation college students and students with disabilities must have been determined to have academic need.
Program services may include: (a) instruction in basic study skills (b) tutorial services (c) academic, financial, or personal counseling (d) assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions (e) assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs (f) guidance on career options (g) mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency and (h) grant aid.
The TRIO Grant began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the administration's War on Poverty in 1965. President of Coconino Community College, Dr. Leah L. Bornstein said, "The College is honored to receive these Federal funds. TRIO grants have been very successful since their inception, and will bring the College and the community even closer together to serve the needs of Coconino County residents. "