Pueblo Community College's TRIO Student Support Services was founded 20 years ago to help students in need get an education. Now, the program has received enormous assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
The TRIO SSS program has been selected for a five year grant funding of $1.6 million, with an initial yearly award of $332,608.
"By having this grant in place at Pueblo Community College, 220 first-generation, low-income students can receive the necessary services to help them achieve their academic goals by graduating or transferring to a four-year university," Jamie Manzanares, TRIO Director, said.
TRIO provides academic support to low-income, first generation or disabled college students in order to help those pursuing a degree under more difficult circumstances achieve their academic goals. Services are free to qualifying participants, who in addition to meeting income requirements, being a first-generation college student or disabled, must already be enrolled or accepted to PCC.
Manzanares said that the grant will allow PCC to better meet the needs of the students it strives to help. The grant will help TRIO provide grant aid to individual students, tutorial services, mentoring and special services for students with limited English proficiency, among many other things.
"The funding of this program for another five years is great news to the college," Manzanares said. "Not only does the grant program help the individual reach personal goals, but it also helps the community of Pueblo by having a dynamic workforce to help the city continue to prosper."
There were 1,512 applicants for the TRIO Student Support Program nationwide. PCC was one of 906 schools chosen. The schools include both two-year and four-year institutions in the United States and its territories.