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TRIO receives $1.3 million grant

Last updated on September 4, 2020

TRIO Student Support Services at Vol State recently received a grant from U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1.3 million. According to its website, the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) is a federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The grant will cover services for the next five years such as staff, supplies, grant aid for students, professional development and training, educational trips, and college tours for the students. Vol State will fulfill its institutional commitment providing office space, technology, such as computers and internet, phones, and part-time tutors using ZOOM.

The process to receive the grant began with an open competition throughout the United States. The grant was written explaining why Vol State has a need for it along with the budget showing how the money will be used to help students. VSCC received prior experience points for goals met in previous years, said Andrea Boddie,Director of TRIO Student Support Services.

“Our goal is to help students with retention, graduation and transfer planning to a four year institution,” said Boddie.

Boddie, has been working with the program since the beginning. The first grant was given to Volunteer State Community College in 2005. The new grant will begin the fourth cycle for TRIO at VSCC. The new grant will help serve 200 students compared to 167 in the previous years.

Services offered are technology access through checking out items such as laptops, voice recorders and calculators. Academic advising, career guidance and priority registration are three more services offered for a complete list of services go to TRIO Services.

Clark Medlock, a TRIO student, said he is excited the grant approval means more students will receive the help he has such as help with scheduling classes and grant aid.

“The grant approval means more opportunity to help more students like me,” said Medlock.

The process to receive services from TRIO begins with an application. Students can find it at TRIO. The students must meet one of three criteria first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree), eligible for pell grant or registered at the Access Center on campus. After the application is filled out someone from TRIO will contact the student for a interview with a staff member.

TRIO gathering. Photo provided by VSCC

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