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HCC gets million dollar grant for student support services

September 01, 2010

Hagerstown Community College has been awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO Program.

The goal of the program is to increase retention, graduation and transfer rates of first-generation college students, low-income students and students with documented disabilities, who demonstrate academic need.

"We are very pleased that this federal grant will allow us the opportunity to provide increased customized assistance so that more students can realize their substantial academic success potential," HCC President Guy Altieri said in a prepared release. "Program data has shown that students in an SSS program are twice as likely to remain in college than students from similar backgrounds who did not participate."

SSS students at HCC will receive academic tutoring, counseling services, financial and economic literacy training, and assistance in determining career and academic goals, with an emphasis on transfer to a four-year college, the release said.

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A limited number of SSS students will be eligible for grants through the program. All SSS students will be provided the opportunity to visit four-year colleges, attend cultural events, and participate in workshops regarding life and academic skills, according to the release.

Applications for the program are being accepted. For more information, call Donna Rudy, dean of student affairs, at 301-790-2800, ext. 526.

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