TRIO receives $1.6 million grant

TRiO graduateThe U.S. Department of Education announced it has awarded Centralia College $1.6 million over five years to support TRIO Student Support Services for first-generation, low-income, and disabled college students.

“These funds allow Centralia College to provide critical support for students who might not be able to graduate and pursue their dreams without these additional services,” said Dr. Robert Frost, Centralia College president. “Our TRIO staff has been incredibly successful in helping these students earn degrees, continue in higher education, and transform their lives.”

The grant, which was awarded following a highly competitive, nationwide application process, will provide personalized academic advising, tutoring, transfer and career planning, mentoring, and specialized workshops and activities for up to 220 students annually.

“Sometimes young people need a helping hand to tap into their full potential, and Centralia College offers that help to our community through the TRIO program,” said Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas). “I want to congratulate Centralia College on receiving this federal grant to empower individuals – those who are either living with disabilities, coming from low-income circumstances, first-generation college students, or overcoming other challenges– achieve and sustain successful lives.”

The mission of TRIO is to help students succeed in their classes, stay enrolled, and graduate with a certificate or associate degree, or transfer to a four-year college or university, explained Liisa Preslan, TRIO director at Centralia College.

“Our team at Centralia College does an outstanding job supporting the TRIO students,” she said. “We have great success rates and it’s an honor to continue to provide these services for the next five years.”

Robert Cox, vice president of Student Services, offered congratulations to Preslan and the TRIO team.

“Winning a $1.6 million dollar grant to fund these services for the next five years is a huge accomplishment, and speaks volumes about the talented people working in the TRIO program,” he said.

At Centralia College, TRIO Student Support Services assisted 241 students in 2013-14 academic year. Of those, 63 percent graduated and 56 percent transferred to a four-year college. Overall, 86 percent of TRIO participants stayed in college from one year to the next.

For more information on TRIO programs at Centralia College, call 360-736-9391, ext. 201.

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