BMCC Received Student Support Services Grant

Press Release Date: 
08/10/2010

NEWS RELEASE
Blue Mountain Community College,

Date: August 10, 2010
Contact:  Karen L. Hill, Public Relations, 541-278-5933 or 541-379-2753

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BMCC Received Student Support Services Grant

drop by the TRiO offices on the Pendleton campus in Morrow Hall, room M141, or call 541-278-5853.

 

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PENDLETON: Blue Mountain Community College received notice from U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden that BMCC has been selected to receive funding under the Student Support Services (SSS) Program in the amount of $239,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year, with like funding over the five year grant period.

The purpose of the funding is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled college students to increase student retention and graduation rates. Presently 46.8 percent of BMCC’s degree-seeking students meet the full Student Support Services criteria of citizenship, academic need, and qualification as a low-income, first-generation, and/or disabled student, providing a substantial pool of potential participants. The funding will go to BMCC’s TRiO program where they will serve 165 students in the project each year.

"The TRiO program has a proven track record for helping at-risk students who desire to transfer to a university after attending BMCC," said BMCC President John Turner. "I am proud to say that our TRiO students generally have higher grade point averages, higher graduation rates, and are involved in many student activities outside of the classroom.  The continued funding of this program will ensure our students get the support they need to succeed."

This is the third such grant received by the college. TRiO Director Donna Richardson noted that, "Services like intrusive advising, tutoring, student development, transfer planning, career development, assistance with scholarship attainment, and financial literacy have proven to improve academic success for struggling students."

Students who are interested in applying for the TRiO program can