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CVTC receives grant to supports at-risk students

Students at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in demographic groups at higher risk for not completing their college education, will receive an extra level of services and help from peers, thanks to a $1.31 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The TRIO SSS Grant (named as one of three core federal grant programs) will enhance support services for students from low income households, are first generation college students from their families or have a disability. Research has shown that people from those groups are of higher risk of dropping out, according to Margo Keys, CVTC vice president of student services.

“We know that low income and first-generation students don’t always know how to navigate college,” said Keys. “This grant brings them together, rather than leaving them to figure out things on their own.”

The grant will serve 140 students over five years, and CVTC staff will select the participants based on the criteria. Students will receive services like one-on-one advising, career services, and regular “lunch and learn” sessions.

Selected students will work together and meet regularly, allowing them to support one another and get to know some fellow students. The grant will also fund a grant director and project coach.

Keys noted that this is the first time CVTC has received one of the TRIO grants, which are available only every five years.

“These are highly competitive grants, based on the number of students who fall into the target groups,” said Keys.