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TRIO Grant Renewed at Penn College

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $243,095 for the 2008-09 academic year to the TRIO Student Support Services program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Grant monies will be used to provide individualized academic support to 160 Penn College students. Services include personal guidance and support, one-on-one tutoring, peer mentoring, faculty contact, scheduling assistance and goal setting.

Participants may also borrow laptop computers and participate in a variety of academic enrichment programs. In addition, TRIO awards $12,000 in financial assistance to eligible participants. The TRIO Student Support Services program is available to students who meet income eligibility guidelines, are first-generation college students or have a disability.

TRIO’s mission is to help disadvantaged students succeed in college and graduate in a timely manner. With more than 85 percent of last year’s students returning this year 95 percent in good academic standing TRIO is making a difference on the Penn College campus, according to Joette Siertle, program coordinator.

“Our students have the desire and motivation to succeed,” Siertle said. “Sometimes they just need a little help navigating rough waters. The TRIO staff is fortunate to be their refuge. I can’t imagine a more rewarding job on campus than helping our students graduate.”

For more information about TRIO Student Support Services, stop by the offices in the Klump Academic Center. For more information about Penn College, visit online, e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.

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