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CASC awarded grant for student services

POTEAU – Carl Albert State College has been awarded another student support services’ grant in the amount of $2.5 million, with a budget of $503,875 per year.

The SSS grant is made possible through the federal Department of Education. Student support services is a specialized program serving first generation, low income, or disabled students, and operates under the TRIO program.

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The Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

At Carl Albert, the program serves 285 students each year. Students are selected based on their academic need. Services provided to students through SSS include tutoring, academic coaching, financial literacy training, study skills, personal counseling, career exploration, and enrollment and transfer advising. The program also provides a freshman success scholarship class which is based off the first-year experience/learning community model.

As they prepare to graduate with their associates degree, SSS also provides the opportunity for students to visit four-year college campuses, helping them decide where they will complete their education as they prepare to transition away from CASC.

“SSS is more than just a grant program,” said director Kim Hughes. “It is a community of people who are passionate about helping students succeed.”

The SSS program serves the Poteau and Sallisaw campuses.

“We are excited to once again be awarded the SSS grant, and look forward to continuing to serve the students in our area,” said President Jay Falkner. “The services provided through SSS are instrumental to helping students achieve their academic goals.”

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