U.S. Department of Education Renews Funds for Support Services at Southern Vermont College

July 28, 2015

Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to announce it is a successful recipient of a federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant of 1.3 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education starting in Fall 2015. The federal TRIO SSS program, established in 1968, provides assistance to students who are under-represented in higher education, including students who are the first in their family to attend college, students from modest income backgrounds and students with disabilities. SVC’s TRIO program was first funded in 1978 and has helped hundreds of students attain a four-year degree over its thirty-seven year history.

Southern Vermont College was one of 968 colleges and universities nationwide that were awarded the TRIO SSS grant for 2015-2020, according to an announcement from the U. S. Department of Education on July 17. Out of 968 institutions, six in Vermont were awarded. The TRIO program at SVC is the only such program at a private college in the state of Vermont.

Academic support for SVC students includes tutoring, support for students with disabilities (such as access to assistive technology), academic counseling, enhanced mathematics support, career development and counseling, peer mentoring and academic advising.

 “This is wonderful news for our students and wonderful news for SVC,” said Catherine McKeen, Director of the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, “The TRIO program is a vital help for our students. First-generation and under-represented students face many obstacles in their path to a four-year degree, and many would not graduate without this support. The TRIO program helps students open the door to a better life through college education.”

According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college. These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation.”

More information on the SSS at the U.S. Department of Education is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html. Information on the academic support program at Southern Vermont College is available at svc.edu/academics/support.html.