SLCC Receives TRIO Award From Department of Education

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SLCC receiving DOE funds to work with students to achieve academic success and prepare for the college of their choice.

TRIO participant Sylvia Bernal Garcia.

TRIO participant Sylvia Bernal Garcia.

Spanning five years, the funds will strengthen SLCC’s efforts to support low-income and first generation secondary students toward completing high school and enrolling in college.

Salt Lake Community College received a $1.23 million TRIO Talent Search award from the Department of Education.

“Talent Search will directly support SLCC’s goals around strategic enrollment and student outreach, especially among underrepresented students, while strengthening ties with community partners,” said Nicole Omer, Director of Sponsored Projects at SLCC. “Spanning five years, the funds will strengthen SLCC’s efforts to support low-income and first generation secondary students toward completing high school and enrolling in college. Over 500 students from 10 schools in the Salt Lake and Granite school districts will receive targeted, evidence-based assistance.”

TRIO ETS (Educational Talent Search) College Bound works with students to achieve academic success and prepare for the college of their choice. The program is especially designed for students of families with low incomes or students whose parents have not received a four-year college degree. ETS College Bound is an Educational Opportunity Program, one of eight TRIO programs nationally. The program is hosted by Salt Lake Community College and is 100 percent federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support activities necessary for educational access and retention. The purpose of the TRIO Programs’ Department at Salt Lake Community College is to provide support for low-income and first-generation college students to access, graduate, and attain their educational, career, and personal goals in preparation for their contribution to a global workforce. To be eligible to participate in TRIO programs, a student must be a low-income, first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree), a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plan to attend a four-year institution upon completion of an associate’s degree.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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