CHEYENNE, WYO. – Laramie County Community College received some great news before the start of the semester: the TRIO Student Support Services program (SSS) will receive $221,000 for each of the next five years to continue operations.
This is a federally funded support program focused on assisting first generation, low-income and disabled students in achieving their full academic potential. LCCC has been a recipient of TRIO SSS funding since 2000 through a highly competitive grant process.
“We are thrilled to be awarded this next funding stream,” said Judy Hay, vice president for student services at LCCC. “In fact, the money will help us change our direction a bit, concentrating more on providing intensive support in addition to our holistic advising system.”
Hay added that this will also allow her team to early-identify eligible students, engage in high-touch support designed around each student’s needs, and provide engagement through group workshops, events and programs.
Funds are awarded to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
As with all LCCC programs, the services are founded upon a "learner-centered" philosophy where students take shared responsibility for their educational outcomes. The SSS program will provide additional student-specific layers of social support, assisting students with building skills in areas such as executive functioning, emotional capital and financial literacy.