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Verbatim: Indiana Tech gets grant for barrier-breaking program

Statement issued Tuesday:

Grant Provides Funding for Student Support

Indiana Tech has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its TRiO Student Support Services Program. The initial grant is $243,957 for the 2010-11 academic year, with additional funding to follow each year for a total of five years.

The federal TRiO programs are a group of eight programs designed to provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The TRiO Student Support Services Program is targeted at low income, first generation or disabled college students. The goal of the program is to improve retention and graduation rates for those students.

“Students who are both low income and first generation face many barriers to success, such as lack of preparation for college and lack of role models to persist in college,” said Mary Scudder, director of TRiO Student Support Services at Indiana Tech. “The TRiO program specifically addresses their needs. Without the intervention of the TRiO staff, many of these students would likely fall through the cracks.”

At Indiana Tech, services available to qualified participants in the TRiO Student Support Services Program include:

•Tutoring

•Mentoring

•Study Skills Class

•Academic advising

•Guidance/referral for personal issues

•Student Leadership Conference

•Leadership Retreat

•Safety Net Program for students on academic probation

•Cultural Enrichment

•Scholarship opportunities

•Laptop loan program

•Calculator loan program

•Computer access

Indiana Tech has offered the TRiO Student Support Services Program since 1987. The program serves about 180 to 190 students at the Fort Wayne campus each year.

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