Student Support Services receives $1.4 million renewal grant
The Student Support Services (SSS) program at Metropolitan State College of Denver received word last week that it will receive a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue offering support services to students who are the first generation in their families to attend college, are low–income or have a disability. The grant is effective Sept. 1, 2010.
SSS, one of five federal TRIO programs the DOE funds, is designed to help students overcome social and cultural barriers to higher education. The program has been operating at Metro State for 33 years.
“The grant supports our ability to provide the kinds of services that help these students stay in school and graduate,” said Vice President for Student Services Kathleen MacKay. “Ultimately, it supports Metro State’s mission.”
The stated mission of SSS is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its students and to foster a supportive institutional climate for them. SSS offers the following services to students in the program: academic advising, tutoring, financial aid application assistance, career guidance, personal counseling, time management and organization skills training, financial literacy, and help with graduate school planning.
Interim Director of Student Support Services David Luker says the renewal grant reaffirms that “the education of all students, regardless of their social, economic or disability status, is an important cornerstone of society.”