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Iowa Valley TRIO Programs Awarded Funding

The Iowa Valley Community College District has been selected to receive funding through the U.S. Department of Education for the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program. The funding, shared in the form of a grant, will be received over a five-year period running through the 2024-2025 academic year. This is the 3rd SSS grant approval for both campuses with their programs originally starting in 2010.

Through a grant competition, federal funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities to inspire and support students in their pursuit of a degree and to assist students in the successful completion of their postsecondary education. SSS projects also may provide grant aid to eligible participants. The goal of SSS is to increase college retention, graduation, and transfer to a four-year institution.

The SSS program at Ellsworth Community College will receive an annual appropriation of $216,840 and the program’s award was granted additional funding of $7,589.00 for a total annual appropriation of $224,429.

The SSS program at Marshalltown Community College will receive an annual appropriation of $167,175 and the program’s award was granted additional funding of $5,851.00 for a total annual appropriation of $173,026.

“As a federal program, TRIO Student Support Services has over 50 years of history in providing equal educational opportunities for college students across the country,” said Nate Chua, Dean of Students and Learning Services at MCC. “At MCC and ECC, we’ve seen that TRIO works in helping first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities be successful in college and achieve their academic goals. At the same time, there is always more work to be done, and we’re excited about the opportunity to continue serving our students and growing our programs!”

“As a former TRIO Student Support Services member during my undergraduate degree and now going into my fourth year of being the Director for Ellsworth’s TRIO SSS program, I can without a doubt say I’ve seen that TRIO truly works,” said Molly Hippen, TRIO SSS Director at ECC. “The support that students receive from this program and the connections we make with these students don’t just last during their time here on our campuses, but for a lifetime. We are so fortunate to be able to offer this program to our students and to continue to inspire and educate them throughout their educational journeys.”

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