TRIO announces funding for Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs at MCTC

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) received funding from the U.S. Department of Education for three TRIO programs – Starting Point and two new Student Support Services programs.

MCTC’s Starting Point program will continue to be funded for the next five years. Since 1980, Starting Point has served eligible first-generation, low-income students by providing tutoring and supplemental instruction; academic, career and financial aid advising; exposure to careers, cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students; and a range of other programs designed to increase the college retention, transfer and graduation rates of program participants.

Two new Student Support Services programs at MCTC were funded to serve 100 disabled students and 140 students who are English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

“With the addition of two new TRIO Student Support Services grants, MCTC has the largest consortium of TRIO programs in the nation, and our commitment to serving underrepresented students from low-income, first generation families is without parallel,” says Robert Reese, TRIO director at MCTC.

With the addition of the two new grants, the total federal funding for the MCTC Student Support Services grants exceeds $3.95 million over the next five years. For additional information about Starting Point or the two new Student Support Services grants, contact Robert Reese at 612-659-6592.

The Federal TRIO Programs are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects.

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