July 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Those students who benefit from the TRiO Student Services program at John A. Logan College received good news this week when it was learned that federal grant funding would be renewed over the next five years.

Logan will receive $273,611 each of the next five years or nearly $1.4 million. Annual funding amounts are determined by Congress each year. Approximately 200 JALC students benefited from services this past academic year.

TRiO students receive  individualized support services, including but not limited to, additional tutoring time plus free access to 24-hour on-line tutoring; one-on-one  professional mentoring and peer mentoring; opportunities for grant aid awards; scholarships and tuition waivers;  preferential academic advising and career counseling; financial aid counseling; educational workshops; transfer assistance to four-year universities; and opportunities to attend a wide variety of cultural enrichment activities at no cost to the student. 

Carolyn Gallegly, director of the Student Success Center at Logan, said all professional staff in the Student Success Center mentor TRiO students. 

“All are involved in determining their students' support needs, the provision of services, problem-solving, and the monitoring of student progress,” she said.  “Since it is required that a percentage of students served be disabled, Disability Support Services within the Student Success Center plays a large role in supporting many of the TRiO students.  DSS staff are integral to the success of this particular population.”

Additionally, Gallegly said, the Student Success Center staff provides professional tutoring and trains and monitors peer tutors, which is “very important” to the academic success of Logan’s TRiO students. 

“Other SSC staff plan and supervise cultural enrichment activities, provide individual counseling, or present workshops,” Gallegly said.  “Our entire department devotes at least a portion of its day to the support of Logan TRiO students.”

 Participation in a TRiO Student Support Services project, such as the one at JALC, requires that students meet one or more of the following criteria:  low income, disability, or a first-generation college student neither of whose parent has obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher.   

Gallegly said those three barriers are most likely to keep a student from graduating and/or meeting his or her educational goals. 

“Students must also demonstrate academic potential for inclusion in a TRiO project,” she said. “All students must work toward attaining program goals, which include: persistence toward program or degree completion; maintaining good academic standing; and graduating with a degree or certificate and transferring to a four-year school where applicable.”

“This grant focuses on attracting and keeping students who might not have considered higher education,” said JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith. “In that light, it is critically important for John A. Logan as we reach out and attempt to improve the lives of the residents of our district. I’m grateful to our staff for their efforts in once again securing this valuable funding.”

Whereas Gallegly wrote out the grant request, she said other departments lent their assistance.

“College statistics were provided through Institutional Research. The Business Office assisted with budget preparation and submission of the grant, and the Director of Grants proofed and edited the grant request, along with completing the submission process,” she said. 

“Not only were these departments involved in the completion of the grant, but others as well will be involved throughout the life of this grant cycle,” Gallegly said. 

Financial Aid provides workshops and assists with awarding Grant Aid and FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants) for TRiO students. 

Career Services will be administering the Kuder (program that explores careers that match student skills) and providing career exploration and counseling for TRiO students, as well as providing information during each semester's orientation programs along with staff from Advisement, Student Activities, and other departments.  

“The grant was written with the intent that every department on campus could play a role in supporting the TRiO project and its participants,” Gallegly said.   

 

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.