Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Kent State, Eastern Gateway and Stark State Receive $900,000

Jul 15, 2015 Issues: Education

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announces today that Kent State University receives $443,212, Eastern Gateway Community College receives $230,666 and Stark State College receives $231,103 from the United States Department of Education under the Student Support Service Program.

“I applaud Kent State, Eastern Gateway and Stark State for securing this important funding, and I am happy that this investment will go to such a good cause. Through this grant,  low income, underserved students participating in these programs will receive the hand-up they need to be successful at their college or university and in their careers after graduation. Everyone deserves the opportunity to a higher education, no matter their gender, race, income or background,” said Congressman Ryan.

Kent State University’s funding will go toward the implementation of a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Project from 2015 through 2020. The Project will identify and serve 300 disadvantaged students annually whose prospects for degree completion will be greatly impacted through intensive academic and personal intervention – with the goal of increasing the six-year graduation rate of its participants. The object will endeavor to increase participant success rates to equal or exceed that which would be expected without the intervention. Specifically, the objectives are increasing the persistence rate from 72.6% to 81%, good academic standing from 65% to 76%, and six-year graduation from 42.1% to 55%.

Eastern Gateway Community College’s funding will go towards giving 160 low income students advising, priority registration, intensive personal, non-cognitive, financial aid, and academic counseling; emotional support and role modeling from SSS staff and mentors; individual and group tutoring; career exploration and guidance; workshops to gain college, life, and financial skills; exposure to the world of four-year colleges and universities and the new, exciting world of music, drama, history, and culture. In addition, their Pell-recipient participants who meet SSS participation requirements will receive a portion of Grant Aid to offset the expense of college. The objectives of this grant are: 60% of participants will persist from one academic year to the next; 75% will maintain good standing at EGCC/JCC, 25% will graduate within four years, and 15% will transfer to a four-year university or college with an associate degree or certificate.

Stark State College’s funding will go to a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program to serve 160 eligible students, two-thirds of whom will be low-income and first-generation or students with disabilities; one-third, low-income or first-generation students; and at least one-third, low-income students with disabilities. The objectives of this grant are: 65% of participants will persist from one-academic year to the next or graduate and/or transfer from a two-year to a four-year institution; 70% of all participants will meet the performance level required to staying in good academic standing at SSC; 20% of new participants will graduate with an associate degree or certificate within four years; 15% of new participants will transfer with an associate degree or certificate and transfer to a four-year institution within four years.