$2.29 million in TRiO grants assists students

September  28, 2010

Lake Washington Technical College's Student Support Services department has been awarded two United States Department of Education TRiO grants totaling $2.29 million over five years.

The Services for Students with Disabilities program was refunded for five years with an annual budget of $238,000. The grant provides academic support for 160 students with disabilities.

LWTC was awarded a second student support services grant that provides academic support for 140 first-generation and/or low-income students. This program was funded for five years at $220,000 annually.

"These grants allow us to provide additional support and services to our students," explains Dennis Long, LWTC's Vice President of Student Services. "This will help them do better in class, graduate faster with a high GPA and ultimately transfer to a four-year college with greater ease or enter the workforce."

The academic services provided by both grants include: one-on-one tutoring for academic core classes, homework centers, academic advising and registration, educational planning, twenty-five workshops focused on study skills and financial literacy, financial education and scholarships, transfer and career planning, and mentoring.