Colorado Springs, Colo. – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) receives three U.S. Department of Education grants providing the college with $2.63 million for increased student services throughout the next five years.
This figure includes more than a half million dollars to be used in the current school year.
The three grants, TRiO Student Support Services, TRiO Disabled Student Support Services and Child Care Access Means Parents in School, aim to increase overall academic achievement, retention and graduation rates.
“We’ve always provided outstanding student support and by aggressively pursuing these new grants, we are able to support a larger population of students, especially those who face specific hardships that act as barriers to success in college,” says Dr. Edwin Ray, interim president, Pikes Peak Community College.
TRiO Student Support Services
The TRiO Student Support Services grant, a continuation of a previous grant, increases services for first generation and low-income students. The total amount of the award is $1,192,480 over five years and provides individualized academic and personal support services to eligible students. Out of the total amount, $238,496 is to be used in the current school year. The support for this grant may include:
• Financial aid and grant services for students
• Academic tutoring and help with study skills and time management
• Course selection and advising
• Life coaching
• Transition and transfer assistance to four-year colleges
TRiO Disabled Student Support Services
PPCC, the only college in Colorado to receive a TRiO Disabled Student Support Services grant, will receive nearly $220,000 for the current academic year. The total amount of the grant is $1.099 million over five years.
“PPCC now has more resources than ever to help our disabled students, specifically our disabled veterans, achieve their full academic potential and transition to four-year institutions,” says Dr. Linda Rains, director of Retention Services.
In addition to the services included in the Trio Student Support Services grant, the Disabled Student Support Services grant provides:
• Support systems including academic advising, counseling and learning communities
• Help completing developmental courses such as basic English and math that often present barriers for students with disabilities
• Additional training for veterans transitioning to civilian and student life
• Tutoring and assistive technology specialist
• Licensed mental health/disability specialist
Child Care Access Means Parents in School
The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, a four-year award totaling $333,104, helps parents who are full-time, low-income students have the greatest chance of success in college while improving their child-care experiences.
“This grant brings high-quality child care within the reach of our lowest-income students, says Cynthia Neale-Downing, director of PPCC’s Child Care Services. “This allows them to attend school full-time, participate in tutoring, advising, study groups and many of the other activities that help students succeed in college.”
Specifically, the CCAMPIS grant will:
• Subsidize full-day/full-week child care for students’ infants and toddlers at one of PPCC’s two licensed Childcare Development Centers
• Provide an integrated approach that includes access to learning communities and also connects students with academic and family support
• Provide mandatory academic, career planning, financial and parenting education and activities
PPCC, in its 40th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and three military educations centers in El Paso county, and more than 150 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 20,000 students annually.
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