Dept. of Education Grant Will Continue to Benefit Columbia Basin College Students
Posted Date: September 3, 2020Pasco, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Columbia Basin College
a five-year extension of a grant helping students complete courses, graduate, and
transfer out to four-year universities. The federally funded grant, which covers a
five-year period through 2025, will deliver CBC’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS)
$347,603 per year, for a total of over $1.7M.
By: Jay Frank
TRIO SSS serves 200 students at CBC, with a focus on first generation college students,
low income students, and students with disabilities. “Some students will come in unsure
or nervous,” says Amy Stroud, CBC Director for Student Support Services. “It may be
their first encounter with an advisor, or maybe they are in a major transition in
their life. It’s a new, uncharted territory. We map it out into a plan of action.
It gives them confidence and a strong direction to reach their goals.”
To demonstrate the program’s effectiveness, Stroud points to improvement in retention
and graduation rates among TRIO SSS students, and emphasizes the importance of the
relationships the program forges between TRIO SSS advisors and students. “I’m just
so proud of how much our staff cares,” Stroud says. “We know the students’ names and
they know our names. TRIO is their home on campus.”
Students can reach a TRIO advisor by calling 509.542.4612 or emailing sss_trioFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.