Weatherford College has received an additional $1.2 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services program. The funds will be distributed in the amount of $247,583 per year for five years.
Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
The purpose of the SSS Program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and to foster a supportive climate.
“This is wonderful news for us,” said Kim Hutton, Director of Student Support Services at WC. “We are excited to continue to serve these students.”
SSS services include tutoring and mentoring, assistance in course selection, information on financial aid programs and benefits as well as assistance in completing financial aid applications, assistance in applying and transferring to four-year programs, activities designed to acquaint students with a range of career options and exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available to disadvantaged students.