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SCC Awarded $1.1 Million Grant from US Department of Education for Somerset Campus Students

TheStudent Support Services (SSS) program at Somerset Community College (SCC) now has additional funds to use in helping students succeed in college.

SCC was recently awarded a $1.1 million dollar grant from the US Department of Education. The funds, which are spread over five years, will be used to provide a solid framework of integrated, student-centered services to 140 SCC students who are low income, first generation students and students with disabilities.

The SSS program is a federal funded TRIO grant program that seeks to assist students in maintaining good academic standing, graduate and transfer to four-year college or universities in order to pursue baccalaureate degrees.

The SSS program provides a variety of activities, opportunities and services such as:
Instruction on basic skills
Personal, educational and career counseling
Academic advising and assistance in course selection
Exposure to cultural events and academic programs
Assistance in securing admission and financial aid, and
Extensive interaction from program staff to monitor academic progress

In addition, those students who participate in the SSS program also have the opportunity to receive scholarship funds. The top 20 participants receive $600 each, based on their cumulative grade point average.

We want our TRIO students to have the 3 Cs: Comfortable in the new college setting so they feel welcomed and know that our TRIO staff will help them with their questions; Capable in passing classes and obtaining a college degree or credential; and Confident that they can reach their dreams and careers with our extra help and guidance, said Dorothy Phillips, SSS program director.

To be eligible for the program, students do not have to live in Pulaski County. They can live in any county that SCC serves, but must take some classes on the Somerset Campus. For more information about the Student Support Services grant or to apply to the program, contact SSS Director, Dorothy Phillips, at 606-451-6816 or

Below: Somerset Community College Student Support Services staff from left: Rebecca Thurman, administrative assistant; Cathy McFeeters, learning consultant; Melissa Winstead, academic advisor; and Dorothy Phillips, SSS program director.

SSS staff