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SCC Focuses on Student Recruitment in Eastern Kentucky through Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) Grant

Sarah Modgling, a recruiter for Somerset Community College, has a great desire to be a voice for students, she said.

In her newly created, grant-funded position, Modgling is using that desire to relay the message that higher education can improve livesand shes delivering it to potential students in the coal counties of Eastern Kentucky.

Modgling, a native of California, recently moved to Kentucky. Her background in marketing, sales and public relations, made her a fitting choice to share the message about SCCs programs and classes with potential students. Her position is funded by the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Student Services Grant from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), which was awarded to SCC in the Fall of 2016.

The grant, which was created to expand outreach to potential students and assist with retention, completion and transfer initiatives, is part of the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program enacted during the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. The program was established to assist residents of Kentuckys coal-producing counties attending postsecondary education institutions located in coal-producing counties by providing scholarships, as well as grants to community colleges located in the area to enhance the extent and quality of student support services and program offerings necessary to increase student success and degree production.

Modgling moved to London, Kentucky, along with friends, to support a growing church population at Parkway Christian Fellowship. Prior to her move, she worked with the Boys and Girls Club and a commercial solar company. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Business Administration at the University of California, Davis.

This position at SCC was an easy fit for me, Modgling said. My goal is to focus on non-traditional students in Eastern Kentucky who may not know about easily accessible opportunities offered by SCC that can help them learn new skills, open new opportunities or retrain them for the workforce.

Modgling focuses her recruitment efforts on six counties already served by SCC. Those counties include: Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Laurel and Whitley counties.

Ive been amazed to find out how many opportunities are right at the back door for those who want to return to school, Modgling said. Im excited to be out in the community and representing SCC.

SCC was one of eight Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) colleges to receive the grant. In addition to Modglings part-time position, grant funds were used to host a Fall 2016 student transfer conference and will be used for a spring transfer event at SCC as well.