Greenville Technical College has been awarded nearly $2.1 million over a five-year period under a Strengthening Institutions grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III program. The goal of the program is to increase persistence and retention rates for participants by 20% over the funding period, leading to higher student graduation rates, according to a news release.
The grant is aimed at first-time students.
The effort will be centralized at the college’s new Dreisbach/Anderson Student Success Center, scheduled to open next spring. There, students will find intensive advising to assist with enrollment and success, according to the news release. A dedicated advisor will monitor each participant’s progress, tracking grades and providing support when indicated. Financial literacy education, a career development program, and internal internships will be offered to students taking part. In addition, emergency initiatives for students, including the college’s food pantry, will be expanded.
“Enrolling students is not enough,” Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, said in the release. “Our mission is to transform lives through education, and that means we want to give all who enroll every chance of success. Title III funding will go a long way toward strengthening our services for first-time students and supporting them from the initial semester to graduation.”
The Title III project director is Chuck Morton and the project’s activity director is Amber Morgan.