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Wiley receives $1.2 Million grant award to continue Student Support Services Program
(Marshall, Texas) Wiley College, one of two Historically Black Colleges in Texas selected in the first round of competition, has been awarded a $1,200,000 (TRIO) Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue its program through August 2021.
“Wiley is honored to receive funding to 2021 as this year’s application process was rigorous and the competition was keen,” said Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO of Wiley College.
“We strive to do everything we can to equip our students to succeed. The Student Support Services Program helps Wiley to accomplish this goal.” – Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO
TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Wiley’s grant award will serve 200 students per year and will ensure continuity of services for continuing students, as well as first-time freshmen who enroll at the College.
“We provide a lot of one-on-one assistance to help our students to excel,” said Sylvia Frank, Director of Wiley’s Student Support Services Program.
Frank said program offerings include peer or professional mentoring and access to regular tutoring appointments and campus resources such as the career lab where they receive assistance with graduate school preparation and guidance on academic, career and personal issues. Students also attend workshops on financial literacy. Services are free.
Wiley’s Student Support Services program offerings complement two other student success initiatives at Wiley, the Freshman Academy and the Sophomore Year Experience, which were launched as recently as the 2012-2013 academic year under the leadership of Dr. Joseph L. Morale, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.
“These programs are designed explicitly to provide intrusive coaching and, over the last two years, have helped the College increase its first-year retention rates to a level on par with the national average,” said Morale.
In speaking directly to the grant award, Morale said he is pleased to see the program continue.
“In addition to assisting increasingly more students to succeed, the Student Support Services grant helps the College to achieve its enrollment goals each year.”
Dr. Strickland said the Student Support Services program at Wiley has an enviable track record.
“Almost 40 percent of the students participating in this program earn a college degree and a number of them go on to graduate school,” he said. “We strive to do everything we can to equip our students to succeed. The Student Support Services Program helps us to accomplish this goal.”
TRIO Student Support Services at Wiley College is one of nearly 1,000 programs in the country and has been providing assistance and services to first-generation, low-income and students with disabilities since 1988.