Carl Albert State College Receives $2.1 Million Student Support Services Grant
Carl Albert State College has received a five-year $2,116,410 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant begins September 1, 2015 and ends August 30, 2020 and will serve 285 CASC students at both the Poteau and Sallisaw locations each year.
Deborah Cummings serves as grant writer for Carl Albert and stated, “I’m excited to have a hand in keeping such an excellent program at CASC.” Cummings along with SSS Coordinator/Counselor Kim Hughes, worked closely to put together this grant that received a perfect score. The grant not only scored 100 on the regular sections of the proposal, but also received an additional six points for addressing the optional competitive preference priorities.
One of the federally funded TRIO programs, SSS provides assistance to first generation and/or low income students as well as disabled students in their pursuit of a college degree. Carl Albert State College’s SSS program was first funded in 1973 and was the first of CASC’s seven TRIO grant programs. Cummings explained, “When we receive a grant award, it is a brand new grant program, not a continuation of the previous grant. We have to submit a new proposal for the national competition each time one of our TRIO grants expire.” Michelle White serves as TRIO Director at Carl Albert.
The SSS staff at Carl Albert provides many services for participants of the program ranging from counseling, tutoring, advising, financial aid assistance, transfer assistance following graduation and much more.
Hughes stated, “The SSS grant would not have been possible without a lot of hard work and long hours put in by our grant writer, Deborah Cummings. We also received valuable help from our IT department, especially Jeri Lowrimore, Michael Martin and Keith Barnett. I cannot express enough how much I appreciate their hard work for our students. This grant funds many services to our students to help improve graduation rates, retention, and transfer. The success of this grant means success for our students and success for Carl Albert State College.”