NWSCC awarded over $3 million to help low income, first generation, and students with disabilities succeed in college September 21, 2020

Student Support Services tutor, June Jones, works with NWSCC student during online Webex tutoring session.

MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) will receive a federal Student Support Services (SSS) grant of $3,171,090 to help more students succeed in and graduate from college. The Federal Student Support Services Grant awards $634,218 per year for five years.

“Northwest-Shoals is dedicated to the needs and success of all our students and especially those assisted through our Student Support Services grant,” stated NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross. “The renewing of the Student Support Services grant makes it possible to retain many of our students and eventually help them graduate or transfer to a four-year college or university.”

The NWSCC Student Support Services program strives to increase the retention and graduation rates of its participants. Funding from the grant will focus on improving the academic outcomes of 400 first generation students and students of limited income on the Shoals and Phil Campbell Campuses.

SSS offers services that include academic tutoring, financial aid advice, career and college mentoring, help in choosing courses, and other forms of assistance. Such services enhance academic success and make it more likely that students will graduate or transfer with the lowest possible debt.

SSS began in 1968 and is one of the eight federal “TRIO” programs authorized by the Higher Education Act to help college students succeed in higher education. It recognizes that students whose parents do not have a college degree have more difficulties navigating the complexity of decisions that college requires for success; it bolsters students from low income families who have not had the academic opportunities that their college peers have had, and helps students with disabilities remove obstacles preventing them from thriving academically.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to continue to assist first generation students, and students of limited income overcome many of the barriers they face in achieving their educational goal,” said Brittany Jones, NWSCC Executive Director of Student Success.

About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to approximately 3,600 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit www.nwscc.edu.