Southern Vermont College celebrates benefits of TRIO support at commencement

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Southern Vermont College celebrates benefits of TRIO support at commencement

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twenty-nine students from the Class of 2017 who received diplomas at Southern Vermont College’s (SVC) commencement exercises on May 13 in Bennington also celebrated the support they received from the TRIO Program, the federal outreach and student service support program, which provides services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

SVC's federal TRIO grant, the only TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at a private college in Vermont, is administered through the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). SVC's CTL provides a full range of free academic support and career-building resources, including academic counseling, tutoring, learning differences support, and help with strategic skill development, such as organization and time management, delivered by highly trained professional staff, to help students achieve their highest potentials. 

“SVC has received TRIO funding for over 30 years and hundreds of our students have benefitted from it,” said Melinda Maris, Associate Provost for Student Success and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at SVC. “We have many student success stories, thanks to TRIO, and are very proud of the support we can provide through this important program.”

The Federal TRIO program includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. TRIO also includes a training program for directors and staff of TRIO projects. 

Founded in 1974 but with roots extending to 1926, Southern Vermont College is a small, liberal arts college located on a 371-acre campus overlooking the Green Mountains. The College is a model of an enlightened educational community: diverse, supportive, environmentally respectful and socially responsible. Through its career-focused, liberal arts curriculum, SVC transforms students into engaged citizens with a broad perspective of an ever-changing society. Classroom learning is combined with real-life, real-world experiences in the study of business, humanities, nursing, science and technology and the social sciences. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification Institution. VBM

Source: Southern Vermont College 6.15.2017