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Indian Hills TRIO Program receives federal grant to help under-resourced students

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 9:53 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -The TRIO Program offers educational opportunities to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Money from the grant will help students prepare for college through financial aid, advising, tutoring, and career assessment according to Jessica Chickering Director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Indian Hills.

Chickering says roughly 1,000 students are helped each year. The students that benefit from the grant are first-generation students, low-income, and those with disabilities. “We are funded to serve historically under-resourced students.”

One teacher, Michael Miller, says he always keeps an eye out for students who qualify for the program. “A number of my students qualify for the TRIO Program, they’re not always aware of it, and so I do my best to try and guide them towards the TRIO Program.”

Miller says there was one student whose life was impacted. “Totally changed her life she was a single mom I think if I remember right, she had two kids, and she was working her way through the nursing program.”

The TRIO Program is not at every college, and Miller says students at Indian Hills are blessed to have the opportunity to receive help.

Those who believe they qualify can head on over to the TRIO Program office at Indian Hills or click this link for more information.

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