BRCC program receives 1.6 million dollar grant aimed for first-generation students

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) –  Baton Rouge Community College will receive a federal grant over the next five years to help students enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.

The 1.6 million dollar Educational Opportunities Center TRiO grant will help unemployed workers, low-wage workers, and returning high school and college students. The BRCC EOC Project will help 850 adults continue their education by exploring high school or higher education options such as enrolling in a college or university and obtain financial aid for enrollment.

Federal TRiO Programs are student services designed to assist first-generation college students, students from low-income families and students with disabilities.

“We are excited to offer these services in our community and believe our programs, along with the support of others, can eliminate some of the barriers to higher education encountered by many of the individuals in our community,” said Dr. Darica N. Simon, director of TRIO Programs and principal investigator of the EOC grant.

Programs with TRiO are federally funded and range from middle schools to graduate schools. EOC offers academic services such as tutoring, career workshops, student financial assistance along with personal services such as counseling and career workshops.

“These are vital projects that not only improve individual lives but also strengthen the community and help to meet the workforce needs of the state,” Simon said. 

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