PAC awarded $1.3M grant by U.S. DoEd

August 7, 2020

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Alamo Colleges District-Palo Alto College has been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program to offer academic, personal, and professional support to increase college retention and graduation rates of participants.

Effective in the 2020-2021 academic year, the SSS program will annually provide intensive support services to eligible first-year students who are low-income, first-generation, and/or have a verified disability. In addition to one-on-one academic support and tutoring, the program will connect students to career exploration and financial literacy resources necessary to sustain them through college and plan for the future.

“Since our founding 35 years ago, Palo Alto College has remained dedicated to ensuring everyone in our community has equal opportunities and resources to continue their education and earn a college degree,” said Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College. “Not all students come to Palo Alto College equally equipped with the tools for success. With the support of this grant, we are eager to provide more intentional support to help our students achieve academic success and attain their educational goals.”

In prior years, approximately 65 percent of Palo Alto College students meet the criteria for the SSS program. When compared to non-eligible students, this population shows a direct correlation between high financial risk and lower academic performance, persistence, and completion. Even as students may be facing higher financial risk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this grant will provide the College with the resources to implement high-impact practices to help this population navigate higher education and empower them for success.