Cincinnati State TRIO program lands $273,000 federal grant

July 21, 2015
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Cincinnati State TRIO program lands $273,000 federal grant
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has announced the award by the U.S. Department of Education of a $273,270 grant to Cincinnati State for its TRIO Student Support Services program.
The award is the first in what is anticipated to be a five-year series of grants for the program, which is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students.
“Education is the key to providing all Ohioans the opportunity for success,” Brown said in a press release. “But there are many students that could benefit from additional academic tutoring and help navigating financial aid and scholarships. This funding will help ensure that all students have access to the supportive services they need to succeed in college.”
Cincinnati State will use this funding to provide 180 low-income and first-generation students with services, including access to a dedicated SSS Study Center, financial literacy coaching, and career planning assessments.
“The academic tutoring and social support provided by Student Support Services is critical,” said Bari Ewing, Director of College Access Programs at Cincinnati State. “The program was established at Cincinnati State in 1997 and has helped hundreds of students graduate and transfer to four year universities.
“Trio Student Support Services’ overarching goal is to help the underprepared students achieve the credentials needed to posit them for a sustainable future,” Ms. Ewing added.
Cincinnati State ( offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.