FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEVELAND, WI –
CLEVELAND - Lakeshore Technical College has received approval for 5 year grant in the amount of $220,000 per year from the U.S. Department of Education to continue to support the TRiO program. TRiO is a student support services program which provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The objectives are to improve year to year retention, grade point average, and graduation and transfer rates for LTC students who are low income, first generation, or disabled.
The $1.1 million grant is a continuation of the original 5 year TRiO funding which has produced impressive results. Since 2010, the program has served more than 350 students and the 68% graduation rate since 2010 exceeds the college 5 year average of 55%. Also, 14% of graduates subsequently transferred to a four year institution, exceeding the college average of 7%.
Offering study skills workshops, one-on-one study review and facilitating groups for select general education courses, programs like TRiO increase a students' likelihood to stay in school and graduate. In program courses, TRiO students are matched with appropriate tutors and many TRiO students eventually become peer tutors.
Current LTC staff member Mike Nelson of Manitowoc took part in the program as a student in the Computer Support Specialist program and eventually became a tutor himself. Nelson landed a full time job at LTC after graduation as an Online Student Support Specialist and is currently pursuing his bachelors' degree.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Each year more than 11,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.
Close to 1,000 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn an average starting salary of $45,000 per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at four sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at gotoltc.edu.