CONNECT to receive $880,000 grant

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Project CONNECT (Creating Opportunities for Navigating and Easing through College Transitions) of the department of education at Sam Houston State University will receive $880,000 during the next four years.

The grant will be awarded by a new Student Support Services TRIO grant by the U.S. Department of Education and will help Project CONNECT enable to continue its service to the SHSU students.

Project CONNECT will serve a continuous enrollment of 160 students beginning in the fall of 2005 and is designed to support SHSU students financially and academically through mentoring, tutoring, advising, editing, special workshops, and lending textbooks. A computer-assisted lab and instructions will be added to the students support menu.

“Students who use the tutoring and editing services report that those services have a positive impact on their grades,” said Project Director Judy Christensen.

Christensen said approximately two-thirds of the students will be identified as low-income and first generation students or students with disabilities. The remaining students will be identified as low-income or first-generation individuals.

“Students who borrow textbooks from the Lending Library do not have to purchase those books with their own funds so that helps them financially. We also notify our participants about financial aid deadlines and deliver SHSU financial aid application packets to participants at the two community colleges, as requested,” added Christensen.

Project CONNECT will continue to focus on two primary goals for participating students: Increasing retention and graduation rates and increasing transfer rates of Montgomery College and Tomball College students to four-year institutions. The program will continue to be a working partnership between the SHSU department of educational leadership and counseling, Montgomery College, and Tomball College.

The statistics shows that the participants of the project have met higher accomplishment toward the project’s goal than the other members of SSS programs across the nation.

Principal investigators include Dr. Beverly Irby and Dr. Alice Fisher. The director is Dr. Judy Christensen and Kelly Stuckey is the project coordinator.