Penn State Wilkes-Barre Receives Federal Funding for Student Support Services
Penn State Wilkes-Barre is one of fourteen eastern Pennsylvania institutions of higher education to receive federal funding from the Department of Education under the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program. SSS provides grants to institutions of higher education for student support services and academic development. Programs providing academic support, personal counseling, and out of class learning activities are offered to motivate students to successful completion of their postsecondary education. Penn State Wilkes-Barre will receive $267,986 each year for the next five years. They are one of only eight of the twenty-seven programs in Pennsylvania to receive funding over five years; the others were awarded funding for four years.
According to Patty Staskiel, SSS counselor and grants coordinator, Penn State W-B has been receiving these funds since 1997 and, since that time, has helped approximately 600 students to reach their full potential. “Our Student Support Services program is structured to increase student retention and graduation rates and provide career options for first-generation college students and those from low-income families, the physically challenged, and students with learning disabilities,” said Staskiel. “We help students with academic and career planning through tutoring services, college tools workshops, diagnostic assessment, career exploration, cultural enrichment activities, and faculty supplemental instruction.”
For more information about Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Student Support Services program, call 570-675-9112 or visit www.wb.psu.edu.