Passaic County Community College Receives $1.1 Million Federal Grant
Paterson NJ – Passaic County Community College (PCCC) has received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) program which aims to increase the college retention and graduation rates for disadvantaged students. The $231,075 grant is expected to be for a total of 5 years
"A college degree is a gateway to a better life,” said PCCC President Dr. Steven Rose. “The Student Support Services Program provides needed services to help ensure that students who face many obstacles in their path to a degree achieve their goal.”
Dr. Rose also extended thanks to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), who announced the grant award today, citing Pascrell’s “continued support of our students.”
Passaic County Community College’s SSS project will serve 160 eligible students each year who meet the federal eligibility guidelines. The project will provide SSS participants with educational services including program orientation, academic instruction, counseling and advising, tutorial support, educational and cultural activities, assistance in completing financial aid applications, financial literacy workshops and transfer advising.
“It’s our duty to prioritize programs that support the success of disadvantaged students, and this federal grant makes a significant investment towards that goal,” said Congressman Pascrell, a former educator who was instrumental in establishing PCCC in Paterson. “This federal grant provides the resources needed to assist in improving achievement levels and help our students reach their true academic potential.”
The U.S. Department of Education SSS program awards grants to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.
U.S. Department of Education