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Montana Tech's Technical Outreach Department Awarded U.S. Department of Education Grant


11/9/2010

Butte, MT- Montana Tech’s Technical Outreach Department was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Education $1,100,000 grant to establish a Student Support Services (SSS) program. Student Support Services was established in 1968 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.

These new funds will allow Montana Tech to provide students pursuing a four-year post-secondary degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline, academic development, assist students in meeting basic college requirements, and serve to motivate students toward the completion of their postsecondary education.

The Montana Tech Student Success Services program is funded to serve 120 eligible students with quality academic services resulting in, but not limited to, increased retention rates, increased graduation rates as well as an improved campus climate.

"There are economic and political challenges facing the United States today that can only be answered with an increase in the number of students graduating in STEM related degrees," said Amy Verlanic, Director of Technical Outreach at Montana Tech. "We are in desperate need of more scientists and engineers. Montana Tech is proud to acknowledge this need and to be positioned to provide the extra support some students need in order to enter into and graduate from these rigorous degree programs."

For more information, please contact Amy Verlanic at 406-496-4289 or averlanic@mtech.edu.