February 13, 2012
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University’s Student Support Services (SSS), a federally funded program that advocates for first-generation, low-income and students with physical or learning disabilities to help them achieve their goals of graduation, is just over a year old and continues to successfully meet Department of Education objectives.
The SSS provides a number of free services for students, including academic coaching, major and career support, personal guidance, peer leadership and mentoring, cultural and social enrichment opportunities and assistance with financial aid and housing. The program enrolled and served 140 students in the 2010-11 academic year, with 97 percent remaining in good academic standing. The program’s average participant GPA is 2.859 compared to a 3.06 for traditional students, and new social and technological offerings will only continue to bolster that number.
Sherri Tran, a nontraditional student in her second year of studying for her nursing degree, says that the SSS staff has been instrumental in helping her make the most of her college experience and in winning the 2012 Women’s Opportunity Award from Soroptomist International of Milwaukee.
“I don’t think I’d be as involved if I hadn’t gone [to the SSS office],” she says. “I feel like it’s part of my home. I feel a huge responsibility to do something, to try to be involved. This school needs this program.”
For more information on the SSS program, contact Nhia Yang at (920) 923-8632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.