Normandale Community College recently received a five-year Student Support Services grant administered by the US Department of Education for $219,240 per year (a total of $1,096,200 over five years).
The grant is designed to provide support to low-income, first generation, and students with disabilities to help them stay in and complete postsecondary education. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirement of being a low-income, first generation or disabled student, Normandale will target students who test into the lowest levels of developmental reading and/or writing as students have shown a correlation between testing into developmental education and successful completion.
The program aims to significantly close the gap between eligible and non-eligible students in the areas of retention, good academic standing, certificate/degree completion, and transfer to a four-year institution.
Some of the ways the program will address these goals include intrusive advising, cohort activities, workshops on academic and non-academic skills (including financial literacy), tutoring, supplemental instruction, NCC-1000, learning communities, transfer preparation and assistance, career exploration and peer mentoring.