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Coconino Community College's TRiO Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant
by Coconino Community College press release
Flagstaff, Ariz. (May 6, 2015) - The U.S. Department of Education has announced that the Coconino Community College TRiO program received another five-year commitment.

"This grant is extremely difficult to secure - the competition is open to all colleges and universities throughout the 50 states and includes the US territories as well," said John Henneberg, CCC's TRiO Program Director. "TRiO students achieve higher retention and graduation rates when compared to their peers not enrolled in the program. The grant will allow Coconino Community College's Student Support Services staff to continue serving hundreds of TRiO students, helping them succeed in achieving their educational goals."

TRiO is a program designed to strengthen student retention, encourage transfer to a four-year college and bolster graduation rates by fostering a climate supportive of the success of low-income and first-generation college students and people with disabilities with academic need.

Among the program services are: Assigned academic advisors; individualized academic tutoring; career exploration and major and course selection; information on types of financial aid, scholarship and grant opportunities available; and study skills assistance.

The total grant amount for the five-year commitment to CCC is $1.1 million.
The CCC TRiO program serves about 140 students a year.

For more information about the TRiO program at CCC, visit For national TRiO information, visit

About Coconino Community College
Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College. CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with more than 60 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. The award-winning CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's path toward a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University with tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access to amenities at NAU.

Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce, which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the region. Today, CCC serves more than 7,500 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff.

CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia, Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 25 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners.
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