MMCC Receives Over $1 Million to Support Students

The Department of Education recently awarded Mid Michigan Community College a TRiO Student Support Services Grant. This Million Dollar + grant ($219,000 annually for five years) will benefit students that meet the Grant’s specific criteria for funding. The Department of Education’s TRiO program supports low-income, first generation and disabled students by providing them with enhanced services to strengthen student success.

Nearly 140 students will be selected for program participation by January 2016. Each participant will be partnered with a success coach, who will develop academic plans with their students, advise them on their progress, and guide them to successful college completion.

Earning a college degree is key to future career success and earning power. Unfortunately, students frequently struggle to manage the complexities of college because of other home and work commitments. The Student Support Services grant intends to provide additional support to students who are at particularly high risk of dropping out.

“The TRIO program is a wonderful opportunity to empower those students who might need a bit of extra support and encouragement by helping them reach their academic goals,” notes Theresa Borawski, TRIO interim success coach.

Students selected for the program will participate in workshops and a free college navigation seminar, which are designed to promote better academic success, personal growth, and college completion. Participants will also have expanded opportunities to engage in cultural enrichment activities and trips.

As students near the end of their time at MMCC, career counseling and transfer advising will ensure that they smoothly transition beyond The College.

Beyond increased support services, qualified program participants may also have the opportunity to receive direct funding for coursework that is not covered by their Financial Aid.

“Because students will spend time together, the support they receive won’t only come from MMCC staff,” Borawski explains. “There is incredible power in student-to-student support systems when it comes to college persistence, because it’s important to know that, when we face struggles, we aren’t alone.”

To be eligible for acceptance in the SSS Grant program at MMCC, students must be first-generation college students (neither parent received a bachelor degree) and / or qualify as low-income under federal guidelines.

For more information about the program or to apply for it, contact Theresa Borawski at or 989.386.6638.

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