May 24, 2011
Student Support Services (SSS), located on the campus of Shawnee State University, is one of 1,034 federal programs funded by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. and serves first-generation students and students with disabilities.
Through intensive support from staff members, the students are involved in a learning-community environment that empowers them to remain in school and earn their degree.
Students participate in extensive tutoring, including reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science and other subjects; academic advising in postsecondary course selection; advise and assist students with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and preparation for the job market.
According to the Department of Education statistics over the past three years, the retention rate for the SSS students at SSU stands at 89%.
"It is a privilege to work with our students and be a witness to their success," said Mary Ann Malone, Student Support Services director.