Colby Community College was awarded a federal grant for more than $1.36 million to continue the Student Support Services (SSS) program for another five years.

Beginning Sept. 1, CCC will receive $ 272,730 each year for five consecutive years. The grant is aimed at helping increase retention and graduation rates among low-income college students, first-generation students and those with disabilities.

The SSS program provides students with academic tutoring, assistance in course selection, information about financial aid and economic literacy, and resources to help transfer from two-year to four-year colleges. Additional services that may be offered include individualized counseling and career guidance, exposure to cultural events, and mentoring.

After first receiving the grant in 1990, CCC has successfully applied for it every five years since. The recent award funds SSS through August of 2025.

The director of the program is Lisa Stithem. She is assisted by Educational Program Specialist Sara Sloan and Transfer and Advising Specialist Jade Inlow.

"Student Support Services is a vital part of our students' success at CCC," said Dean of Student Affairs Nikol Nolan. "Lisa and her staff do a fantastic job, and I could not be happier they are able to continue the services our students rely on."