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NEO Receives Grant to Continue Student Support Services Program

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NEO’s Student Support Services program has been running for about twenty years. But this year there was uncertainty whether there would be enough funding for the program to continue.

But it was a sigh of relief for students and staff as Congressman Mullin presented a check for about $1.3 million on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education.

"You never know whether you're going to get to hang on to those federal dollars or not so it's a very big victory for our students and our staff,” says NEO President Jeff Hale.

The program helps low income, first time generation, and disabled students reach their career and educational goals by offering tutoring help, academic advising and personal counseling.

Recent graduate Michele Sisneros says the help kept her going.

“It was when I was in my basic math class. I dropped that first class and I was just going to quit school. i couldn't do it,” Sisneros says.

For many students like Michele the program not only helps students to succeed while they're at NEO.  But helps them to plot a road map to seek future education beyond.

"And I want to keep continuing to learn and just keep progressing and going after my master’s degree after I'm done with my bachelors."

65% percent of students in the program graduate, compared to only 35% of the overall student body.

You've got to say okay this is where we want to invest with our young people. The schools being wise with the funds that have been sent to 'em and they're investing back into the student body and the student body is taking it and running with it,” says Congressman Markwayne Mullin.

The competitive grant will keep the program running for the next 5 years. Student support services helps about 250 college students every year.

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