Thomas Nelson Community College TRiO Program Helps Students Stay and Succeed in College

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Barriers to enrolling in college may have all but diminished but staying in college can be challenging for some students given the demands. As a result, many leave. Recognizing this, like many colleges across the Commonwealth, Thomas Nelson Community College has increased efforts to ensure that students stay the course. Thomas Nelson implemented the TRiO program in fall 2005 to bolster student success and address student retention.

Eighty percent of students who participated in the program during 2005-2006 returned and began classes in fall 2006, according to Virginia Keithley, TRiO Program Director for Thomas Nelson. That figure topped the federal government’s mandate of 60 percent and the program met another federal objective with 60 percent of its 2005-2006 participants earning cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 2.5 or better, she added.