(Beaver Dam) Moraine Park Technical College is one of five Wisconsin Technical College System colleges to receive grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year, $1.3-million-dollar grant, will go to continuing the college’s Student Support Services (SSS) program. Also known as Edge at Moraine Park, the program seeks to help students who are low-income, first-generation to college or have a learning disability. The Edge program offers many services to help students stay on track, including academic advising, financial aid as well as scholarship resources, cultural events, skills development and tutoring. All services are provided to eligible students at no cost. Since the program begin in 2010, it has served over 430 students and currently has 140 active students. Director of Edge at Moraine Park Kristina Buchanan says the program helps students overcome obstacles to be successful. She says she is honored to be able to help students each year and that their stories of courageous persistence and success in the face of incredible odds is inspiring. MTPC officials say this is the third consecutive grant received for the college’s Edge program.
Pictured left to right: Bethany Leigh, EDGE academic advisor; Kris Buchanan, Edge/Trio grant manager; Nicole Grumley, Edge academic advisor.