Butte College TRiO Program Receives Donation
The Butte College TRiO Program received a donation from the Colusa Indian Community Council for $3,900 in reimbursement funds it received for employing a work study program student. Colusa Indian Community Council Vice Chairwoman, Hazel Longmire, presented the first donation to the college's TRiO program for $2,100. An additional donation of approximately $1,800 will be presented later this spring.
The college's work study program provides employers a 25 percent wage reimbursement incentive to hire eligible students. The Council is donating its refund back to the Butte College TRiO Program through the college's Foundation.
The Federal TRiO Program is an educational opportunity outreach program among high schools, community colleges and universities designed to motivate and support low-income, first-generation college students, who have disabilities or come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to progress academically and earn college degrees.
The Butte College TRiO Program plans to use the funding to benefit its Summer Bridge Program and expand outreach to the Native American community. The program offers dozens of qualifying high school students an opportunity to learn about college life by attending mini-classes and participating in activities which educate them on the academic and career advantages of a post-secondary education.
"This generous donation by the Colusa Indian Community Council gives us the exciting opportunity to reach out to even more students through the Summer Bridge Program so students can experience what college has to offer. This partnership with the Council, the TRiO program and our Foundation will make a positive community impact," said Ruth Ann Hansen, Butte College employment technician.