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SKYCTC Awarded $1.3M Grant to Support Students

Group of faculty, staff and students at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College stand with U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie and SKYCTC President Phillip Neal ans the recognize the awarding of a TRIO grant to SKYCTC.

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) recently received notification that The U.S. Department of Education will fund a Student Support Services (SSS) Program at SKYCTC with a five-year grant award of $1.3 million. SKYCTC applied for the SSS grant, a program within the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO programs, to further the College’s efforts in supporting low-income and first-generation students. 

SKYCTC President and CEO, Dr. Phil Neal, stated, “It is tremendously difficult to secure any TRIO grant, as we are competing with existing programs.  I am so proud of the team who worked on our submission and am pleased that we will be able to expand the support we can provide to our students.”  

SKYCTC’s SSS grant will serve 120 students per year with academic advising, tutoring, tailored First-Year Experience courses, access to cultural activities, and additional financial assistance. To qualify for the SSS Program, a student must be low-income, first-generation (meaning neither of the student’s parents completed a bachelor’s degree), and/or be registered with Disability Services.  

Dr. James B. McCaslin, SKYCTC Provost, shared, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this grant, which provides direct student support to SKYCTC students.  As a former TRIO participant, I know the impact that TRIO programs have on the lives of the participants.”

SKYCTC Vice President of Student Services Brooke Justice will provide administrative oversight to the program. Justice said that the College is recruiting for a program director now, and she expects to fill the position by mid-November.

Eligible SKYCTC students will receive SSS Program information and enrollment instructions. For more about SKYCTC and the new SSS Program, visit