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TCC announces $2.25 million federal grant
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TCC announces $2.25 million federal grant

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Tulsa Community College has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help expand academic supports for its students.

Speaking at the school’s Southeast Campus, TCC officials announced that the $2.25 million Title III grant will be used to build comprehensive wraparound services, including adding embedded tutors to more than 40 developmental reading and writing sections by the fall 2026 semester.

“I’d like to call it ‘inescapable tutoring,’ where students see the additional academic support as part of the learning process and before they fall behind or drop out,” TCC President Leigh Goodson said. “Rather than take a reactive measure to work with students, we are being proactive.”

Currently, about 120 of TCC’s more than 21,000 students are served by writing tutors included in six courses. Upon expansion completion through the grant, about 1,500 students each semester will have access to an embedded tutor in at least one class.

Additionally, the school has three full-time academic success coaches embedded in its College Success course, a required course for any student receiving a Tulsa Achieves scholarship or enrolled in a remedial level course.

Those coaches are credited with a 7% increase in student retention. The grant announced Thursday will allow the school to bring on additional coaches.

The grant also includes funds for TCC to expose students to different career paths through additional work-based learning experiences earlier in their tenure at the school rather than just right before graduation.

The grant’s career component is tentatively slated to launch in 2023, according to Paula Willyard, dean of communication, English and world languages.

“Today’s announcement is the type that changes the trajectory of our students and our community,” Board of Regents Chairwoman Caron Lawhorn said. “Creating a student experience with more student support services as we have done in recent years is essential to meeting the demands of local employers and improving our community.”

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My primary beat is public education. I am a third-generation graduate of Oklahoma State University, a board member for Oklahoma SPJ and an active member of the Native American Journalists Association.

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