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Power:Ed presented the Spartanburg Community College Foundation with a $39,375 award to support the creation of a success coach for students pursuing their associate’s degree in pre-health.

Power:Ed is an organization that strives to have a transformative impact on the lives and career opportunities of students in South Carolina, according to a press release.

“We are excited to be able to add Success Coaches as part of our CSC support framework,” Witney Fisher, Dean of Student Success at CSC, said in the press release. “These dedicated individuals will work directly with our students to better understand their immediate needs and challenges and seamlessly connect them to resources to help them with their academic success. Having a support network is essential for students and SCC believes this program will have an impact on our ability to retain students at CSC.

The project will pilot success coaching at CSC and will focus on the pre-health program due to its large student population and demanding course load.

“Partnerships are essential to the mission of the SCC Foundation,” John Jaraczewski, executive director of the SCC Foundation, said in the statement. “With Power:Ed, we are pleased to work to maintain high levels of student achievement at SCC.”

Success coaches proactively reach out to students, meet with students individually to assess their barriers to program completion, and connect students with services that help them overcome their unique barriers such as tutoring, financial aid, academic councils, emergency funds, pantry and other institutional and community services.

“Power:Ed is dedicated to funding programs supporting underserved and first-generation South Carolina students, improving access to college and graduation, and helping to create a talent pipeline qualified for SC employers,” said Claire Gibbons, director of Power:Ed. “We are excited about the potential this pilot program has to help at-risk students complete their studies and improve their economic opportunities.

Success coaching is a nationally proven best practice strategy for increasing graduate school retention and completion rates, according to the release.

During the first quarter of this fiscal year, Power:Ed awarded six grants totaling nearly $219,000, including this one, to public education and career development organizations. Grants are administered quarterly and the deadline for the next round of grants is October 1.

Contact Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.