2015 Graduates receive a special letter from Congressman Cleaver

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2015 Project Success graduates received a special letter from Congressman Cleaver to commemorate the important achievement.

Cleaver letter


Project Success is a Student Support Services Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In May of 2015, 34 students graduated from the Project Success program on MCC-Penn Valley’s campus.

It gives a select number of MCC-Penn Valley students the academic support, counseling, transfer assistance, and cultural enrichment they may need in order to complete a college degree – all without cost to any of the Project Success participants.

Project Success’s mission is to provide academic and personal support to help students transition to four-year colleges or universities.

Project Success is one of the TRIO Programs which is designed to assist students in entry, retention, and completion of post-secondary education and provide information, counseling, academic instruction, tutoring, assistance in applying for financial aid, encouragement and support.


The TRIO PROGRAMS began with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the original War on Poverty Statute, which created Upward Bound. Talent Search was established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and in 1968, the first re-authorization of the Higher Education Act created Special Services for Disadvantaged Students (Student Support Services). Although other programs were added beginning in the 1970’s, the name “TRIO” remained.

The TRIO PROGRAMS were established by the Federal Government to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance. The programs are designed to help students overcome class, social, academic, and cultural barriers to higher education. The educational and human services offered through TRIO Programs are distinguishable from all other counseling programs in America.