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ASU informing students of the help available on campus

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Representatives from several programs at Arkansas State University were pounding the pavement to provide students with information about programs at the college.

Jerrod Lockhart, Project Director for Student Support Services, and fellow co-workers lined one of the corridors in ASU's Student Union Center to talk to students about the trio programs available to them.

"What we're doing is simply bringing awareness to the campus. Letting students know what programs are here and what services we can provide."

Lockhart says that each of the trio programs available are unique and there's something to meet the needs of any student.

"The Upward Bound Program specifically targets high school students within a certain regional area and their goal is to provide students with college preparedness skills. They bring them up to campus on Saturdays for tutoring. They do homework hotlines twice a week. They do newsletters. Anything to get the students to think about college. Student Support Services concentrates on the students once they are enrolled at Arkansas State University. We provide them academic tutoring, advising, mentoring, advocacy, whatever is necessary in order for them to complete their bachelors degree. The McNair Achievement Program helps them to think a little bit beyond their bachelors degree. It prepares them, now, as undergraduate students to go into graduate school, doing research and other areas that continue their education."

ASU Senior, Jessica Fears, says it's great what Lockhart and others are doing.

She says she had no idea the programs that were sitting and waiting on her to take advantage of.

"I didn't know anything like this was going on. I had never known anything about it so, I think this is a good thing."

ASU Freshman, Valisya Coleman, is a member of the Student Support Services.

Valisya thought it was great when she spotted Lockhart and crew because the trio programs have so much to offer.

"They are very kind and helpful about anything. They're there for encouragement and support."

Valisya says she's gotten a lot of help from Student Support Services in a lot of unexpected areas.

"I've learned how to budget money. I've learned how to be more supportive for other people and also they help me with my homework."

For more information about the trio programs you can call 870-972-2320, you can log onto their website.

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