Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
FILE - Salt Lake Community College graduation ceremony at the Maverick Center in West Valley City Friday, May 6, 2016. The college has received a $1.23 million TRIO Talent Search award from the Department of Education.

TAYLORSVILLE — Salt Lake Community College has received a $1.23 million TRIO Talent Search award from the Department of Education.

The program works with students to achieve academic success and prepare for the college of their choice and is especially designed for students of families with low incomes or students whose parents have not received a four-year college degree.

“Talent Search will directly support SLCC’s goals around strategic enrollment and student outreach, especially among underrepresented students, while strengthening ties with community partners,” Nicole Omer, director of sponsored projects at SLCC, said in a statement. “Spanning five years, the funds will strengthen SLCC’s efforts to support low-income and first generation secondary students toward completing high school and enrolling in college. More than 500 students from 10 schools in the Salt Lake and Granite school districts will receive targeted, evidence-based assistance.”

TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and other support activities necessary for educational access and retention. To be eligible to participate in TRIO programs, a student must be a low-income, first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree), a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plan to attend a four-year institution upon completion of an associate’s degree.