Providing Resources, Opportunities and Possibilities
We're here to help
College doesn't come easily for everyone. Each student struggles with something at sometime
during their college career, and that's where the Student SupportServices/PROP program can
help. The Student Support Services program is a college retention program funded by a TRIO
grant from the United States Department of Education. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community
College, the Student Support Services program is called PROP, which stands for Providing
Resources, Opportunities and Possibilities.
It's simple we want to help students earn a college degree. We do this by providing free services
and assistance to support students as they work toward completing a college degree.
Are you eligible?
To receive services from Student Support Services/PROP staff, students must meet one or more
eligibility criteria. In addition, all students must show academic need.
First Generation student, defined as neither of the student's parents having received a four-year
college degree prior to the date the student turned 18 years old
Low Income household, determined by the federal income guidelines established by the United
States Department of Education
Learning or Physical Disability, appropriately documented
Getting involved is easy
If you want to receive assistance from Student Support Services/PROP, getting involved is easy.
Interested students need to complete the Student Support Services/PROP application and meet
with a PROP advisor for a short interview. Staff will review the interview notes and completed
application to determine eligibility for the Student Support Services/PROP program. The
program annually serves 175 students.
For more information, contact:
Linda Shelton, Director, Student Support Services/PROP 218-879-0848
Roberta Torgerson, Administrative Assistant, 218-879-0803
Margaret King, Academic Advisor, 218-879-0906
Outstanding Support Services
The Student Support Services/PROP program offers a comprehensive range of services that are
important to college student success. From answering relatively simple questions to handling
more complex issues, students are treated with respect by friendly staff members.
One of the most important benefits a student receives is academic advisement. Students
participating in Student Support Services/PROP have access to advisors specifically assigned to
the students. Easy access to knowledgeable, experienced academic advisors is an important part
to achieving student success.
Services provided by the program include:
- Academic advisement
- Professional tutoring
- Transfer assistance to four-year institutions
- Peer mentoring
- Financial aid application assistance
- Financial advising
- Services for students with disabilities
- Career goal setting and advisement
- Resource lending
- laptop computers
- graphing calculators
- digital cameras for photography courses
- Study skills development
The goal of federally funded Student Support Services projects is to increase the college retention
and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students and students with
disabilities, and facilitate their transition from one level of postsecondary education to the next.
We do this very well at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Why it works
The Student Support Services/PROP program provides opportunities for academic development,
assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the
successful completion of theirpostsecondary education. It seems obvious that research indicates
that the more assistance a student receives, the greater impact the help has on individual student
success. That same research shows that students who participate in support activities achieve
higher grade point averages and earn more college credits. It's really a winning opportunity for
students free support services that will help them earn better grades and complete more classes.
While individual student success will vary according to many factors, utilizing the free services
offered through the Student Support Services/PROP program at Fond du Lac Tribal and
Community College provides resources, opportunities, and possibilities that are not always
available. Using these services may lead to:
- increased grade point average
- quicker completion of accumulated credits
- greater rate of student retention
- more direct path to degree completion.
In some individual cases, the program may also provide grant aid to current participants who are
receiving Federal Pell Grants.
College life can be stressful, so it's important for students to balance college coursework with at
least a little bit of fun. Over each school year, Student Support Services/PROP sponsors great
events that mix social gatherings and fun to balance the rigors of college classes, tests and term
papers. These activities help build lasting connections between students and staff, and offer
opportunities that might be missed elsewhere. It's just another part of providing a positive
student experience at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Activities change from year to year, here is a short list of typical events:
- Concert and cultural event outings
- Free soup lunches and bi-weekly discussion topics
- Pumpkin carving and scarecrow building contest
- Movie nights (family friendly)
- Soft skill development seminars
- Snow sculpture contest
- Pool parties
- Mentoring opportunities
- Campus mailbox
- Student of the Week honors
One of the best benefits we provide to students is the opportunity for supplemental instruction.
Our professional tutors actually attend math and science classes, take notes, communicate with
the faculty, and then conduct small group learning sessions to further discuss and explain subject
material taught in the courses. If they desire, students can continue with individual tutoring on
the subject material currently being taught in a course. Students choose to participate on a
voluntary basis, and the supplemental instruction sessions are often fun, informal and relaxed.
It's a perfect way for students to access additional instruction on the course topics.
Research indicates that students who develop a peer learning network in college have greater
success than students who do not. That's exactly why we provide supplemental instruction,
because it helps students succeed in college.
Additional benefits of supplemental instruction:
- better preparation for exams
- learn from your peers
- comfortable situation to ask questions
- increased grade point average
- more in-depth learning and mastery of course topics
- thorough understanding of assignments
- fun, relaxed learning environment
- build lasting friendships with other college students.
Student Support Services/PROP at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is supported
through a federal TRIO grant from the United States Department of Education.