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TRIO-SSS Director Promotes Program on Capitol Hill

Congressman Chris Smith with NJ TRIO colleagues
Danielle Lamb, director of GCU's TRIO program, with poster that says "Today I spoke up for TRIO"
Danielle Lamb, director of TRIO-Student Support Services

(above) Congressman Chris Smith with Danielle Lamb and other New Jersey TRIO colleagues

Director of TRIO-Student Support Services Danielle Lamb recently visited Capitol Hill to promote the program and represent Georgian Court University. She met with Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and other legislators during a recent advocacy gathering on Capitol Hill. TRIO-SSS is a core program associated with the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), which just wrapped up its 41st Annual Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C., with more than 700 professionals in attendance.

Ms. Lamb spoke with Congressman Smith and other leaders about increasing critical funding for the federal Pell Grant program and for TRIO, which provides wide-ranging support for first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. The requested budget increase is especially important to help participants as they face cost-of-living increases and ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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