Student Support Services Hosts End-of-Year Celebration

Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Student Support Services recently held its annual year-end celebration for its students at AppleTree Terrace at Newberry Estate in Dallas.

The students were treated to a night of great food, fun and friendship with their fellow students, faculty, and staff, honoring the continuing students, transfer students, peer mentors, work study students, and spring graduates.

Kristen Durso, speaker at the event, was a former Penn State Wilkes-Barre SSS graduate in English. She obtained her Master's degree in Education at Marywood University. She is currently employed as a full-time instructor in English at Penn State Worthington-Scranton. Kristen spoke to the students about her experience as a former SSS student as well as her career involvement.

Student Support Services is a TRIO federal grant program that aims to increase college retention, graduation rates, and career options for first-generation college students, those from low-income families, the physically challenged, and students with learning disabilities. Penn State
Wilkes-Barre's SSS program currently includes more than 150 students.