TRIO program provides support, helps student match courses to interests

David Moldenhauer chose St. Clair County Community College due to his interest in both the arts and social sciences. It didn’t hurt, of course, that his father is Robert Moldenhauer, a longtime SC4 professor of anatomy.

“I am grateful for the fact that I have a family member who is a college professor, and that SC4 is just a short drive away from my home, which makes getting to the college and back really easy,” Moldenhauer said.

Like many students, Moldenhauer has been faced with potential barriers and has worked hard to overcome them.

“I had to take some required courses for graduation such as English and some sciences that I had no interest in,” he said. “Once I was in the classroom, I was willing to do whatever it took to get a good grade in those courses, though, and I managed to pass the classes without any problems.”

Moldenhauer received assistance and support from SC4’s TRIO program.

“TRIO helped me figure out what I should do in order to progress through my time at SC4 in a successful and progressive way,” he said. “It also helped me figure out what college courses are best suited for my interests and abilities.”

According to Moldenhauer, who will soon graduate with an Associate Degree in Arts, he recommends new students connect with TRIO or the Achievement Center right away.

“I’m very grateful for the support of TRIO and its staff,” he said. “They really did help me maximize my success.”

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