The SSS/TRiO program at Hartnell has received a second Student Support Services (SSS) award from the U.S. Department of Education, doubling its federal funding over the next five years. In addition to the crucial renewal of its core SSS funding, totaling $1.31 million, TRiO has received an equivalent five-year amount to serve students for whom English is a second language and are enrolled in regular college classes. The renewal funding will continue to serve 160 students who are first-generation, from low income households and individuals with disabilities. Manuel Bersamin, Hartnell’s SSS/TRiO director (pictured), said the new ESL SSS project will serve 140 students from south Monterey County, including regularly scheduled programming at the expanded King City Education Center and the new Soledad Education Center. Services to be funded by both awards include academic advising and coaching, tutoring, financial aid workshops, financial literacy education and bilingual parent workshops.