New Orleans, LA

Trellis has enlisted a national network of hybrid colleges to assist non-traditional students

Pierre St-Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Trellis, a venture of Tulane University's The Cowen Institute, has joined 15 postsecondary education providers to launch the Hybrid College Network or HCN, a national coalition dedicated to assisting non-traditional students in finding a path to college regardless of age, income, or geography.

Students have specific reasons and life circumstances that prevent them from continuing their education after high school. Some reasons come to financial constraints that prevent them from attending college, difficulties navigating college processes, and a lack of support and stabilization resources to overcome life and academic barriers. The Cowen Institute used this situation as basis in supporting non-traditional students through its Earn and Learn program and College Persistence Collaborative to create Trellis. Trellis staff tailors enrollment and financial aid assistance, academic coaching, and career counseling to each student's specific circumstances, ensuring that they stay on track to graduate from college.

Trellis is an initiative aims to increase college graduation rates and employment opportunities for high school graduates by giving assistance to working adults and non-traditional college students in New Orleans in earning a degree online through an affordable, flexible, project-based program with individualized coaching.

In collaboration with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), Trellis intends to enroll 75 students in the coming year and complements the School of Professional Advancement, a Tulane degree-granting college for New Orleans residents and working adults.

Students who attend SoPA earn a Tulane bachelor's or master's degree and can take classes on campus, online, or in combination and graduate with little to no college debt because tuition is less than $6,000 per year — the equivalent of a full financial aid award from the federal Pell Grant program. There are no student fees or textbook costs. Trellis provides laptop computers and internet hotspots to its students.

Visit www.trellisnola.org for more information and to register.

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