Western’s WINDS program is a student support services program designed to meet the special needs of the student. WINDS is federally funded by a TRIO grant. The main emphasis of the program is to provide an environment in which students can receive assistance in meeting their academic, personal, career, and social needs. The program goal is to improve the retention and graduation rate of targeted students at Western. To qualify for the WINDS program, the student must be enrolled at Western and have a documented academic need.
In addition, the student must be a first-generation college student, financially disadvantaged, or disabled. WINDS participants enjoy free services such as academic advisement, career counseling, extensive tutorial assistance, cultural field trips, and academic and informational workshops. WINDS students also enjoy a student lounge where they can study.