SOUTH PORTLAND — Southern Maine Community College has received a $1.9 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop programs that promote students’ success.

“The Connected Student” programs will target students in the formative first semester of college, said Janet Sortor, vice president and dean of academic affairs.

The programs will include integrated student support services, redesigned instruction and academic guidance linked to student interest groups and career goals.

The program calls for building renovations and staffing for a new Learning Commons; technical resources such as equipment, online tutoring and advising software; and professional development for faculty.

Forty-eight U.S. colleges and universities received similar grants, which may be used for a variety of purposes, including faculty development, academic programs, and student services designed to improve academic success.