The SSS staff works one-on-one with students to provide academic advising and planning as well as guidance in selecting a major. Students receive assistance scheduling classes, matching their needs and abilities with appropriate courses. Academic performance is monitored to assure that students are making sufficient progress toward degree completion.
SSS participants have the opportunity to register early. They receive information regarding dates and class offerings and are encouraged to meet with their advisors in advance to make sure they are academically on course. It is the students’ responsibility to respond in a timely manner and resolve any holds on their accounts prior to registering.
Financial Aid Counseling
The Financial Aid Office works closely with SSS staff to assist participants who have financial need. SSS provides financial aid workshops, assistance with renewal of the FAFSA, and financial aid counseling so that participants have access to a full range of Federal financial aid, scholarships, and other resources.
Financial Literacy Education
Financial literacy education is provided to improve students’ knowledge of basic financial principles. A curriculum and workshops are offered to educate participants in the areas of financial and economic literacy as well as financial planning.
Supplemental Grant Aid
Freshman and sophomore participants may qualify for supplemental grant aid. Recipients must be receiving Federal Pell grants, have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and be active in the program. Awards are made each spring semester.
Junior and senior participants work with staff to begin the process of career planning and preparation for the job market. The Career Development Office also hosts workshops for participants and provides full access to its career information resources.
Graduate School Preparation
Graduate school preparation is offered to junior and senior participants planning for graduate or professional school. Workshops and one-on-one assistance are offered.
While the College has an Office of Counseling Services where all students may receive counseling, SSS staff works closely with active participants and is available for personal counseling on issues such as time and stress management. For those students who need more intensive help, referrals are made to the Office of Counseling Services.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
SSS works closely with Disability Support Services to provide services for documented students with disabilities who are participants of the program. Any students needing academic accommodations should identify themselves to Disability Support Services. For more information, call Whitney Wells at (276) 328-0177 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also read more about this on the ADA Web page.
While tutoring is provided to all students at the College, SSS participants have the opportunity to receive more intensive tutoring. Participants who have a demonstrated need will get priority scheduling and one-on-one tutoring upon request.
Academic coaching provides participants with assistance in study skills such as time management, organization, note taking, test preparation, and test taking. Coaches help build students’ confidence, encourage motivation, and foster academic independence.
SSS provides benchmark events for each year. These include a Structured First Year for freshmen, Sophomore Slam for second-year students, Independence Day for third-year students, and Senior Send-Off for seniors. These events offer, in a group format, special topic workshops, career resources, academic interventions, and additional educational support unique to the needs of each class.
The freshman seminar is a year-long experience that helps participants with the transition to college life, provides information on study skills, offers financial literacy education, and engages students in major/career exploration.