The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is a program funded by a federal ((TRIO) grant from the Department of Education in Washington, DC. In existence on Howard Community College’s campus since 1979, the program targets three populations of students with more intensive support services to increase their retention and probability of their successful transfer or completion of a degree or certificate program. The three populations of students served by the grant are:
The grant is funded to serve 225 students. Approximately 125 of the students served under the grant are students with disabilities.
The SSSP offers a variety of services to students. Academic specialists are available to provide intensive support if students are having difficulties with reading, writing, English as a second language, mathematics, learning disabilities, or study skills. The program also provides counseling services to program participants. Counseling services include personal counseling, academic advisement, transfer counseling, counseling concerning advocacy/accommodations, referral for testing for learning disabilities, and other support services. Additionally, individual tutoring in most content courses is provided one hour per week per each class.
The counselors in the Student Support Services Program will also act as liaisons between students with disabilities and faculty. After consulting with the faculty and other appropriate personnel, they will suggest and/or provide specific accommodations. Such accommodations may include the use of sign language interpreters, readers, writers, note takers, and specialized equipment such as screen readers, magnifiers, and other software/hardware to address specific areas of weakness.
Office Location: RCF 302 (Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, third floor)
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The volatile economic climate we live in coupled with the growing costs of attaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, today, make it imperative for students to be savvy in managing their money and their expenses along the way. This is especially important for students who are first-generation, low-income students. It is a strategic initiative of our project to improve the Financial IQ of all program participants by providing a two-tiered Financial Literacy Education Component. The three areas of focus for all modules will be education, individual competency and application. First-tier modules will address the unique needs of first-year college students; the second-tier, building on those basic skills acquired previously, toward setting financial goals for transfer and after graduation. In keeping with this grant goal and in an effort to make relevant resources accessible to Program students, we’ve partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to bring the resources of their Cash Course to our students.
We will employ the use of many of these tools and others to educate and equip our students to manage their expenses, their debt and their credit more effectively and to help them develop an individual plan to meet their educational costs and the financial challenges of living.
As a student who has received services from the Student Support Services Program, your sincere feedback regarding the quality and nature of the services our Program provides is extremely important to us.