The Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) is both a program and a process designed to support and encourage student success. The mission of SSSP includes ensuring fair and equal access to campus resources, accurate and unbiased assessment and placement, and the provision of quality guidance and support for students to reach their educational goals. The objective of SSSP is to assist students in designing and planning their educational goals. The process begins with admission to the college and ends when the student achieves his/her educational goal.
The purpose of the Student Success and Support Program process at Porterville College is to increase success through:
- Orientation -
- Orientation provides entering students with a brief overview of college policies, programs and services.
- Assessment -
- Assessment provides students with guidance on appropriate placement in English and Mathematics courses. The goal of Assessment is to ensure that students start at the level of English and Mathematics courses that they can successfully complete.
- Academic Advisement/Counseling -
- Every new student will be given the opportunity to meet with a counselor to develop their Student Education Plan (SEP). New students will develop an abbreviated SEP. The abbreviated plan will provide the student with a list of courses that they can take in their first two semesters at Porterville College. Students will return to Counseling in their first or second semester to meet with a counselor/advisor to develop their comprehensive SEP. The comprehensive SEP will be based on the educational goal of the student and will outline all the courses necessary for the student to meet their specific goal.
- Follow Up -
- Porterville College is committed to supporting the success of every student at the college. Through programs such as the Early Alert Program and probation staff, our college will identify students who are struggling and provide the student with contacts to the resources and support services in the college and the community that can assist them.
What is Student Success?
Every student should have an educational goal, a reason for going to college. Student Success is the process that allows the college and the student to form a partnership which helps attain that goal. The college asks students to commit to themselves to an educational objective and the college commits to fostering student success. To ensure the success of the partnership:
The College agrees to provide:
- An admission process
- An assessment of basic educational skills and career goals
- Counseling/advising for the development of an individual education plan
- Quality instruction
- A wide variety of courses
- Referral to support services as necessary
- Follow up on student academic progress
Students are expected to:
- Attend an orientation session
- Complete assessment
- Declare a specific educational objective or career pathway after completing 15 units of course work
- Attend classes regularly, complete assigned course work and seek out counseling services as necessary
- Complete courses and maintain progress toward an educational goal as identified in the individual student education plan
- Seek out support services as needed
The Student Success Act of 2012, which provides the legislative guidelines for the creation of the Student Success and Support Program, requires that all entering students complete Orientation, Assessment and an SEP in order to receive priority registration. Students who choose not to participate or fail to complete any of these steps will not be allowed to register until “open registration.” For more information and the full report, please visit the California Community College Chancellor’s Office website at SB1456 Student Success Act Of 2012.
Porterville College has many scholarships ranging from $250 to $4000. These scholarships are awarded to students presently enrolled and attending Porterville College, as well as graduating sophomores continuing their education at a four-year institution.
Scholarships are awarded based on grade point average and they do not require repayment. Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of grades alone, but many also have other requirements to qualify.
Applicants are considered for all awards for which they qualify. The Porterville College Foundation scholarship application is available on the Porterville College website in mid-October and due mid-November for the following year. The annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony is held in late April.
We encourage students to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The financial aid process starts with the completion of the Free Application For Federal Aid (FAFSA). The information that you provide assists us in determining what you and/or your family should pay towards your educational expenses. Complete the free online application at: www.fafsa.gov
Who may apply for Financial Aid?
To be eligible, you must:
- be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- be registered with Selective Services (if required)
- be attending a participating school
- be working towards a degree or certificate or transfer
- be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
- not owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a federal education loan
In addition: Students enrolled in less than half-time may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Conviction of drug distribution or possession my make a student ineligible for federal student aid.
The California Dream Act Application can only be completed by students who meet the following qualifications:
- Students who cannot file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and who also
- Attended at least three full years in a California public or private high school, and who also
- Graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent prior to the start of the college term, (e.g.,a High School Equivalency Certificate from the California GED Office or Certificate of Proficiency resulting from the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)), and, if applicable, who also
- If they are without lawful immigration status, have or will file an affidavit with the college or university they are attending stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status, or will file an application as soon as they are eligible to do so. This affidavit is filed with the college they attend.
The Dream Act Application is online at www.caldreamact.org. Assembly Bill (AB) 540 was passed in 2001 to allow non-resident students in California to pay resident fees at California’s public colleges and universities. In October 2011, AB 131 was signed into law and allows students eligible for AB 540 to also apply for state financial aid like the University of California Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governors fee waivers, and Cal Grants. Students must verify with their college the financial aid filing requirements at that college. The Dream Act Application is not an application for federal financial aid. Students eligible to file the FAFSA must do so online at www.fafsa.gov. Students should not complete both applications.
October 20, 2015