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Project SUCCESS 20th Anniversary

Project SUCCESS is the name chosen for a federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) program at Jefferson College.  Project SUCCESS provides intense academic and personal support to students who are first-generation, low-income and/or who have a documented disability.  In order to participate in Project SUCCESS, students must be planning to earn an Associate’s Degree from Jefferson College and transfer to a four-year college or university. Advising and transfer assistance are the cornerstones of the program.

The original grant, written by Julie Fraser and other college staff, was awarded in 1997.  The SSS grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education and is a TRIO program. The U.S. Department of Education website describes that “funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education.” 

Project SUCCESS participants have one advisor throughout their time at Jefferson College and receive individualized advising and personal support.  Beyond academic advising, other services include:  tutoring, help with scholarship searches, transfer assistance, transfer visits to area universities, a course on community exploration and service; financial literacy training and opportunities to experience cultural events in the local community. Currently, the grant allows 160 students to be served each academic year. 

We are proud of the many accomplishments of Project SUCCESS participants. Over the past 20 years, more than 1381 Jefferson College students have been served by Project SUCCESS. Below is a description of the academic accomplishments* participants have achieved:

  • 730 earned an Associate’s Degree
  • 344 earned a Bachelor’s Degree
  • 86 earned a Master’s Degree
  • 4 earned a Doctorate Degree

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We know that these numbers will continue to rise as our participants continue toward completing their academic goals.​

*  Data was obtained from the National Student Clearinghouse in June of 2017 regarding the Project SUCCESS past participants (1381 students since 1997). Please note, institutions are not required to share data with the National Student Clearinghouse and data regarding the recent terms may not yet be showing.  Totals may be greater than those noted above.