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Jefferson College recently hosted a celebration to highlight the 20th anniversary of the Project SUCCESS (Students Utilizing Career Counseling and Educational Support Services) program that has helped over 1,400 students achieve academic and personal success. View photos from the event.

The federally funded Student Support Services (SSS) grant was initially awarded to the College in 1997 and subsequently renewed four times. The program provides intense academic and personal support to students who are first-generation, low-income and/or who have a documented disability. Additionally, students must be planning to earn an Associate’s Degree from Jefferson College and transfer to a four-year college or university.

“While Project SUCCESS participants often face more barriers than the average student, the Program's success rate validates that with extra encouragement, support and guidance students can achieve their goals. Annually, Project SUCCESS participants earn a higher GPA, graduation rate, and transfer rate than non-participants,” said Dr. Diane Arnzen, Director of Project SUCCESS.

The event included remarks by College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey and Director of Student Support Services Dr. Diane Arnzen. a slide show highlighting previous participants, a video with reflections from past and present program personnel, music by the Jefferson College Jazz Combo IDK, and light refreshments.

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.

Pictured, from left, is Student Support Coordinator Laura McCloskey, Student Support Services Secretary Maddy Overmann, Academic Skills Coordinator Teresa Schwartz, Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey, and Student Support Services Director Dr. Diane Arnzen.