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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 167 students to be served each academic year. 


  • The first Student Support Services grant at Jefferson College is awarded by the U.S. Department of Education funded from October 1, 1997-September 30, 2002. 
  • The program takes the name Project SUCCESS (Students Utilizing Career Counseling and Educational Support Services).
  • Office space is secured in the Student Center and program begins.


  • A cultural trip to the St. Louis Symphony takes place in November.
  • First Project SUCCESS Recognition Award is given.


  • Cultural trips to The Muny to see “Grease” and a concert at Powell Symphony Hall.


  •  The application for next grant cycle is submitted.
  • “Learning to Learn,” a free class for Project SUCCESS students, is offered for the first time. 
  • Cultural trips to The Muny, The Science Center, and the Missouri History Museum.


  • In May, the second TRIO grant is awarded.  The new grant is given perfect scores and is ranked in the top 10% nationwide. As a result, a five-year grant is awarded for this cycle, which will run from 2001-2005.
  • Cultural trips include a visit to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the St. Louis Symphony and a Cardinals baseball game. 
  • Transfer visits are made to UMSL, SEMO, SLU and Missouri Baptist University.


  • Project SUCCESS participant, Maury Ellebrecht, is awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.
  • Students experience “Titanic…the Artifact Exhibition” at the St. Louis Science Center and enjoy a transfer visit to Maryville University.


  • Students enjoy trips to the St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Art Museum.  Students participate in traditions such as the “Back to School Kickoff” and the annual Graduate Luncheon. 
  • Jefferson College celebrates its 40th Anniversary. 
  • Project SUCCESS offices move into rooms 204-208 of the Student Center.


  • Students enjoy what has now become a holiday tradition:  the holiday concert with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and lunch at Cracker Barrel!  A trip to the Missouri History Museum for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime event. 


  • Students enjoy one last Cards game at “old” Busch Stadium before it is torn down.
  • Transfer visits are taken to Webster and SEMO.
  • Third SSS grant application is submitted and awarded to run from September 1, 2005- to August 31, 2010.


  • Other amazing opportunities: four Project SUCCESS students attend the National Conference on Student Leadership in Nashville, TN, and six students embark on a memorable trip to Chicago for Certified Student Leadership Training.
  • Students enjoy an astonishing three fabulous cultural event opportunities: “Bombay Dreams” and “Les Miserables” at the Fox Theatre, and the amazing Chihuly Exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
  • A campus visit to MIZ-ZOU! is well attended by PS participants.


  • Project SUCCESS celebrates 10 years at Jefferson College, starting with the annual Back-to-School Kickoff.
  • Transfer visits are made to Fontbonne University and UMSL.
  • Cultural trips include visits to the Art Museum, the Symphony and a unique on-campus opportunity: students and staff are treated to a backstage tour, meet & greet with the cast, and performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” courtesy of the Jefferson College Theatre Department. A reception is held where students are able to sample foods from different cultures.


  • The year starts out with a bang as Project SUCCESS jumps on the “CSI” trend with “CSI: College Scene Investigation”, an orientation seminar for new PS participants, followed by the annual Back-to-School Kickoff.
  • Students participate in a study break “Night at the Basketball Game” to show support for JC Athletics. A transfer visit is made to UMSL.
  • Cultural events include “This Wonderful Life” a unique one-man show at the Rep in St. Louis, a JC Theatre Department production of “Godspell”, and breakfast and a movie at the St. Louis Science Center.


  • Transfer visits are made to Webster University, St. Louis University, and Goldfarb School of Nursing.
  • Students attend a holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Fox Theatre and enjoy lunch at a popular St. Louis restaurant, Fitz’s.
  • Students host a Project SUCCESS Night at the Movies on campus. 


  • 4th grant application is award funds to run the program from September 1, 2010- to August 31, 2015.
  • Campus visits are taken to St. Louis University and UMSL.
  • Students and staff enjoy an amazing production of “Wicked” at the Fox Theatre, with dinner at The Fountain on Locust.  The end of the fall semester brings a well-attended trip to see “The Nutcracker” featuring the Joffrey Ballet at the Fox Theatre.


  • A new Project SUCCESS annual tradition begins with our first TRIO Day of Service.  A pet supply drive is held and the campus community responds generously.  Supplies are delivered to the Vet Tech program on campus and to a local animal shelter.
  • Transfer visits are made to SEMO, UMSL, Missouri Baptist University and Maryville University.
  • Two on campus cultural opportunities are provided: “Working: A Musical” and “Some Girls”.


  • PS participants and staff enjoy an evening at The Muny for “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.  Other cultural events are on campus, with students supporting the Music Department by attending band and choral concerts.
  • Transfer visits are made to Lindenwood and UMSL.
  • The annual TRIO Day of Service is very successful, as students and staff conduct a campus-wide collection of gardening supplies, then devote a day to preparing planting beds for the Child Development Center on campus.


  • A new class exclusively for PS students is introduced: Community Exploration: Understanding Diversity Through Service. Students visit the International Institute of St. Louis, and Peter & Paul Community Services.  A service project is completed when students prepare and present a workshop on college readiness to students at New Day Treatment Center.
  • A very moving trip to the Holocaust Museum is the spring cultural experience.  Students take a docent led tour and meet with a survivor.  Summer brings a trip to The Muny to see “West Side Story”.  
  • Transfer visits include Webster University, Saint Louis University, and UMSL. 


  • Project SUCCESS students hold a St. Patrick’s Day party for residents of Hillcrest Nursing Home for this year’s TRIO Day of Service.
  • Campus visits are to Mizzou, Missouri Baptist University, Maryville University, Fontbonne University, and UMSL.
  • Cultural Events include visits to The Fox Theatre for the musical, “Once” and a holiday tradition: “A Christmas Carol”.


  • Cultural events include a summer trip to The Muny to see “Into the Woods” and an on-campus opportunity to enjoy a wacky basketball game with The Harlem Wizards vs. a Jeffco team composed of staff, students and community members.
  • Campus Visits are made to Lindenwood University and SEMO.
  • A personal care items drive is held to benefit A Safe Place for the annual TRIO Day of Service.  Once again, the campus community responds generously.


  • Students participate in a variety of cultural events, both on and off campus: the “Ripple of Hope-Non Christian Faith Traditions”, the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit, and a trip to the Holocaust Museum.
  • Transfer visits are made to UMSL and Webster University.
  • The GUD140 class visits the International Institute and Peter and Paul Community Services in St. Louis.
  • The 6th annual TRIO Day of Service brings Project SUCCESS students, staff, family members, and a local organization, Hammers of Hope, together to build a wheelchair accessible ramp for a Jefferson County family. 


  • Plans are made to kick-off a celebration of 20 years of Project SUCCESS at Jefferson College, to be held over the 2017/18 academic year.
  • Thus far in 2017, the annual TRIO Day of Service saw Project SUCCESS students and staff giving to the community by completing a Honeysuckle Hack with a local organization, The Open Space Council.  A park will eventually open in the area that was cleared of honeysuckle.
  • A transfer visit was made to UMSL and students and their families enjoyed a Jeffco Theatre production of “The Little Mermaid”.

Project Success Staff Listing

Julie Fraser Kathy Johnston Beth Watts Barb Flesh Diane Arnzen
1997-2003 2004-2005 2006-2008 2009-2011 2012-Current
Academic Skills Coordinator
Kathy Johnston Teresa Schwartz      
1998-2003 2004-Current      
Study Skills Coordinator
Tracy Kopetzki Helm Billy Schroeder Laura McCloskey    
1998 1999-2002 2003-Current    
Disability Support Specialist
Amy Bird Teresa Schwartz Brenda Bone    
1998-2001 2002-2003 2005    
Administrative Assistant
Shannon Schoenky Tammy Patterson Miriam Rouggly Maddy Overmann  
1997-2004 2005-2011 2012-2013 2014-Current