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Enhanced Student Support at RCC

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Enhanced Student Support at RCC
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Living through this pandemic has impacted each of our lives in different ways. Many RCC students have been profoundly affected by the circumstances over the last year and we knew that increasing our wraparound services would help to meet students’ changing needs. In a public health crisis, our student support services needed to include crisis management.   

Young people who have not sought out Project Access in previous semesters are now relying on its support. The demand for help is increasing, from problem solving in their personal lives to professional supports and social services. Our goal is to provide  students with holistic support to address the nonacademic issues that often prevent degree completion.

PHOTO: Roxbury Community College

Financial Counseling through Project Access 

RCC offers its students counseling for credit and debt issues as well as budget management and savings. The College has partnered with local financial institutions to offer virtual workshops and provide more in-depth financial planning services. We are proud partners of CCCBI, a Boston-based organization that empowers community college students to learn the basics of credit, improve their financial skills and gain control of their finances.

Expanded Scholarship Funds

Scholarships at RCC have historically been funded through the RCC Foundation, which helps current students based on the generosity of RCC alumni and friends. Thanks to the RCCF, we have several new scholarships available to our students. Financial awards are available to with those with academic talent as well as students with interests in particular fields of study.  Most importantly, we have funds designated for these students who’ve expressed a critical financial need.

Tutoring and Our New Peer Tiger Mentor Program

Our tutoring is designed to enhance and support classroom learning so that students gain the skills and confidence to be successful in coursework. We thought students could benefit from peer support outside of the classroom and developed Peer Tigers. Through the new mentorship program, students can connect with a peer who is available to answer questions about the school and make suggestions about school resources. New students are encouraged to take advantage of the mentoring program and our free tutorial services, available in many subject areas.

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Want to learn more about Project Access? Visit rcc.mass.edu/project-access-at-rcc or contact Director Lisa Carter at lcarter@rcc.mass.edu.

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