by Leticia Escamilla
Need help to succeed & graduate in college, and you don’t know who can help? The Student Support Services (SSS) at all St. Petersburg College campuses will be able to lend you a hand. Cary Perez Waulk, Sr. Administrative Services Assistant at Clearwater Campus shared some facts. “This program focuses predominantly on first generation, low income students.”
The SSS can help students with a resources like mentoring, textbook and laptop lending, workshops, advising, tutoring, academic progress reports, transfer assistance, and university tours. They can also help with referrals to additional campus/ community resources and business tours. With all these resources, students are deliberately given a route to success.
The program’s goal is to see SPC students succeed, graduate, or transfer to a university. Cary Waulk says, “In a nutshell, the SSS hope to cover those gaps of missing support and encouragement that students may not be receiving. We, the SSS staff, would like to see those students come to believe in themselves and know they can accomplish anything.”
From Monday until Fridays, the office of the Student Support Services is open:
- Monday & Thursdays hours are 8:30-5:30.
- Tuesday & Wednesdays are 8:30-4:30.
- Fridays are 8:30-12:00.
As someone who has benefited from the SSS program, the program has enhanced my college experience: from textbook lending, mentoring, and scholarships grants. I am greatly thankful for all the help I have received from the program. After not attending school for a semester and changing major, they still continue to encourage and help me until the day I graduate.
So, if this is your first time in school, come by and ask for more information. They don’t bite; instead, they provide a shoulder to lean on!