Student Affairs

TRiO: Upward Bound FAQ

Do you need to be a high achieving student to be involved in Upward Bound? No. However, you do need to demonstrate a strong interest in attending college, which means that you must have at least a GPA of 2.00 and are trying to improve. What is necessary to be involved in the HCC Upward Bound program? You need to be either ‘income-eligible’ or a potential first generation student. Potential first-generation college student means: An individual neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree; or A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one natural or adoptive parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree. What does Upward Bound do to prepare students for college? During the school year, Upward Bound students participate in a number of activities, including tutoring after school, Saturday Sessions, college tours, as well as academic and cultural enrichment activities. Transportation is provided for all Upward Bound activities. What summer activities does the Upward Bound program have to prepare students for college? During the summer, a six-week Upward Bound Summer Academy is available for students. This program provides students with the opportunity to take English, math, Spanish and science courses, attend field trips and potentially earn 2 high school credits toward graduation, or earn between 3 and 9 college credits. Transportation is provided during the Summer Academy. How much does it cost to participate in all of these activities? The cost is absolutely free! Where do I pick up an application? You may fill out an Upward Bound application online or visit the Upward Bound coach at your high school. You may also come to the Upward Bound main office on the campus of HCC located in the Advanced Technology Center, room 207. Please call ahead of time, as we are regularly at the high schools. Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies? (Financial information includes tax statements, unemployment information, Social Security information, etc.) Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason that these documents are requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential. Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child's chances of getting into college? Absolutely. Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation. Are parents required to participate in Upward Bound activities? Yes, Upward Bound sees college preparation as a joint partnership with parents and the schools. Does Upward Bound help students with other matters aside from college? Absolutely. Staff is available to provide academic advisement, career counseling, personal counseling and to make referrals for both students and parents.

TRiO SSS Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the TRiO Student Support Services Program, the student: Must be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance. Must be enrolled in credit courses at Hagerstown Community College or accepted for enrollment in the next academic term. Must demonstrate a need for academic support, as determined by the project director, in order to successfully pursue a post-secondary educational program. In addition, to be eligible the student  must meet one or more of the following criteria: Must be a first generation student (defined as neither parent has earned a four-year degree); OR Must be a low-income individual, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education OR Must be an individual with a documented disability, as defined in section 12102 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Important: Eligibility does not guarantee admission to the program. TRiO SSS staff reserve the right to determine admission based on a comprehensive review of eligibility, academic need, preferred qualifications, and current openings in the program. Preference for admission to TRiO SSS is given to students who: Meet multiple eligibility criteria (first-generation, income eligibility, documented disability) Have completed or tested above 98-level courses and have a GPA above 2.0 Are enrolled full-time (12 credits or more each semester) and plan to earn a degree from HCC

TRiO SSS Quick FAQS

[accordion id="trio-faq" | collapse="icon-collapse-alt" | expand="icon-expand-alt"] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What is TRiO SSS?" | collapsed="true" | id="firstItem" ] TRiO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) is a federally funded program at HCC. Because TRiO SSS is federally funded, the program is subject to federal legislation and regulations in addition to HCC polices. It is a limited enrollment program, funded to serve 175 eligible participants each year. HCC first received funding for the program in 2010 and it was renewed in 2015 for a second five-year cycle. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What are the eligibility requirements?" | collapsed="false" | id="secondItem" ] All applicants must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements prior to acceptance into the program: First Generation – neither parent nor guardian received a four-year degree Income Eligibility – federal low income levels can be found online with the U.S. Dept. of Education Documented Disability – students must be registered with HCC’s Disability Support Services Office or provide documentation Applicants must also possess an academic need (as determined by the program manager), meet citizenship or residency requirements, and be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at HCC. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What are you looking for in a student?" | collapsed="false" | id="thirdItem" ] In addition to meeting eligibility and required criteria listed in the question above, preference will be given to applicants who: Meet multiple eligibility criteria (first-generation, income eligibility, documented disability) Have completed or tested above 98-level courses and have a GPA above 2.0 Are enrolled full-time (12 credits or more each semester) and plan to earn a degree from HCC Although TRiO SSS is designed as an extra support system to students, participants in the program must possess a strong desire to not only attend college but to be a successful student and complete their programs. The ideal student possesses the drive to succeed but is still able to benefit from the services TRiO SSS provides. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What does TRiO SSS provide?" | collapsed="false" | id="fourthItem" ] Individual and small group tutoring Goal setting and academic advising Cultural events Computers and reference materials at the TRiO Study Center Academic skills, financial literacy, and transfer/career planning workshops Information and resources for financial aid FAFSA assistance Transfer visits to four-year colleges and universities Induction and recognition ceremonies [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="Why should I apply to TRiO SSS?" | collapsed="false" | id="fifthItem" ] In general, TRiO SSS provides a support system for our participants. TRiO students receive services that are above and beyond what the college offers to the general student population. Being a participant in TRiO means that you are part of a very unique academic community on campus. Here is what some of the current and past participants have said about their participation in TRiO: “The TRiO program handed me a flashlight when I was in the dark. When others had experienced family members to guide them, I had the program. All the staff members treated me like family.” – Joseph K. “As I have been in TRiO, I have had many opportunities and support that I never would have gotten. To new students, I suggest using the resources that they provide: the tutoring, the study room, the advising. All of that will help you succeed.” – Rachel W. “TRiO is a great program. The staff is great and willing to help any way they can. When you have a problem, they find a solution.” – Robin H. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="How do I apply?" | collapsed="false" | id="sixthItem" ] You can stop by the office in Student Center 131 or fill out an application online. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What happens after I apply?" | collapsed="false" | id="seventhItem" ] TRiO program staff will process your application and verify your eligibility. You may then receive a phone call or email to be asked for further documentation or to schedule a prospective student meeting. The TRiO program receives applications on a rolling basis throughout the year and typically makes acceptance decisions at the conclusion of each semester. Based upon a comprehensive review of eligibility, academic need, preferred qualifications, and the current openings in the program, TRiO staff will contact accepted students to join the program at the end of the term. This allows program staff to review your final grades before acceptance. Since the program is only funded to serve 175 participants each academic year, admission is selective. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="What is expected of me as a participant?" | collapsed="false" | id="eigthItem" ] If you are accepted, the TRiO program will make a commitment to support you at HCC through graduation (with an associate’s degree). In turn, we expect that you will use TRiO services each semester until you graduate. The only requirement of the TRiO program is to meet with your TRiO advisor each fall and spring semester to complete an Educational Plan and Goals meeting (EPG) and keep your participation active. Optional program services to take advantage of each semester include: individual and small group tutoring, academic and transfer advising, assistance with financial aid, workshops, and off-campus trips (college visits and cultural events). [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="Is TRiO SSS for 'academically deficient' students only?" | collapsed="false" | id="ninthItem" ] No. Participants in TRiO SSS vary greatly according to age, ethnicity, academic talent, major, and every characteristic in between. The one thing all should have in common, other than eligibility criteria, is a drive to complete college successfully and be well prepared for the future. TRiO SSS has had several participants transfer to elite schools, including the University of Maryland College Park, Columbia University, Towson University, West Virginia University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Loyola University, among many others. [/accordion] [accordion parent="trio-faq" | header="Do you give students books or money?" | collapsed="false" | id="tenthItem" ] TRiO SSS is not a “free book” program or a “grant” program in the sense that students will receive a direct material or financial assistance from participation. TRiO SSS is able to offer a small number of books for daily use or study in the TRiO office only. [/accordion][/accordion]

Student Services

HCC provides students with many services and resources to assist them in getting off to a good start and maintaining a positive experience during their time here. Use the left-hand menu to access the many student services available at HCC. Student Activities & Student Life You won’t want to miss a minute of the campus life waiting for you outside the classroom. The Student Activities Office, located in the Student Center, offers opportunities for you to connect with classmates and instructors, meet new friends by joining a student organization, go to one or more of the many campus events planned each month, or attend a leadership conference to gain professional experience. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/student-activities. Student Affairs Office The Student Affairs Office works collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and the community to support student engagement, learning and success at HCC. The Student Affairs Office houses the Dean of Student Affairs and her executive assistant. The Dean of Student Affairs oversees the following areas: Admissions and Records, Academic Advising, the Children’s Learning Center, Disability Support Services, Athletics, Financial Aid, Internships and Job Services, TRiO: Student Support Services, and Student Activities. The Student Affairs Office is also responsible for the judicial conduct process and all commencement ceremonies on campus. Student Center Reservations The Student Center has nine areas that can be reserved for events, including five meeting rooms and four open areas. Reserve space online for events using the Student Center Room/Space Request Form.

College Policies

HCC's Board of Trustees has approved numerous governing policies for the administrative operations of the college. The following list includes those policies that relate specifically to students. Policies Anti-Discrimination Policy 4042 Code of Student Conduct Policy 4040 Communicable Disease Policy 8041 Commercial Solicitation Policy 8069 Copyright Infringement Policy 8074 Dean’s List Eligibility Policy 4021 Expressive Activity Policy 8068 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Honor Code Policy 4050 Involuntary Course Withdrawal Policy 4011 Parking and Traffic Policy 8050 Sexual Assault Policy 8071 Sexual Harassment Policy 8070A Social Media Policy 8095 Student Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy 4041 Student Honors Program Policy 4024 Student Organization Policy 4036 Tobacco Free Policy 8030 Use of Computing, Network and Communications Resources Policy 5093 View the full Board of Trustees Policy Manual. Guidelines & Handbooks Bulletin Board Posting Guidelines Social Media Guidelines Student Guidebook

TRiO Student Support Services

Apply online Apply for the TRiO Student Support Services Program TRiO Student Support Services (TRiO SSS) at HCC is designed to help students who are are first-generation, income-eligible, and have documented disabilities. As a federally funded program, TRiO SSS works to enable a select group of students to overcome barriers toward achieving personal, academic, and financial success. TRiO SSS offers: Individual and small group Tutoring Goal setting and academic advising Cultural events Computers and reference materials at the TRiO Study Center Academic skills, financial literacy, and transfer/career planning workshops Information and resources for financial aid FAFSA assistance Transfer visits to four-year colleges and universities Induction and recognition ceremonies Students admitted as TRiO SSS participants must be pursuing an associate degree or be enrolled in a certificate program at Hagerstown Community College. Eligibility does not guarantee admission. For more information, please visit the Eligibility page.

Student Activities & Student Life

New HCC students are often surprised by how much there is to do on campus outside the classroom. The College supports an active social life combined with academics. There is a wide variety of sports teams and student organizations for students to get involved with and make new friends. Listed below are campus locations where students typically go to study, relax, eat, and socialize.  Student Center Home to HCC's Student Government Association and Student Activities Office; HCC's Dean of Students; and the TRiO Student Support Services Program. Renovation and expansion of the existing Student Center began on Sept. 12, 2014. The renovation will continue throughout the next year and will finish in Fall 2015. The Student Center will remain open during construction, however, various departments and services have been relocated to other buildings on campus until the renovation is complete. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/studentcenter. The Student Center has nine areas that can be reserved for events online using the Student Center Room/Space Request Form. Valley Eatery HCC's premier cafeteria located on the upper level of the Career Programs Building (CPB) next to The Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center. Featuring HDTV, Wi-Fi hookup, indoor and outdoor seating, and a full-service deli, salad bar, pizza bar, and more. Hours and menu options available at www.hagerstowncc.edu/student-services/food-services. William M. Brish Library HCC’s Brish Library collections include over 50,000 titles in all subjects taught at the college, with resources in books, periodicals, and CDs and DVDs. Electronic collections include 35 databases with over 18,000 journals, over 28,000 e-books, and more than 7,500 e-films. The library is located on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Tables, couches, private student booths, and computer terminals are available for student use. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/library. Learning Support Center The Learning Support Center (LSC) provides academic support to all students taking credit and non-credit classes at HCC. Support includes drop-in tutoring (for individuals), supplemental instruction by trained staff, workshops, and staff- and peer-led study groups for a variety of subjects. Study rooms, computers/printers, labs, and lounge areas are available for student use in the LSC. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/lsc. Athletic, Recreation and Community Center The Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC) at HCC is available to fill the fitness and recreation needs of all HCC students, HCC employees, program participants, and the community. It houses the HCC Athletic Department, the HCC Fitness Center, and the Washington County Recreation Department, and all outdoor sporting areas. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/athletics/arcc.