Pass Students on a field trip
As a PASS student you become part of a diverse network of supportive peers.

About PASS


Programs for Academic Support Services (PASS) works with current PCC students who are from a low-income family, are first generation college students, or have disabilities. Our program is designed to increase the retention, graduation and transfer rates of our students. To do so, we provide a holistic approach to student development and student success. As a participant in PASS, you will gain knowledge and skills to empower you to achieve your academic goals.


Program Background


The Program for Academic Support Services (PASS) is a TRIO/Student Support Services grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It has existed at PCC since 1990. Since then, PASS has assisted hundreds of PCC students by providing services to help them take the right steps to earn an associates degree or certificate and to transfer to a 4 year institution. In July 2015, our grant was re-funded for an additional five years in the amount of $292,340 a year.

Program Objectives


Persistence Rate

75% of all project participants by the SSS project will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year or graduate and/or transfer from a 2 year to a 4 year institution during the academic year

Previous Year Outcome : 91%

Good Academic Standing Rate

70% of all project participants served by the SSS project will meet the performance level required to stay in a good academic standing at the grantee institution

Previous Year Outcome: 93%

Associates Degree or Certificate Attainment Rate

15% of new participants served each year will graduate with an associates degree or certificate within 4 years

Previous Year Outcome: 34%

Associates Degree or Certificate Transfer Rate

35% of new participants served each year sill transfer with an associates degree or certificate within 4 years.

Previous Year Outcome: 29%