Student Support Services

The TRiO Student Support Services

THE STUDENT SUPPORT
SERVICES PROGRAM

Is an educational opportunity federally program funded for 170 participants by the U.S. Department of Education – TRIO
Programs, hosted by Voorhees University in Denmark, South Carolina and housed under the Division of Enrollment Management.

Our goal is to increase the rates of college retention and
graduation among our target group of students. Services are provided to traditional and non-traditional students qualifying as first generation, low-income and disabled individuals who need academic support to achieve their goal of graduating from college.

Our caring staffs close working relationships with all
appropriate on and off campus personnel have been
instrumental in our SSSP endeavors for achieving our goals and objectives and assisting our students in their efforts of succeeding,

Who Can Participate In SSSP?

  1. Need academic support to achieve a goal of
    graduating from college;
  2. Be a U. S. citizen or national;
  3. Be enrolled full- time at Voorhees University and
  4. Meet one or more of the following criteria:
       • Neither parent graduated from college with a
    baccalaureate degree (student qualifies as a first-
    generation college student)
       • Have a physical or learning disability that
    requires accommodations to the learning
    environment (student qualifies as a disabled
    college student)
       •Family meets established income criteria

If you meet the above criteria and would like to become
one of our program participants-
click on the application below.

Our Services Are Designed For...

Support Services Offered

The Student Support Services’ Goal is to increase the retention, graduation and success rates of our participants. To help students succeed at Voorhees College, the following services are available:

EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESS

The Staff has high expectations for how our members
should conduct themselves.

YOUR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL SUCCESS

• Choose your friends carefully
• Respect others and respect your roommates’ belongings, they are not yours.
• Settle conflicts peacefully. College staff is available for assistance in resolving conflicts.
• Respect others’ rights to read, study and sleep free from undue interference.
Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right.
• Respect the personal privacy of others. Stay out of other persons’ affairs and take good care of your own.
• No one has the right to intimidate or cause physical or emotional harm to another.
• It is everyone’s responsibility to keep buildings clean, even yours. Do not throw waste down anywhere.
• Remember that telephones in the dormitories need to be shared
• That while the College provides a staff to teach you how to solve your problems, it is your responsibility to solve them.

• Keep your room key in your possession and your door locked at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.

• Friends and members of the family are often significant personal resources available to students and working adults. Enlist their support in developing the learning skills necessary to succeed in the classroom
and on the job

• Make it a habit of not using profanity.

YOUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

  • Always attend your first class. The first class provides you with an understanding of how the course is organized and what is expected
    from you. Purchase your textbooks the first week of class. Learn your professors names.
  • Attend all of your classes. You have to be there to get the information and the classroom provides the opportunity to expand material from a textbook and supplement the text with different materials and points of view.
  • Always arrive to class a few minutes early in order to review your notes and reading assignments in preparation for the class. As such, you will be mentally alert and well prepared to participate in the class. The better prepared you are for class, the better your notes! The prepared you are, the less chance you have for taking good notes.
  • Respect yourself, others and your professors. Do not purposely try to intimidate/humiliate/embarrass/harass others or the professors, you will only hurt yourself in the end! Sit close to the front of the room, especially in a large classroom. You will be able to hear clearly, copy off the chalkboard and eliminate distractions between you and the professor. The closer you are, the
    better your ability to concentrate.

SSSP NEWS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY
The Student Support Services Program members and Staff participated
in one of their Educational/Cultural Enrichment Activities to Atlanta, GA on
Saturday, February 28, 2009.
The group visited the CNN Studio, The World of Coca Cola and The
King Center.

Our Educational and Cultural Enrichment Activities are designed to
provide students with the opportunity to broaden their cultural and
educational exposure, awareness and appreciation of the arts.
Members participate in several cultural events that enhance their cultural
and educational experiences within the academic environment (i.e., Graduate
and Professional Schools Visitations, Career Fairs, Historical Site Visits,
Mystery Theatres, Educational/Cultural Parks, Theatre Shows,
Broadway Shows, Off Broadway Shows, Jazz Cruises, Museums, Technology, Drama, Art,
Humanities, Sciences and other).

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY
The Student Support Services Program members and Staff participated
in one of their Educational/Cultural Enrichment Activities to Atlanta, GA on
Saturday, February 28, 2009.
The group visited the CNN Studio, The World of Coca Cola and The
King Center.

Our Educational and Cultural Enrichment Activities are designed to
provide students with the opportunity to broaden their cultural and
educational exposure, awareness and appreciation of the arts.
Members participate in several cultural events that enhance their cultural
and educational experiences within the academic environment (i.e., Graduate
and Professional Schools Visitations, Career Fairs, Historical Site Visits,
Mystery Theatres, Educational/Cultural Parks, Theatre Shows,
Broadway Shows, Off Broadway Shows, Jazz Cruises, Museums, Technology, Drama, Art,
Humanities, Sciences and other).

STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Please congratulate Miss Britney Brown, a Student Support Services Program Member who was selected to participate in the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement – Student Leadership Summit at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 11 – 14. 2009.

Britney, a junior Sociology major joined 49 other “top student leaders from across the United States to learn from global experts how to be an effective, ethical and innovative leader.”

Mrs. Tonisha Montgomery, SSSP Staff member accompanied Britney on this activity.

EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY

Thirty-one participants + four staff members traveled on Saturday, September 19, 2009 to not only one of the oldest cities in America but the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the USA. Savannah, GA. We visited the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, participated in a Riverstreet Riverboat Cruise and took a tour of the City with Old Town Trolley Tours.

Meet The Staff

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Lynda D. Jefferson

Director

(803) 780-1279
lyndaj@voorhees.edu

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Wendy Hyland

Coordinator of Counseling

(803) 780-1272
wendyj@voorhees.edu

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Ella Risi

Data Coordinator

(803) 780-1271
elrisi@voorhees.edu

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Tonisha Montgomery

Tutorial Services Coordinator

(803) 780-1273
tmontgomery@voorhees.edu

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