• Student Success Program


  • The Student Success Programs support students who identify as low-income, first-generation, or under-served to enroll in and persist in college.

    Success Programs can offer:

    • College and career navigation
    • Connections to on-and off-campus resources
    • Extra support for first-generation college students via our Mt. Hood Scholars Program
    • Extra support for students receiving SNAP via our STEP Program

    Success Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

    What’s this program all about?

    The Student Success Program is a collection of programs focused on helping students enroll, persist, and graduate from MHCC. These programs provide a variety of supports--including those listed above--to marginalized communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQA+, first-generation and low-income students.

    Who is eligible?

    It is free to enroll in Success Programs. Some characteristics of eligible students are:

    • First generation: first in their family to attend college
    • Receiving or are eligible for SNAP Food Stamp benefits, OHP, TANF, WIC, SSI, SSID, unemployment, PELL, Oregon Opportunity grant
    • Low income (defined as 150% of the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2019 - an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount)
    • Identify as a member of an underrepresented community (communities of color, immigrant, refugee, living with a disability, etc.)

    Eligibility varies depending on the program.

    What’s in it for you?

    Specialists and program supports help ensure a successful start to, and completion of, your education at Mt. Hood Community College. Success Programs provide:

    • One-on-one support from a Student Success Specialist
    • College navigation
    • Career navigation: career exploration and job search assistance
    • Connections to financial and support resources (on and off campus)
    • Wrap‐around support to help students complete GED/ESL/IECC/ABS classes and transition to credit classes at MHCC
    • Direct financial support services to help with college costs: class tuition and fees (typically the first 1 – 2 two terms at MHCC), textbooks/packets, tools/supplies, transportation, emergency utility and/or living expenses etc. Type and amount of direct financial support services depends on grant eligibility and funding availability.

    People requiring accommodations due to disability should contact the Accessible Education Services Office at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu. Please call or email at least two weeks prior to event.