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STRIVE

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STRIVE counselors are available via phone or email Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Flexible appointments can be scheduled in advance. Call 413.552.2505 or email one of our staff directly. Leave your name and contact information, and one of our staff will be in touch within 24 hours. 


STRIVE is a federally-funded TRiO Student Support Services program designed to assist students who are first generation to college (neither parent or guardian has received a bachelor's degree), have a financial need (low-income), and/or have a documented disability. Our overall goal is to increase college retention and graduation rates for program participants.

STRIVE promotes and encourages academic excellence and success amongst its participants through a vast range of ongoing academic support services. We strive to motivate, engage, and empower students to become aware of their academic potential and future success!

Services offered
  • Academic, career, financial aid, and transfer counseling
  • Assistance in course selection
  • Designated STRIVE classes designed to provide a supportive learning environment
  • Mentor program
  • Workshops on academic skills, scholarships, self-improvement, and financial literacy
  • Math tutor, writing tutor, and learning coach
  • Transfer trips to four-year institutions
  • Cultural enrichment activities, events, and FUN!
To be eligible for STRIVE
  • Students must be enrolled in three or more classes (9 credits or more)
  • Demonstrate academic need
  • Be likely to earn a degree and transfer to a bachelor's degree program within four years of acceptance to STRIVE
  • Be a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance

*Note: Eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the STRIVE program.

How to Apply

Students must fill out a STRIVE application to determine eligibility for the program. Eligible students will meet with a STRIVE Counselor for an interview. Space is limited to 215 students per academic year.

Hours of Operation

STRIVE operates Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our main office is located in Donahue Building, Room 240. The office main phone number is 413.552.2505.

Contact

Elsie Rodriguez-Garcia
Program Director
DON 209
413.552.2610
erodriguez@hcc.edu

Saul Caban
Learning Specialist
DON 235
413.552.2750
scaban@hcc.edu

Monique Nelson
Academic Counselor
DON 237
413.552.2611
mnelson@hcc.edu  

Denise Salgado
Academic Counselor
DON 231
413.552.2044
dsalgado@hcc.edu

Raisa Amirova
Secretary
DON 240
413.552.2505
ramirova@hcc.edu