Courses & Programs


STRIVE offers an array of support services for students who are first generation to college, low-income, or have a documented disability.

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.


Elsie Rodriguez-Garcia
Program Director
DON 209

Saul Caban
Learning Specialist
DON 235

Erica Carlson
Academic Counselor
DON 231

Monique Nelson
Academic Counselor
DON 237

Raisa Amirova
DON 240