“Climb… and climb… and keep climbing. The view keeps getting better.”
– Gary McMahon & Oscar Haro
Chico Student Success Center
The Chico Student Success Center (CSSC) is a connective, outreach and student development program with a mission to serve low income and first generation college students.
The CSSC has educational partnerships with high schools and after-school programs throughout California. For the fall 2016-17 academic year, Chico State has received nearly 2,000 admission applications from students enrolled in CSSC partnership schools and programs. One such partnership is highlighted in the Fall 2012 Chico Statements publication.
By providing of a safe learning community, the CSSC staff help support students so that they can thrive. Read more about how students connect to the CSSC here.
The CSSC is located in the Student Services Center building, room #370. The CSSC has computers, overhead projectors, projection screens and monitors. CSSC students use the facilities for individual and group projects, an opportunity to be around mentors and academic support, and sometimes simply to be in a caring environment that is focused on student achievement.
The CSSC requires all CSSC students to make a commitment to their academic goals, career integration needs, and to community service.
- Academic Progress Report requests are sent out every mid-semester for CSSC students. They are carefully reviewed and, if necessary, discussed with the student.
- Students are provided the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with corporate and government partners, attend etiquette dinners and professional networking workshops. They also provide support for career fair activities. All these are coordinated by the Career Center at CSU, Chico.
- Every semester the CSSC students are offered the opportunity to participate in fundraising activities for local, regional and national charities. Through the years, the CSSC students have raised nearly $85,000 for the Make-A-Wish organization.
- First time freshmen are carefully monitored in 3 main areas: Financial Aid, Housing, and Class Scheduling.
- CSSC students can take the Integrative Academic Leadership course for 3 semester units. The course supports the students’ self-discovery of the purpose of higher education.
REACH (Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs) is a first year mentoring program that is part of the CSSC. Students in the REACH program will learn to navigate their first year in collaborative hubs with the support of peer mentors, staff and faculty.