PASS Program Celebrates New Class with Summer Completion Ceremony


The PASS program works to reduce the number of students in developmental courses by providing recent high school graduates who have tested into at least one developmental course the chance to work closely with faculty and staff during their transition into college.

“This is a wonderful program that gives hardworking students, many of whom are first generation college students, some extra support on their paths to success,” said Chianti Blackmon, Director of Multicultural Student Services. “Every student who comes to FCC has different goals and different challenges, and PASS is one of the many student success initiatives here that meets those students where they are and helps them reach their full potential.”

The program began with a two-week summer session that started Aug. 1. During the summer session, students work on their reading, writing, and math skills and participate in workshops on career exploration and test taking skills. They also take part in team building projects that connect them to services on campus. At the end of the session, students are able to retake placement tests and register for the fall semester. 

After the summer program, participants will continue to meet with their PASS advisor monthly to develop goals, track their progress in classes, and discuss any issues they are having as a new college student. They will also participate in continuing workshops and are encouraged to become actively engaged with campus events and activities.

The PASS program has been instrumental in the success of more than 250 students since its inception in 2011.