Academic Support Programs

ACT 101 Learning Assistance

The ACT 101 program is a part of Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Equal Opportunity program and provides academic support services for students enrolled in degree-level programs.
Eligible students are admitted to the ACT 101 program on the basis of their academic potential and motivation in spite of educational, economic or cultural disadvantages which might hinder their ability to pursue higher education. Students must be a Pennsylvania resident and have an annual income within ACT 101 guidelines.
Since the Pennsylvania legislature established ACT 101 in 1971, the program has grown, and there are currently 75 colleges and universities across the commonwealth that provide support services to more than 14,000 students. CTI@HGACÂ’s ACT 101 program started in 1987 and continues to expand.

TRIO Student Support Services

The Student Support Services, or SSS, Program provides opportunities for academic development, assists with basic requirements and serves to motivate students to successfully complete postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase retention and graduation rates, and to facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.
SSS projects may be sponsored only by institutions of higher education or combinations of institutions of higher education.
To receive assistance, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a program of postsecondary education at a grantee institution. Only potential first-generation college students, lowincome students and students with disabilities evidencing academic need are eligible to participate in SSS projects. Two-thirds of the participants in SSS projects must be potential first-generation college students from low-income families or participants with a disability. One-third of the participants with disabilities must also be low-income students.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center is geared to support and sustain students as they adjust to a college learning environment. Staff is committed to helping students learn how to learn and to work toward their academic goals.
Services include the following:
  • Academic advising
  • Open classrooms/lab hours during evenings and weekends
  • Workshops in basic study skills
  • Tutorial services - professional and peer
  • Academic, financial and personal counseling
  • Information about career options
  • Study center tutoring area
  • Academic collaboration with HGAC faculty
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