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Student Support Services (SSS)

Our Mission

The mission of Student Support Services at Ocean County College is to assist and encourage first-generation college students, income-eligible college students, and/or college students with disabilities through the completion of a credential. We operate in a holistic, inclusive, and collaborative environment while delivering services that will immerse students in a challenging and engaging student experience. SSS emboldens students to be self-driven; to discover their own barriers, seek out solutions, and develop a positive mindset in their journey toward success.

How to Apply

Submit a Completed Prescreen Application!

Applications are available via this website, email, or in person. Spots are limited!

Apply Now!

Student Support ServicesDo you meet any of these eligibility requirements?

  • You are a first generation student*
  • You meet federal income guidelines, found on the U.S. Department of Education website
  • You are a student with a disability
  • You have an academic need (placed into developmental math and/or English, GPA less than 2.5, struggling to pass courses, recommended to SSS by a faculty or staff members, high rate of F & W grades)
  • “You are a citizen or national of the United States or meet the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance”

First Generation: parents/guardians did not complete a bachelor’s degree or whose primary custodial parent/guardian did not complete a bachelor’s degree.

Free Program Advantages:

  • One-On-One Professional Tutoring
  • Academic Planning & Advising—for transfer to a 4-year institution and/or career
  • Academic Coaching—keeping you motivated to reach your goals
  • Financial Literacy Education—to help you make smart, financial decisions
  • Social Engagement & Leadership Development—attend trips and conferences to discover your purpose and build your network

Academic Coaching:

All SSS Scholars should have a preliminary meeting with the SSS Academic Coach (Barbara McCormack) to take/review LASSI and to determine their need for academic coaching/set appointments for the semester.

Academic Advising:

All SSS Students must meet with their SSS Academic Advisor (Briana Cerbone) before registering for classes. Advising for the 2023FA semester is anticipated to begin mid-April 2023.

SSS Priority Registration for 2023FA is anticipated to begin mid-April.

TRiO Student Support Services

Calendar of Events & Activities – Fall 2023

Unless otherwise noted, Ocean County College Student Support Services (SSS) events and activities are only open to SSS participants.
All Activities noted with (*) fulfill a requirement of the Student Support Services program.

Sign-ups for all events are located in SSS Main Office (R113) – please see Kate Moreno, kmoreno@zhzhongcheng.com

* (All SSS Students must attend one Financial Literacy event prior to graduation) *

Game of Life – An interactive “game” to help you learn the importance of making smart financial decisions.

  • Monday, October 30, 2023 – 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 – 11:00 AM

Learn how you may be eligible and can apply for approximately $800.00* in tuition aid.
(*Final award will be based in YOUR federal PELL award*)

  • Future dates will be added – watch your text messages!

In-Person: SSS Workshop Room – R127

Remote: http://ocean.webex.com/meet/anoone

 *(All SSS Students must attend one Get Connected Event prior to graduation)

All are held in the SSS Community Room 

  • Fall Paint Party – Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – 10-11:30 AM & 12-1:30 PM
  • Friendsgiving – Tuesday, November 21, 2023 – 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Family Game Day – Thursday, December 7, 2023 – 1 – 4 PM

23/24 FAFSA Renewal – Will need 2021 tax info for self & parent(s)

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – 11 AM – 1 PM – Drop In
  • Friday, December 1, 2023 – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Drop In

24/25 FAFSA Renewal – Will need 2022 tax info for self & parent(s) – [24/25 FAFSA not opening until 12/2023]

  • Friday, December 8, 2023 – 12:00 – 2 PM – Drop In
  • Monday, December 11, 2023 – 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Drop In

 

Career Workshops:

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023 – Building a resume – 2:00-3:15 PM
  • Monday, November 27, 2023 – Interview skills/mock interviews – 3:00-4:15 PM

Transfer Workshops:

  • Monday, October 16, 2023 – 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November – 8, 2023 – 5:00-6:00 PM– virtual option
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023 – 10:00-11:00 AM

Mindful Meditation/Drum Circles – Location TBD

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023 – 10 AM
  • Monday, November 20, 2023 – 2 PM
  • Monday, December 4, 2023 – 3 PM

Yoga session(s) – HOVN 108 – sessions are approximately 45 minutes

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 – 11 AM
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 – 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, November 30, 2023 – 2:00 PM

 

College Visits:

  • TCNJ  – Friday, October 20, 2023 – 10 AM arrival
  • Rowan – Friday, November 17, 2023 – 10 AM arrival
  • Kean-Ocean – Friday, December 1, 2023  – 10 AM arrival

Be sure to watch text/email announcements for more trip info!

  • SSS Trip – Grounds for Sculpture –  Friday, October 13, 2023 – 9:15 AM departure
  • Student Life Trips
    • Offerings & Dates TBD

Around the World – Learn about traditions celebrated around the world.

  • Pumpkin Carving/Jack O Lanterns – Ireland – Thursday, October 26, 2023 – 10 AM – 2 PM (Drop In)
  • Dia de los Muertos – Mexico – Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – 10 AM – 2 PM (Drop In)

Movie Mondays – SSS Community Room (R102) 9AM – 4PM – Stop in for a bit or stay for a movie!

  • 10/9 – Exploration
  • 10/16 – What’s Cookin’?
  • 10/23 – Jurassic Park
  • 10/30 – Halloween
  • 11/6 – Vote For…
  • 11/13 – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/20 – Family
  • 11/27 – Marvel Monday
  • 12/4 – Harry Potter Week 1
  • 12/11 – Harry Potter Week 2
  • 12/18 – Holiday/Winter

Monthly Birthday Celebration – Community Room – Drop In 1:00PM – 4:00 PM

  • October 19, 2023
  • November 16, 2023
  • December 14, 2023

All Ted Talk Thursdays will be held in the Community Room (R102) at 12 – 1pm. All Ted Talks run 20 minutes or less. There will be time to re-watch the talk or have a discussion during each session.

 Date  Topic
10/12/2023 “Everyday Leadership” Drew Dudley
http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership
10/19/2023 “How to speak so that people want to listen” Julian Treasure
http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_how_to_speak_so_that_people_want_to_listen
10/26/2023 “The power of introverts” Susan Cain
http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts
11/2/2023 “GRIT: The power of passion and perseverance” Angela Lee Duckworth
http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance/transcript?language=en
11/9/2023 “How to build your creative confidence” David Kelley
http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence?language=en
11/16/2023 “Why you will fail to have a great career” Larry Smith
http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career
11/23/2023 CAMPUS CLOSED – HAPPY THANKSGIVING
11/30/2023 “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” Luvvie Ajayi Jones
http://www.ted.com/talks/luvvie_ajayi_jones_get_comfortable_with_being_uncomfortable
12/7/2023 “How to build your confidence – and spark it in others” Brittany Packnett Cunningham
http://www.ted.com/talks/brittany_packnett_cunningham_how_to_build_your_confidence_and_spark_it_in_others
12/14/2023 “Mental health for college students: Learning to speak up” Melissa Shuman Zarin, PhD
http://www.ted.com/talks/melissa_shuman_zarin_ph_d_mental_health_for_college_students_learning_to_speak_up
12/21/2023 “What I have learned as a first-generation college student” Lyric Swinton
http://www.ted.com/talks/lyric_swinton_what_i_have_learned_as_a_first_generation_college_student

A Look Ahead: (Dates TBD)

  • Monthly Workshop Offerings (Feb – May)
  • Many Social Events and Activities
  • Monthly College Visits
  • Exciting Cultural/Educational Trips
    • Overnight trip during spring break! (Location and dates to be announced at a later date)
    • Day trips w/SSS & Student Life
    • Summer Events and activities

Important Academic Information

Supplemental Aid Applications:

  • Will be due to the SSS Office no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, April 26, 2024 – no exceptions will be made.
  • Please ensure the application is completed in full and is legible PRIOR to submission. We must be able to read you application.
  • SSS staff cannot verify information on application prior to its submission
  • It is YOUR responsibility to ensure accuracy.

Academic Coaching:

  • All SSS Scholars should have a preliminary meeting with the SSS Academic Coach (Barbara McCormack) to take/review LASSI and to determine their need to academic coaching/set appointments for the semester.

Academic Advising:

  • All SSS Scholars MUST meet with their SSS Academic Advisor (Briana Cerbone) before registering for classes.
  • Advising for the 2024SP semester is anticipated to begin in October 2023.
  • SSS Priority Registration for 2024SP is anticipated to begin mid-November.

Student Support Services Club

The Student Support Service Club, open to all 皇冠365官方APP students, is tailored specifically for participants in the SSS Program. The purpose of the club is to emphasize the attainment of leadership skills, attain a sense of community and connectedness, as well as provide opportunities for community involvement and outreach.

For more information:

The Student Support Services office is located in:
W. Kable Russell Building (#7) Room 113

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Evening & late hours by appointment only.

Program staff can be reached by:
Direct Phone: 732-255-0539
Email: studentsupportservices@zhzhongcheng.com

  • Students standing in front of brown fence at the Zoo
  • SSS Trio trip to DC
  • SSS Trio Student trip to NY to see Aladdin
  • SSS Trio Student Trip to see Harry Potter

SSS Office Staff

Russell Building

Alison Noone
Student Support Services Director
732-255-0400 ext. 2138
anoone@zhzhongcheng.com
Russell Bldg. (#7) Room 112

Helen Konz
Student Support Services Coordinator
732-255-0400 x2373
hkonz@zhzhongcheng.com
Russell Bldg. (#7)  Room 111

Kate Moreno
Student Support Services Technician
732-255-0400 x7027
kmoreno@zhzhongcheng.com
Russell Bldg. (#7)  Room 113

Briana Cerbone
Student Support Services Specialist
732-255-0400 x 2352
bferlisi@zhzhongcheng.com
Russell Bldg. (#7)  Room 115

Barbara McCormack
Student Support Services Academic Coach
732-255-0400 x2228
bmccormack@zhzhongcheng.com
Russell Bldg. (#7)  Room 116

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