Outreach and Assistance Programs

Because we believe that every student can succeed and deserves a high-quality, affordable, accessible education, we offer a number of programs to help students who are in their first year of college or facing special circumstances. These programs include

ACT 101 (Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program) is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ACT 101 provides free, individualized academic and counseling support services to qualifying full-time and part-time students. You may qualify if you

  • Receive financial aid and your individual or family income is below a certain state-mandated level
  • Are placed in one or more developmental-level courses
  • Had below-average high school grades
  • Have earned your GED
  • Have been out of school five or more years

ACT 101 Services

  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Social and cultural events
  • Orientation
  • Personal growth and study skills workshops

Application for the ACT 101 Program

Statement of Philosophy for the First Year of College

Montgomery County Community College strives to address the unique needs and concerns of first year college students in order to facilitate a successful transition from their high school or post-secondary experience. This intentional comprehensive curricular and co-curricular initiative will promote an understanding and appreciation of a college education and will assist students with developing strategies and attitudes that will maximize academic success and prepare students to become life-long learners and responsible citizens and leaders.

If you are new to college, returning after a long break or making a career change, we can help you develop strategies and attitudes that will maximize your academic achievements while preparing you to become a leader, lifelong learner and responsible citizen.

Through our First-Year Initiatives Program, we

  • Familiarize you with all of our campus resources and how to get the most from them
  • Establish positive mentoring and advising relationships with you
  • Foster the development of strong relationships between you and your fellow students as well as faculty, staff and administrators
  • Support a vibrant college culture where you can experience and express diverse world views
  • Offer a comprehensive range of activities and opportunities to enhance your learning and personal growth

We look forward to working with you in meeting your academic, social and professional needs! For more information, contact us at our Student Success Centers on either campus.

Central Campus in Blue Bell
Student Success Center
College Hall
215-641-6577
West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall, Room 151
610-718-1906

Gateway to College Portland Community College created the Gateway to College program in 2000 to support students who are at risk of not completing or have disengaged from their high school education. Through the program, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community and technical colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate's degree or certificate.

Gateway to College's innovative approach captured the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which initially funded the replication of Gateway to College as part of its Early College High School Initiative. Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 23 states partnering with more than 125 school districts. In order to promote the Gateway to College model, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Ford Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation granted Portland Community College in Portland, OR have spent $13 million over seven years to replicate the program.

Program Benefits

  • This is a scholarship program that pays for your tuition and books
  • Earn your high school diploma
  • Attend class in a supportive and educational environment
  • Earn college credit toward your associate's degree or certificate while taking classes toward your high school diploma

Program Requirements

  • Students who are 16 to 21 years old
  • Students must be behind in high school credits for age or grade level
  • Possess reading skills at an eighth grade level or higher
  • Currently live within a partnering Montgomery County School District
  • Have the desire and determination to learn and to earn a high school diploma and a college degree (by age 21 and willing to commit two or more years)

Gateway Foundation Semester

The first semester of the GtC program is called the Foundation Semester and students are taught in a cohort model. Unless otherwise specified students will take the following courses.

Please contact Jezerey Weiderman 215-641-6386 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain a preliminary application.

Contact Gateway to College

Keima Sheriff
Gateway to College, Director
Central Campus
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
215-619-7343 Office
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Esau Collins
Gateway to College, Resource Specialist
Central Campus
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
215-461-1114
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Lori Davidson
Gateway to College, Resource Specialist
West Campus
101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464
610-718-1841
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Jezerey Weiderman
Gateway to College
Administrative Assistant
West and Central Campus
215-641-6386
215-619-4184 Fax
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KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the KEYS program is designed to help recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and food stamp (SNAP) programs succeed in community college and achieve career goals by providing

  • Career counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Academic support
  • Assistance with the financial aid process
  • Help with supportive services available through KEYS, the County Assistance Office and other community service agencies for such needs as child care, books, school supplies, eyeglasses and transportation costs
Central Campus in Blue Bell
Ingrid Fisher
KEYS Program Director
Student Success Center
College Hall
Phone: 215-641-6330
215-641-6222
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West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall
Phone: 610-718-1936
610-718-1900

If you are an African American or Hispanic student, the Minority Student Mentoring Initiative (MSMI) provides mentoring services to help you stay in school and graduate. As part of your participation, you will be matched with a mentor who will challenge you personally, academically and professionally. He or she will support you in working through any obstacle to complete your degree, and will challenge you to develop the mental toughness, academic discipline and organizational skills necessary to succeed. As a member, you will be invited to attend career exploration and professional development workshops, student conferences, and have community services opportunities. The program will provide you with

  • Clear roadmap towards graduation
  • Academic assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Networking opportunities
  • a sense of community
  • career focus

To participate, schedule a meeting with program staff to review expectations and your commitment to success. Also, complete the student application so you can be connected to a mentor.

Contact one of the following persons

Dr. Steady Moono
Vice President, West Campus
610-718-2070
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Mr. Wendell Griffith, MSW, MSOL
Coordinator of Mentoring Services
215-641-6363 Central Campus
610-718-1909 West Campus
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Mr. Edward Brown, MS
Academic Advisor
215-461-1112 Central Campus
610-718-1909 West Campus
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If you're a Montgomery County resident between the ages of 17 and 21 who needs guidance in taking the next step toward your future, this program can help. Administered by Montgomery County Workforce Development, Next Step offers services to eligible young adults who would like to find and keep well-paying jobs in high-demand occupations but need

  • GED credential
  • Career guidance
  • Financial aid for short-term college programs
  • Skill training
  • Job placement

Please contact Jan Lord, Career Specialist, 610-278-1475 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

If you're a part-time or full-time student enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Certificate program of study, our Perkins Career Program can help you heighten your career knowledge in your chosen field and gain the academic, vocational and personal skills you need to perform well on the job. These free, individually tailored supportive services include

  • Comprehensive personal career guidance and counseling, including vocational assessments and job search assistance
  • Career exploration and planning workshops
  • Internship opportunities
  • Academic and occupational tutoring services that are specifically designed for Perkins students and include the use of interactive computer software and technical equipment
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) advising tailored to Perkins program participants
  • Additional instruction outside of class for students pursuing health-related careers
  • Services for students with disabilities
  • Support services for economically disadvantaged, displaced homemakers and single parents, limited English speaking, non-traditional and educationally disadvantaged students

For more information, contact

Central Campus in Blue Bell
Student Success Center
College Hall
215-641-6577
West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall
610-718-1906

Montgomery County Community College has been selected by the American Association of Community Colleges to serve as a program provider for residents aged 50 and above. As a participant in the program, the College will be providing programs and services that will make it easier for students over 50 to obtain the cutting edge skills and credentials required to compete for jobs in health care, education, and social services. For more information about the Plus 50 Encore Completion program, contact Mary Beth Bryers at 215-641-6319 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
If you are in mental health recovery, our free Partnership on Work Enrichment and Readiness (POWER) program can help you get connected to college campus life, develop your educational and career potential, and explore career and educational paths.

The POWER program is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health issue or participates in services offered by the Montgomery County Office of Mental Health and is ideally able to complete college-level work. POWER's primary offering is a 14-week course that covers

  • Career self-assessment
  • Presentation skills
  • Time management
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills
  • Computer basics
  • Balancing school, work and life
  • Professionalism and first impressions
  • Team work
  • Goal-setting and decision-making
  • Ethics and boundary-setting
  • Success skills for college

There is no cost to POWER students for tuition, textbooks or materials. In addition to the classes, you will

  • Develop an individual career and educational plan to help focus your college and career activities
  • Create or enhance your resume
  • Learn more about your chosen career and educational path
  • Be able to complete financial aid applications, registration and course selection (for those going on to college)

If you complete the POWER program and decide to continue your education here, you may enroll in POWER Plus, an educational and supportive class that meets weekly.

Interested in participating? Apply Now! (Therapists, case managers and support persons may also refer prospective participants.)

For more information, please contact

Lori Schreiber
Community Liaison
215-461-1151
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Lisa Barbiero
Program Advisor
215-641-6425
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The POWER program is generously funded by the Montgomery County Office of Mental Health, Montgomery County Community College and private foundations.

Scholarship. Commitment. Integrity.

If you're a ninth- or tenth-grade student attending Norristown Area High School or Pottstown High School, you may be eligible to participate in Upward Bound is a free college preparatory program designed to motivate and prepare you for college by challenging you to develop the skills, study habits, discipline and attitude necessary to be successful in high school and college. The program offers

  • College-prep classes
  • Tutoring
  • College tours
  • Cultural field trips
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid advising
  • Career counseling

To be eligible, you must

  • Be in ninth or tenth grade at Norristown Area High School or Pottstown High School
  • Meet family income guidelines as determined by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Be first-generation college bound (meaning neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree)
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Show a sincere desire to improve academically
  • Demonstrate strong interest in and potential for succeeding in college
  • Be willing to make a commitment to participate in all Upward Bound after-school, Saturday and summer activities
  • Be open to new cultural, social, educational and recreational experiences

Steps to Apply

    • Complete an application
    • Use the to request copies of your current report card and PSSA scores
    • Submit two letters of recommendation from adults other than parents or relatives (such as counselors, teachers, clergy persons or other professionals)
    • Write and submit a 300-word essay that answers the following questions: What are your educational plans after you graduate from high school? How do you think the Upward Bound Program can help you achieve your goals?
    • Give your completed application to your school counselor or mail it to

      TRIO Upward Bound Program
      Student Success Center
      Montgomery County Community College
      340 DeKalb Pike
      Blue Bell, PA 19422

Application Form
Form for Student's Records
Recommendation Form
Release Form

For more information, contact

Samuel Coleman
Program Director
Telephone: 215-619-7359
Fax: 215-619-4189
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Evan Bradley
Program Coordinator
Norristown School District
Telephone: 215-641-6549
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Yasmin Jean-Baptiste
Administrative Assistant
TRIO Upward Bound
College Hall 204
Telephone: 215-619-7340
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Nancy Saladik
Program Coordinator
Pottstown School District
Telephone: 610-718-1927
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