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. The ACT 101 program at Montgomery County Community College, known as the MCCC Scholars Program, is a 12-month, one-college program providing intensive case management, advising, educational planning, tutoring, career planning, mentoring and outreach to students facing educational, personal and/or financial challenges.

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
  • Are registered for 6 or more credits
  • Have earned your GED/ High School Diploma

ACT 101 Services 

  • Student Success Coaching
  • Tutoring Services
  • Social and Cultural Events
  • Leadership Development
  • Jump Start Summer Bridge Opportunity
  • Monthly Skill Building 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
West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall, Room 151

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 $13 million over seven years to Portland Community College in Portland,  Oregon 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 of age with partner High School referrals
  • Disengaged youth who are 16 to 24 years of age who have dropped out of high school for at least six months
  • 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.

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Contact Gateway to College

Keima Sheriff
Gateway to College, Director
West/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
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Lori Davidson
Gateway to College, Resource Specialist
West Campus
101 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464
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Jezerey Weiderman
Gateway to College
Administrative Assistant
West and Central Campus
215-619-4184 Fax
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Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) is a collaborative program between the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. KEYS is specifically designed to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or food stamps Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) is committed to helping KEYS students achieve their academic and career goals. The KEYS student facilitators are one of your most valuable resources through their advocacy efforts.

Enrolled students may be eligible to receive assistance for the following:

  • Child care assistance
    Books and school supplies assistance
  • Transportation assistance (transPass, mileage and car repair)
    Computer laptop loan to complete your assignments off campus

KEYS opens the door to a brighter future for you and your family. You do the work and KEYS will help support you. These services are offered because we recognize that not having them may be a barrier to your success as a college student. These services are not guaranteed entitlements but based on your eligibility and availability of resources.

Central Campus in Blue Bell
Ingrid Fisher
KEYS Program Director
Student Success Center
College Hall
Phone: 215-641-6330
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West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall
Phone: 610-718-1936


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 online student application so you can be connected to a mentor.

Contact Information:

Mr. Edward Brown, MS
Academic Advisor
215-461-1112 Central Campus
610-718-1909 West Campus
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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
West Campus in Pottstown
Student Success Center
South Hall

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
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Lisa Barbiero
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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 Senior 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 through eleventh grade at Norristown Area High School or Pottstown Senior 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

Elinore Leonards, M.Ed
Interim Director
Telephone: 215-619-7359
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Darryl Davis
Program Coordinator
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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