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The SSS-ESL program serves 140 low-income, first-generation college students who began their career at PCCC in the English Language Studies (ELS) program. This program offers students comprehensive academic and support services and aims to improve student rates of persistence, completion, and transfer. 

We Provide:

Academic & Career Counseling

Personal Coaching

Childcare Vouchers

Grant Aid

Social & Enrichment Activities

Transfer Planning

Unlimited Tutoring

Financial Literacy Counseling

Book Vouchers

6-Week Summer Program

Student Success

Maria Posada

Regional President of PTK

A teacher education major, Maria is a first-generation college student who immigrated from Colombia more than a decade ago, speaking little English when she arrived in the US. Read Maria’s story.

I am where I am today because of the PCCC administrators and advisors who supported me unconditionally
Size of Family
Annual Income
(Applies in the 48
contiguous states)

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this benefit program, you must be a current or prospective student pursuing a degree and you must be one of the following:

Limited income – See the chart to determine income eligibility

First-generation college student – Neither parent/guardian has earned a baccalaureate degree.

Documented Physical or Learning challenges – Regulations define an individual with disabilities as “a person who has a diagnosed physical, mental, or learning impairment that substantially limits that person’s ability to participate in the educational experiences and opportunities offered by the grantee institution.” Thus, for eligibility purposes, academic need considerations are primary.

Contact Us

The Student Support Services Program is located in Founders Hall (2nd Floor) on PCCC’s Main Campus in Paterson.


Director: Stephanie A. Velasquez
Office: E-206
Phone: 973-684-6443
Email: [email protected]

Success Coach: Farhat Khan
Office: S202
Phone: 973–684–6334
Email: [email protected]

Enrollment Navigator: Sharon Flowers
Office: E201
Phone: 973–684–3642
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Closed on Fridays in the Summer.
Evenings by appointment.

SSS-ESL Learning Center

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Location: A202
*Closed on Fridays during the Summer.