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Student Success and Support Program (3SP)

The Student Success and Support Program (3SP) is designed to support the transition of new students into the college by providing core services that promote academic achievement and successful completion of degrees, transfer preparation, career technical education (CTE) certificates, or career advancement.  In an effort to promote student success, English and Math placement testing, orientation, and advisement toward the development of an education plan are core services required of all entering students, as mandated by the state (effective Fall 2014).  Students must also declare a course of study (major), and receive advisement towards the development of a Comprehensive Education Plan no later than the semester after which the student completes 15 degree applicable units.  Not completing these core services may result in the loss of priority registration. 
The first three requirements of the Student Success and Support Program can be easily accomplished by following the linked steps below:

1. Take the English and Math Placement Tests. 

2.  Attend a New Student Orientation and Advisement Session.

3. Create an Abbreviated Education Plan during the orientation and advisement session.

4. To complete the final Student Success and Support Program requirement for entering students, you must also declare a major course of study, and receive advisement towards the development of a Comprehensive Education Plan.


Under certain circumstances you may be exempt from the requirements of completing an orientation, placement testing and an educational plan. The following students will be considered for exemptions from the Student Success and Support Program requirements:

• Students who have completed an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited U. S. college or university.

• Students who are enrolling in college to take a course that is legally mandated for employment or is necessary in response to a significant change in industry or licensure standards.

• Students who are enrolling in college for personal development, not related to career training or advancement.

• Students who have a disability verified by DSPS that severely impacts their ability to complete an academic program.

If you qualify through one of the above exemptions, come to the Counseling Center in the Administration (S) Building to complete a 3SP Exemption Form.




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