Summer program for first-year students expands

This summer, selected students at Penn State’s Altoona and York campuses will have the opportunity to get a head start on their first or second years of college by taking summer classes through the Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) pilot program. Now in its second year, the program supports students with unmet financial need by providing a scholarship, $400 book stipend, mentoring, social activities and on-campus employment.

Taking a break from summer classes

Tesi Washington, Brett Kimsel, Brad Ruhl, Gino Sanchez and Brittany Joseph, left to right, spend time studying on the campus lawn at Penn State Schuylkill, taking a break from their summer 2015 PaSSS classes. The group of freshman all formed close friendships as they spent their six weeks going to classes, participating in on and off-campus activities, and working in campus administrative departments.

Selfie at the Schuylkill campus Lion Shrine

The 2015 Schuylkill PaSSS students pose for a group selfie photo at the campus Nittany Lion Shrine. The students developed close friendships during the six-week session, not only in class, but in student-life activities like a trip to the beach, hiking, Knoebels Amusement Resort, campus scavenger hunts, and just spending time together around campus.