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Pathway to Success: Summer Start (PaSSS) pilot program

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.
student group poses in PaSSS t-shirts

Pathways to Student Success Summer Start (PaSSS) program at Penn State Schuylkill summer 2015

Pathways to Student Success Summer Start (PaSSS) students at Penn State Hazleton, summer 2015

taking a break from summer classes

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.

Schuylkill PaSSS students watering a garden as part of a sustainability program

Schuylkill PaSSS students watering a garden as part of a sustainability program

Mitchell Hornberger and Marisa Rios, 2015 Schuylkill PaSSS students, tend to the new campus community garden that was established as part of the campus sustainability program, Envision, Plan, Implement, Change, Sustain (EPICS).

Army veteran Daniel Sparks

From well pad to Washington

Army veteran Daniel Sparks was living the good life during the nation’s oil and gas boom but found himself laid off last November, with no prospects for work. The father of three felt that his leadership experience from the military would appeal to some employers, but he knew that his job prospects were diminished without a college degree. Less than a year later, Sparks has blossomed into a full-fledged college student who is active at Penn State's Fayette campus, in particular with the Student Veterans Association.
Daniel Sparks

From well pad to Washington

Army veteran finds new opportunities at Fayette campus.
David Meredith

Engineering professor leads Earth Day activities at Fayette campus

If you noticed young maple trees, their roots contained in bags, strategically placed around Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, then they came from longtime faculty member David Meredith’s herb garden. If you passed a group of people picking up litter along University Drive recently, then it was Meredith and one of his classes. If you happened to see students planting trees on campus last week, they were brought there by Meredith, their instructor, an associate professor of engineering.
Hon. Linda Cordaro

Penn State Fayette holds commencement

More than 140 students took the stage May 7 as Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Charles Patrick conferred academic degrees on them during the 46th commencement ceremony at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.
Pedro Tavarez Jr.

Pedro Tavarez Jr.

As a performer, athlete, scholar and student leader, Pedro Tavarez Jr. is making the most of his time at Penn State Fayette. 

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