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Purpose of Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS), a federal funded Program at Southern University at Shreveport is a support program established by the Department of Education to assist eligible students in working toward their academic, career and personal goals with services specifically tailored for their needs.
This brochure has been produced to provide participants with information to help make the transition to a 4-year institution effortless. Prospective transfer students communicate with the SSS transfer specialist and the colleges of choice to ensure that they are enrolled in courses that will meet the requirements for transferring and/or graduation. During this period, the transfer specialist/ counselor will assist students with necessary paperwork to enroll in the institution of their choice. How to Transfer, Interviewing/Career Skills and Resume’ Writing workshops are conducted for potential transfer/graduate students throughout the year.
Goal/Objective of Transfer/Graduate Services
Transfer/graduation services are offered to ensure that participants persist to either transfer/or graduate successfully within a three (3) year period from initial enrollment. During this period in SSS the transfer specialist/counselor works with potential transferees/graduates and college campus visits are scheduled per students’ interest and needs.
To be considered for transfer/graduation services, an applicant must have at least a 2.000 cumulative grade point in all post -secondary coursework and must be in good standing with the last institution (s) attended.
Transfer counseling is available to aid students with all aspects of student life. Students are assigned to the Transfer Specialist/Counselor based on the completion of 30 hours. Participants will receive assistance with:
- Scheduling problems
- Career decisions
- Personal adjustments
The Transfer Specialist will conduct an in-depth orientation program each semester and maintain midterm and final academic grades for each student. When necessary to contact the transfer specialist, please call 318-670-9325 or 318-670-6306 or drop by Student Support Services in the Fine Arts Building, Room C-15 to schedule an appointment.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Scholarships are competitive and are available at most, in several categories to those who qualify. Students interested in applying for scholarships or financial assistance should inquire in the transfer specialist office.
Career paths are clusters of occupations/careers that are grouped because many of the people in them share similar interests and strengths. All paths include a variety of occupations that require different levels of education and training. The transfer specialist assists participants in selecting a career path with an area of focus, along with flexibility and a variety of ideas to pursue. Student Support Services utilizes the Career Occupation Preference Systems (COPS) and test dates are available throughout the year. Career paths are for all students. The selection of a career path can prepare a student for the future, regardless of his/her interests, abilities, talents, or desired level of education. The intent is not to decide on a specific permanent occupation but to select a career path that will begin and identify a career path that can help in selecting school courses, activities and part-time employment.