UCCS Pre-Collegiate 

Support & Success Center

Pre-Collegiate Programs at UCCS

The UCCS Pre-Collegiate Support & Success Center (PCSSC) provides programs for middle and high school students.
Applications for the Fall 2024 Semester are now available.

A Message from the Director

Nancy Hernandez, Ph.D.
Department Director

Dear Students, Families, and Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the UCCS Pre-Collegiate Program!

We work with middle and high school diverse, first generation and military connected students. Our programming is intended to prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for their postsecondary journeys. 

Navigating the complex world of colleges and universities can be intimidating. Students ask, “Am I ready? Can I afford it? How do I know if it will pay off? What if I am not sure what to study?” We help students understand how colleges and universities work, how to apply for financial aid, and what steps to take as they enter and complete a plan of study. We want students to practice important skills like time management, interviewing, and being a team member and leader. We support them in exploring employment and career options so they can make informed decisions in the future.

Personally, I am driven in this work by my rocky journey as a first-generation college graduate. I was uncertain but determined, ill-informed but stubborn. My family was supportive but frightened for me. Bravado, luck, and some terrific mentors got me through but pursuing a college dream should not depend on luck and courage alone. I share my story and advice with students in the hope their process will be better. Everyone on our team has their own postsecondary journey, and a great range of experiences and skill sets to help participants chart a path. Together, we are driven by our desire to see students be successful in their current and future academic, personal, and professional lives.

We hope you will join us in this mission!

Warmest Regards, 

Nancy Hernandez, Ph.D.

Upcoming Events

Health Professions Academy

Health Professions Academy

Date: July 17-19, 2024

Time: 9 am - 4 pm

This is a FREE 3-day workshop from 9am - 4pm that offers career exploration in the health professions.                                                                           

Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Program 

Date: August 19-23, 2024

Time: 9am - 5pm

The Summer Bridge Program is a FREE one-week academic and residential program designed for first-year students to help transition from high school to UCCS. 

Return Ceremony

Return Ceremony

Date: August 24, 2024

Time: 9am - 10am


9am - 10am Pre-Collegiate Info Session. 
10am - 3pm Resource Fair.

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