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Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center


Upcoming Events

Senior Transition Coach Workshop
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Junior Transition Coach Workshop
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Sophomore Transition Coach Workshop
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Freshman Transition Coach Workshop
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Pre-Collegiate Open House
November 16, 2022
Pre-Collegiate Virtual Resource Fair by The College Experience
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Director's Welcome
Nancy Hernandez, Ph.D.
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.

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