TRiO PROGRAMS/PROJECT AIM
Empowering Students to Succeed - One Step at A Time
Colleen Punzalan joined Project AIM when she went back to school. She graduated from GCC in 2011 with an Associate of Science in Accounting and is currently pursuing her bachelors at Stetson University in Florida, one of the top 50 universities in the United States.
About Our Program
Project AIM is a TRIO, Student Support Services Program. It is federally-funded and serves eligible postsecondary students enrolled in Guam Community College. Project AIM’s goal is to provide the academic and personal support necessary to help students graduate and transfer to a four-year institution.
Huan Hosei, Director
KristiAnna Santos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor/Academic Counselor
James Fathal, Program Coordinator
Stephanie Fernandez, Administrative Aide
Student Center, Room 5204
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M., Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Summer Break, Christmas Break and Summer Sessions 8:00 A.M. -5:00 P.M.
Phone: (671) 735-5594/5
Fax: (671) 734-5238
To provide quality student support services and education so our students can succeed in life and college, graduate and/or transfer to a bachelors degree or beyond.
Project AIM, TRiO ServicesProject AIM provides a wealth of services that help students to succeed in earning a degree or certificate in their chosen field. These services include:
Computer/Study Lab: Students will have access to a computer and study lab for school-related purposes. The study lab also provides a book loan services for students to borrow during lab hours.
Counseling: Academic, personal, and financial aid counseling are offered to students to assist them in reaching their educational goals.
Workshops: Workshops on study skills and other high-interest topics are provided to support students in their academic pursuits.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
Project AIM coordinates with the Office of Accommodative Services to ensure that disability services are provided to students who require such services.
Career Exploration: Career counseling is available for students who need assistance in choosing a major or career.
Social and Cultural Enrichment Activities:
Participants can enjoy fun and exciting activities that will help students to explore and appreciate the diversity of the GCC student population.
Transfer: Assistance is given to students interested in transferring to a four-year institution.
Mentorship: Mentorship is required for freshmen participants to assist in their transition into collegiate life. Mentors provide the freshmen with guidance and encouragement.
Tutoring: Tutorial services are available to help participants successfully pass their classes.
Grant Aid: Supplemental funds are available to eligible Project AIM participants who apply and meet the program requirements (subject to the availability of funds.)
Eligible program participants are also required and encouraged to take advantage of available workshops on relevant topics such as:
• Stress Management
• Career Decision Making
• Financial Aid
• Time Management
• Note Taking
• Resume Writing
• Essay Writing
• Study Skills
• Financial Planning/Budgeting
Project AIM participants must have a need for academic support, and must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
• First-generation college student (neither parent has a four-year college degree);
• Fall within income limits set by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by our
office, with supporting documentation; or
• Student with a disability (documentation required)
1. What is the purpose of Project AIM, TRiO? Project AIM, TRiO is a student support service to help college students succeed academically, plan for graduation and/or for transferring to four year institutions. Services include academic tutoring, advising and counseling, mentorship (freshmen only), workshops (study skills, writing, math, career, financial, and technology), cultural activities, and grant aid assistance.
Project AIM, TRiO is a federally funded program. To be eligible for support services, a student must either be a first generation student (neither parent of student earned a bachelors degree); meet the income eligibility based on household size; or be an individual with a disability (certification must be provided). Documents (latest tax forms, FAFSA application, proof of citizenship, transcript/diploma, disability certification) will be required to meet the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for eligibility. In addition, student must show an academic need for Project AIM, TRiO services.
2. Who is eligible for Project AIM, TRiO?
Many active participants of Project AIM have become successful academically, socially and in life. (See Link for Project AIM, Success Stories.) Project AIM provides a family oriented environment supportive of students needs. Students consistent with tutoring service have a higher passing rate in math and English. Project AIM with the Center of Student Involvement and Assessment and Counseling provides student conferences to assist students become successful students and community leaders. Project AIM encourages students to become a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member; student organization leaders, and transfer students of UOG or off-island institutions. Fifty percent of GCC's scholarship recipients in the past few years are from Project AIM. Many participants of our program stand out as leaders in the classroom. The mentorship program empowers participants to build relationships with faculty, staff and administrators. Participants also have an opportunity to see their academic mid-term progress report and develop a plan of action to improve grades. Through frequent meetings with mentors and Project AIM's team, students review their goal plans and are encouraged and advised to meet their goals. Active participants are given the opportunity to apply for Grant Aid, additional financial assistance offered only to participants of Project AIM who are Pell Grant eligible.
3. What are the benefits of joining Project AIM, TRiO?
4. How can you apply for Project AIM, TRiO?
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