Rise. Achieve. Persist. (RAP) Experience

About the Program:

North Shore Community College’s Rise. Achieve. Persist. (RAP) Experience and services are designed as an achievement and retention initiative to support and assist Black and Latino/a students to succeed academically by improving and increasing academic persistence, transfer, and graduation rates.

Students are encouraged to join the Rise. Achieve. Persist. (RAP) Experience at North Shore Community College (NSCC) through targeted outreach that follows an opt-in approach. Eligible students may reach out directly for more information and must complete an intake form to be considered for the program. Recruitment events are also held for students who could benefit from SUCCESS services. All RAP students at NSCC are supported by the program until they earn their certificate or degree. By design, students are aware that they are receiving services through SUCCESS. Other units that support SUCCESS at NSCC include advising, tutoring, student engagement, career services, and emergency services.

Student Eligibility

Students who are eligible for the Rise. Achieve. Persist. (RAP) Experience at NSCC include:

  • First-time students
  • Continuing students*
  • Part-time students
  • Full-time students

*Continuing students must have a cumulative GPA between 2.0-3.0 to be eligible to join (this requirement is not in effect once part of RAP).

Cohort Focus Population

In line with the legislative intent to improve outcomes for the most vulnerable student populations, the following student populations are actively recruited for RAP at NSCC:

  • Economically disadvantaged students
  • First-generation college students
  • Minoritized students (i.e., Hispanic or Latino and Black or African American students)
  • Students with disabilities
  • LGBTQIA+ students

Support Services

The following supports are available to RAP students at NSCC:


Academic Advising

Career Exploration

Transfer Advising

Scholarship Advising

Case Management

Community Events


Panel Discussion Groups


Tutoring/study groups

Affinity Groups

Social Justice Training


Field trips to 4yr schools


Student Planning

Student Retreats

Support Network

The Rise. Achieve. Persist. (RAP) Experience at NSCC is supported by six part-time peer coaches, a wellness and mental health counselor, a full-time academic pathway advisor, three full-time academic coaches, and one career exploration counselor. Field trips to four-year institutions include visits to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

SUCCESS receives funding through the Massachusetts legislature and is supported by the 15 state community colleges, the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE), and the SUCCESS Leadership and Coordinating Committees.