SUCCESS Scholars

About the Program:

The heart of the SUCCESS Scholars program at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) is a team of academic coaches who serve as advisors to the students in the program. This team provides a holistic, case management style of advising, supporting the whole student and connecting them to the college’s web of resources as needed to support their success. Additional services are available through the Brothers & Keepers program, which is open to all males enrolled at QCC. The Brothers & Keepers program is designed to assist students in obtaining the confidence, resources and skills needed to succeed academically and socially in the community and at QCC. The program places emphasis on academic success and addresses retention and transitional issues that impact college student development.

Students are encouraged to join SUCCESS at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) through targeted outreach that follows an opt-out approach. Eligible students are automatically enrolled unless they request not to join. All SUCCESS students at QCC are supported by the program for a defined time period. The length of time staying with the SUCCESS program may vary according to students’ earned credits toward their programs of study. When the time is right, students are transitioned to a new advisor outside of SUCCESS and will continue to be offered support and programming until they reach graduation. By design, students are aware that they are receiving services through SUCCESS. Other units that support SUCCESS at QCC include admissions, financial aid, career services, transfer services, tutoring, food pantry resources, and mental health counseling.

Student Eligibility

Students who are eligible for the SUCCESS program at QCC include:

  • First-time students
  • Continuing students
  • Part-time students
  • Full-time students
  • English language learners
  • Students with developmental needs in English and mathematics

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 SUCCESS at QCC:

  • Economically disadvantaged students
  • First-generation college students
  • Minoritized students (i.e., Hispanic or Latino, Black or African American, Cape Verdean, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and multi-racial students)
  • LGBTQIA+ students

Support Services

The following supports are available to SUCCESS students at QCC:


Academic Advising

Career Advising

Case Management

Community Events




Student Planning

Support Network

SUCCESS at QCC is supported by an assistant director of advising, a SUCCESS Scholars coordinator, and one part-time and six full-time academic coaches. Within Student Affairs, an enrollment coach assists with financial aid/literacy, a college and career navigator works with students on career exploration, one full-time and one part-time access navigator work to support students with disabilities, and a program manager oversees the Brothers and Keepers program. Support for students transitioning into the college from noncredit programs is also provided by a new special populations coordinator.

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.