Bucks County Community College (Bucks) and the Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) are evolving their partnership to kickstart a new Coaches on Campus initiative.
This collaboration will allow BCOC to integrate with Bucks’ Student Services division. BCOC’s Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) coaches will be on the Newtown campus twice a week to offer coaching, financial support and resources to students who are already making strides to better their education and future stories.
“This partnership will allow BCOC staff to directly assist students by meeting them where they are. It is important for students to know that they have support from their school and their community,” said Erin Lukoss, BCOC’s executive director.
Part of Bucks’ vision is to provide innovative paths that inspire educational, career, and personal fulfillment and BCOC is a key to helping students realize their dreams and goals.
Dekia Smith, Bucks’ interim dean of students, explained, “Having BCOC’s ES Coaches on Campus, allows for our Student Services staff to make direct referrals right across the hall which greatly reduces barriers that would otherwise get in the way of Bucks students accessing community-based services.”
Previously, Bucks and BCOC have partnered together to raise funds for the Gateway to Self-Sufficiency Scholarship, open to Bucks students who have joined BCOC’s ES Program. More than 40 students have been awarded this scholarship with a 93% program completion/success rate.