Getting Ahead Program

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The Getting Ahead Program is a 16-week workshop for students who may not have all of the financial and support resources they need to be successful.

The program meets once a week to discuss issues and strategies such as gaining stability, understanding what others expect of you, learning about available resources in our community and more, to get ahead in college, work and life.

Food and scholarships are included for qualified participants.


  • Enrolled at TMCC in at least three credits for the 2021 Fall Semester
  • Available on Wednesdays from 2–4 p.m. in person at the Dandini Campus during the 2021 Fall Semester
  • Applied for the 2021-2022 FAFSA with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of 0

Monetary Compensation

Students who successfully complete the 16-week program will be paid $10 per hour in a scholarship. Workshops are two hours a week, totaling 32 hours, for a $320 scholarship.

The Getting Ahead Curriculum

  • Involves rigorous work done in a safe learning environment with the support of experienced facilitators.
  • Enables participants, called "investigators" to examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore issues in the community that impacts poverty—banking, housing, jobs, transportation—providing critical information the community can use to take action to end poverty.
  • Guides investigators through an assessment of their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency.
  • Puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.

If you are interested in participating in the Fall 2021 Getting Ahead Workshop, please complete the form below.

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