The Success Center

Become an engaged and competent learner with help from the Success Center in Noss Hall, Room 222. Here you can learn the academic skills that will allow you to set goals, achieve academic success and become the architect of your own future at PennWest California and beyond.

No appointment is needed - you can walk right in! The Success Center is open from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursdays, and from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Fridays.

At the Success Center, graduate assistants are available to answer your academic questions and help you with topics such as:

  • Work ethic, commitment and motivation.
  • Time management.
  • Note-taking and study strategies.
  • Test-taking and test anxiety.
  • Stress management.
  • Scheduling and registering for classes.
  • Communicating with professors (email and in person).
  • Your faculty adviser.
  • Academic procedures and forms.
  • Communication (social media,

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Learn more tips for success to achieve your academic milestones.

See The Success Center Workshop Schedule

Support programs

The Success Center offers programs to help new students make a strong start academically, and to assist students who need to improve their grade-point average.

Support for Success

Support for Success, or S4S, is a program for new students identified by the Admissions Office as being likely to benefit from initial academic support. The program consists of weekly small-group sessions, open study time and one-on-one meetings. 

Sessions focus on topics such as setting goals and identifying campus resources, managing your time, learning skills and study habits, and interacting with faculty. S4S students can walk in for assistance with academic issues or D2L, or to study in a supportive environment. Various success workshops are also offered and focus on subjects like communication, time management, test anxiety, etc. The graduate assistants for the S4S program are an important resource for new students. 

Contact the S4S graduate assistants by visiting Noss Hall, Room 222 or sending email to

Probationary Assistance Program (PASS)

Probationary Assistance, or PASS, is a program for students on Academic Probation. Students will work with a trained Graduate Assistant to develop a personalized plan to improve their grade-point average and receive additional structure and support that may be necessary for students on academic probation, or that were readmitted after dismissal. Students are required to meet with a Graduate Assistant once a week throughout the semester for mandatory meetings to reflect on how they are doing academically, socially, emotionally, etc. and to also attend various success workshops. These workshops focus on subjects like communication, time management, test anxiety, etc. The Success Center is here to motivate, encourage, and support students throughout their journey as a Vulcan.

Students on Academic Probation are required to visit the Success Center at least once a week. Contact the graduate assistants for PASS by visiting Noss Hall, Room 222, or sending email to