Perkins Academic Support Services (PASS)

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998 provides grants to colleges and secondary schools to improve student outcomes in vocational/ technical education. Each year the College, with the assistance of the community based Participatory Planning Committee, develops and submits a plan to assist students enrolled in occupational degree and certificate programs. Most students enrolled in occupational majors at Bucks County Community College fall into one of the “special populations” or categories as defined in the grant. These categories include students who are economically disadvantaged, disabled, single parents, displaced homemakers, ESL (English as a Second Language), and persons in non-traditional majors.

Services provided through PASS include both direct and indirect support such as purchasing and upgrading computer and technical equipment; technology-oriented instructional support and supplies; new program development and implementation; direct tutoring; career development and advising assistance for students; and training and assistance to occupational faculty in upgrading technical skills.

The PASS Office is located in room 51 of the Charles E. Rollins Center. All students enrolled in occupational majors are encouraged to visit the office, call 215-968-8140, or go to