Support & Empowerment Program


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Services for Special Populations as defined by Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

Are you ready for a new beginning? We are here to support you!

Eligible Students:

If you are a student enrolled in a Workforce education program (AAS degree or certificate) and meet at least one of the following classifications, McLennan Community College offers special services to help you succeed in college and in life.

  • Individual with a disability, registered with MCC's Accommodations Office
  • Economically disadvantaged or low-income individual
  • Individual preparing for a non-traditional field for their gender
  • Single parent or single pregnant woman
  • Out-of-workforce individual or displaced homemakers who have been widowed, left, divorced, or have a disabled spouse
  • Individuals whose dominant and native language is not English
  • Individual who is experiencing homelessness or has experienced homelessness within the past 12 months
  • Current or former foster care youth
  • Dependent of an active duty member of the armed forces

After meeting the initial eligibility requirements above, you must also meet ALL of the eligibility requirements listed in the Program Guidelines. 

Our Mission:

The Mission of the Support and Empowerment Program (SEP) is to promote student success by providing emotional, academic, and financial support to McLennan Community College students who meet the definition of special populations according to the Carl Perkins Basic Grant.

This program began in 1979 as a community service of the Junior League of Waco, Inc. The focus was on serving single parent and displaced homemaker students at MCC. Since that time this program has helped more than 7,000 students discover within themselves the strength to begin a new life. As of fall 2019, this program has expanded to serve a broader population of students in need.

Services include:

  • Funds for Child Care or Transportation
  • Academic Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Referrals to Local Agencies
  • Stress Management
  • Support Meetings
  • Workshops on Relevant Topics

Application Instructions

Note: Current SEP students in good standing receive priority over new applicants. Students who are not accepted into the program will be placed on a waiting list for availability of funds. All interested students should (re)apply every semester. Meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee funding as we have a limited amount of funding available.

Now Accepting Fall Applications

Instructions for Fall 2020 Applications

  1. Read the Program Guidelines and determine that you are eligible.
  2. Complete the Fall 2020 Application. Complete the application and intake appointment by Friday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m.

If you are struggling to fill out the application, please see How to Fill Out SEP PDFs and the Documentation Examples: Financial Aid Award Letter, Student Aid Report, Automated Degree Plan, and Class Schedule.

If interested in submitting an application past the due date, please consult the Completion Center at 299-8226.

We look forward to hearing from you! We're always here to help and support you!

Call us at 299-8226 anytime Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact Us:

Bekah Meek
SEP Success Coach

Carrie Tran
SEP Success Coach

Madiha Kark
Interim SEP Success Coach