(PAW) Partners at Westmoreland/Fostering Success | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

Providing Support, Encouraging Excellence and Helping Students Achieve Academic Success

PAW is a program for students under the age of 28 who experienced foster care and/or out-of-home placement at any time in their youth. PAW provides access to support and resources to help students reach their academic and career goals.

PAW Support Services Include: 

  • Academic and Personal Counseling - Your PAW counselor will work with you to develop strategies for success and to help with any academic or personal obstacles that get in the way of your goals.
  • Career Exploration - Assistance with exploring career options and finding the best fit for you
  • Educational Planning -  Guidance with understanding your program of study, knowing how to schedule your courses and setting up a timeline for successful completion 
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Help - Assistance with completing the FAFSA, locating and applying for scholarships and other available aid, assisting with documentation and appeals when needed 
  • Progress Reports - a mid-term progress report with grades and instructor suggestions is collected and shared with PAW students each semester.
  • Workshops  - Topics include financial literacy, study skills, stress and time management and more!

How Do I Get Started at Westmoreland?

Follow our college application link for all the steps to get you on your way!

How Do I Connect with the PAW Program?

  • Contact Lynna Thomas, Counselor
  • 724-925-4000, ext. 3816
  • Student Achievement Center, room 360-D

What Financial Support is Available for Foster Youth?

Links to Other Supports