Student Outreach and Support (SOS) Office

Student Outreach and Support provides three basic services to help Henry Ford College students become successful students

  1. Personal and career counseling,
  2. A series of workshops, and
  3. Emergency funding

1. Personal and Career Counseling

Henry Ford College realizes students sometimes need someone to discuss life issues with. The coordinator of Student Outreach and Support is one of several full-time, licensed counselors on staff. The coordinator can provide guidance to help students decide how to address life issues.

Career counseling is also available. Many students enter college without knowing what major to pursue. Students will take an assessment, and the results will be interpreted, followed by a discussion of natural talents and abilities, interest, values, and needs. Each student will leave with one to three occupations to consider, which will lead to an educational plan.

2. Workshops

One of the many services SOS offers to HFC students is study skills training. This includes identifying what your primary learning styles are, improving your note-taking, improving how you process and retain information, and so on.

Workshops and reference books are available to all students. The workshops include:

  1. Time Management, which will show you how to use your time more efficiently.
  2. Stress Management, which will show techniques to help reduce stress.
  3. Learning Skills, which will help you identify your learning style(s) and show you how to use it/them.
  4. Note-Taking, which will demonstrate three basic ways to take notes. Students will be able to practice all three. This is our most popular workshop.
  5. Test-Taking Strategies, which offers number of strategies to help students perform better on their exams. Students will take practice tests during the workshop to apply these strategies.

If a workshop you need is unavailable this semester, contact the SOS office at 313-845-9757. Individual training may be available.

3. Funding

Student Outreach and Support (SOS) offers financial assistance to Henry Ford College students who have a financial emergency. The financial assistance includes the following:

Emergency Fund

To qualify, students must

  1. Be a current HFC student.
  2. Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Have an Unmet Need of $500 or more (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid).

If you qualify, you can receive up to $150 for items such as a bus card, textbooks, etc. Faculty, staff and community organizations such as the AAUW-Dearborn make donations to this fund each year to help HFC students in need.

Book Loan

The book loan is a bridge from the start of the semester to the time when your financial aid is awarded. To qualify, you must be a new HFC student who has applied for financial aid and been notified that you will receive a financial aid award. While you are waiting for your financial aid award, the SOS office will buy your textbooks. When your financial aid is awarded, the amount of the book loan will be repaid to SOS.

SOS Supporting Hands

This fund provides one-time, emergency financial assistance to students in need. To qualify, you must:

  1. Be a current HFC student.
  2. Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. Have an Unmet Need of $1,000 or more (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid).
  4. Have a bill in your name that demonstrates a specific need.

You may use SOS Supporting Hands funds to help pay rent, have minor car repairs, pay a utility bill, or meet a similar need.

HFC also provides direct food aid and personal hygiene items to students in need through our on-campus Hawks' Nest Food Pantry, in Building L, room 138.

Student Outreach and Support Office: Building A, Room 125

Phone number: 313-845-9629