Student Outreach and Support (SOS) Office

Student Outreach and Support provides three basic services to help Henry Ford College students become successful students. Those services are personal and career counseling, a series of workshops and funding.

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, fully licensed counselors on staff in the Counseling Division. She 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 be administered an assessments and the results will be interpreted, followed by a discussion of natural abilities, interest, values and needs. Each student will leave with one to three occupations to consider, which will help to put into place an educational plan.


One of the many services available to HFCC students by SOS is study skills training. It is vital that students prepare themselves to become better students. This includes identifying what your learning style(s) is in order for you to take advantage of it or learning how to take better notes. Only then will you have the necessary study tools for academic success.

Workshops and reference booklets prepared by Dr. Brenda Hildreth are available to all students. The workshops include the following.

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

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


Student Outreach and Support (SOS) offers financial assistance to Henry Ford College (HFC) students who find they 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 student qualifies, they can receive up to $150.00 for items such as a bus card, textbook, 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

To qualify students must be a new HFC students and have applied for financial aid. If the financial aid is unavailable at the beginning of the semester, the SOS office will buy the student’s books. When the student's financial aid is accessible, the SOS office will be repaid.

SOS Supporting Hands

To qualify, student 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 student’s name to show need.

If student qualifies, they can use the money to help pay rent, have minor car repairs done, or pay a utility bill and a number of other things.

Location: Building A, Room 125

Phone number: 313-845-9629