Lansing Community College

The Cesar Chavez Learning Center’s ACCESS Program provides student support for the personal, social, cultural, and academic adjustment of BIPOC, LGTBQ+, First-Generation, Low Income, adult students; varying ability; and other marginalized and underrepresented students groups.

ACCESS provides support & enhanced referrals for student participants in the following areas:

  • Academic Advising Referrals
  • Referrals to Professional Learning Commons & Writing Center Tutors
  • FAFSA & Financial Aid Application Assistance
  • Help with Accessing LCC Personal Counseling Services
  • Interactive Professional and Peer-Facilitated Student Success Workshops
  • Transfer Institution Campus Visits & Assistance Completing Applications to Transfer to Four-year Institutions
  • Opportunities for Involvement in Campus and Community Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Access to Professional, Academic & Peer Mentoring
  • Connections to Careers and Majors through Job Shadowing

ACCESS’s primary focus is to increase student persistence, and to promote degree completion and realization of career and/or academic goals.

Program Application

Who is eligible for the ACCESS program?

The ACCESS Program is available to any LCC student who meets the following criteria:

Is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
Is an admitted LCC student
Can demonstrate academic need
BIPOC - Black, Indigenous People of Color;

Eligible? Here's the application process:

  • You will be contacted by ACCESS program staff via email regarding your status. If you have completed your application and do not know your status, please call our office at 517-483-9804.
  • Students participating in CCLC programs (MAP, WISE, LUCERO, Summer Bridge who are low-income, first-generation, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ are given first priority for entrance into the program. Others will be considered if the program is not filled to capacity.
  • Questions? Email the Cesar Chavez Learning Center (

ACCESS Program Application

Schedule a meeting

Program Information

ACCESS Program Commitment:
  • 1 academic year (Fall 2021 until the end of Spring 2022 for our pilot program)
  • Very flexible to work around your schedule (arranged between mentor/mentee)
  • Monthly check in's with program staff
Who Should Participate?:
  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, low-income, first-generation students
  • Students who are passionate about and value cultural awareness and self-identity
  • Students who want to share their experiences with other students

* No students will be turned away from the ACCESS program.

Participant eligibility requires at least one of the following:

  • Student is a first-generation college student (neither parent(s) or legal guardian has a bachelor degree).
  • Student is income eligible and meet guidelines as defined by the U. S. Department of Education.
  • Student has a disability (documented with LCC's Center for Student Access).

ACCESS supports student opportunity at LCC

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The Cesar Chaves Learning Center’s ACCESS program creates a community on campus for  underrepresented students, providing them with a multi-tiered support network and an immersive layering of academic, social and professional experiences, workshops, resources and cultural events that together offer opportunities for educational and career advancement.

Utilizing specialized services proves to improve students’ skills and learning ability, ACCESS motivates students toward successful completion of their post-secondary education. In addition to providing robust academic support, ACCESS celebrates diversity and multicultural achievement while fostering confidence as its students excel toward academic success and career readiness.

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ACCESS Program Contact

Deb Kwapisz, ACCESS Coordinator
Phone: 517-483-9804

Location: Arts and Sciences Building, Room 1313