College and Community Resources

These College and community resources can help non-traditional students in need of assistance.

Student Success Specialists

The College has a designated student success specialist at Sanford/Lake Mary to specifically serve non-traditional students. Student success specialists are cross-trained to assist with admissions, financial aid, records and some basic advising. With knowledge about all departments, they are better able to see how certain areas affect others and how the entire student services record is woven together. While students can visit with any specialist, Kristie Ryan and Marie Bartolomei have an understanding for non-traditional student needs and can serve as specific points of contact.

Janine McComas has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and was the first person in her family to receive a college education. After teaching at the elementary and middle school levels for several years, she transitioned to higher education. She has been a Student Success Specialist at Seminole State College since 2014, having worked at the Heathrow Campus for two years before coming to Sanford/Lake Mary. She enjoys helping the students at Seminole State achieve their dream of a college education and has worked to expand her knowledge of financial aid, as well as the college process, to better assist them. She can be reached at

College Resources

Community Resources

  • Seminole County Families in Transition (FIT) helps children in need in Seminole County Public Schools and their families. FIT provides a Parent Resource Guide to help when emergencies or unexpected situations occur. The guide, SCPS Resource Guide for Families in Need , includes a list of resources for rent or utility assistance, shelter, food and more.
  • Seminole County Community Assistance provides housing and financial assistance for those in need. It also provides a Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) that will provide financial aid of up to $5,000 to eligible individuals for training-program tuition, books and supplies.