Liberty Partnerships Program

Liberty Partnerships logoFor nearly 20 years Schenectady County Community College’s Liberty Partnerships Program (SCCC-LPP) has provided services to at-risk students in 5th-12th grades enrolled in Schenectady City School District. Funded by the New York State Department of Education, supports are designed to improve students’ ability to graduate from high school, and enter postsecondary education and the workforce. 

SCCC-LPP is founded on the belief that students will achieve academic success and lead productive lives as adults if they are provided with support, encouragement, information and effective interventions.  The program is designed to offer these opportunities to students who are at-risk of dropping out of school for many reasons, including unsatisfactory academic performance, inconsistent school attendance and/or behavioral problems, among others.

We partner with community-based organizations, local businesses, and the Schenectady City School District to enhance students’ access to community resources, develop professional networks, and foster leadership and civic engagement. 

The LPP Program offers services in the following areas:

LPP students working on science projects Student Development

  • transitional readiness and coping strategies problem solving, critical thinking and listening skills
  • responsible school attendance and participation
  • respect for diversity

Academic Skills Improvement
(Afterschool Monday-Thursday)

  • homework assistance
  • tutoring in such subjects as Math, English, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Languages
  • computer literacy instruction
  • research, test-taking and study skills instruction
LPP students on a field trip

Cultural Enrichment

  • wellness and lifestyle management
  • trips to museums, theaters and other recreational and cultural centers
  • presentations by community leaders


  • academic
  • college and career
  • financial aid
  • personal and family

Support Services

  • awards and recognition
  • values clarification
  • job-readiness and work maturity
  • career planning
  • college visitations
  • student/family outreach and support


Afterschool programming is currently offered at the following locations:   

Schenectady High School - Mondays and Tuesdays at SHS / Wednesdays and Thursdays at SCCC
Central Park International Magnet School - Mondays and Wednesdays at Central Park
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School - Tuesdays and Thursdays at Schenectady YMCA
Mont Pleasant Middle School - Tuesdays and Thursdays at Schenectady YMCA


Eligibility Requirements

  • 5th-12th grader attending one of the schools currently being served
  • At-risk for one or more of the following reasons:
    • Unsatisfactory academic performance
    • Inconsistent school attendance or truancy
    • History of behavior/discipline problems
    • History of family/peers dropping out of school
    • Negative change in family circumstances
    • History of child abuse or neglect
    • Homelessness; residence in a shelter or foster care
    • History of substance abuse
    • Limited English proficiency
    • Teenage pregnancy and/or parenting
    • Negative peer pressure, and/or
    • Other documented factor(s)
For more information or to learn about volunteering and mentoring opportunities, please call 381-1364.  The main LPP office is located in Elston Hall, room 211.


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* Services available through other departments on-campus.

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