Personal Advocate Linking Services

A little inspiration goes a long way...

"A person starts to live when he can live outside of himself." -Albert Einstein

    What services do PALS personal advocates provide?

    PALS supports and encourages all students' endeavors toward academic and career success. We have Personal Advocates at all campuses, Belleville, Granite City, Red Bud, and the East St. Louis Community College Center (ESLCCC). We support all students through successful transition into college. We also encourage on-going support to current students for completion of personal and academic goals.  We do this by: 

    • Providing FAFSA assistance
    • Identifying needs to remove any barriers that might prevent successful enrollment through awareness of services and encouraging utilization of these services.
    • Provide linkages to resources and opportunities on campus and in the community.
    • On-going support:
    • Provide Career exploration and job search support.
    • Provide peer mentoring and support to all students.
    • Provide FAFSA (Day) workshops throughout the semester on campus, and nightly at various times throughout the term at district high schools.

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    MOCA Benefits

    • Academic, career and personal counseling
    • Increased self-esteem
    • Better time-management skills
    • Leadership development
    • Portfolio preparation

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    FAFSA Help

    Find out what to bring with you for assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    Public Benefits Help

    Students in need of assistance with food stamps, housing and general public assistance can seek assistance from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. The Public Benefit Guide was created to help adult students access public benefits and advocate for themselves within the system. View the Public Benefits Guide.

    PALS Personnel

    ATTENTION: Belleville PALS office is now serving students out of its new and improved home in the Financial Aid Office IS 1035.

    Belleville Campus

    Gary Cruise
    Greg Mask
    IS Building, Room 1035
    618-235-2700, ext. 5558
    Monday...........8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tuesday......... 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday......8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Thursday.........8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    Friday.............8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


    Corky Smith    
    Lenier Gully
    Building A, Room 1007 
    618-874-6583 or 874-6398 
    Monday.........8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    Tuesday........8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Wednesday....8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Thursday.......8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    Friday...........8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Red Bud Campus

    Ashley Byers
    Student Development Office
    618-282-6682, ext. 8126      
    Monday through Thursday
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

    Holly Dinkelman 
    Room 413 
    Monday through Thursday
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.