Asian Pacific American Student

Success Program (APASS)

APASS Center


"The mission of APASS is to support Asian and Pacific Islander students in pursuit of academic success through early intervention and effective support services; promote individual growth and personal success through a culturally sensitive environment; recognize cultural diversity within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities; and foster unity within the college community and beyond."

Each year APASS awards two $500 scholarships to socio-economic disadvantage individuals who have overcome academic challenges in their lives and are on the way to transfer to a four-year university.  We also designate one award each year for outstanding student volunteer in our center. Your investment and gifts are welcome and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law 501(c)3, Tax ID 94 1721925.

Checks can be sent to CCSF Foundation with notation to APASS Center.


APASS Center is the culmination of volunteer work by a committee of students, counselors, instructors, administrators, and staff led by faculty member, Laura Wu McClain in 2003-2004.  The startling statistic shows that approximately 40 percent of the students on academic probation at City College of San Francisco are Asian and Pacific Islander students, prompted the formation of McClain's committee.

The committee met with focus groups of Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Indonesian, Pacific Islander, and Vietnamese students for the purpose of gathering information about their experience at the College and to determine how the district could help them achieve academic success.  The committee then drafted a proposal to provide a special location on the Ocean campus where students could attend workshops, meet with counselors, and participate in study groups, all with the intention of improving academic achievement.  With the strong support of the College's Board, Chancellor Philip R. Day, Jr., Vice Chancellor Don Griffin, former Vice-Chancellor Frances Lee, and the College's Budget and Planning Committee, plans were made to launch the APASS Center by the fall semester 2004.  Space was located at Batmale Hall on the Ocean campus, architectural drawings were completed in early 2004, and construction began soon after.  The beautiful, spacious APASS Center, with computers, comfortable desks and chairs, a conference room, and several offices, was formally opened on October 15, 2004.