The Early Alert (EA) First-Year Experience (FYE) provides a safety net for students making the transition to college through an integrated system of communication, support, and intervention that will establish a solid foundation throughout their college experience.
We provide a district-wide model of collaboration between, faculty, counselors, advisors, and support services. This collaboration guides students into structured program pathways and focuses on providing them with the assistance needed to achieve academic success.
FYE identifies potential issues that may prevent students from successfully completing courses, such as periodic absences/tardiness and low grades. Students receive alerts from faculty and advisors when potential problems are observed. Faculty work with EA advisors and peer academic coaches to address obstacles in students’ academic success. Students may receive referrals for tutoring, counseling, and other services to help them become more effective.
First-Time in College Pathway Blocks
First-Time in College (FTIC) students have the opportunity to participate in an FTIC Pathway Block as part of their First-Year Experience. FTIC Pathway Blocks are designed to guide FTICs through their chosen academic pathway in a structured and accelerated approach.
An advantage of an FTIC Pathway Block is the supportive nature of learning and growing in a cohort. Cohort programs were developed as studies to show that people learn better in groups. FTIC Pathway Blocks bring students together to build community, foster creativity, and develop leadership and teamwork skills all under the guidance and support of EPCC faculty, Early Alert Academic Advisors, and Peer Academic Coaches (PACs).
FTIC Pathway Blocks Schedule
Academic Coaching Seminar
To initiate a fruitful first-year experience for First-Time in College (FTIC) students, EPCC offers an interdisciplinary First-Year Experience Academic Coaching seminar.
The purpose of this seminar is to allow FTIC students to meet peers who share similar interests; have built-in study groups and support; and guide students to successfully complete courses that apply to their major. This seminar is designed to broaden academic effectiveness to make curriculum appropriate and relevant for the everyday lives of our students. With faculty’s collaborative efforts and assistance, we ensure that Early Alert provides the Best Start.
Students may participate in the following coaching sessions:
When time is tight and pressures are high, students with good time management skills are equipped to get more done in less time.
Learn the effects of stress on brain functioning and how relaxation counteracts these negative effects on concentration, memory, and energy levels. Learn and practice quick and practical ways of distressing and maintaining energy, concentration, and recall levels high through simple and quick relaxation and breathing exercises.
Learn the important signs of burnout, the difference between healthy and unhealthy self-care and learn specific good self-care techniques to keep themselves healthy and energized to face the demands of college life successfully.
Study Skills & Test Taking
Learn skills to read textbooks critically in any subject to improve independent learning before seeking help from tutors.
Mind Set and Goal Achievement
Learn how your mindset contributes to or hinders your successful progress in college and life. Discuss academic desires and goals and through the discussions determine how you can ensure that you will complete those educational goals. Design your own path as to behaviors, actions, and resources you need to develop and obtain to succeed.
Navigate/Manage Online Course
Learn how to navigate your courses online.
To Succeed in College do what Successful Students Do
No need to recreate the wheel; we'll teach you three skills to develop in order to be successful in school and in life.
You Are What You Think
The brain is capable of change AND growth! Learn how to direct that growth and shape your future.
Values and Beliefs
Learn to distinguish between a value and a belief. Clarify your values through self-assessment, discussion, and practical exercises.
The FYE Center provides coaching sessions to develop presentations and training to effectively communicate with your audience. These trainings are offered by EPCC Speech faculty.
Group Seminar Schedule
Individual Coaching Sessions by appointment only, please contact us.