First-Year Experience (FYE) specializes in academic coaching and case management holistic advising for First-Time in College students.
First-Time in College (FTIC) Pathway Courses
FTIC Students have the opportunity to participate in a Pathway FTIC course as part of their First-Year Experience. Designed to guide FTICs through their chosen academic pathway in a structured and wraparound approach.
An advantage of an FTIC Pathway course is the supportive nature of learning and growing in a community. FTIC Pathway courses bring students together to build community, foster creativity, develop leadership and teamwork skills all under the guidance and support of FYE Advisors, Faculty Coaches, and Peer Academic Coaches (PACs).
FTIC Pathway Courses 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.
Incoming Student Skills and Attitudes Questionnaire (ISSAQ) at EPCC
ISSAQ is a system of assessment, feedback, and intervention designed to improve student success through three key action steps:
- Assessing students' strengths and challenges using a holistic framework of behavioral, motivational, emotional, and social factors.
- Providing feedback to students and those who work with them (e.g., faculty, advisors, coaches) to help understand the whole student, the strengths they bring to college, and the challenges that might get in the way of their success.
- Connect students and others with resources to overcome challenges, provide effective strategies for success, and give students a better chance at achieving their college goals.
Mission, Vision & Goal
Provide First-Time in College (FTIC) students with high-quality, proactive, holistic advising and academic coaching services.
Students with empowered mindsets in structured pathways centered on optimizing and strengthening their commitment to achieve academic and personal success.
Ensure a successful and enriching first-year college experience with a sustainable and proactive system of collaboration amongst students, advisors, peer academic coaches, and faculty.
Early Alert Program
EA 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, EA Academic Advisors, peer academic coaches 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 EA Academic Advisors when potential problems are observed. Faculty work with EA academic advisors and peer academic coaches to address obstacles in students’ academic success.
The Early Alert System is one of our available pieces to solving our "student success puzzle"—is an innovative and empowering retention tool. It gives faculty and Early Alert staff the ability to identify students in need of support.