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).
Academic Coaching Seminars & Oral Presentations
Academic Coaching Seminars
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.
- Note taking
- Time Management
- Stress Management
- Study Skills & Test Taking
- Test Anxiety
- Career Goal Setting
Faculty are welcome to come and participate in Academic Coaching sessions.
- 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.