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Year Two Project Highlights

October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013

Career Planning and Advising Center CPAC – Lawrence

  • CPAC Lawrence; 3,883 unduplicated Hispanic students (889 new) were served during year 2 showing an increase of 110 Hispanic students over the first year of the grant.
  • Implementation of Degree Works continued; at the end of the grant period 59.4% Hispanic students enrolled on the Lawrence campus had academic plans developed for them.
  • Financial Aid Workshops were integrated into New Student Orientation, College Success Seminars, and campus & community settings, with 53 sessions offered from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.

Student Success Center (SSC) Lawrence

  • The Student Success Center served 449 students during the second year of the grant. Programs & services included: Early Alert, Allied Health Mentoring, Career Counseling, Social Services Counseling, STEM Exploration, Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring and a Summer Bridge Program.
  • The Student Success Center continued expansion of the Early Alert pilot and collaboration with the College Success Seminar (CSS) faculty, providing training and increasing the number of CSS faculty trained as Retention Ambassadors. A total of 664 CSS students in 28 sections completed the College Student Inventory (CSI) in year 2.
  • Seven hundred and forty seven students (747) were part of the spring 2013 Early Alert cohort, with 306 students flagged by their professors. We analyzed course completion rate (CCR) with C+ and retention rates for Hispanic students who were flagged through EA, and used the Student Success Center & Tutoring services and compared the students against non-users. Students using SSC + tutoring services fared better than those who didn’t. Service users had a CCR of 50.7% VS 45.8% for non-users. Retention rates were also higher for service users, 60.3% when compared to non-users 46.4 %; a 13.9% difference.
  • One hundred ninety-four (194) students attended 43 seminars and labs through the STEM Exploration Program.
  • Forty-eight (48) students were referred to the Allied Health Mentoring Program.
  • The center facilitated workshops on Time Management, Test Taking Strategies, Study Skills, Note Taking, Career Decisions, Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI), Resume Writing and Business Etiquette; 181 students attended the workshops.
  • SSC staff accompanied 13 Latino students to the National Dominican Student Conference held at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a weekend long event designed to build social and academic support networks among students.
  • Seventeen (17) students participated in a Career Bridge Outreach Program at New Balance in Lawrence. The program introduced students to academic and career pathways. Students met with Human Resources managers to discuss resume writing, interviewing techniques, networking, etc.
  • The SSC sponsored a Dress for Success interactive workshop in partnership with TJX companies addressing the power of first impressions, do’s & don’ts and professional business attire.
  • Eleven (11) Latino freshman students attended a 2 week Summer Bridge Program in August 2013. Participants learned about college-level expectations for Literacy, Math, personal responsibility, and academic success. Additional workshops focused on Financial Literacy, Student Engagement, Stress Management, Study, Note and Test Taking Skills. A panel of NECC students and alumni provided insight about their college experience. Students read Sergio Troncoso’s book “This Wicked Patch of Dust” as part of their English Skills program. The author visited with Bridge students to discuss his book, and joined them for lunch at Café Azteca.