The first semester of the program served as a pilot semester, allowing those working with the program to learn about the needs of the first-generation population and how to best reach out to those students. C2C got involved with courses, mentoring, service-projects, and campus partnerships to begin to figure out the specific needs of Capital first-generation students and how to best reach them on campus. Rachel them worked behind the scenes to compile the insights from students involved in the program to create a program structure that was sustainable long-term. C2C is now in the planning phases for fall of 2016, when C2C will re-launch in a new and improved version. The pillar of the program will be University-199, formally a fairly standard college transition course. Collaborating with Academic Success, University-199 has become the “C2C Course” on campus, targeting first-generation, Pell-eligible students to enroll in their first year. The course will include basic transitional elements paired with community building, with Peer Advocates facilitating workshops sections for each course. Students in the course will get to know other first-generation students, receive one-on-one mentoring, and begin to build support systems on campus. Planning for Univeristy-199 also aims to make the course a fun experience for the students in it, hoping to build their connecting to the campus and community
To ensure these plans are a success, Rachel has spent the last several months on program planning, working to create manuals and documents that can be used throughout the future of the program. The goal is to finish the year with a manual of procedures, ideas, and other resources for future coordinators to keep the momentum of this year’s C2C Program development going into future years. There is a lot of excitement in putting a program on paper and creating documents that can allow the program to continue in the future. Currently, Rachel is working on developing application and recruitment processes for next year’s Peer Advocates, who will be hired in April and will be participating in training over the summer. New Peer Advocates will launch the C2C Program into it’s second year in August.
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Written by Rachel Scherzer