Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) is taking part in the ReServe’s College Success Coach Program, aimed at assisting recent high school graduates transition into their first year of college.
The program, funded by Open Society Foundations, will match 200 first-year students from community colleges across the city with trained mentors, who will provide students with academic advisement and on-campus counseling.
Participating students will receive support in a wide range of areas, including course selection, financial aid/FAFSA, college transfers, and career development. They will also receive the opportunity to take part in bi-monthly seminars focusing on time-management, study skills, and personal skills. ReServist mentors will check-in with students weekly by phone, and thereby facilitate communication between students, parents, and the school administration.
Research has shown that many students fail to complete their first year of college, despite programs provided by schools and nonprofit organizations. According to studies, one-on-one mentoring by an adult could help freshmen overcome the obstacles they face. Issues including the delay or loss of financial aid, organization, and acclimation to a rigorous college curriculum are widespread problems faced by new students.
The 200 students accepted into this program applied directly or through nomination by their high schools.
“We want you to have the best grades possible, to have the best experience possible and to get the best opportunities you can when you graduate,” said Euriphile Joseph, chief operating officer at ReServe. “These mentors will help you be successful.”