Central Texas College (CTC) will host its third annual Student Success Fair on Thursday, April 17 in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is designed as an informational exchange to help students achieve academic success and overcome obstacles outside of the classroom which may hinder that success.
The Student Success Fair will feature various academic departments offering degree plan tune-ups, supplemental instruction, assistance with distance education and online learning, academic/vocation programs and tutoring. In addition, students can meet with school representatives and outside vendors to gain information on nutrition and wellness, financial literacy, career options, job seeking tips, resumé support and stress management. Assistance and support for substance abuse and domestic/family issues and other concerns such as childcare resources and transportation will be addressed.
Our intent is to address those ‘outside of the classroom’ issues that affect students’ success in the classroom,” noted Stephanie Legree-Roberts, director of CTC Student Success and Persistence. “We want to offer related sources, information and support services together under one roof in a fun environment to enable our students to learn about the resources available to them. So often their class work is hindered by a lot of other distractions and ‘real life’ issues and it is important for students to know where to turn for assistance.”
This year’s theme is “Success Under The Big Top,” and describes the event’s intent of celebrating student success and offering a one-stop shop of the many informational services available to assist students.
For the third year, the event was organized by the Student Success and Engagement Strategies Committee. “Students often have worries such as child care or job concerns which may keep them from performing at their best academically,” said Legree-Roberts. “We will provide resources to help students better handle these things as well as the usual study and classroom habits to help them become successful and complete their education.”
The Student Success and Persistence Department provides a textbook lending program and other services to assist students with their academic needs. It was established in 2011 as an instructional support and academic resource center for CTC students, faculty and staff.
The department also manages CTC’s Academic Studio which offers a wide range of services including subject-area tutoring, writing assistance, research and fact-checking, study skills and resource/service referrals. Students can receive free tutoring in a variety of subjects including math, accounting, English, grammar, nursing and Spanish. The department also offers test-taking strategies, organization strategies and time and project management tips.
“Our department goal is to help facilitate the learning process by employing strategies specifically designed to engage and challenge learners,” said Legree-Roberts. “The Student Success Fair is one way we can enhance that process by bringing together so many different sources of information and resources to positively impact students inside and outside the classroom. We’re doing this by offering guidance on academics, how to overcome some barriers to academic success and by providing resources available to students on campus and within the community.”
The CTC Student Success Fair is free and open to all CTC students and the public.