First Year Experience Program (FYE)

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The First-Year Experience (FYE) is a year-long college program, which typically begins with a Summer Bridge program into the next Fall semester, focused on providing first-year students with the services and support needed to successfully transition to South Suburban College. FYE is offered to provide support and direct contacts for students as they adjust to college. We are providing this program to foster early and often intervention and engagement with services and resources on campus and in the community to help students succeed in college and reach their goals.

This program is for all first time or returning college students who must take two or more of the following preparatory classes:

  • ENG 098 or 099
  • RDG 081
  • MTH 091, 093 or 095

Outcomes/Benchmarks

As a participant in the First-Year Experience program, a student will be able to learn how to navigate the college experience and engage with the campus community for optimal support and access to resources to be a successful college student. This includes learning how to use the tools/technology available such as Self Service. Students will have a higher likelihood of successfully completing the first year and beyond to reach academic and professional milestones towards graduation and entry into the workforce.
In addition to the above:

  • Students will gain direct access to campus wide initiatives and support services.
  • Students will complete required general education courses to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students will have a positive influence through faculty/staff mentorship.
  • Students will participate and engage in co-curricular programs to enhance college experience.

Benefits

FYE offers a strategic direction for students to succeed and reach college completion, whether including certificates, associate degrees, and beyond. FYE has done extensive research on steps a first-year student should take to succeed. Other benefits could include:

  • First Year Experience students are placed into cohorts designed to enrich and support their learning experience.
  • Leadership development and community engagement.
  • Structured learning assistance in appropriate courses.
  • Financial Aid navigation and individualized educational planning.
  • Familiarity with the SSC campus, student services, and resources.
  • Academic enrichment, career and social activities throughout the year.

 

Recommended Coursework 12-16 credit hours

SUMMER BRIDGE Semester Hours
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
ENG 098

ENG 099

Writer’s Workshop I
OR
Writer’s Workshop II
3
MTH 091

MTH 093

General Math
OR
Pre-Algebra
3
Total Credits 7
FALL Semester Hours
ENG 099

ENG 101

Writer’s Workshop III
OR
Composition and Rhetoric
3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
MTH 095 Elementary Algebra 3
Total Credits 12
Fall Co-Curricular Recommendations

  • Student Check-in & Chat
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Student Resource Fair
  • Mentoring Workshops
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Counselor of record check in
SPRING Semester Hours
Social & Behavioral Science Course
OR
Humanities/Fine Arts Course
3

3

ENG 101

ENG 102

Composition and Rhetoric
OR
Composition and Research
3
MTH 097

MTH 100

Essential Intermediate Algebra
OR
Intermediate Algebra
4
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Total Credits 13
Spring Co-Curricular Recommendations

  • Student Check-in & Chat
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • Mentoring Workshops
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Career Workshops