Test Anxiety Workshop
Many Foster Youth may feel intimidated by the testing process for college-level work. Accordingly, early in the Fellows’ first semester on campus, they will be given the opportunity to participate in a Test Anxiety Workshop. This workshop is designed to help students learn the causes of anxiety, how anxiety manifests itself, strategies for reducing test anxiety, and strategies for how to take tests.
Research has shown that a disproportionate percentage of children in foster care have various disabilities. As a result, we will ensure that this population is aware of, and has coordinated access to, the accommodations that are available to them.
Qualified Fellows will have access to tutoring and note-taking assistance, as available through TCC’s Disability Support Services office. Other DSS services offered at TCC include:
- Adaptive technology (JAWS, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Franklin Spellers, Magnifiers, etc.)
- American Sign Language interpreters
- Extended time testing
- Individualized Advising
Backpack with Supplies
In August of the first year at TCC, each Fellow will be provided with a backpack containing school supplies for their first semester and a checklist listing the contents, so that they can resupply themselves for subsequent semesters. Materials provided will include:
- Pens & Pencils
- Basic Calculator
- Binders & Dividers
Meeting & Tour with TCC Ambassadors
Relationships with other successful students on campus are essential to student success. To help participants get off to a good start and give them at least one friend on campus, each Fellow will be introduced to TCC Student Ambassadors early during their Fellowships. The Ambassadors will meet Fellows and their mentors as a group, then split up and conduct Campus hour-long tours with Fellows and their mentors.
Training for TCC Passport
Although TCC’s student portal is purpose-built for students and designed to be easy to learn, it can be more challenging for some students; particularly those with less hands-on computer experience. Accordingly, Fellows will be go through a specialized, hands-on training session designed to introduce TCC Passport and familiarize them with all of the information they may access there. Fellows will be able to register for classes, check grades, and much more through TCC Passport.
To assure that Fellows are technology proficient, each Fellow will be evaluated as to his/her technology proficiency and offered training in common computer applications, including:
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Internet / E-mail
Fellows will also be offered an Information Literacy course to help them gain skills necessary to use library databases and to search for, evaluate, reference and use information found on the Internet.
Prior to the start of the Fall semester, each Fellow will participate in a specialized FAF Program orientation. Each Fellow’s mentor will also attend this orientation session.
Following orientation, Fellows will have access to early registration to ensure that they are able to enroll in classes that best meet their academic and personal needs while permitting them to fulfill their other FAF Program responsibilities.
Academic Ad visement
Student Services Advisor, Danny James, has been selected to serve as the Academic Advisor to all Fellows. He will also assist them with priority registration.
College Success Course
National statistics show that three percent of all Foster youth ever graduate from college. To beat these odds, it is considered critical that Fellows to develop good college habits early during their academic career. Consequently, all Fellows are required to enroll in the College Success Course during their first semester at TCC.
TCC’s “SLS1510 – College Success” is a three-hour course designed to build and reinforce skills necessary for college and career success. Topics include motivation, goal setting, learning styles, time management techniques, test skills, reading textbooks and memory skills. This course also covers topics such as wellness, interpersonal relationships, employability skills, financial management, choosing a college major and other career planning topics.
First time in College Advising Workshop
During the first semester at TCC, all students are required to attend this workshop designed to introduce and explain the TCC Portal. On the Portal, students must develop an Individual Learning Plan to guide them through their time at the college and to prepare them for graduation. All students will receive an email asking them to choose a workshop to attend in October. Once students have attended this workshop, they will be cleared for registration.
TCC Learning Commons Workshops
A wide variety of courses and workshops related to student success are available through TCC’s innovative Learning Commons. The specific courses offered change each semester, and a schedule is published at the beginning of each semester.
The Learning Commons is also well stocked with educational materials including CD, DVDs and books that may be accessed by TCC students.