Story and Video by Aki Nagasaka
Freshman orientation, freshman seminar, additional orientations for transfer students, English as a second language program for international students, and honors programs. These are all part of the Student Success programs.
The needs of students to succeed in college are different depending on the student. That is the reason why the MVC Student Success Center provides a variety of support systems to match the needs of any student.
Debbie Coleman was appointed as the director of Student Success this past June. She started to coordinate their programs to facilitate the success of all students. She is also serving as the coordinator of Disability Services.
The Student Success Center also welcomed another Student Success counselor, Ralitsa Gospodinova. Gospodinova graduated from Missouri Valley College this past May with a master’s degree in Community Counseling. She started her new career as a student counselor at MVC.
Gospodinova’s office is next to the office of Paul Harman, Student Success counselor. This is the second year that Harman has been part of the Student Success effort.
Gospodinova is mainly in charge of students in the Blosser Program. The Blosser Program is one of the Student Success programs that allow freshman the opportunity to attain a 4-year degree when they don’t have good grades coming from high school. “Once you come to college, it’s different environment and there are a lot of new things you want to experience. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the academics,” Gospodinova said. She is keeping in touch with students in this program every single day to make sure they are keeping their study habits and feel comfortable with their classes.
In addition to offering a tutor program and academic reporting, there is a men’s residence hall located off campus just for students in the Blosser program. The program provides students with study tables and laptops if they need to work away from the dormitory.
This year, Student Success Center started a Blosser Program for women as well. There is not a residence hall for women in the program yet, but it provides them with other services just like mens receive. A study room for women is located in the Nova Room in the Technology Center Building. They are having study time three days a week with a student counselor on hand to give any necessary help.
“Our goal in the future is to try to provide even more programs for students as they come out of freshman year, so they can continue to be successful later on,” Coleman said. She added that there were increases in their performance as far as GPA over the year and it is going to be interesting to see how much the retention rate improved compared to last year.
Student Success Counselor offices are open to any students who have any academic issues. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this program.