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  1. Randy LaFoy

  2. Goals + Plans = Success • Planning tool that assists students in developing and achieving their goals and plans while attending Century. • There are 5 sub-plans that were created to meet the needs of students in all areas of academic, personal and career development. CareerPlan – EducationPlan – FinancePlan – LeadershipPlan - PersonalPlan

  3. Development at Century College • National Community College Survey of Student Engagement Results • Retention concerns • Streamline student experience • Best practice visit to Valencia Community College • Counselor sabbatical created CareerPlan • Steering Committee • New student orientation (rolled out spring 2006) • Collaboration with Office of the Chancellor (Minnesota State Colleges and University System) History

  4. Topic Areas • Self-Assessment - Interests - Skills - Work Values - Personality • Career Research • Links to Education • Decision-Making • Marketing Yourself - Job Search - Resume and Cover letter - Networking - Interviewing • Managing Job Loss and Transitions

  5. Google? Or GPS?

  6. Market yourself • Marketing Yourself and Finding a Job • Resumes • Portfolios • Cover Letters • The Job Search Process • Career Networking • Job Postings • Interviewing Essentials • Presenting Your Best Self • The Hiring Process

  7. Topic Areas • Degree/Program • Course Planning • Links to Education • Study Skills • Learning Styles • Grade Issues • Transfer Planning • College Readiness

  8. Plan

  9. Study Skills • Study Skills and Strategies • Academic Integrity • Critical Thinking Skills • Language Learning • Learning Disabilities • Learning Styles • Note Taking and Listening • Online Learning Skills • Reading Strategies • Speaking and Working in Groups • Study Skills for College • Test Preparation and Anxiety • Time Management • Writing for College

  10. Topic Areas • Financing Education - Financial Aid - Scholarships - Tax Related Benefits - Military Education Benefits • Budget • Debt Management • Credit Management • Identity Theft • Saving for the Future • `

  11. Topic Areas • Leadership Skills • Resources for Leading • Civic Engagement • Service Learning • Global Competence

  12. Topic Areas • Life Transitions • Stress Management • Relationships • Fitness and Physical Health • Child Care • Housing • Transportation • Mental Health • Health Insurance Information • Legal Resources • Reintegration for Veterans • Topic Areas • Life Transitions • Stress Management • Relationships • Fitness and Physical Health • Child Care • Housing • Transportation • Mental Health

  13. stress

  14. Ways to Use the GPS LifePlan • Website • www.gpslifeplan.org/century • eFolio • Electronic portfolio to capture, organize and manage information • Workshops • Offered each semester • Less than one hour long • FREE • No need to sign up ahead of time • Completion certificates for each workshop attended

  15. Ways to Use the GPS LifePlan continued • Student Success Day • Day each semester to support and celebrate student success

  16. EFOLIO Showcase How to Ace Your Next Interview Student Success Day 60-70 presentations one day 2 times a year Yoga Learning Abroad and Other International Education Opportunities Plagiarism vs. Paraphrasing Tenseless Test Taking Procrastination: Understanding and Conquering the ―Beast Are You READI For An Online Class? SMART Networking Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter For The Over 30 Crowd Attention Deficit Disorder and The College Student How to Choose a Major

  17. Course Integration • Many faculty integrate into class work and courses • Budget analysis and getting out of debt • Career exploration • Transitioning to college • Resume writing • Study Skills • Mental health issues

  18. Ways to Use the GPS LifePlan continued • Student-Faculty Interaction • Encouraged to talk with instructors - they can assist you by: • Answering questions about class assignments, papers and/or exams • Clarifying a point that may have been confusing during class • Discussing how you are progressing in the course or what your grades are • Sharing study strategies to help you be more successful in class • Referring you to appropriate services on campus

  19. Need Help with Your GPS LifePlan? • Student Experience Directors • Explain resources • Point you in the right direction • Located in the new GPS LifePlan Center (lower level of west campus) • Counselors • Can help you develop your EducationPlan, CareerPlan and PersonalPlan. • You can schedule a time to meet with them. • Located in the West Campus Main Commons or call 651-779-3285

  20. Still have questions? Contact one of the Student Experience Directors: Aarin Distad aarin.distad@century.edu 651.747.4051 Randy LaFoy Randy.lafoy@century.edu 651-779-3363