First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience Program (FYE) is a college-wide initiative designed to empower students to make a successful transition to being a college student while learning skills that will be beneficial for life. The First Year Experience was created in 2015 and initially funded by MCC's Title III Grant.

What is the FYE?

FYE will provide new students a team of support staff, services and systems designed to help you be successful. You receive your own Success Navigator for assistance getting started, a Completion Advisor, Financial Aid Specialist, librarian and personalized academic success planning.

What Your Peer Mentor/Federal Work Study Student Leader Can Do For You

Your Peer Mentor/Federal Work Study Student Assistant is a student leader primarily dedicated to providing support to the College and Career Strategies class (RDLS 1200), a few other introductory classes and outside of the classroom as a peer resource for you throughout the academic year.

Success Navigators/Completion Advisors will assist you with making connections regarding your needs and interests at MCC. They will connect and refer you to resources for you to grow and prosper in your academic and personal achievements as you pursue your degree. These student leaders promote healthy and effective study skills and you can meet with them to discuss personal or academic barriers and successes. Peer Mentors/Federal Work Study Assistants are your advocates! They will promote activities both within MCC and/or share events that are happening at 4-year colleges that may be of interest to you. They will guide you to be your own advocate for your potential career path!

FYE students are enrolled into the RDLS 1200 and will have access to hosted student events, Academic Success Workshops, an academic plan for completion, one-on-one peer coaching, etc.

Who is eligible to join?

All new students are eligible, as well as continuing or returning students with less than 30 credit hours. Traditional, non-traditional, reverse transfer students and even scholarship recipients are welcome to participate in the FYE. Students who successfully complete the first quarter of FYE with a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher are eligible to apply to be an FYE Peer Mentor or Federal Work Study Assistant.

When is it offered?

The FYE program is available fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.

Where is it offered?

The FYE is offered to all new students on-campus or online.

How much does it cost?

FYE services are available to all new students at no charge. The RDLS 1200 course is charged at regular tuition rate, plus the cost of the book/supplies. The course satisfies 4.5 credit hours of your degree requirements for eligible academic degree programs.

How Do I Receive First Year Experience Services?

Complete FOUR simple steps:

  1. Apply to MCC

  2. See an Success Navigator, Completion Advisor or Call Central Registration to get started 531-MCC-5231.

  3. Complete assessment testing (only if necessary or recommended)

  4. Enroll into College and Career Strategies (RDLS 1200)

First Year Experience Student Expectations

First Quarter Expectations

  1. Attend your RDLS 1200 class.

  2. Complete one "Academic Check-Up" before the end of the first quarter with your Success Navigator/Academic Advisor.

  3. Connect one to three times with your Peer Mentor or Federal Work Study Student Assistant during the first quarter.

  4. Register in My Hub to attend one student activity each quarter (i.e. Student Leadership Conference, International Fair, Cinco de Mayo celebration, one-on-one peer coaching, group advising, etc.)

  5. Use My Hub to build your MCC Involvement Record for scholarships, transfer and career placement opportunities.

Second and Third Quarter Expectations

  1. Connect with your Success Navigator/Completion Advisor once quarterly.

  2. Attend one scheduled appointment with Career Services or the Transfer Center each quarter (especially if recommended).

  3. Connect with your assigned Peer Mentor or Federal Work Study Assistant once each quarter.

  4. Visit organizations in My Hub frequently to continue 2nd and 3rd quarter participation.

First Year Experience Advising Staff

Schedule an advising appointment by calling the MCC Contact Center at 531-MCC-5231 or contact your Success Navigator/Completion Advisor directly (see Advising Staff).

Administrative Team

  • Hollie Lander, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Valley Campus 531-622-1308,, Elkhorn Valley
  • James Cloyd, Dean of Student Experiences & Innovation/Title III Project Manager 531-622-2201,, Fort Omaha Campus
  • Kyran Connor, Executive Director of South Omaha Campus 531-622-2608,, South Omaha Campus
  • Patrick Boyle, Director of Student Services & Community Relations 531-622-2882,, Sarpy Center
  • Robin Hixson, Dean of Student Engagement & Retention 531-622-3838,, Fort Omaha Campus
  • Sheila Schoessler, Executive Director of the Career & Academic Skills Center 531-622-2676,, Fort Omaha Campus
  • Todd Hansen, Executive Director of Student Affairs 531-622-3001,, Fremont Center and Applied Technology Center

First Year Experience Personal Librarians