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First Year Programming

First-Year Programming oversees the Student Support and Mentoring Center, supervises the SOAR Leader student leadership position, provides educational workshops for new students, and connects students with on and off campus resources. First-Year Programming is committed to assisting and supporting all new students through their transition to QCC.  

SOAR to Success! Meet your SOAR Leaders who are the experts at being students, and are available to help guide you through your experience at QCC. Stop by the Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC) located in B61A, to connect with a SOAR Leader today! 


Workshops can be completed at your convenience by accessing the instructions and materials listed below or in person with a SOAR Leader in the Student Support and Mentoring Center located in room B61A in the Administration Building.

Life Management: The Life Management workshop will actively assist students with their transition to college student life. Through reflection, assessment and hands-on prioritization, students will learn to identify their most meaningful life obligations and prioritize their time to meet academic expectations and ultimately learn problem solving and time management skills.


Academic Planning: Get the guidance you need as well as free tools to keep your semester on track. This workshop will provide students an in-depth training on how to navigate the degree audit, explore majors and search for classes beginning with The Q. Students will understand how to use these various access points simultaneously to create academic plans towards graduation.

Why attend an Academic Planning workshop? What will I learn?

  • Understanding your degree audit 
  • Identify “must” take, and “could” take courses to complete semester by semester academic mapping
  • Learn to navigate the student portal
  • Explore majors most closely related to your strengths, aptitudes and career interests
  • Search for courses
  • Guided instruction so that you can actively participate in selecting courses for the upcoming semester


  1. Registration Planning Form
  2. Semester by Semester Form
  3. 2022 – 2023 Time Grid

Financial Literacy: First Year Programming in partnership with DCU Credit Union, offers all students, staff, and faculty free financial seminars on various topics including but not limited to:

  • Credit and Credit Scores
  • Money Management/How to Save
  • Banking Basics
  • Personal Loans
  • Home Buying
  • Savings