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First Year Programming

SOAR Leaders

First-Year Programming oversees the Student Support and Mentoring Center, supervises the Support Outreach And Resource (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.  

The Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC)

The SSMC is an educational and quiet meeting space for students on campus. Are you looking for a quiet space to work on homework, study, hold small group study sessions or group projects? Come check out the new Student Support and Mentoring Center (SSMC) conveniently located in the SOAR wing in the Administration building. Grab a snack from the Home Plate Food Pantry or a coffee from the cafe and drop into the SSMC for all your academic needs or meet up with your mentor or SOAR leaders.

Drop into the Student Support and Mentoring Center, (SSMC) Room B61A for:

  • Computer access to do homework, take a remote or online class
  • Quiet space to relax
  • Connect with peers, SOAR leaders or mentor

The SSMC is equipped with lockers, a printer and a phone charging station available for students using the SSMC. 

**Food is currently allowed in the SSMC. All visitors, including staff and faculty, must clean up after themselves to help maintain a clean and organized environment for all visitors. This policy is subject to change at any time.**


Workshops are hands-on, highly engaging experiences for participants to learn, practice, explore and strengthen various skills that enhance the learning experience. 

Life Management Series

The Life Management workshops will actively assist first-year 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.

  • IN-PERSON workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the SSMC. No registration required.​
  • VIRTUAL workshops will be held on Thursdays from 9:00am - 10:00pm via Zoom. No registration required. Click the Zoom link below to join!

Join a Virtual Life Management Workshop

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Career Coach with Buffie Whittaker

Career Coach workshops are interactive and will provide students a hands-on opportunity to explore occupations and marketing information relevant to students' career interests. In this workshop you will:

  • Create an account
  • Take a personal assessment to help determine career paths based on your interests
  • Explore careers that align with your academic program

IN-PERSON workshops will be held on Thursdays from 10:00am - 11:00am in the SSMC. No registration required.​ Beginning February 23!

Apps & Apps with Transfer Coordinator Beth Fullerton: Beginning February 15!

Details coming. Check back later!

IN-PERSON workshops will be held on Tuesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm. No registration required. There will be no workshops on the dates listed below.

  • February 21 and 22
  • March 8
  • March 14
  • April 11, 18 and 19

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
  • Loans
  • Financial Wellness and Coaching

All Workshops for the Spring 2023 semester will be from 5:00 p.m - 6:30 p.m on Zoom unless otherwise stated.

  • Tuesday, February 1: Identity Theft
  • Wednesday, February 15: Budgeting/Saving
  • Tuesday, March 7: Q & A Session with Kim Dorant
  • Wednesday, March 8: Q & A Session with Kim Dorant
  • Wednesday, March 29: Home Buying 
  • Tuesday, April 11: TBD
  • Wednesday, April 26: Retirement

More Information and links to register coming soon! Check back later!

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