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    Tim Paulson, Big Bend Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: After serving in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1990, Tim Paulson worked in construction for years until his sister encouraged him to think about college. Although he has earned a 3.9 GPA, coming in as a nontraditional student was a challenge, he says. “I was excited about being a college student, but I had a lot of apprehensions, being quite a bit older than everyone.” To get acclimated, he enrolled in a college survival skills course that utilized a C2C peer advocate. Within a few weeks, Paulson was asked to consider becoming a peer…

    Tiara Morgan, Broward College

    Student Profile: Tiara Morgan is working hard to be the first in her family to graduate from college. In addition to taking courses at Broward College, Morgan, 19, is working two jobs and still finds time to be involved in leadership roles and campus activities. One reason for pushing herself: Morgan hopes to be a role model for her two younger sisters. But it’s not always easy. Particularly in her first semester, it was a challenge to choose courses and to balance work and school commitments. Fortunately, Morgan has a role model of her own—her C2C peer advocate. “Oh my…

    Tara Foxworth-Appling, Cuyahoga Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: After struggling with addiction for many years, Tara Foxworth-Appling entered recovery ready to do something different with her life. Enrolling in college was part of her solution. After being out of school for 20 years, she was not prepared for the challenges being in college would bring; on her very first day, she was late and missed her first class. Instead of giving up, she sought help from a student ambassador who took her to see the professor to explain. When the professor cried with her, she knew she had made the right choice. Foxworth-Appling became a…

    Professor Mona Bahouth-Kennedy, Owens Community College

    Faculty Profile: Professor Mona Bahouth-Kennedy teaches Introduction to College Writing for first-year students at Owens Community College. Now in her eighth year at Owens, Bahouth-Kennedy understands the challenges of student attendance and retention both in her own classroom and at the college as a whole. As a direct result of C2C, Bahouth-Kennedy has seen an increase in student retention. As for attendance, when her C2C peer advocate planned a service-learning trip to a local food bank, every student showed up. The service-learning experience was “very uplifting for the students,” says Bahouth-Kennedy. “They made comments like, ‘I didn’t know I was…

    Linda Bell, Tallahassee Community College

    Student Profile: When Linda Bell arrived at Tallahassee Community College after 25 years out of school, she was uncertain about whether she would succeed. To help her prepare, the college placed her in developmental math and English classes and in a college success course, but she still felt she was struggling. When her college success instructor encouraged Bell to join the C2C program, it made all the difference. “I was beginning to give up until I learned about this program,” she says. Now, “Connect2Complete keeps me going.” C2C peer advocates have helped Bell choose courses, improve her computer skills, learn…

    Jessica Garcia, Big Bend Community College

    Student Profile: As a freshman at the University of Washington, Jessica Garcia felt unprepared, so she left to pursue an associate’s degree at Big Bend Community College. When health complications from her first pregnancy forced her to leave school again, it was for much longer. Ten years after first starting college, Garcia—now the mother of three—is back at Big Bend working toward her nursing degree. This time around Garcia has the support of a peer advocate through the C2C program. The peer advocate has made a huge impact on her experience. “Having somebody bridge that gap can make the difference…

    Professor Jennifer Hirz, Lorain County Community College

    Faculty Profile: After just one semester of being involved with Connect2Complete at Lorain County Community College (LCCC), Professor Jennifer Hirz already sees the difference service-learning and peer advocacy can make. “Students are seeing leadership on campus and what that looks like directly. Students want to be more engaged in the community,” she explains. “They are more willing to engage in the college—they aren’t just the student who comes and then leaves after class.” With the support of peer advocates in her developmental math courses, students connect with campus resources, learn about topics like study skills and organization, and engage in…

    Professor Eddie Chapman, Miami Dade College

    Faculty Profile: At Miami Dade College, Professor Eddie Chapman supports new students in their transition to college through a specialized college success course. He also teaches a leadership development course, which helps train peer advocates to serve in the C2C program before they’re paired with C2C students. “Their role is to help students get acquainted with the school,” explains Chapman. “It’s someone students know they can go to on a peer level, a familiar face.” Chapman guides the peer advocates and their mentees in developing service-learning projects in areas such as advocacy against human trafficking and hunger and homelessness awareness….

    Professor Danita White, Cuyahoga Community College

    Faculty Profile: After being involved in C2C for three semesters at Cuyahoga Community College, Professor Danita White is “sold” on utilizing a combination of peer advocacy and service-learning in her developmental English courses. Having a peer advocate (Tara Foxworth-Appling, profiled above) in the classroom provides students with a role model, says White. “In developmental education, students don’t know how to be a good student. Tara models that behavior and shows students, ‘I’ve been where you are, here’s where I am now, and here’s how I got here.’” In addition to helping students develop self-efficacy, Foxworth-Appling provides students with time management…

    Danilo Bustamante, Green River Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: Danilo Bustamante decided to attend Green River Community College to better his life and his ability to support his family. “Education can help shape your character, and I didn’t want to worry about money all the time,” he says. Despite moving to the United States from Chile only a few years before starting at Green River, Bustamente was determined to persevere through challenging courses while also working to improve his English. Looking to gain additional experiences on campus and to help others while developing his own skills, Bustamente joined C2C as a peer advocate. Through the program,…

    Professor Daniel Griesbach, Edmonds Community College

    Faculty Profile: After being involved in C2C at Edmonds Community College for five quarters, Professor Daniel Griesbach sees service-learning as something he hopes to utilize beyond Connect2Complete. “It’s helped me to help students achieve college success,” he notes. C2C students at Edmonds participate in a variety of service-learning projects that contribute to the campus community, including working with the campus Green Team, supporting the college’s Community Garden, and engaging in projects with the Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School. Griesbach explains, “Our projects are about finding solutions and making a difference.” C2C has made a real impact on…

    Christina Perry, Owens Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: As a C2C peer advocate, Christina Perry has provided guidance, mentorship, and support to countless students at Owens Community College. At 24 years old, Perry loves being on campus and helping “one student at a time, from the bottom up.” Six years ago, Perry attempted to get her degree at Owens but was unsuccessful. At that time, she explains, “I dropped out because I wasn’t prepared for being held accountable and for being in classes all the time, at a higher level than high school.” She has come back with a renewed vision for her future that…

    Breanna McCoy, Tallahassee Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: Breanna McCoy is a Dean’s List student at Tallahassee Community College majoring in criminal justice and sociology, but she hasn’t always done so well. “I didn’t feel prepared for college,” she remembers. She pushed herself, though, wanting to be first in her family to get a college degree. She became a C2C peer advocate because “I wanted to help students navigate the system” that she had found confusing. One of the most memorable parts of being a peer advocate has been organizing a campus garden project for C2C students. The experience made a huge difference in helping…

    Allia Emerson, Edmonds Community College

    Student Profile Allia Emerson had worked for Oregon Parks and Recreation for four years when funding cuts eliminated her job. She applied for a role as a Park Ranger Assistant but found that another candidate with an associate’s degree was given priority. To provide more opportunities for her and her young daughter, Emerson moved to Washington and enrolled in Edmonds Community College. In her first semester, Emerson struggled to get acclimated—particularly in managing her own schedule as well as her daughter’s. It was through her developmental English class that she discovered C2C. She jumped at the chance to work with…