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    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…

    Student Profile: Joshua Becker, Cuyahoga Community College

    Like many students, Joshua Becker didn’t go straight from high school to college. In fact, he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to go to college at all. But after being out of school for six months, he realized he wanted to be the first in his family to get a college degree. He enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College with a major in information technology. At first, Becker didn’t feel prepared for school. “I had been in special education classes all my life, so transitioning to mainstream courses was a big change,” he says. Fortunately, during his first year he was…

    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…

    Service-Learning at the American Community College

    The chapter, “Connect2Complete: Combining Service-Learning and Peer Advocates to Increase Student Success in Developmental Education,” is co-authored by Shana Berger, C2C Program Director at Campus Compact and Donna Duffy, Professor of Psychology at Middlesex Community College in Bedford and Lowell, Massachusetts. The book examines theoretical and empirical studies of service-learning at community colleges and makes the argument that service-learning can have a profound impact on the students who experience it. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/servicelearning-at-the-american-community-college-amy-e-traver/?K=9781137361707

    C2C in Tallahassee Community College

    Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is one of nine community colleges nationwide selected for Campus Compact’s Connect2Complete (C2C) pilot program. Through two distinct strategies—course-based peer-to peer advocacy and peer-assisted service-learning—C2C supports vulnerable students in achieving academic success and credential completion while they actively engage with their peers, their college, and their broader community. These strategies encourage academic development, social integration, personal development, and civic consciousness—all key factors for student persistence. At TCC, C2C has inspired a college-wide culture of change, and the program has proved to be the catalyst for including service-learning and civic engagement in the College’s strategic plan. C2C…

    C2C in Owens Community College

    Historically, Owens Community College has offered diverse programs that support first-year college students and ease their transitions to college life. In 2011, Campus Compact funded Owens and eight other community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Washington (together with the Compact’s related state affiliates) to implement an ambitious pilot program called Connect2Complete (C2C). Through two distinct strategies—course-based peer-to-peer advocacy and peer-assisted service-learning—C2C supports vulnerable students in achieving academic success and credential completion while they actively engage with their peers, their college, and their broader community. These strategies encourage academic development, social integration, personal development, and civic consciousness—all key factors for student…

    C2C in Miami Dade College

    In 2011, Miami Dade College (MDC) was one of nine community colleges selected by Campus Compact to participate in Connect2Complete (C2C), a national pilot program intended to increase retention and persistence rates among low-income, underprepared students through course-based peer-to-peer advocacy and peer-assisted service-learning. This article describes the context and the great need for this type of program at MDC, the C2C program that we developed, its particular emphasis on social engagement, lessons learned, and recommended next steps. MDC built its C2C model on a new, credit-bearing Leadership Seminar for peer advocates (PAs). PAs were subsequently matched with C2C target-population students,…

    Connect2Complete: A Journey within a Journey

    At Lorain County Community College, a suite of individual success and completion initiatives is having significant impact and is effecting transformational change at every level of the institution. Within this context, Lorain’s pilot implementation of Campus Compact’s Connect2Complete (C2C) program proved to be a successful journey within a journey. C2C links peer advocacy with peer-assisted service-learning to increase graduation and completion rates for the most vulnerable of community college students. For Lorain, designing, implementing, evaluating, and supporting Connect2Complete required continuous adaptation in response to the changing educational landscape of the College./wp-content/uploads/2015/04/C2CLessons.LORAIN-SB.pdf

    C2C in Green River Community College

    “A Journey without a Road Map: Developing Our Connect2Complete Program at Green River Community College” describes, in a Homeric fashion, the journey involved in developing a Connect2Complete (C2C) program from the ground up. The article outlines the primary components of this C2C pilot program, and it provides detail about challenges, wrong turns, and dead ends encountered, as well as successful pathways and roads found and forged in establishing a workable and effective program. A Journey without a Road Map: Developing Our Connect2Complete Program at Green River Community College is a report of the lessons from C2C in Green River Community…

    Foreword: Lessons from C2C Pilots

    The Foreword, titled “Weaving Service-Learning and Peer Advocacy into Developmental Education Courses” demonstrates how Connect2Complete (C2C) is a program for community college students, which encourages academic development, social integration, personal development, and civic consciousness—all key factors for student success. Through two distinct strategies—course-based peer-to-peer advocacy and peer-assisted service-learning—C2C supports vulnerable students in achieving academic success and credential completion while they actively engage with their peers, their college, and their broader community. To implement ambitious C2C pilot projects, Campus Compact, through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, funded nine community colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Washington, along with…