El Camino Community College Case Study

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Prior to starting my program in educational counseling, I strongly believed that I wanted to work in a four year setting. However, when I took ‘Group Counseling’ and met Dr. Mosqueda, she slowly convinced me to seek out the community colleges. As the class progressed, she mentioned the opportunity of doing hours at El Camino College, in particular the First Year Experience (FYE) program, so I decided to take the offer. This preface is important because it gives a glimpse into my constant eagerness to learn more about what exactly counselors do at the community college.
Internship Site El Camino Community College is located near Torrance, California. According to their website, the college itself enrolls more than 25,000 students and has over
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Student frustration is on the rise because no clear cut goals are being created, thus resulting in a high rise in student drop outs (Jenkins, 2014). In addition, there are various barriers that haunt a multitude of students by the organization of the community college institution. Some organizational issues range from the little guidance provided for the vast majors offered, which leads to minimal monitoring of student progress. To combat such organizational issues, Jenkins recommends an array of options that may be useful in shifting the focus back to ultimately creating a more collaborative, and successful environment. Some of the recommendations include developing progress maps for advisors to use on students and constantly create and communicate clear goals (Jenkins, 2014). In the FYE program, the counselors implement a ‘roadmap’ for the students by guiding them on what classes are required in order to participate in the FYE …show more content…
The concept of ‘successful education’ is used to describe the secret to prosperous retention programs. The experiences that are made by the institutions are vital to analyze and discuss frequently. Such experiences, such as the classroom setting and on-campus programs, need to be aware of understanding the importance of establishing a space where students can bond amongst each other, faculty and staff (Tinto, n.d.). Several principles of implantation that postsecondary institutions can utilize are to reshape the experience of students’ freshmen year, understand the complexity of the various on-campus student services, and observe the importance of assessments and monitoring of student academic progress. At El Camino, the FYE program has a large space that is welcoming, thus allowing students to be able to collaborate and

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