Academic Success Centers
Edison State College values student success and is committed to creating a foundation for Edison students. By encouraging the development of critical thinking skills and making the acquisition of knowledge relevant to their lives, Edison provides students with strategies to succeed in life and opportunities to apply their learning in and outside of college life.
To facilitate this learning opportunity, Edison State College is creating a First Year Experience Program to connect students with the resources, tools, and programs that are essential for their success in the first year and beyond. As students begin this exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience, it is important to know there are a number of opportunities and services available to help them make a successful transition.
Each location of Edison State College has established Academic Success Centers whose mission is to provide programs and services that support students in achieving their academic and professional goals. Each Center is unique to its location but all provide a highly supportive environment for student academic engagement. The College Prep Center, the Math Center, the Writing Center, and the Peer Tutoring Center facilitate learning and academic achievement by using individual and small group tutoring sessions. All services in the Centers are available to registered Edison State students.
In the First Year Experience and Academic Success Department, students will find a supportive environment that provides them with essential resources and services that range from daily study skills workshops to individualized attention. Free workshops cover a variety of life management skills that pertain to academic success. A sample of workshops offered by the Department includes Be Scholarship Savvy, Fear of Math, Follow Your Dreams, Learn to Remember, Tackle Test Anxiety, and Time Management. Workshops are scheduled during day and evening hours to meet the needs of all students.
Students can take advantage of the Learning Styles Assessment tool to help them identify their best learning preferences. They can also watch the excellent selection of academic skills DVDs or gather resources from the many themed bulletin boards scattered around the campus.
When students need individualized attention that relates to their academic experience at Edison State College, they can take advantage of one-on-one sessions. Students meet one-on-one with Academic Success staff to discuss challenges, work on educational and career goals, and celebrate successes.
Faculty may refer students to Academic Success through the Early Alert system when the students are having academic problems and are exhibiting poor study habits. The Academic Success staff receives the referrals, contacts the students, and invites them to come in for individual consultations to discuss possible interventions to help them successfully complete their course work.
Office of Adaptive Services
Edison State College offers students with documented disabilities programs to equalize access to the educational process. The Coordinator for Students with Disabilities provides support services in the provision of educational accommodations to self-identifying students. Documented students needing accommodations and modifications are provided appropriate direct services such as note taking, test proctoring, and scribing. The program also facilitates provision of alternative format texts and provides alternative testing environments for qualifying students.
Student Support Services Program
The Student Support Services Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed for students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year college/university and whose family income may hinder them from remaining in college without financial assistance. A potential Student Support Services student must be enrolled at Edison State, have a demonstrated academic need, be pursuing an AA degree and planning to complete a Bachelor's degree. The student must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., or a permanent resident of a territory of the U.S.
Student Support Services assists selected, qualified participants with the following:
- Course and transfer advisement
- Scholarships for limited income participants
- Tuition fee exemptions for peer mentors
- Cultural and educational activities
- Workshops on relevant topics
- Computer skills lab
- Peer mentoring program
- Math and English tutoring services
- Career exploration
- Enrichment program
The Upward Bound Program, established at Edison State College in 1999, is a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound is designed to provide a comprehensive academic guidance and skills development program to selected eligible students from five target high schools in Lee County (Lehigh Senior High, Fort Myers High, East Lee County High, Riverdale High, and Dunbar High School). It is an intensive program that requires participants to attend monthly meetings at the Lee County Campus during the academic year, weekly tutoring as needed, and a six-week summer school program. To participate in the program, students must meet eligibility requirements to include: being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; being from a low-income household as established by the federal government; and/or being a potential first generation college student. Students are selected as ninth or tenth graders and must make a commitment to stay with the program until they enter into a post secondary educational program.