MCCC Celebrates First Graduate of Pottstown College Connections Experience Program

POTTSTOWN — Upon completing her Associate of Secondary Education degree, Kaitlyn Leister of Oaks began 2022 ready for the next step in her educational journey.

She’s on her way to Millersville University with the goal of earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and becoming a social studies teacher — and she has the confidence and skills to make it happen.

Leister is the first student to graduate from Montgomery County Community Colleges’ new Pottstown College Connections Experience program, an immersive academic pathways program. Pottstown College Connections Experience immediately connects new students to a full range of resources, including academic, career, and financial counseling, plus loaner textbooks and laptops.

In addition, students complete a tuition-free, three-credit first-year experience course to gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for college courses and careers, as well as up to two additional three-credit, tuition-free courses. tuition fees.

Most importantly, the program pairs students with success coaches who work closely with them throughout the program to ensure that they not only stay focused on their journey, but also look for opportunities to academic and professional development along the way.

The Pottstown College Connections experience launched the program in 2020 after receiving funding through a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program is available to all new students pursuing their studies at the Pottstown campus.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Pottstown College Connections experience webpage.

For Leister, the Pottstown College Connections experience enabled her to successfully navigate the college experience from the first day she entered campus.

“I am an only child and neither of my parents graduated from college,” she said. “We had a lot of questions and were able to connect with Deanna Vokes (student success coach) via Zoom meetings and emails. The extra support during my first year was very helpful.

She says the program director also played a huge role in her success at MCCC.

“Program Director Laura Kline takes the time to get to know CCE students,” Leister said. “It’s not just a program; it’s a family. They’re here to help you accomplish more than you ever imagined.

One of the most important skills she learned was standing up for herself and asking questions when she needed help.

“I learned that there are people and resources available to help you,” Leister said. “I’m not afraid to ask my teachers questions in Millersville.”

When she started her second year at MCCC, she was able to use what she had learned through Pottstown College Connections Experience to work as a peer connector and help freshmen get started in the program.

“Sometimes it’s just easier for students to talk to other students when they have questions, especially in the beginning,” she said.

Leister looks forward to teaching in a few semesters and using what she has learned to create a positive experience for her students.

“I enjoyed my time at Montco, and I miss everyone – Deanna always checks in with me to see how I’m doing. It’s a good place,” she says.

To learn more about the Pottstown College Connections Experience program, email [email protected]

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