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Meet the Staff

Michael Avila
FYE Peer Coach

Hello students! My name is Michael Avila, and I am a Peer Coach here at Aims Community College. I am currently working on receiving my Associate of Science degree. After receiving my degree here at Aims, I will be transferring to the Community College of Denver. While at CCD, I plan on becoming a certified Dental Hygienist. This is my second semester here at Aims, and I love it! I feel like the staff and instructors are genuinely here to help the students succeed in school. I’m glad I decided to start my journey of higher education here. I hope to be a part of the First-Year Experience office while I’m still here at Aims. Don’t be afraid to stop by the office, we will be more than happy to help!

Success Tip: Wake up, get ready for the day and go to class!! There’s going to be times when class is the last place you’ll want to be, but if you can get that out of the way, you can get through the rest of your day with ease.

 

Ryan Barone
Director, Student Leadership & Development
(970) 339-6657
ryan.barone@aims.edu

Ryan joined the Aims community in Spring 2014. He has studied or worked at seven different higher education institutions in three different states, and he has been uniquely inspired and motivated by the students, staff and faculty at Aims. Navigating higher education can be complex, and he is thrilled to be one of the many people here committed to helping students progress and succeed to meet their educational goals.

Success Tip: Identify the skills you already have and help get you to this point in life. Use those characteristics to help you meet your goals. You are competent and valuable, and you can be successful here at Aims and beyond.

 

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Program Coordinator II
Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6531
jackie.chabot@aims.edu

My name is Jackie Chabot and I have been with Aims Community College for over a decade and counting.  I previously began working at Aims Community College back in 2005 and have recently been given the opportunity to transition to the First Year Experience Office as Program Coordinator.  I look forward to being able to make a difference and impact students’ lives through the various programs that the Center for the First Year Experiences has to offer, such as iFocus workshops.  As I have traveled through my own educational journey I have been both a traditional and non-traditional student at different points in my life and I know that each comes with its own set of challenges.  I know it isn’t always easy to juggle work, friends, and family while also pursuing your educational goals.  Especially when life throws you curve balls at the most unexpected times, making it difficult at times to stay on track and pursue your goals and dreams.  The key is to stay focused, don’t give up and know that there is support to help you get through it.     

Success tip:   Meet with your advisor on a regular basis to help you stay on target for completing your program requirements and meeting your goals that you have set for yourself.  Your advisor can help assist you with answering questions you may have about pre-requisites, program course options and career goals.  Utilize their services to help ensure that you are taking courses that you need to complete your program.  

 

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Work Study - FYE Liaison

My name is Therese and I am currently working on a Business Technology Administrative Assistant, AAS degree. I have completed five semesters here at Aims and I am a proud alum of the Catalyst program. I am excited to be a part of the FYE office as a work study student and I look forward to being of service any way that I can. I am grateful for the opportunity to help support first time college students. To watch students grow, change and open their hearts through education and community is something I would not have wanted to miss. I plan to complete my Administrative Assistant degree and then I will begin working on my Liberal Arts associate degree. I have discovered new things that I am passionate about by attending college, one of which is we are all life-long learners and it is never too late to go to college and find your dream.

My Success Tip:

Learn everything you can and make the most of your time in college, you will never regret it. Do more than you think you can and lean into discomfort, that’s how we all learn and that is why we are all here. Keep an open-mind, because you will surprise yourself.


 Brittni Robson
Work Study - FYE Liaison

Brittni currently is working on her Associate Degree in Anthropology at Aims. She hopes to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado or Colorado State University to finish her bachelor’s degree, and after that she will be going for her master’s in Occupational Therapy. Her third semester at Aims was in Spring 2016. She hopes to make more connections with students and faculty. She loves being involved on campus. Brittni is a proud member of Catalyst, and she helps with iFocus workshops, as well. She hopes to continue working in the First-Year Experience office for many more semesters.

Success tip: Learn about the different activities offered at Aims and get involved with the campus community. Clubs, Catalyst, FYE office and iFocus workshops are all ways to improve your experience!

 

Gabriela Sanchez
FYE Peer Coach

Hello, my name is Gabriela Sanchez. I am currently working on an AA in Psychology at Aims. I will be graduating in the spring of 2017 and transferring to UNC in the fall to pursue a BA in Psychology and later, an MA in Educational Psychology. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of the FYE office, and my positions as an AAA peer coach has allowed me to meet some outstanding students. I hope to see you soon. If you haven’t stopped by, come on in and say hi. We can help with any questions you might have about AAA assignments or any other doubts you might have about other classes as well. We also have a lot of suggestions about getting involved on campus. I am an active member of Catalyst and can honestly say that it has helped me tremendously to improve my leadership skills. There are also many other clubs you can join, such as United Women of Color, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Aims Multicultural club, etc. Please feel free to reach out to any of us at the FYE office if you have any questions about joining or getting involved with any of these great organizations!

Student Success Tip: Take time to get involved, and be proactive about your studies. The time you spend getting organized and networking with your professors and classmates will pay off in the long run!



 Ty’ Ray Thompson
Coordinator, Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6595
tyray.thompson@aims.edu

If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t. Either way you’re right ("The little Engine That Could," 2011). Ty’ Ray Thompson joined Aims Community College in spring 2015, and so far, it has been awesome! So much of who he is as a professional has been shaped by his Christian faith and by many individuals (family and friends) who have taken the time to offer their wisdom, guidance and encouragement.

This is what he looks forward to being for Aims students, a coach and a #1 fan.

Student Success Tip: 1) Take the time to do some goal planning, 2) Tell someone you trust and respect about your goals, 3) Post them in a place where they are visible and look at them daily, and 4) Think positive, and tell yourself *you can*!



 Rachel Veretto
Assistant Director, Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6641
rachel.veretto@aims.edu

Rachel is thrilled that you’ve made Aims your college of choice! She joined the Aims community in 2005 and began teaching AAA courses in 2008. She loves working in the Center for the First-Year Experience because she gets to impact students’ lives from the moment they walk onto campus until they walk across the stage at graduation.

It is her personal goal to get to know as many of you as she can through the various activities and events the center hosts and the classes she teaches. Rachel wants the center to become your go-to safe space when you need help. We want to connect you to the people and resources on campus that will help you succeed! Stop in and visit us, and let’s make it a great first year!

AAA (Advancing Academic Achievement)
She loves teaching AAA because it gives her the unique opportunity to become a part of the students’ stories and theirs a part of her's. Students grow a tremendous amount over 15 weeks and to be involved in that transformation is truly a gift.

Success Tip: After the first few classes, take all of your syllabi and transfer assignment due dates for tests, quizzes, papers, readings, etc. into your planner. This will allow you to prioritize each day, week and month so you aren’t scrambling to complete your work the night before.