First-YearExperience

Meet the Staff

Rachel VerettoRachel Veretto
Program Director II, Transitions Center
(970) 339-6641
rachel.veretto@aims.edu

My name is Rachel Veretto and I am thrilled that you’ve made Aims your college of choice! I joined the Aims community in 2005 and have worked in the Foundation, Admissions, Advising, First-Year Experience, taught AAA courses, and more recently moved into my new role as the director of the Transitions Center, which includes both the First-Year Experience and Career & Transfer Services. I love working in the Transitions Center, because I get to impact student's lives from the moment they walk onto campus until they walk across the stage at graduation.

It is my personal goal to get to know as many of you as I can through the various programs, activities and events the Center supports. I want the Transitions 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 while you're here as well as help develop and strengthen your skills for your next school or future job. Stop in and visit us, and let’s make it a great first year through graduation!

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.

 

Ty' Ray ThompsonTy’ Ray Thompson
Program Coordinator II, First-Year Experience
Programs: Peer Coaching & Catalyst
(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). I joined Aims Community College in the spring of 2015, and so far, it has been awesome! So much of who I am as a professional has been shaped by my Christian faith and by many individuals (family and friends) who have taken the time to offer their wisdom, guidance and encouragement.

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

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*!

Bobby McFarlingBobby McFarling
Paraprofessional - Peer Coaching
rmcfarli@aims.edu

My name is Bobby and I am an Aims alum and former peer coach who serves as a part-time staff member supporting the program in the First-Year Experience. I am currently attending CSU and look forward to spending the next year working with the peer coaches to continue to grow and develop the program.

As a student, there have been times where I felt that I should know the information already, that everyone but me understood what was happening, and that I shouldn’t ask a question because if I did everyone would then know my secret - that I didn’t have the slightest clue what I was doing here. 

The difference between success and failure, that I have witnessed, is curiosity. Curiosity requires you to acknowledge that you don’t know everything. Curiosity pushes you out of your comfort zone to ask questions. Curiosity drives you to look beyond a bad grade and ask yourself why you received that bad grade. Curiosity causes you to ask for help when the answers are not easily found. Curiosity never lets you settle for anything less than the continual pursuit of knowledge and answers to the questions you ask.

I have learned that college is not a solo endeavor. Rather, it is a joint effort that is best accomplished together. I have thrived in an environment that fostered my curiosity and pushed me to continuously seek out the answers to every question I have. The peer coaches and every other student I’ve worked with is responsible for my academic success. Let us be a part of your success. Send us a message and join in our great endeavors of curiosity so that every student can graduate- together.

Success Tip: You don't receive a degree. You must put the work in to earn a degree.

Jackie ChabotJackie Chabot photo
Program Coordinator II, First-Year Experience
Programs: iFocus, College Student Inventory, FYE Special Events
(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. As a program coordinator in the First-Year Experience, I look forward to being able to make a difference and impact students’ lives through the various programs that we offer, like iFocus workshops. As I have traveled through my own educational journey, I have been both a traditional and non-traditional student at different points 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 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.  

 

Therese Edwards
Work Study - FYE Liaison
Therese Edwards phototedward4@aims.edu

My name is Therese and I am currently working on a Business Technology Administrative Assistant, A.A.S. 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. I wouldnt want to miss watching students grow, change and open their hearts through education and community. 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.

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 RobsonBrittni Robson photo
Work Study - FYE Liaison
brobson@aims.edu

My name is Brittni and I am currently working on my associates Degree in Anthropology at Aims. I hope to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado or Colorado State University to finish my bachelor’s degree. I love being involved on campus. I have planned several events for students and I love working with other students to create a community here at Aims. I am a proud alumni of Catalyst and Aims Student Government Association. Finally, I also work with the iFocus program.

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

 

Scott FrenchScott French photo
Work Study - FYE Liaison
bfrench@aims.edu

My name is Scott and I am currently attending Aims to get my business transfer degree. This is my fifth semester and I plan on graduating in the spring of 2018. I have been a work study in the FYE office since spring 2017 and really enjoy it. It is a great learning experience and I work with some amazing people. I love helping the students that come into the office needing assistance.

I am in a few clubs/organizations and try to stay involved at Aims. I am the President of the Helping Hands Club and I am a member of Catalyst. Helping Hands is a volunteer club that focuses on serving non-profits in the community. I will never regret coming to Aims at the beginning of my college career. The staff/faculty and students are awesome!

Success Tip: Communication is key! Everyone wants you to succeed, so ask questions! The staff are waiting for you to ask those questions,and they are here to help you!

 Meet the Peer Coaches