success involves more than going to class, reading textbooks and passing exams.
How well students manage their time, handle common stressors, stay organized
and consider whether they will transfer or start a career are also significant
indicators of success.
Carroll Community College offers many resources for students
such as academic advising, tutoring, career services and access to a writing
consultant. The college also offers opportunities for students to get involved
through clubs or student government activities.
When students need or want a different type of support than
what is traditionally available, students now have the option to receive
one-on-one, individualized and flexible, inFocus Success Coaching.
Jody Nusholtz, Ph.D. has designed a dynamic program in which
she has trained about 15 instructors to develop coaching skills to help guide
student success. New coaches are always in the pipeline as well. A certified coach herself, she facilitates
connections between instructors and students who seek help. Students are
encouraged to have regular contact with coaches, establishing a positive
rapport. Created to complement the Areas of Study program at the college,
coaching allows instructors and students to stay connected over time. Coaching
allows for communication that keeps students knowledgeable about resources.
Nusholtz, professor of English at Carroll, has witnessed a
wide variety of circumstances that create the need for coaching. Students who
are academically- accelerated may wish to brainstorm, address obstacles and
explore possibilities. Students with learning difficulties may wish to have
regular contact with a coach to address assignment management. Students who are
among the first in their families to attend college or who may return to college
after a long absence may need listening and support. Sorting out options for
the future is a big reason why students may need coaching, as well as
experiencing personal life changes.
“I have observed that many students need help with balancing
work, relationships and studies,” said Nusholtz. “Other challenging areas
include improving academic performance and grades, plotting a direction for the
future such as selecting a transfer college, major or career. Everyone can use
a coach when setting goals, reducing stress and overcoming obstacles.”
inFocus Success Coaching has evolved over the past decade
and has been previously named LifeLift, Project You and Academic Success Coaching.
“Coaching has always been relevant to the needs of our students. Now, we have
designed a program that is flexible, convenient and responsive to the needs of
a wide range of students who can greatly benefit from extra support on their
path towards college success. Fortunately, we have seen many success stories
result from our collective efforts,” said Nusholtz. For more information, email
or call 410-386-8202. Or visit https://www.carrollcc.edu/studentservices/studentresources/academic-success-coaching