Jacqueline “Jackie” Strapp has joined Kishwaukee College as the Coordinator of Retention and Student Success. She assumed her position in July. Jackie, originally from Dolton, IL, holds a B.A. in Business/Advertising from North Park University and a M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Development from DePaul University. Prior to coming to Kishwaukee, she was a Graduate Coordinator of Student Success at Elmhurst College; Student Services Manager for Kaplan Test Preparation; and Events Coordinator at North Park University.
As Coordinator of Retention and Student Success at Kishwaukee College, Jackie will create intervention strategies for students who may need support services that are available at the College, designed to enhance their academic success. “This is about helping students make the transition to college level work,” she explained. “Students come to Kish ready to succeed. All I need to do is show them how to use what is here to make that happen.”
One of the methods Jackie will use is CSD 100 The College Experience, a two credit hour course that guides students to being the best college students they can be. “It is a course that really covers it all –academic strategies, how to be an active learner, life strategies, how to become a critical thinker, and self-responsibility. All of these are what being a college student is about,” she said.
She draws on her experiences at other institutions to create a holistic model to support student development. She said, “I like to keep communication simple, effective, and direct. When I work with a student, I deploy whatever strategy works best for that student as a unique individual.”
Her first fall semester at Kishwaukee is a busy one with plans to expand the CSD 100 course, enhance systems of communication between faculty and staff regarding students who need additional academic assistance, and develop engaging methods of communication that highlight strategies for success. As a first generation college student, Jackie Strapp enjoys helping others achieve their own vision of success. “I try to give students resources that are commonly overlooked, but can make a huge difference in achieving success.”
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