College and Career Success Skills
College and Career Success Skills (CSS) courses provide students with strategies designed to enhance their academic success. In CSS courses, students receive support in academic and career planning, learning strategies, financial literacy, informed decision-making, and self-exploration.
First Quarter Experience
All new degree seeking students are required to complete a First Quarter Experience (FQE) course. FQE is proven to increase student retention and prepare students for successful completion of their degrees. The following courses meet the FQE requirement:
CSS 103 - First Quarter Experience
CSS 109 - First Quarter Experience with Career Emphasis
CSS 110 - First Quarter Experience for TRIO Students
BUS& 101 - Intro to Business
In FQE, students access specific college resources to secure success in the classroom; develop a financial plan; choose appropriate occupational choices based on personal interests; and plan an appropriate academic schedule and degree completion timeline. Students who have earned 45+ college level credits are exempt from taking an FQE.