Speaker Success coach Solomon Picou. Students listening.Approximately 40 Hostos Fall 2016 freshmen took part in a day-long orientation on July 20 by the Student Success Coaching Unit. The goal of the day was to offer valuable information new students could use in and out of the classroom. Every first-time student is assigned a “coach” who will support that student until he or she graduates or transfers.
During the July 20 orientation, students participated in a day’s worth of activities, including a campus tour and fair, and workshops titled “Classroom Behavior & Academic Policies” and “Learning Styles and Goals.”
Success Coach Solomon Picou led a “Learning Styles and Goals” lecture he described as a “guided self-evaluation.” The lesson, which explored preferred studying techniques and methods, included a survey where students learned about their “Personal Learning Style.”
Incoming freshman Gabriel Rosales, 18, will be studying nursing in the fall. He said he chose Hostos because of the quality of the program and because of the support he has received from the College through programs like the Student Success Coaching Unit.
Since August 2012, approximately 6,000 Hostos students have worked with Success Coaches, who work under the guidance of the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM).

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique Student Success Coaching Unit provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.