First to Finish
Are you a first-generation student? First to Finish is for you!
Career Services wants to make your time at TCC as fulfilling and valuable as possible. Whether your goal is transferring to continue your education or stepping into your dream career, we want to help!
Being a first-generation student is something to celebrate! That is why we want to help you as you continue on the path to being the First to Finish.
The First to Finish program provides first-generation students with:
- Resources to support students ‘educational and career goals
- Events designed specifically for first-generation students
- Connections with other first-generation students
- Mentorship from some first-generation faculty and staff.
What is a first-generation student? First-generation students are those with neither parent having earned a college degree.
TCC faculty and staff: If you were a first-generation college student and are interested in being a First to Finish mentor, contact Heather Crain at email@example.com.
How We Can Help You Succeed
Through one-on-one appointments, workshops, fairs, and other events, Career Services offers a variety of resources to help you reach your educational and career goals! Whether you are needing help deciding on a major or preparing for your job search, we can help!
We provide a variety of career assessments and tools for you to explore career options and choose a major. We can also help you research different career paths. If you’re not sure what to major in, we have resources to help you start your career exploration. Or, if you have an idea of what you want to do, we can provide resources to help solidify your decision.
Unsure how to build a resume? Or, if you have an existing one, we are happy to offer suggestions and feedback to strengthen your resume! We also do mock interviews to prepare you for your job search.
Career Services hosts a variety of workshops, fairs, and events each semester. Stay connected with us on Facebook and watch your student email to keep up with all the opportunities Career Services has to offer!
Connect With Us
Southeast: Building 2; Monday–Friday
Metro: Room 1015; Tuesday–Thursday
Northeast: Room SU103J; Tuesday–Wednesday
West: Room I-152; Wednesday
Make an appointment through Starfish. Login to MyTCC and click on Starfish in the Quick Links box.
College Terms You Need to Know
Add/Drop: Each semester there is a deadline for adding classes and for dropping a class. Drop dates are especially important because this is the last day you can still receive a refund for a class.
MyTCC: This is an online database for students to access their TCC information. Here students can find links to important resources including enrollment, email, financial aid, and much more.
Starfish: Starfish is an online resource for students to access services at TCC including Academic Advising, Career Services, and more. In Starfish, you can make an appointment with your academic advisor or a career specialist.
Academic Standing: This is based on a student’s cumulative GPA. GPA is considered in “Good Standing” when 2.0 or higher.
Course Catalog: The catalog is a resource to find detailed information on programs offered at TCC.
Credit Hour: A credit hour is equivalent to 1 hour of class time per week. The average number of credit hours per course is 3, though some maybe a little more or less.
Cumulative GPA: This is a student’s overall GPA, including all attempted courses.
Program Map: This is a semester-by-semester list of courses required for a certain degree. It is a guideline for staying on the right track for a specified major.
FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form you must fill out every year if you wish to receive any financial aid or scholarships.
FERPA: The Federal Educational Rights Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational information and records.
Hard Skills: Hard skills are job-specific skills that can be gained by education or training
On-Time Enrollment: This policy requires students to enroll in a class before the first time it meets.
School: Divisions that house several different departments and/or programs.
Soft Skills: Soft skills are personal attributes, personality traits, communication skills, and other skills that are not easily defined but can often predict an individual’s likelihood of success at a job.
Syllabus: A syllabus is an overview of the course that the professor gives at the beginning of the class. It usually contains important class information, like schedules and due dates.
University Transfer: These programs are designed for students to complete an associate degree at TCC and then transfer to a 4-year program.
Work Ready: These programs are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce directly after completion.
Look at the Library for a variety of informational and educational resources including books, research databases, articles, research guides, and more.
Campus activities, student organization info, and photo IDs are located in Student Life. Student Life is the perfect place to start if you are wanting to get involved on campus!
TRIO is a federally funded program that serves first-generation college students, low-income individuals, and individuals with disabilities.
Wellness Services offers a variety of resources in the areas of education, prevention, and intervention strategies that help promote student success.
Who We Are
TCC Career and Retention Services is an enthusiastic department of professionals dedicated to empowering your student to develop professionally and pursue meaningful lives and careers.
What We Do
Through self-assessment, career planning, and job search strategies, TCC Career and Retention Services seeks to support enrolled students, alumni, and community members in identifying satisfying careers, enabling them to participate fully in a global society. Our team is also committed to developing strong relationships with local employers to assist them in meeting their staffing needs.