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We believe higher education and student service professionals help to bring academic achievement and success to all students.
We created this podcast to highlight them and their stories. In this series, we’ll talk to leaders in higher education and researchers of student success and assessment to learn how they do what they do and what keeps them going. We’ll hear inspiring stories and learn from one another.
Please join us as we celebrate our Student Success Heroes.

Student Success Heroes by Engineerica Systems Engineerica Systems

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    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

We believe higher education and student service professionals help to bring academic achievement and success to all students.
We created this podcast to highlight them and their stories. In this series, we’ll talk to leaders in higher education and researchers of student success and assessment to learn how they do what they do and what keeps them going. We’ll hear inspiring stories and learn from one another.
Please join us as we celebrate our Student Success Heroes.

    Bringing Staff, Students, and Faculty Together with Keigh-Cee Bell: Episode 1 of 2

    Bringing Staff, Students, and Faculty Together with Keigh-Cee Bell: Episode 1 of 2

    "Our biggest hurdle was trying to get students to engage and trying to intervene with them when outreach was completely virtual... Our biggest win is that this semester we are seeing a large comeback in our tutoring numbers" - Keigh-Cee Bell

    For episode 1 of a two-part interview with Keigh-Cee Bell, Coordinator for the Carole A. Tate Teaching and Learning Center at Southwest Michigan College and founder of the Learning Center Professionals Discord server, we discuss how her center operates and the impact of the pandemic on her staff and students. She shares the techniques, tools, and technology she implemented to bring her staff, students, and faculty together in tough times. Thanks to these efforts, she is seeing the number of students seeking help from her learning center grow by leaps and bounds.

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    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    Nominate a Student Success Hero!  Leave us a voicemail or write us an email at podcasts@engineerica.com telling us about a colleague who is making a big impact on student success.


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    • 22 min
    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #5. Data Collection for Continuous Improvement

    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #5. Data Collection for Continuous Improvement

    “Another piece of data that I think is extremely important to collect is student feedback. Students are our reason for being and sometimes you have to remind people of that.” - Dr. Penny Turrentine

    In the final part of a short series of podcast episodes, we conclude a discussion with Penny Turrentine, Ph. D., Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator at Pima Community College, about another foundational pillar upon which to successfully build your college or university Learning Center.

    Her book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (and then some…), inspired these discussions and focuses on the fundamentals for learning center directors, including seeking feedback from those you serve. Penny points out that data collection is important for demonstrating to your administrators and others the importance of your mission.

    During her twenty-seven years in the field, Dr. Turrentine has specialized in working with student-athletes and published, Champions in the Classroom, a professional reference guide for student-athletes, learning support staff, coaches, advisors, parents, and school administrators. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, selecting studies in sociology, psychology, and exercise and sport sciences as preparation for her goal of working with student-athletes in the academic area. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona College of Education with a minor in exercise and sport sciences before moving on to earn her doctorate.

    She recently "retired" as the director of the West Campus Learning Center at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Though, Dr. Turrentine continues to teach and coordinate the Aztec Academics program for the Athletic Department at Pima College - designing and implementing a series of student success workshops that draw parallels between athletic skills and academic skills. She also developed a mentoring program for student-athletes and facilitates tutor-led study halls for the athletes. She designed and developed the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and continues to be a consultant to the Athletic Department in all facets of academic support. In the field of learning assistance, Dr. Turrentine has earned Level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She has served both as the Arizona/Nevada director and as the SIG leader for the Learning Assistance Center Management SIG. She has been a Master level reviewer for the International Tutor Training Program Certification Program for 13 years and has coordinated the ITTPC. 

    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    We want to hear your story!  Leave us a voicemail telling us about one of your center's current goals or initiatives. How are you achieving it or what challenges have you uncovered? We may just play your message in an upcoming episode so that others can learn from your experience.


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    • 17 min
    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #4. Establish Rapport with Your Students

    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #4. Establish Rapport with Your Students

    In part four of a short series of podcast episodes, we speak with Penny Turrentine, Ph. D., Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator at Pima Community College, regarding another foundational pillar on which to build a successful Learning Center at your college or university.

    Her recent publication, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (and then some…), presents fundamentals for learning center directors, such as welcoming each student and going above and beyond to show that you care. Penny gives examples of building rapport through playfulness, attending student games as a team, and training her staff for interactions with students.



    During her twenty-seven years in the field, Dr. Turrentine has specialized in working with student-athletes and published, Champions in the Classroom, a professional reference guide for student-athletes, learning support staff, coaches, advisors, parents, and school administrators. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, selecting studies in sociology, psychology, and exercise and sport sciences as preparation for her goal of working with student-athletes in the academic area. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona College of Education with a minor in exercise and sport sciences before moving on to earn her doctorate.

    She recently "retired" as the director of the West Campus Learning Center at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Though, Dr. Turrentine continues to teach and coordinate the Aztec Academics program for the Athletic Department at Pima College - designing and implementing a series of student success workshops that draw parallels between athletic skills and academic skills. She also developed a mentoring program for student-athletes and facilitates tutor-led study halls for the athletes. She designed and developed the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and continues to be a consultant to the Athletic Department in all facets of academic support. In the field of learning assistance, Dr. Turrentine has earned Level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She has served both as the Arizona/Nevada director and as the SIG leader for the Learning Assistance Center Management SIG. She has been a Master level reviewer for the International Tutor Training Program Certification Program for 13 years and has coordinated the ITTPC.



    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    We want to hear your story!  Leave us a voicemail telling us about one of your center's current goals or initiatives. How are you achieving it or what challenges have you uncovered? We may just play your message in an upcoming episode so that others can learn from your experience.


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    • 7 min
    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #3. Resourcefulness

    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #3. Resourcefulness

    In part three of a short series of podcast episodes, we continue our discussion with Penny Turrentine, Ph. D., Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator at Pima Community College, regarding another foundational pillar on which to build a successful Learning Center at your college or university.

    Inspired by her most recent publication, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (and then some…), we delve into essentials for learning center directors, including the need for 'making something from nothing' when faced with insufficient funding. We discuss several instances where Penny was able to use resourcefulness to propel her center forward and engage more students in the process.



    During her twenty-seven years in the field, Dr. Turrentine has specialized in working with student-athletes and published, Champions in the Classroom, a professional reference guide for student-athletes, learning support staff, coaches, advisors, parents, and school administrators. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, selecting studies in sociology, psychology, and exercise and sport sciences as preparation for her goal of working with student-athletes in the academic area. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona College of Education with a minor in exercise and sport sciences before moving on to earn her doctorate.

    She recently "retired" as the director of the West Campus Learning Center at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Though, Dr. Turrentine continues to teach and coordinate the Aztec Academics program for the Athletic Department at Pima College - designing and implementing a series of student success workshops that draw parallels between athletic skills and academic skills. She also developed a mentoring program for student-athletes and facilitates tutor-led study halls for the athletes. She designed and developed the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and continues to be a consultant to the Athletic Department in all facets of academic support. In the field of learning assistance, Dr. Turrentine has earned Level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She has served both as the Arizona/Nevada director and as the SIG leader for the Learning Assistance Center Management SIG. She has been a Master level reviewer for the International Tutor Training Program Certification Program for 13 years and has coordinated the ITTPC.



    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    We want to hear your story!  Leave us a voicemail telling us about one of your center's current goals or initiatives. How are you achieving it or what challenges have you uncovered? We may just play your message in an upcoming episode so that others can learn from your experience.






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    • 7 min
    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #2. Support from Faculty and Administrators

    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #2. Support from Faculty and Administrators

    In part two of a short series of podcast episodes, we speak with Penny Turrentine, Ph. D., Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator at Pima Community College, about another foundational pillar on which to build a successful Learning Center at your college or university. Inspired by her most recent publication, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (and then some…), we delve into essentials for learning center directors, including soliciting and gaining the support of faculty and administrators.

    During her twenty-seven years in the field, Dr. Turrentine has specialized in working with student-athletes and published, Champions in the Classroom, a professional reference guide for student-athletes, learning support staff, coaches, advisors, parents, and school administrators. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, selecting studies in sociology, psychology, and exercise and sport sciences as preparation for her goal of working with student-athletes in the academic area. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona College of Education with a minor in exercise and sport sciences before moving on to earn her doctorate.

    She recently "retired" as the director of the West Campus Learning Center at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Though, Dr. Turrentine continues to teach and coordinate the Aztec Academics program for the Athletic Department at Pima College - designing and implementing a series of student success workshops that draw parallels between athletic skills and academic skills. She also developed a mentoring program for student-athletes and facilitates tutor-led study halls for the athletes. She designed and developed the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and continues to be a consultant to the Athletic Department in all facets of academic support. In the field of learning assistance, Dr. Turrentine has earned Level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She has served both as the Arizona/Nevada director and as the SIG leader for the Learning Assistance Center Management SIG. She has been a Master level reviewer for the International Tutor Training Program Certification Program for 13 years and has coordinated the ITTPC.

    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    We want to hear your story!  Leave us a voicemail telling us about one of your center's current goals or initiatives. How are you achieving it or what challenges have you uncovered? We may just play your message in an upcoming episode so that others can learn from your experience.


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    • 9 min
    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #1. Professional Development

    The 5 Pillars of Learning Centers, with Penny Turrentine: #1. Professional Development

    In part one of a short series of podcast episodes, we sit down with Penny Turrentine, Ph. D., Adjunct Faculty and Program Coordinator at Pima Community College, to discuss some of the foundational pillars on which to build a successful Learning Center at your college or university. Inspired by her most recent publication, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Learning Centers (and then some…), we delve into essentials for learning center directors, the first being the need for professional development for learning center staff.

    During her twenty-seven years in the field, Dr. Turrentine has specialized in working with student-athletes and published, Champions in the Classroom, a professional reference guide for student athletes, learning support staff, coaches, advisors, parents, and school administrators. She earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, selecting studies in sociology, psychology, and exercise and sport sciences as preparation for her goal of working with student-athletes in the academic area. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona College of Education with a minor in exercise and sport sciences before moving on to earn her doctorate.

    She recently "retired" as the director of the West Campus Learning Center at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Though, Dr. Turrentine continues to teach and coordinate the Aztec Academics program for the Athletic Department at Pima College - designing and implementing a series of student success workshops that draw parallels between athletic skills and academic skills. She also developed a mentoring program for student-athletes and facilitates tutor-led study halls for the athletes. She designed and developed the Student Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and continues to be a consultant to the Athletic Department in all facets of academic support. In the field of learning assistance, Dr. Turrentine has earned Level 4 certification from the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She has served both as the Arizona/Nevada director and as the SIG leader for the Learning Assistance Center Management SIG. She has been a Master level reviewer for the International Tutor Training Program Certification Program for 13 years and has coordinated the ITTPC.

    Professional Development Resources:

    College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA)

    National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA)

    LRNASST-L Listserve: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals

    Learning Support Centers in Higher Education (NSCHE)

    Engineerica helps you to engage, track, and retain students. Learn more at www.engineerica.com.

    Want to hear more? Visit the Podcast website: https://www.engineerica.com/student-success-heroes-podcast/

    We want to hear your story!  Leave us a voicemail telling us about one of your center's current goals or initiatives. How are you achieving it or what challenges have you uncovered? We may just play your message in an upcoming episode so that others can learn from your experience.


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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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Nick.ArmyStrong ,

Uplifting and intriguing content

I love listening to these uplifting stories! It's so great hearing how our Student Success Heroes at the various universities and colleges around the country are overcoming the challenges of a global pandemic to help students prosper. The host is very clear, well-composed, and well-articulated which makes the listening experience super enjoyable. And the situations the Student Success Heroes are going through are so relevant to Higher Ed today that this is a "must listen" podcast. At the moment, I am subscribed and cannot wait to listen to the next episode!

conner.artist ,

Inspiring Ideas

What an uplifting podcast for the times! I’m so glad to hear these stories and experiences... they remind me why I love working in Higher Ed.

Saddlesgsh ,

Informational and Entertaining Higher ed. Content

Working in higher ed, I started listening to Student Success Heroes and found it very useful. I have learned a lot from the interviews with others in the industry as well as tips for virtual sessions. I recommend this to anyone in the higher ed field.

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