APSU has partnered with College Possible to provide our students with near-peer coaching
support on a yearly basis. College Possible has refined its near-peer coaching model
using a research-based curriculum and is now a national leader in college success
programming. Our dedicated near-peer coaches guide and support students on their path
to and through college, making College Possible students three times more likely to
earn their degrees than their peers.
What it means to have a Success Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Coaches are near-peer mentors that have recently graduated from APSU. They are here
to help you with one thing: to graduate with a degree. Theyare your number one advocate and can help you with any problem you might face. If
things are going great, they can help you invest in yourself and yourfuture!
Austin Peay provide near peer coaches to facilitate a successful transition to college
which impacts your academic success, achievement, and degree completion. This program
focuses primarily on supporting first-generation and/or students eligible for Pell grants who face unique challenges when
transitioning to college and achieving degree completion.
As much as you need! At a minimum, coaches try to meet with their students once a
month to check in and see how things are doing.That being said, youaredefinitelynotlimited to how many times you can meet with your coach.
While coaches often collaborate with advisors, we differ in a lot of areas.Advisors focus on registration, university paperwork, and academic related business. Your coach is here to support you holistically – both inside and outside the classroom. Topics often discussed beyond academic success is personal well-being and financial
If you have a coach, you will receive an email from them towards the beginning of
the semester or academic year. You can also check on your OneStop Advising Page. Coaches
have indicated to their students on the Advising notes section of the OneStop Advising
page who their assigned coach is and how to contact their coach.
Coaches can provide a broad range of resources to cover a broad set of needs. If classes
are going perfectly and you are already involved on campus, then your coach can help
you with things like organizing your time to make things less stressful, or help you set goals and achieve them
so thatyour college experience is fulfilling.
This is still a new program at Austin Peay so, unfortunately, not everyone can have
a coach yet. While we would love to proactively reach out and help as manystudentsas possible, we do not have enough coaches to do so. However, we plan on expanding in the future to support more students.
Brooke Gibson is a first year Student Success College Possible Coach. She recently graduated in May 2022 with a Bachelor
of Science in Leadership and Organizational Administration and minors in Psychology
and Communication. During her time as an undergraduate student at Austin Peay, she was very involved on campus. She has previously worked on campus for the department of Information Technology, was a Peer Leader in APSU 1000, and worked as a Resident Assistant. She is excited to meet students and assist them through their college experience.
Demetrius S. Hobbs began serving as a Student Success Coach in the Fall of 2022 but
previously worked on campus with Austin Peay’s newspaper, The Allstate. Demetrius
graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2021 with a Bachelor's in Engineering
Technology. Demetrius is passionate about assisting students on campus and navigating
challenges and successes that come with their college careers.
Hayley Roddy began serving as a Student Success Coach in the Fall of 2022. She graduated
from Austin Peay in May 2022 with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance. Before serving
for College Possible, Hayley was only a recent attendee of Austin Peay after transferring
to the institution to pursue a new degree route. With a desire to further serve the
university after having spent a short time period of her academic career at Austin
Peay, Hayley applied to be a Student Success coach to be able to help students get
the most of their college experience.
Kristen Nanney began serving as a Student Success Coach in the Fall of 2022. She graduated
from Austin Peay with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Before
serving as a Success Coach, she has worked multiple positions at Austin Peay including
the role of Resident Assistant through Housing and was involved with organizations
on campus. Kristen is very passionate about helping others and plans to dedicate her
future towards doing so
Olivia McClendon began serving as a Success Coach in Fall 2021. During her time as
an undergraduate student, Olivia was very involved on Austin Peay’s campus. She served
as a Peer Leader for APSU 1000, Vice President of French Club, holds membership in
several organizations throughout campus, and participated in the Spain study abroad
program in Summer 2019. These experiences culminated a rich knowledge of Austin Peay
resources that Olivia is excited to share with students as she helps them transition
into collegiate life. She graduated Cum Laude in May 2021 with a B.A. in Foreign Language
and minors in Spanish, International Studies and Leadership Science. In August 2022,
she began pursuing a Masters certificate in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages (TESOL) program at Austin Peay State University.
Jontae Rice began serving as a Student Success Coach in the Fall of 2023, but has
worked in the Housing department years prior. Jontae graduated from Austin Peay in
August 2022 with a Bachelor's in Communications and a minor in History. He is excited
to help assist students through the obstacles that may come throughout their college
Interested in becoming a College Possible Success Coach?
We are glad that you are interested in joining us as a Success Coach at Austin Peay!
As a Success Coach, you would be serving as an AmeriCorps member through College Possible,
a nationally recognized non-profit. As a near-peer mentor, Success Coaches support
a diverse cohort of students in earning their degree.
We are looking for applicants who have recently earned a 4-year degree. Ideal applicants
will have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement, and a commitment to
Join us at an Interest Session
March 2nd. Virtual Q&A with the coaches. 4pm (Link to come)
March 27th. APSU Career Fair, 10am-2pm: UC Ballroom
March 27th. Networking Night at Strawberry Alley, 5-7pm
March 28th. APSU Career Fair 10am-2pm: UC Ballroom
Professional Development - You will learn several new marketable skills, tools, and programs. You will also
take on leadership responsibilities and learn to work collaboratively with other professionals.
Networking Opportunities - As a Student Success Coach, you will encounter multiple opportunities to work directly
with your Program Lead, College Possible Program Advisor, and APSU's faculty and staff.
Education Award - Student Success Coaches are allotted after a term of service of 12 months an educational
award of $6,895. This award can either be used to pursue future educational endeavors
or repay federal student loans.
Health Coverage - Student Success Coaches are provided health coverage. Details can be provided upon
Loan Forbearance - Those who serve have the opportunity to forbear most federal loans. This would
allow the coach to not make payments on qualified loans.
Housing - Student Success Coaches at Austin Peay are provided on-campus housing, which includes
Wi-Fi access, utilities, and the advantage of a short commute to their office.
For me, coaching has given me a unique experience that has prepared me for my career
more than anything else.
Being a Success Coach has allowed me to use the skills I’ve learned from undergraduate
and use them in a professional setting.
Coaching students at APSU has given me the opportunity to not only stay connected
to my alma mater, but also give back to the place that helped me achieve my own goals.
Being a coach has helped me realize that I have a passion for serving students. I
plan on pursuing a career in higher education directly because of my experiences as