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Be STLCC is a program for any first-time college student starting their freshman year at the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. A college coach is assigned to work one-on-one with you each year you are enrolled to help you complete tasks, make progress and graduate!

Our program is open to any student who meets these guidelines:

A recent (within two years) High School Graduate

A first time college student

Attending Forest Park campus

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How do I know if Be STLCC is right for me?

If any of the following apply to you, Be STLCC is a great choice:

  • I am a freshman in college and I would like to have someone to talk to about my experiences with school while I’m enrolled.
  • I’m unsure about what I would like to do in the future and could use some guidance.
  • I am sure what I would like to do in the future, but want someone to help me get there.
  • I’m not sure what the next steps are while enrolling in school or applying for financial aid.
  • I have a lot going on in my life and would like someone to help me figure out manage everything so I can succeed.
  • I’m nervous about classes and being successful in college.
  • I would like a mentor on campus who wants the best for me and believes in me.



What is a college coach?

A college coach is someone who knows how to be a successful student. They meet one-on-one with you on campus to keep you on track towards graduation. Coaches follow up with you about classes, financial aid, registration and many other aspects of your journey. Our goal is to get to know you as a person. You can come see us any time you are having trouble or just want to say hello – call, text, and email too!



Are college coaches like an adviser?

Not quite. Be STLCC coaches know general information about STLCC, degree programs, and classes. We can help you brainstorm your options, find the information you need to make the right decision, and think through possible challenges. However, at the end of each meeting, we’ll refer you to visit the right campus office – the real experts – to meet your needs.



What will my college coach actually do?

Your coach will have about 5-6 required 60 minute meetings with you each semester to see how you’re doing. Some of the topics we cover are:

Understanding Financial Aid

Balancing Work, Home, and School

Communicating with Instructors

Calculating your Midterm GPA

Digital Literacy

Completing the FAFSA

Using Academic Supports

Choosing a Degree

Dealing with Personal Concerns

Getting Connected on Campus



We also provide both mental health and personal wellness services in our office space on campus. This means if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, or if you are experiencing challenging circumstances in your life outside of school, we can connect you with our on campus professional to address your concerns in a timely manner. We care about you and want the best for you!



Does it cost?

There is no financial cost associated with joining our program. However, we do expect you to commit the time and energy to attend scheduled meetings, communicate with your coach, and participate in events we have.



How do I sign up?

Click the link to sign up on our website where you will give us your contact information.

Program Manager Contact Information:

Mariah Opager

Phone: 314.372.7856

Email: mopager@collegeboundstl.org

Campus Location: Room FP B-013 – Ground Floor of B Tower