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Fostering Your Success (FYS) at CCAC

Our Mission:

To provide a welcoming, supportive environment for students with experiences in foster care settings, group home settings, kinship care and emancipation.

Why become an FYS Scholar?

For FYS Scholars, we provide:

  • A caring mentor for one-on-one support
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Help with groceries
  • Guidance when building your class schedule
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Career exploration
  • And help setting and achieving academic and life goals

When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll receive:

  • Recognition at the annual Student Life banquet
  • A letter of recommendation from your mentor for scholarships, transferring, or future employers
  • Your cap and gown paid for by FYS

 

Kaya C., FYS mentee

Meet one of our scholars

Kaya C.

Liberal Arts and Sciences major


“As a mentee of FYS, I gained hope and the extra support I needed to navigate college as a nontraditional student with a complex high school experience.  Former and current foster youth should join FYS, as I found that the program acts as a safety net for those who are more likely to slip through the cracks, gives foster youth a support system that they often lack, and provides an atmosphere for foster youth where they can engage with people they can connect with and relate to. I was also given the opportunity to use my experience to better the outcomes of foster youth, as I attended panels in which my foster care experience and my recommendations to better the outcomes of foster youth were perceived as expert testimony.  This gave me a boost in my self-worth and helped me realize how I can make good use out of a bad experience.  Overall, FYS empowers students and encourages those who have statistical odds stacked against them, to govern their possibilities.”

 

Interested in joining FYS?

Make an appointment with an FYS mentor today!

Jennifer Amrhein, a Student Success Coach, smiling

Student Success Coach
Allegheny Campus

phone icon412.237.4634

email iconJamrhein@ccac.edu

 

Hi, I'm Jenny, and I work as the Coordinator for a student support program here at CCAC. I love my job because I have the opportunity to assist students on their career path as they work toward acing their classes and achieving their academic goals. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a student graduate and land a job that they love too! When I'm not at work I have a passion for gardening and making art in various mediums. I am a stained glass artist, I paint in watercolors and acrylics, and do linocut printmaking. Pablo Picasso once wrote: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Kimberly Davis, a Student Success Coach, smiling

Student Success Coach
Allegheny Campus

phone icon412.237.4637

email iconkdavis2@ccac.edu

 

My name is Kimberly C. Davis, I am a counselor and associate professor here at CCAC. I have experience as a substitute teacher and in career counseling. I love education. The experience can be life changing; just trust the process. I bake homemade desserts in my spare time, I love attending musical theater performances, and my favorite sport is volleyball. My commitment here at the college is to encourage our students to enjoy their educational experience, provide counseling support on career options, and be their biggest cheerleaders while they are accomplishing their goals. Learn what resources are available to you on the campus and use them to empower you to get to the end. We are here for YOU!

Steve Shaulis, the Career & Technical Education Director, smiling

Career & Technical Education Director
South Campus
Room BBB-453

phone icon412.469.6001

email iconsshaulis@ccac.edu

 

Hi, I'm Steve and I provide support to CCAC students in career-based programs like Nursing, CIT, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Engineering, and many more. I'm currently in an online master's degree program through Penn State, so like many CCAC students, I need to balance and prioritize family, work, and school. I enjoy helping students do their best work by sharing my strategies, as well as what I've learned from other students and faculty over the years.

Amy Sosanko, a student success coach, smiling

Academic Advisor
South Campus
BBB-B345

phone icon412.469.6249

email iconasosanko@ccac.edu

 

Amy Sosanko is an Academic Advisor at CCAC. As an advisor, she helps students create class schedules with their life responsibilities and career goals in mind. Amy was a first-generation college student and she is passionate about helping students navigate the college environment. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Rainbow Alliance, the South Campus student organization to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students and their allies.

Amy and her wife are often found at their local park with their two dogs: Carlos, the Boston Terrier and Dixie, the Beagle. Amy is also a sower and baker, and she loves to craft — especially if it involves glitter!