Eagle CARE (Counseling, Advocacy, Resources, Engagement)

According to Maslow’s theory of motivation, there is a hierarchy of needs that must be met for a person to reach self-actualization: physiological, safety, love/belonging, and esteem. The philosophy of Eagle CARE is to provide TCC students with the non-academic support to ensure those needs are met so that students can learn and ultimately achieve their educational goals.  Services provided include a community garden and food pantry; hygiene kits and oral hygiene care in collaboration with our Dental Hygiene program; licensed mental health counselors and trained Mental Health First Aid staff across campus; a Victim Advocate; and a wide range of engagement opportunities through Service Learning, Clubs and Organizations.  Additionally, TCC offers specialized programs that serve students who have aged out of the foster care system through Fostering Achievement Fellowship and support our student veterans through the Richard and Karen B. Moore Veterans Success Center.

The primary drivers for this work include TCC’s student demographics and participation in the AACC Guided Pathways Project. Approximately half of the College’s students come from outside the local service district – which translates to thousands of students moving to Tallahassee to pursue their education.  Many of these are first-generation, at-risk students, who are away from home navigating not only a new educational experience, but also life experiences.  Over time, TCC observed similar patterns of student needs that have been highlighted nationally in a variety of articles, which include, but are not limited to, hunger, poverty, homelessness, mental health challenges and a need for belonging. As one would expect, these growing and changing needs not only impact access for some but also achievement and attainment levels for others when students are not able to learn and/or feel supported to meet their most basic human needs. 

·         In fall 2016, our 1.5 FTE Licensed Mental Health counselors provided 134 hours of counseling to 95 students.

·         Over 230 students each term use the TCC Community Garden and Food Pantry.

·         Forty-five college employees have become certified in Mental Health First Aid to help triage immediate needs until appropriate personnel are available.

·         The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement Office in collaboration with Academic Affairs, facilitates six service projects each year in addition to numerous volunteer opportunities with local non-profit organizations.

·         TCC currently supports 14 active student clubs and organizations.

·         Forty-eight students receive support through Fostering Achievement Fellowship program each year.

·         Each month, over 500 Veteran students are served through the Richard and Karen B. Moore Veteran’s Success Center.

ID 16687

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