First Year Experience (FYE) | ECTC

First Year Experience (FYE)

The ECTC First-Year Experience program is designed to provide support and guidance as you transition into the college environment. We begin with the FYE 105 course where the curriculum introduces you to strategies that promote academic, personal, and professional success in college. This course also introduces you to other first-year students, clubs and activities on campus, and provides you with many opportunities to develop your professional and academic resume.

In addition to this course, the FYE program also runs a student lounge known as “The Lift” where you can relax between classes. The Lift Lounge (located in the ATB building in room 102) has a laid back, coffee-shop aesthetic where you can grab a free cup of coffee, an occasional snack, watch some television, and charge your devices on the charging stations/tables. Within the Lift, you also have access to our FYE Success Coaches. Success Coaches are FYE staff members who are dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals, and you can find all the Success Coaches and their contact information listed below.


  1. Establish, develop, implement, and work with academics on the FYE 105 orientation course
  2. Work with the first-year students pursuing AA or AS degrees as their Success Coach
  3. Connect students to campus and community resources to assist in student success and retention


The FYE program offers many services to help you reach your personal, professional, and academic goals!

  • Success Coaching (includes academic advising for students in FYE 105 courses)
  • New Student Orientation
  • FYE Student Club
  • FYE Talks Podcast
  • WOW Week, or Week of Welcome
  • Smarter Summer Bootcamp
  • Tutoring Services
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • Workshops/Seminars
  • Essential Skills Academy
  • Partnership with Abound Credit Union on Financial Education

Frequently Asked Questions

The First-Year Experience (FYE) Program is a department focused on first-year student success. We provide comprehensive support, resources, and opportunities for first-year students to succeed and flourish in their chosen program.

A 3-credit-hour, fully transferable elective course offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters for incoming students.

  • Learn about campus resources
  • Improve your study and note-taking skills
  • Get help planning for academic and career success
  • Time management and organization skills
  • Self-improvement exercises and seminars
  • Much, much more!

No! All students are more than welcome to stop by “The Lift” Lounge (ATB, Room 102) anytime to meet with the FYE success coaches, attend a workshop, pick up free coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and/or a snack.  The Lift has a computer lab; device charging stations, and and a work space to meet with a study group or connect with friends.

The FYE Lift Lounge icon
Stop by The Lift to relax, catch up with friends, or just to hang out!

Join the FYE Student Club

The FYE Student Club is for the students looking to make connections with other students, or returning students that wish to assist in making new students feel a sense of belonging. The FYE Student Club conducts a wide variety of community service projects to add value back to our community.  For more information about the FYE Student Club, visit our Activities and Organizations page. Are you interested in getting involved with the FYE Student Club? Reach out to the FYE Student Club Sponsor, Pam Best. Pam's contact information is at the bottom of the page.

The FYE Talks Podcast

The FYE Talks Podcast is a talk show dedicated to helping students succeed by connecting them to campus and community resources, informing them about college policy, and giving them the tips and tools necessary to pass their classes, ace their finals, and reach their educational goals. Each semester the podcast begins a new season, so make sure you're ready for Season 2 beginning August 19th! If you'd like to view previous episodes of the FYE Talks podcast, you can do so by going to our YouTube Channel - FYE Talks. Are you interested in helping produce, edit, or film the podcast? Reach out to Alexis Hutchinson through one of the methods listed below for more information.

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Alexis Hutchinson / Activity Coordinator
First Year Experience Program
KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
ATB 1st Floor Room 102B
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 706-8527
Pam Best / Success Coach
First Year Experience Program
KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
ATB 1st Floor Room 102C 
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 706-8476