First Year Experience (FYE) | ECTC

First Year Experience (FYE)

Institutions across America have designed programs to increase students’ success by focusing on their first year of college classes.  The ECTC FYE Program is designed to help you transition from doing high-school work to college-level work.  This begins with the FYE105 class.  This class curriculum introduces you to strategies that promote academic, personal, and professional success in the college environment.  It fosters a sense of belonging, promotes engagement in the curricula and co-curricular life of the college, and provides opportunities for you to develop your academic plans that align with your career and life goals.

In addition, we implemented a place called “The Lift” with a friendly atmosphere where you can meet, study, and hangout before, after, or between classes.  The Lift offers a “coffee shop” atmosphere with a relaxing and comforting environment.  Come grab a cup of free coffee, a cup of hot chocolate, and a snack (if snacks are available.)  We, the FYE Success Coaches, are conveniently located in office space within The Lift and are there to help you with whatever needs you might have that may be a barrier to your success in college.

Frequently Asked Questions

Designed to equip you to be more successful throughout your first year of college by helping you gain skills to thrive in your transition from high school to college.

A 3-credit-hour, fully transferable elective course offered during the fall and spring 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 acomputer lab; printer, phone, tablets, or laptop chargers available; and a work space to meet with a study group or tutor.

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

FYE News and Events

WOW!  Week Of Welcome Community Event / August 13~14

The entire community is invited to the Week Of Welcome (WOW) event this August.  There will be lots of good food, live music, treasure hunts, cornhole tournaments, just a lot of fun for all ages, come and share the day with us!

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.  For more information about the FYE Student Club, visit our Activities and Organizations page.

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FYE Success Coaches

We are here to help you with any academic, career, and/or personal needs!

Kali Buchanan / 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) 706-8587 or Toll Free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68587
Fax: (270) 769-0736
Susan Cooper / Director of Program Facilitation
First Year Experience Program
KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
ATB 1st Floor Room 102B
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270) 706-8564 or Toll Free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68564
Fax: (270) 769-0736
Dr. Clay Matthews / Success Coach
First Year Experience Program
KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
ATB 1st Floor Room 102D 
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 706-8539 or Toll Free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68539
Fax: (270) 769-0736