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About The First-Year Experience



The First-Year Experience Program (FYE) at Raritan Valley Community College provides first-time students with a comprehensive and effective transition into the college experience with a focus on student success.


The mission of the First Year Experience Office is to aid first-year, degree-seeking students in their transition to Raritan Valley Community College, to expose students to the broad range of educational opportunities, and to integrate new students into the college community in order to enrich their first year experience.  The First-Year Experience works to:

  •  Provide an environment that is welcoming to students
  •  Identify and overcome obstacles that impede the success of first-year students
  •  Provide developmental activities and essential support programs for first-year students
  •  Create and implement innovative programming that meet the needs of entering students
  •  Support student learning and integrate students into the learning community
  •  Collaborate with the campus community to assist first-year students in achieving academic and personal success.

FYE is committed to the academic and personal success of all first-year students. The office offers a comprehensive and intentional experience that supports student learning and involvement.


  •  Facilitate a successful transition into college life at Raritan Valley Community College
  •  Connect students to the campus community
  •  Promote interconnectedness with the college community and community at large
  •  Help students to become independent learners who take ownership in their college careers
  •  Recognize and value the individual differences, diverse backgrounds and experiences of students
  •  Inform the campus community of first-year student needs
  •  Help students to develop a plan for career exploration and transfer


Andrea Cappello, First Year Advisor

First-Year Experience Committee

Russell Barefoot, Director, Student Life

Jacki Belin, Dean of College Advancement 

Andrea Cappello, First Year Advisor 

Donyea Collins, Director, Educational Opportunity Fund

Richeleen Dashield, Dean of Multicultural Affairs

 Ashante Guillaume-Salvant, Director of Disability Services

Greg DeSanctis, Executive Director of Advising & Counseling Services

Christine Foster-Cates, Academic Advisor

Jason Fredericks, Assistant Dean of Student Services

Erin Kislan, Associate Director of Financial Aid

David Kring, Director, Testing Center

Diane Lemcoe, Dean of Student Services

Nancy Mombay, Coordinator of Admissions

Meghan Noya, Financial Aid Specialist

Dan Palubniak, Registrar

Carrie Rafanello-Bazar, Career Counselor

Pat Richmond, Assistant Registrar

José E. Salazar, First Year Advisor

Wendy Schnall, Career Services Advisor

Alaysha Walker, Assistant Director of Student Life

John Wheeler, Academic Advisor

Jaché Williams, Director of Admissions and Recruitment


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