Charles Thompson, Director of Edmonds Community College’s Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (CATCH), presented a 5-minute Lightning Talk entitled, "At Risk Students: Do I belong and am I good enough?" at the HPOG (Health Profession Opportunity Grants) Annual Meeting held on December 2-3, 2014. Thompson referred to the research of David Yeager from the University of Texas, and presented information on how CATCH utilizes three keys – high expectations, community, and collaborative technology – to combat these questions.
Thompson discussed how many at-risk students experience doubt as they go through the program and often interpret what happens to them in negative and defeating ways. As a key to combatting students' doubts, high expectations provide students with tools of empowerment to realize their strengths. Building a community is another key of the CATCH program. Collaborative technology, such as hybrid online courses, an early alert online system, and broadband for internet access, allows for innovation and flexibility.
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