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At CF, we are committed to your success. Through StartSmart@CF, you have all the resources and guidance you need to succeed in college.

As a first-time-in-college student you will:

  • Begin by exploring your strengths through career and interest surveys.
  • Be matched with a success specialist, who will advise you through your first year.
  • Collaborate to select an academic pathway with clear guidance on what courses to take and when to take them.
  • Benefit from free college resources such as tutoring.
  • Grow personally by making campus connections.
What can YOU do to StartSmart?

Start Informed

After you have completed orientation, you'll work with your StartSmart First-Year Success Specialist to explore your career interests, including taking a Career Coach survey. Then, you'll be able to choose the rightAcademic Pathway.

Start Early

Your First-Year Success Specialist is here to help you achieve your goals. Prior to your registration window, schedule an appointment with your First-Year Success Specialist to decide on the best courses and degree plan.

Start Connected

There's always something going on at the CF campuses! Join a club, attend arts and cultural events and athletic competitions, or be part of an intramural team or wellness class!

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Start Supported

CF offers many free services to help you succeed now and in the future, including tutoring, career services, mental health screenings, counseling, and more.

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Meet Your First Year Success Specialists

We're here to guide and advise you on academic pathways, career options, and more. Our goal is to see you succeed, so let's talk! Call or email to set up an appointment.

Jessyca Thibault

Jessyca Thibault

Ocala Campus First-Year Students A-Di


Call: Ext. 1306

Joshua Paugh

Joshua Paugh

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Rj-Z


Call: Ext. 1431

Roger "RJ" Prigge Jr.

Roger "RJ" Prigge Jr. 

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Dj-Ko


Call: Ext. 1443

Chris Ray

Chris Ray

Citrus First-Year Students


Call: Ext. 6125

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Susan Thomas

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Kp-Ri


Ext: 1793

Krystle Skelly

Krystle Skelly

Levy First-Year Students


Call: Ext. 2105

...And Your StartSmart Fellows

StartSmart Fellows are there to help you learn more about specific academic programs and campus resources. If you're interested in learning more about a degree or career field, they're the experts!

Nancy Abshier PhotoNancy Abshier

Associate Professor, Office Administration


Call: Ext. 1387

Keith Bracey PhotoKeith Bracey

Coordinator, Educational Opportunities


Call: Ext. 1369

Andrew Jenkins PhotoAndrew Jenkins

Associate Professor, Communications


Call: Ext. 1357

Richard Kirk PhotoRichard Kirk

Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences


Call: Ext. 1315

Liz Minnerly PhotoLiz Minnerly

Professor, Librarian


Call: Ext. 1744

Amy Osborne PhotoAmy Osborn

Faculty, Business and Technology


Call: Ext. 1425

Kathy Robbins PhotoKathy Robbins

Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education


Call: Ext. 1660

Lynn Maitais PhotoLynn Maltais

Associate Professor of Nursing - ADN, Health Sciences


Call: Ext. 1611

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