Start Smart@CF

Enhance Your First-Year Experience

Students having fun serving ice cream and talking about Starting Smart at CFAt CF, we are committed to your success.

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.

First-time-in-college students can take simple but important steps for a successful start to their college career.

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What can YOU do to StartSmart?


See your First-Year Success Specialist prior to your registration window and work together to understand what you need to achieve your goals. If you are based in Ocala, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1489, to schedule your first appointment! In Citrus County, contact Chris Ray 352-854-2322, ext. 6125. In Levy County, contact Krystal Skelly, 352-854-2322, ext. 2104.

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After you have completed your CF Orientation, work with your StartSmart First-Year Success Specialist to discuss your results from your completed Career Coach survey, then you can explore your interests and together with your First Year Success Specialist select the right Academic Pathway.


Our vision is to be the First Choice for Quality Higher Education in our Community.

Classes are available in person or online.


Students who attend school full time are more likely to be successful. Ask your advisor how even one more course added to your schedule will help you complete your degree sooner.


You can Join a club, participate in arts and cultural events, attend athletic competitions, or be part of an intramural team or wellness class, participate in community engagement.

Especially important is to make sure you get to know your classmates and meet with your instructor during office hours. In other words, get engaged.

Here are a few more people, places and things you should know:

Get Involved at CF by participating in student activities

Or contact Karla Wilson, Start Smart@CF Implementation Director,, 352-854-2322, ext. 1363

First Year Success Specialists

Ocala Campus First-Year Students A-Di Jessyca Thibaultthibaulj@cf.eduExt. 1306
Ocala Campus First-Year Students Dj-KoRoger "RJ" Prigge Jr. prigger@cf.eduExt. 1443
Ocala Campus First-Year Students Kp-RiDebora Avilaavilad@cf.eduExt. 1337
Ocala Campus First-Year Students Rj-ZJoshua Paughpaughj@cf.eduExt. 1431
Citrus First-Year StudentsChris Rayrayc@cf.eduExt. 6125
Levy First-Year StudentsKrystle Skellyskellyk@cf.eduExt. 2105

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