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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. 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

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Aaa-Eaa


Call: Ext. 1306

Caitlin Rohrbacher

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Riv-Zzz


Call: Ext. 1431

Roger "RJ" Prigge Jr. 

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Eab-Lee


Call: Ext. 1433

Krystle Skelly

Levy Campus First-Year Students


Call: Ext. 2105

Novella Applewhite

Ocala Campus First-Year Students Lef-Riu


Ext: 1793

Alicia Harrison

Citrus Campus First Year Students


Ext: 6125

...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

Business, Industry, Manufacturing & Construction 

Associate Professor, Office Administration 


Call: Ext. 1387

Keith Bracey PhotoKeith Bracey

Student Success

Coordinator, Educational Opportunities


Call: Ext. 1369

Andrew Jenkins PhotoAndrew Jenkins


Associate Professor, Communications


Call: Ext. 1357

Richard Kirk PhotoRichard Kirk

Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services & Public Safety 

Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences


Call: Ext. 1315

Liz Minnerly PhotoLiz Minnerly

Arts and Humanities

Professor, Librarian


Call: Ext. 1744

Amy Osborne PhotoAmy Osborne


Faculty, Business and Technology


Call: Ext. 1425

Kathy Robbins PhotoKathy Robbins


Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education


Call: Ext. 1660

Faculty Fellow Mel BledsoeMel Bledsoe

Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Emergency Medical Services, Health Sciences


Call: Ext. 1252


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