Mental health first aid training opportunity; sign up by Oct. 25

LLCC Student Success is happy to announce a great training opportunity for you: Mental Health First Aid! Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training covers the following topics: common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges; common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges; how to interact with a person in crisis; how to connect a person with help; and expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care. Many of the staff in Student Services have been through this training and feel that it is very useful in gaining some of the tools needed to recognize signs/symptoms of mental health challenges. We all play an important role in helping identify, support, and refer students that may need additional assistance. This training is not intended to make anyone a counselor; rather, we believe that this provides great tools to help folks that are uniquely positioned in student-facing roles to feel more confident in providing initial support.

We have two training opportunities for you, both via Zoom, conducted by a certified MHFA trainer from Heritage Behavioral Health Center. There are only 20 spots for each training, so get signed up as soon as possible. For the training, there is 1-2 hours of required pre-work that needs to be completed prior to your training date. If the pre-work is not completed, you will not be able to attend the training. The pre-work is an online module, including watching a webinar and pre-test. The 2 opportunities are listed below. Please note that you will have to commit to be present during the entire training.

Monday, Nov. 15 (Zoom)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (includes breaks and lunch break)

Thursday, Dec. 16 (Zoom)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (includes breaks and lunch breaks)

If interested, sign up for a training time here:

The deadline to sign up is noon on Oct. 25. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email; and you will receive information about completing the pre-work from the trainer before your training date.

Word to the Wise Wednesdays: It takes a village to achieve student success

The LLCC Student Success office has undergone significant changes over the past few years, so it is the office’s goal that colleagues across campus get to better know the who, what, when where and why of Student SuccessOver the next few months, they are bringing you “Words to the Wise Wednesdays.”

“What” do we do?

This week, we will continue on the “what” to highlight the roles we can play in achieving student success. As we continue to navigate the Appreciative Advising Model, we want to share additional information on “what” we do and how we can work collaboratively to support our students.

It Takes a Village to Achieve Student Success: Roles and Responsibilities

Student Success Coach

Disarm: Provide a warm welcome, create a safe & comfortable environment, share our individual story, begin to build rapport with students by asking them to share their story

Discover: Utilize effective open-ended questioning, actively listen, use a strength-based approach to reconstruct student story

Dream: Create powerful images for a student to begin to “see” their dream, provide a framework in which the student can effectively dream, make intentional connections between the Dream and Discover phases

Design: Teach students how to make decisions, provide positive feedback, make effective referrals

Deliver: Energize students to be their best, provide academic hope, follow-up with students

Don’t Settle: Provide challenge & support to students, raise the bar, understand that this process is cyclical and not linear

Throughout this process, we help the student create an educational plan that aligns with their goals, assist in course selection (not section selection) that is defined in educational plan, and promote an appreciation for learning and critical thinking.


  • Consider what led you to LLCC and what your support system may look like
  • Answer questions that will help your success coach get to know you
  • Discuss your goals with your success coach
  • Work on an educational plan with the assistance of your success coach
  • Select courses that align with your educational plan
  • Develop goals that require critical thinking

Campus Community

(this could look different depending on your role)

  • Build rapport with students
  • Ask questions to help identify student’s strengths and abilities
  • Encourage students to discuss their goals and future
  • Encourage students to persist (announce registration dates in class, meetings, etc.)
  • Provide hope
  • Provide positive & constructive feedback
  • Encourage students to communicate (with their success coach, faculty, & other staff)
  • Challenge student to use their critical thinking skills

Student Success

Faculty and staff invited to TRIO lunch and learn Nov. 9

Join LLCC TRIO Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. in the R. H. Stephens Room to celebrate First-Generation College Week with a lunch and learn. We will begin with a Council for Opportunity in Education panel discussion, and following will be a discussion and question/answer with LLCC TRIO staff. Learn more about how you and TRIO can support our first-generation college students at LLCC. Lunch will be provided. Sign up with this link.

In the Community

Laurie Rhodes, director of the Child Development Center, created this video on time management and routines for young children for the Montgomery County Head Start program. The video will be used during parent commitment meetings.


Monday Morning Mentor program

Each week, Academic Innovation and eLearning is sending out a link to a different Monday Morning Mentor program by MAGNA Publications. Each topic is presented by respected academic peers and covers timely and relevant topics in only 20 minutes — brief enough to fit busy schedules, but long enough to deliver valuable, actionable content.

This week’s topic:
How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?
Presentation date: Oct. 18, 2021 and on-demand for one week.

From this link, you can view the featured 20-Minute Mentor and access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental material. These materials are only available for the week of the presentation.

NOTE: You will need to enter a password in order to view the program. See Monday’s email from Becky Parton for the password, or contact

Access to the programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series is restricted to members of the subscribing institution. Any unauthorized use or access, including sharing access with faculty and staff not affiliated with the subscribing institution, is prohibited.

Bistro To Go open today

Bistro To Go in the Workforce Careers Center
Bistro Verde, LLCC’s student-run café, is open during the fall 2021 semester as Bistro To Go. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 18 (except for Nov. 2). You are invited to enjoy takeout soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, coffees and drinks prepared by LLCC culinary arts, baking and pastry, and hospitality students. View the fall 2021 menu!

Lunch orders may be placed online at (credit card) or in person (cash or credit card).

Professional Development Day Nov. 2

The Fall 2021 Professional Development Day is Nov. 2. The committee is working to finalize sessions, and detailed information will be provided later this week or early next week. Most sessions will be scheduled in the afternoon with only a few offerings in the morning to allow for departmental meetings as needed. We are happy to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Steve Gilliland to present “Moving Forward with a Purpose.” The keynote presentation will be from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with a grab-and-go box lunch provided at the conclusion of the presentation. Please look for more details soon!

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