Academic Resources and Support Services

Academic Resources and Support Services

The Online Education Division at Five Towns College is replete with not only academic resources but also resources to assist with the transition of traditional students to the online environment. To that end, this page is dedicated to providing direct links to institutional administrators and staff who are eager to support students achieve their best educational outcomes and to be successful–not just in classes, but outside of their classes as well.

Social, mental and emotional well-being will surely help students focus their energy on the subject matter in their classes. Being attentive, engaged and enthusiastic learners promotes the educational process and also aids in personal development.
Five Towns College supports students to thrive in the online setting. By maintaining good and healthy mindsets, individuals will be optimized to engage in an interactive learning process. This should create thriving relationships with peers, faculty and staff.

Further, the Online Education Division has designed a course in Schoology-EDU100 Introduction to Online Learning which serves as a training and orientation course for all new FTC students. Should additional assistance be needed at anytime, students can email the Schoology Support for Online Students (SOS) at SOS@ftc.edu.

Feel free to explore the links and to reach out directly via email to the College’s staff who are available to assist students online as well.

  • ACADEMIC SUPPORT
    The Online Education Division has designated a team of Online Mentors to academically assist students. The Directory of Online Mentors is available here.
    NameEmail Address
    Angelique Burgosangelique.burgos@ftc.edu
    Cecelia IzzoCecelia.izzo@ftc.edu
    Stephanie Gancistephanie.ganci@ftc.edu
    Should you have any other concerns, please contact the Schoology Support for Online Students (SOS) at SOS@ftc.edu.
  • TUTORING
    Five Towns College has always had strong student services support. To help students be successful in the online environment, tutoring services are available via peer or faculty tutors. To learn more about how the institution can help students in specific academic subjects and even request assistance with improving study skills or more, please contact the FTC Online Tutoring Coordinator, Cindy Catalano at Cynthia.catalano@ftc.edu
  • LIBRARY SERVICES

The College is proud of its large online catalog that includes specialty databases for students studying music and the performing arts. All of these resources are available to distance learners. To learn more about the resources available online, please click here: https://www.ftc.edu/academics/libraries/.Specific questions can also be directed to the Library Director, John Vansteen, M. L. S. at john.vansteen@ftc.edu or ftclibrary@ftc.edu.

Here are some other Information Literacy Resources that online students may find helpful:

  • COUNSELING SERVICES
VIRTUAL COUNSELING SERVICES: FALL 2020

Virtual counseling services are available via Zoom conferencing during the following hours:
Monday: 5pm-8pm (Virtual);
Tuesday: 10am-3pm (On Campus);
Wednesday: 4pm-8pm (On Campus);
Thursday: 10am-3pm (On Campus);
Friday: 10am-1pm (Virtual)
The Counseling Center is striving to maintain an open door policy online. To do so, and to ensure confidentiality as well, students should feel welcome to email randi.giebel@ftc.edu during the above stated hours. Due to high demand, It is possible that students may need to wait in the virtual waiting room until the Counselor is available. Your understanding is appreciated.

Counseling Services are provided to support student success and to provide referrals for professional psychological services. The College Counseling Center can be contacted virtually by email, by phone and/or online videoconferencing can be arranged.
A broad scope of topics related to academic, emotional, social, mental and overall well-being can be discussed in a confidential setting online. Students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center and request an appointment, if needed.The College maintains relationships with area health providers who can be contacted online. Some of these providers are included in the Student Handbook and the Residence Life Handbook both available here: https://www.ftc.edu/current-students/.

In addition, the College has a relationship with the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center/Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) and provides cost-free counseling, advocacy and physical and emotional support and medical care for sexual assault victims in compliance with NYS Education law, Article 129-B.
The contact is: Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center/Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS): (631) 360-3730; www.vibs.org
To contact the FTC Online Counselor, Randi Giebel, M.S.W., email randi.giebel@ftc.edu.

Here are some other Important Counseling Resources:

    • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • DASH: 631-952-3333 (24 Hour Crisis Hotline)
    • Long Island Crisis Center: 516-679-1111
    • LGBTQ Hotline: 1-800-246-7743
    • Eating Disorder Helpline: 1-877-221-6637
    • VIBES: 631-360-3606
    • Alcohol Anonymous Hotline: 1-888-679-1714
    • 24 hour Crisis Care Center for Suffolk County Residents

THE CAREER SERVICES CENTER ONLINE

The Career Services Center is providing individual meetings with students via ZOOM. Students seeking assistance for career counseling, internships, resume & cover letter review, interview preparation and practice, and general questions are welcome to contact us.

    • For Appointments:
      • Students whose last names start with “A” through “L”, please contact Associate Director Ryan Schimmenti.
      • Students whose last names start with “M” through “Z”, please contact Director Krysti O’Rourke.

Of course, if students prefer to work with either one of us due to specific situations, feel free to contact either one.

    • For Seniors, Career Services can be contacted via Schoology: Career Success Seminar.

Seniors who will be graduating in December are strongly encouraged to attend just one of our live chats. These chats will be provided each Friday, times to be announced.  Individual follow up meetings can be provided, too.

Stay posted for updates about:

  • Career Chats with Career Service Professionals
  • Career Services workshops and events, including the Get Hired Employer Buzz Series

The CAPP program: with Student ACCESS & Support will continue through a different format. Check the CAPP Group on Schoology.

Be sure to visit the Job Opportunity Site on Schoology for updates!

  • SCHOOLOGY SUPPORT
Five Towns College has a team of faculty and staff who are adept at supporting students in their use of the institution’s learning management system, Schoology. For any online concerns or requests for assistance, please reach out to the Schoology Online Learning Administrator, Andrew Sanchez at andrew.sanchez@ftc.edu and SOS@ftc.edu for Schoology Support for Online Students.
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SUPPORT
    The Five Towns College team of experienced and dedicated Information Technology staff are available to assist throughout a student’s higher education journey. For technical support or questions, please email support@ftc.edu.
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