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We have partnered with Ithaka S+R to create a survey to adequately capture the current state of practice of first year programming at two year institutions. We’d greatly appreciate if you could help us ensure we receive a response from your institution.

2018 Conference

REGISTER NOW! The 2018 TYFY conference is set for September 26th - 28th in sunny Orlando, Florida!

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Meet our 2018 Keynote Speakers!

Kevin McCarthy

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Kevin McCarthy was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He earned a B.S. in Human Services Counseling and an M.S.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education from Old Dominion University. Attending a college right after high school appeared to be WHAT EVERYONE ELSE WAS DOING so Kevin ventured on to do so. After one year, he realized quickly that college was not a strong fit as a full time job and travel became his focus. Two years of soul searching landed Kevin as a student again at a local Community College and so he began his journey towards a life-long career in higher education. Kevin began his professional employment as a graduate assistant providing career advice to business students as they began to explore job placement opportunities. After working at Old Dominion University for two years, he landed a job at Tidewater Community College and his passion quickly fell into place. This transition forever changed Kevin’s reality on education as he witnessed the powerful influence the community college can have on students as they persist through the many challenges of life. Working in admissions, advising, teaching, a year as Interim Dean of Students and now energetically employed as the Coordinator of First Year Success Kevin continues to find humor, excitement and new challenges every day at his work. Now a happily married man of two spirited toddlers Kevin brings a refreshing outlook on how to stay happy, motivated and engaged in the workplace. We all have unique stories and Kevin believes through sharing our experiences we are better able to connect as we grow together in the world of community college education.

Dr. Sandy Shugart

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Sandy Shugart has been the president of Valencia College since 2000. In 2013, Orlando Life magazine named him one of Central Florida’s ‘Indelibles’—the people most likely to make an impact on the region. In reality, Sandy has made an impact nationally. Under his leadership, Valencia won the coveted Aspen Prize for Excellence, and now serves as a national model for innovative and learner-centered practices. Sandy Shugart is also an accomplished poet, musician, and storyteller, who embodies the community college ideal of putting students and communities first. Prior to Valencia, he served as president of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. He earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an educational philosopher, he challenges us to understand that all students can learn under the right conditions, and to ask as meaningfully as we can, “What are students experiencing?” and “What do we want them to experience?” The answers to those questions should move us to action, and in Sandy Shugart’s world, they do.

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2017 Conference Fun Facts

Farthest Traveled
The farthest traveled was 1,896 miles by Teri Morales and Theresa Dereme of Suffolk County Community College in Long Island, New York!


States Represented
We had 17 states represented!

States Represented
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina

Schools Represented
We had 39 schools represented!

Schools Represented
Aims Community College
Alamance Community College
Alvin Community College
Austin Community College District
Blue Ridge Community College
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Chesapeake College
College of Southern Nevada
Collin County Community College
Community College of Baltimore County
Edgecombe Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Gateway Technical College
Linn-Benton Community College
Lord Fairfax Community College
Metropolitan Community College–Longview
North Central Texas College
Northeastern Junior College
Northwest Vista College
Pima Community College
Robert Morris University- Illinois
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Salt Lake Community College
San Antonio College
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College - Central Campus
Stella & Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY
Suffolk County Community College
Texas Southmost College
Texas State University
Tidewater Community College
Tri-County Technical College
Trinity Valley Community College
University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV)
Volunteer State Community College
Wake Technical Community College

About TYFY

Two Year First Year (TYFY)

TYFY: Two Year First Year was created in 2013 by two year college professionals who recognized the special challenges inherent in engaging first year students at their institutions.TYFY's mission is to promote excellence by championing the implementation of best practices that enrich the first year journey for students at two year institutions. Our vision is to be recognized as the national expert and leading voice in enhancing the impact of the two year first year student experience.

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TYFY: Two Year First Year is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to sharing best practices among programs that support first year students at two year colleges. TYFY: Two Year First Year was created in 2013 by two year college professionals who recognized the special challenges inherent in engaging first year students at their institutions. Higher education institutions share the same goals of social and academic integration; retention and success; health and well-being. While the goals are the same, most two-year colleges have fewer resources and less time with students. Most two year colleges are not residential and many do not have athletic programs. Our students are older and more likely to face significant external demands such as children and families, and full time work. Two year colleges are often stations on the way to transfer institutions or new careers. A research project by Sharon Smith, formerly of the North Carolina Community College System office indicated a desire to create a new organization. This new organization would dedicate itself to sharing best practices and informing the staff charged with creating programs to support first year students. Since then, members have gathered from around the country to build the organization and hold a first TYFY conference in Virginia in 2015.