First Year Connections
Tony Rand Student Center (TRSC), Room 111, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Debra Fulton

The New & Returning Student Orientation will be held on the Fayetteville Campus on October 15, 2019.


What is First Year Connections?

You’ve indicated on your admission’s application that you will be the first generation in your family to earn a College degree!

First Year Connections at FTCC helps students succeed in the classroom. Since the college environment is so different from high school, plus comes with a new set of standards, many

students are surprised at the adjustment; new skills are often required, too. We can get you there quickly!

First Year Connections


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Fayetteville Campus 2201 Hull Road Fayetteville NC 28303
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A Great Resource for First Year - First Generation College Students

What can First Year Connections do for you?

In addition to academic support, First Year Connections offers a variety of fun & exciting activities, potential for leadership positions and opportunities to make lifelong friends.

First Year Connections offers resources to help you adjust to college & excel during your college experience.

Benefits for First Year Connections Students

  • Enjoy the student lounge
  • Interact with faculty members
  • Enjoy monthly socials
  • Participate in workshops & listen to guest speakers
  • Enjoy study skills & time management training
  • Participate in community service as a group
  • Receive & give mentoring through peer environment

Do you have questions?

Join in the Connection Café Blog!

  • Would you like to be heard?
  • Do you have questions?
  • Would you like to interact with people in the know?

Then you have come to the right place! The Café will help you get guidance, insight, tips and just have a listening ear because we care about your future and helping you succeed!


Are you new to Blackboard’s Discussion area?

How to login to the Connection Café

  • Go to Blackboard
  • Login with your 1Login username/password
  • Once logged in find the My Organizations module (block or tile area titled “My Organizations”)
    • Click on the Connect Café link on the left side menu
      • Note: Blog, Discussion, Discussion Board & Forum are used interchangeable in Blackboard
  • Select the Connection Café Blog link to access & post in the blog
  • Under the Connection Café Blog title, click the down arrow & select the Open option.

Visit the Assessment Retention Center!

Do you need login help, assistance registering for curriculum classes or just a place to get answers to questions you have about FTCC?

Stop by the Assessment Retention Center!
  • Located in the Tony Rand Student Center
  • Room 4
  • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday; 8:00AM to 5:00PM
    • Tuesdays opened until 7:00PM

Contact Info:

Peer Mentors & Staff Members

  • Our mentors and staff will help you learn and guide you throughout your FTCC journey.
  • Mentors and staff are successful & experienced college students.
  • First year Connections participants are matched with a mentor or staff member in the same or similar major.
  • Mentors meet with students in small groups and individually.
  • One goal of First Year Connections is to stay in touch with you & help you achieve success!

Additional Information

  • Student in First Year Connections have a higher retention rate than those who are not in First Year connections
  • First Year Connections students represent a diverse group, with students from many different backgrounds, cultures, areas & majors
  • First Year Connections provides a unique pathway to help students network & become involved in various College activities
  • As a 3rd semester student, you will have the opportunity to be a mentor & help educate new First Year Connections generation students.