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Michigan's AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month

MI AmeriCorps Site Supervisor of the Month - October 2021: Sally Smarsty, College Completion Corps

As the Student Success Coordinator at Northwestern Michigan College, Sally Smarsty is a college access and success champion in every sense. She is passionate about connecting people and making college success coaching familiar to everyone. Whether she is organizing student engagement events on campus or coordinating with other departments, Sally recognizes the powerful role that belonging and community play in student success.

Sally also serves as an AmeriCorps site supervisor for two College Completion Coaches (AmeriCorps members) serving at Northwestern Michigan College. The College Completion Corps is a statewide AmeriCorps program that supports first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color as they strive to complete their certificate, associate degree, or to successfully transfer to a four-year higher education institution. College Completion Corps members meet one-on-one with students to address challenges that arise, facilitate group activities to boost sense of belonging and self-efficacy, and engage in technology-based interactions to bring awareness of academic policies, important dates, and relevant deadlines.

As a site supervisor, Sally is an incredible leader! Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable in the realm of student success, she is always encouraging of new ideas. True to creating a sense of community and belonging, Sally makes the College Completion Coaches serving at Northwestern Michigan College feel like an integral part of the Student Success team. She even created a social media group - Student Success Coaches in the Mitten - to connect Success Coaches and College Completion Coaches throughout lower Michigan.

Learn more about the College Completion Corps program and other Michigan's AmeriCorps programs making a positive impact in communities across Michigan. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.