Academic Success Coaching

What is Academic Success Coaching?

Academic Success Coaching is a support that will give you the opportunity to:

  • Establish connections with multiple offices across BCC and navigate barriers to increase their success
  • Identify and build upon learning style while achieving exploration and learning to advocate for self
  • Explore and discover interests, goals, academic and personal success strategies
  • Support, challenge, and manage as they work towards success and completion of goals
  • Achieve an increased executive skillset by developing organizational and time management skills to help reach success
  • Develop action plans for academic, career and personal development goals to succeed in college and beyond

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Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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What are the benefits of working with a Coach?
  • Tailored individual experiences
  • Opportunity to strengthen skills needed for success
  • Individual support related to your academic needs and goals
  • Improved personal skills and behaviors
  • Strengthened work life balance
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Increased confidence in your own success
  • Enhanced self-awareness of goals and skills
  • Personable relationship building
  • Making connections with BCC
A visual graphic depicting how the various components of academic success coaching work together to help students meet their requirements and achieve their goals

Upcoming Workshops

  • To be announced

Meet Your SUCCESS Team

  • George R. Ambriz (he/him/his/el)
    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of SUCCESS


    George is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Director of SUCCESS who oversees BCC's Academic SUCCESS Coaching program. He earned an associate degree from Cochise College in Arizona, a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from Western New Mexico University, and a master's degree in Public Administration from UNLV. He is currently a doctoral candidate for a Doctorate of Philosophy from UNLV, in Public Affairs. George started at BCC in June of 2018 as the Director of Academic Advising, Career Development, and Transfer Services. He loves spending time with his wife and two little boys while visiting various restaurants and cities.

    George Ambriz
  • Sheaden Callahan (she/her)
    Clerk IV


    Sheaden Callahan is the Clerk IV for the SUCCESS Program. She earned her B.A in Psychology at MCLA, and has enjoyed living in the Berkshires since. She is passionate about cultivating positive relationships and providing individual support to all of the SUCCESS students. In her free time, she enjoys walking, trying new foods, dog watching, and relaxing.

    Sheaden Callahan
  • Gabriella E. Martinez (she/her)
    Community/Outreach Counselor - SUCCESS Essential Needs Navigator


    A native to Berkshire County, Gabriella attended American International College (AIC), where she earned her B.A. in sociology. Her passion for higher education brings her back to the Berkshires, where she seeks to foster the strong sense of community within BCC and help students succeed to their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, biking, reading or doing yoga.

    Gabriella Martinez
  • Eric Nystrom (he/his)
    Academic Success Coach


    Eric earned his bachelor's degree from Nichols College majoring in psychology. He continued his studies at Springfield College where he received a master's degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in student personnel in higher education. He has served at BCC in a variety of roles since 2005. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach.

    Eric Nystrom
  • Kristin Winsett (she/her)
    Academic Success Coach


    Kristin is an Academic Success Coach for the BCC Success Coaching Program as well as the TRIO Learning Specialist. Kristin holds a B.A. in Biochemistry, a M.S. in Biomedical Science and a Certificate in Public Health from Regis College. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, doing puzzles, baking and spending time with her two cats.

    Kristin Winsett
  • Sarah Burdick (she/her)
    Academic Success/Career Coach


    Sarah Burdick is an Academic SUCCESS/Career Coach for the SUCCESS Program. She earned her bachelor's degree from MCLA majoring in Psychology. Sarah is certified as an Out Alliance Safe Zone Trainer and has prior experience in academic coaching/advising, multicultural affairs, and student records. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and her two pets, a cat and a dog.

    Sarah Burdick
  • Dana Buxton (she/her)
    Academic Success Coach


    Dana Buxton is the Academic SUCCESS Coach for the Disabilities Resource Center. She comes to BCC with more than 15 years of experience supporting diverse populations to heal, grow, and achieve their life goals. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University and her master's degree in Psychology, with a focus in Ecopsycholgy, from Antioch University Seattle. Originally from Texas, she loves the natural beauty of the Berkshires and is an avid birder.

    Dana Buxton

  • Sarah Blizzard (she/they)
    Coordinator, MADE Center


    "Hi! I'm Sarah, the Coordinator for the Multicultural Affairs, Diversity, and Engagement (MADE) Center. I am originally from North Carolina, where I earned my BA and MA in Communication Studies at UNC-Greensboro. I moved to Denver, Colorado where I earned my EdD in Higher Education from University of Denver. After completing my degree, I moved to Vermont, where I still live. For fun, I like to journal, crochet, kayak and play piano."

    Sarah Blizzard

SUCCESS Student Positions

  • Mariangel "Mari" Dus (she/her)
    Peer Academic Leader


    "My name is Mariangel (Mari). I am originally from Costa Rica, I love dogs, coking, baking and on my free time I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. My program in BCC is Social Work, and I have a Multicultural club on campus. I am the president of the Student Government Association, Vice President of fellowship in PTK honor society, STEM mentor, BCC orientation leader, and the Peer Academic Leader for SUCCESS program. I would love to help you connect with essential resources, and programs BCC has to offer to help you reach your academic success. Feel free to contact me if you need help, or just chat."

    Mariangel Dus
  • Ashton Bird (he/they)
    Peer Academic Leader


    "My pronouns are He/They and I'm a psychology major in my second year at BCC. I am disabled, transgender, and queer and have experience learning to navigate these barriers on top of my classes and other life commitments. I enjoy creative ways of expressing myself such as art and music, and love to help other people indulge in their creative sides in a similar way so they may integrate it into their work. I am good at time management, scheduling, keeping life organized, and finding ways to make sure life's joys don't get lost in their stresses. I am very enthusiastic about working with people to find alternate solutions to their problems when the standard advice and methods just don't seem to cut it. I hope to make meaningful connections with other students, and help them fulfill their potential in a way that works for, and is meaningful to them."

    Ashton Bird
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