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 & 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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Contact Us:

Phone: (413) 236-1622

Monday - Friday (8am - 4pm)



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

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Upcoming Workshops

More information coming soon...



Meet Your SUCCESS Team
  • Kelsey Jones (she/her)

    Kelsey Jones
    Academic Success Coach

    Kelsey joins BCC as a Special Programs Coordinator for the Academic Success Coaching program. Kelsey earned her BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY in History and Political Science. She holds a MS in Higher Education Students Affairs Administration from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Kelsey is passionate about civic engagement and goal setting helping students everywhere she goes develop stronger connections within their communities. 

    Fun fact: Kelsey's favorite meal is dessert!

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  • Kristin Winsett (she/her)

    Kristin WinsettAcademic 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 2 cats.


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  • George Ambriz (he/him/his/el)

    George AmbrizAcademic Success Coach
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  • Eric Nystrom (he/his)

    Eric NystromAcademic 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.

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  • Gabriella E. Martinez (She/Her/Hers)
    Gabriella MartinezClerk IV
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  • Alexa Icenia (She/Her/Hers/Ella)
    Alexa Icenia

    Academic Counselor - SUCCESS/MADE Center

    Alexa Icenia joins BCC as Academic Counselor for the MADE (Multicultural Affairs, Diversity, and Engagement) Center. A first-generation Spanish-speaking educator born to Afro-Latin/Caribbean Dominican immigrants, Icenia seeks to empower and expose the disadvantaged to opportunities within community spaces. Most recently, she has worked to advance the City of Chelsea, Mass., through programs centered around Workforce Development and College Preparation. Prior experience includes serving as a Juvenile Court Liaison and Guardian ad Litem for the Miami Juvenile Justice Department. Icenia earned a master's degree in Urban education and Leadership from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UMass Dartmouth.

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  • Sarah Blizzard (She/They)

    Sarah BlizzardCoordinator, MADE (Multicultural Affairs, Diversity, and Engagement) 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.  

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Meet Your SUCCESS Student Workers
  • Kavita Victor (she/her)

    kavitaI am an undergraduate BCC Business student here at Berkshire Community College, I am lucky to have such great mentors, teachers, and awesome BCC Staff to help me. I have the best Success Coach and an awesome Academic Advisor.

    My role within the SUCCESS Program is: Peer Academic Leader (PAL)

    It's truly an honor for me to be here as a traditional student. My intended graduated date is June 2024.

    Some fun facts about me are that I am super energetic, caring, I love to help people, I never stop talking, I enjoy gardening and taking care of my family.

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  • Peyton Williams (she/her)  

    peytonHi everyone! My name is Peyton. I am a current student at BCC majoring in Business Administration. 

    I enjoy cooking, kayaking, skiing, and reading!

    My role with SUCCESS is: Success Scholar


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