EPISODE 02

Dr. Linda García: Building Success for the “Working Learner”
A first-generation college student herself, Dr. Linda García is now the executive director for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE). In this episode, Dr. Garcia shares how CCCSE plans to continue supporting working learner students through providing institutions the resources and tools they need to help working learners succeed. She will share insights from her research among 25,000 working students at 74 different institutions, and how that guided the development of the three questions you should ask your leadership team.
A first-generation college student herself, Dr. Linda García is now the executive director for the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE). In this episode, Dr. Garcia shares how CCCSE plans to continue supporting working learner students through providing institutions the resources and tools they need to help working learners succeed. She will share insights from her research among 25,000 working students at 74 different institutions, and how that guided the development of the three questions you should ask your leadership team.

From this episode

During the episode, Dr. García mentions the three questions that every institution should ask its leadership team:

  1. How does your college consider students who work in matters of policy and practice such as scheduling and course offerings? 
  2. What are the expectations of faculty for getting to know students and understanding the external responsibilities that these students have? 
  3. How does the college encourage and train advisors and other staff members to talk with students about balancing work and school? 

 

About Dr. García

Linda García is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of College Relations at CCCSE. Previously, Linda was Vice President of Community College Relations at the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and she has worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges, and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support, grant writing, and teaching. She served as a coach for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 and continues in this same role for the Texas Pathways Project.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville.

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