WDLL – Student Success: OSSR
Mission – The Office of Student Success and Retention is responsible for ensuring the successful transition of WDLL diverse student population. The office works to increase WDLL’s persistence, matriculation, retention and student certification earnings. This is done by focusing on initiatives that include enhancing acadOSemic advising, promoting career and job placement training, and insuring that effective outreach is available to students.
Vision – The Office of Student Success and Retention vision is to provide wrap around services for the whole student. The services of the office focus on four pillars to improve student success:
- Career Education
- Academic Advising Services
- Student Development and Counseling
- Persistence, Matriculation, and Retention
The WDLL Student Success Team is comprised of Student Success Specialist and Career Counselors. Each area is supervised by the Director that reports directly to the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning.
The Student Success Specialist staff provides services and resource referrals that support students with academic services and also non-academic matters that may impact a student’s ability to complete their coursework. Staff provide academic advising and academic support for students from the intake process through course or pathway completion as well as a comprehensive and culturally sensitive set of support services designed to ensure the academic success of at-risk students.
The Career Counselor staff provides services that support student transitions to degree-based educational opportunities and/or employment opportunities that are aligned with a career pathway. Staff provide a comprehensive range of career services designed to assist students and other stakeholders in reaching their career goals and objectives. Staff also develop and manage external employer relationships purposed to collect employer feedback and to generate potential employment, intern- ship, or externship opportunities. In addition, staff also provide assistance to students interested in transitioning to degree programs offered by two or four year institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Michael Durant, Jr., Director
Mr. Julius Martin, Associate Director
Ms. Marie Brown, Program Specialist & Assessment
Congress Heights – SE
Mr. Derek Andrews – Career Counselor
Ms. Kim. M. Blaney-Bivings – Student Success Specialist
Mr. Broc Szymkowicz – Career Counselor
Mr. Bobby Marshall – Student Success Specialist
Mr. H. David Odom Jr. – Business Partnership Coordinator
Bertie Backus – NE
Mr. Steven Lee – Student Success Specialist
Ms. Sabrina Simmons – – Student Success Specialist
Ms. Ama Giddens – Career Counselor
Mrs. Paulette Wooten-Martin – Career Counselor
Ms. Doneviere Battle – Business Partnership Coordinator
WDLL courses are offered at two UDC locations:
Bertie Backus Campus
5171 South Dakota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20017
Congress Heights Campus
3100 Martin Luther King Jr SE
Washington, DC 20032