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First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience Program at Rend Lake College is designed to improve student engagement in the college experience by fostering personal connections and increased communication with faculty, staff, and peers. New students will also learn skills such as time management and organization which lead to improved academic performance and are essential for success in the workplace and higher education beyond graduation. The First Year Experience also prepares students to meet professional standards for behavior including professional codes of conduct, integrity, and ethics. After completing the FYE program, students will understand and successfully navigate the college culture including the virtual and physical environments of the college. These elements are taught through Orientation 1101. This course is a graduation requirement for all new students who are enrolled and are seeking an Associate's Degree.

Program Outcomes

Orientation (FYE)

  1. Improve student engagement by fostering connections with faculty, staff, and peers.
  2. Improve soft skills such as time management and organization.
  3. Prepare students to meet professional standards of behavior.
  4. Help students understand and successfully navigate the college culture.


  • FYE students complete Service Projects (standalone photos)

    INA, Ill. (May 10, 2016) - As final exams sweep across the Rend Lake College campus, students enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) Orientation classes can rest easier knowing their end-of-the-year service projects are done. This semester, approximately 60 students decided, by class, what their service projects would be, with a majority choosing to follow in the footsteps of classes last...
  • FYE Orientation classes deliver "Flat Stanley" to local grade schools (standalone photos)

    "FLAT STANLEY'S" FINAL DELIVERYINA, Ill. (Dec. 11, 2015) - Thanks to the hard work of nearly 600 First Year Experience (FYE) orientation students at Rend Lake College, second grade classrooms across Southern Illinois have a special book present this holiday season. FYE Coordinator Hillary Halsey, RIGHT, and RLC student and baseball player Jake Vernon of Elkhart, Ind., LEFT, delivered dozens of...
  • RLC staff shares details of the First Year Experience program at the HLC Annual Conference (standalone photos)

    Sharing the First Year ExperienceCHICAGO, Ill. (March 30, 2015) - Rend Lake College staff Christina Kuberski, Vice President of Academic Instruction, and Henry Leeck, Dean of Liberal Arts, participated in the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) Annual Conference yesterday in Chicago. At the RLC booth, Kuberski and Leeck shared information about the college's First Year Experience (FYE) freshman...
  • FYE Orientation classes wrap up service projects

    INA, Ill. (Dec. 4, 2014) – With finals only one week away, the First Year Experience (FYE) Orientation classes at Rend Lake College are finishing up several service projects for four community organizations. Around 600 freshmen students participated in the service projects, which were chosen by the class as a whole. Students could pick from The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West...

Specialist – Recruitment & Student Success
Phone Extension: 1323
B.S., Eastern Illinois University | A.A., Lake Land College

Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: FYE
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: FYE