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Otis College's First Year Experience Program

Otis College's FYE Program - Take FLIGHT - focuses on helping first year foundation students and new foundation transfer students succeed academically and personally. Students will find support to thrive academically, engage positively with their peers, and create a healthy mindset in order to be their best creative selves by participating in the program's six sessions.

Take FLIGHT Sessions

All 6 sessions must be completed by first year foundation students and transfer foundation students by May 1st, 2020 in order to receive the $500 first year scholarship.

  • Take FLIGHT 2020-2021


    Check back for final session dates in mid-August 2020!

  • Finding Friends - Helping Students Create Community and A Sense of Belonging

    Students can complete this session by:

    1. Attending a Find Friends Event or a Peer Mentor Event
    2. Meeting with their peer mentor one-on-one 

    Peer mentor events can be found on Otis Owl Events with the tag #Find Friends.  Students can meet with their peer mentor one-on-one by emailing them directly. Look out for monthly newsletters and emails from your peer mentor!

    Check back for event dates in mid-August 2020!

  • Learn About Money - Improving Your Financial Health

    This is a two-part session that must be completed in order to receive credit. Students must:

    1. Complete a 30-minute online course called “Creating a Budget (and sticking to it)” Go to your student dashboard at, click on “Finances” in the side menu, and click on the “iGrad” icon at the top of the page. You will then go to the “courses” tab, and find the appropriate course. Be sure to complete the entire course in order to get credit for this first part!
    2. Attend virtual Finanicial Health Workshop hosted by the One Stop.

    In order to succesfully complete this, students must complete two parts.

    Check back for workshop dates in mid-August 2020!

  • Identity and Diversity - Developing Awareness of Yourself

    In order to receive credit, students must:

    1. Attend a virtual Take FLIGHT Identity and Diversity workshop. Check your Owl Events App for dates and details.


    Check back for workshop dates in mid-August 2020!

  • Goal Mapping - Exploring Your Personal Profile to Expand Your Career Development

    Students have two options they can choose from in order to complete this session,

    1. The first option is to attend a virtual Take FLIGHT Goal Mapping workshop hosted by Career Services staff, and only need to attend one of the sessions offered.

    In order to successfully complete this, students must attend one of the workshops and check into the event.

    Check back for workshop dates in mid-August 2020!

    2. The second option is to book an individual Take FLIGHT Career Counseling Session through the Job Board/Career Portal located on your dashboard (select career appointments and choose your preferred date/time).

    • Please indicate in the notes section of your appointment request “Goal Mapping –Take Flight Session”.
    • Appointments will be conducted virtually via Zoom and you will be sent your career counseling Zoom meeting link directly.


    Students can choose to complete only one of these two options to receive credit for this session.

  • Health & Wellness - Developing a Wellness Mindset and Strategies for Self-Care

    Students must attend a virtual workshop hosted by our Otis College staff from the Student Health and Wellness Center. Students will learn how to develop positive coping mechanisms in order to be successful personally and academically.

    In order to succesfully complete this, students must attend one of the workshops and check into the event.

    Check back for workshop dates in mid-August 2020!

  • Time & Project Management - A Holistic Approach to Setting Priorities

    There are two seperate opportunities you can attend in order to complete this experience. You do not need to complete both in order to receive credit. Students must:

    1. Attend a virtual workshop hosted by the Student Learning Center. Details will be shared through the Owl Events App.
    2. Attend only 1 one-on-one in person appointment with an Academic Success Coach. The Student Learning Center provides one-on-one, 20 minute Time and Project Management coaching sessions. Students will meet with a success coach to review, plan, and/or practice proven strategies that first year students need to be successful. Students have the flexibility to meet with a coach in-person in the Student Learning Center or online, via Otis' online conferencing software Zoom. When choosing this option, students must attend two Time and Project Management coaching sessions. Students may make an appointment with a coach via that SLC's appointment system.

    Students must complete at least one of the options listed above to receive credit.

    Check back for workshop dates in mid-August 2020!

Other Information

  • $500 First Year Scholarship

    In order to receive your $500 scholarship in full, new first year foundation students MUST attend and complete all 6 sessions as outlined. First-Year Foundation Students have until April 15, 2020, to complete all six sessions successfully. Once students have completed their six sessions, a $500 Scholarship will be posted to their student account toward their Fall 2019 account balance.

    Scholarship Disclosure: The FYE scholarship is offered only to new foundation and new foundation transfer students for the Fall 2020 semester and cannot be transferred to any prior or future semesters. The FYE award is non-refundable and is applied to tuition charges only. You are required to have minimum of 2.00 GPA. The full award will be rescinded if your enrollment drops below full time (12 credit hours), you withdraw from all classes or found guilty of an ethics violation any time during the Fall 2020 semester. Your eligibility for the scholarship award may be reduced if you receive other tuition specific financial assistance (external scholarships, grants, VA or employer education benefits). The total amount of all tuition specific aid cannot exceed the Fall 2020 tuition charges. This scholarship award will be included in your billing statements and/ or individually prepared invoices. All federal aid (loans, grants, Yellow Ribbon, GI Bill, etc.), state, and institutional aid will be coordinated to not exceed the total cost of attendance.

  • Soar Higher

    There are many other activities and events that could help you soar even higher and make the most out of your first year at Otis College. We suggest exploring the following:

    • Attend Life Drawing and Building Form workshops after class; this will help you fine tune your skills.
    • Explore additional online financial management courses on iGrad
    • Attend Health and Wellness events! Find all dates and times at Owl Events online.
    • Attend workshops and guest lectures on campus—there are so many great speakers we bring to campus to help inspire your own creativity
    • Meet with your Academic Mentor regularly—they are an amazing resource!
    • Visit an Academic Advisor at the One Stop--go to your Dashboard to make an appointment!
    • Join a club or organization. Find out more information on Otis Owl Events online
    • Visit the Ben Maltz Gallery exhibit on campus
    • Attend at least 2 student activities events—you can find information on Otis Owl Events online
    • Go to residential programs put on by our RA (if living on campus)
    • Consider submitting to the Excellence E-Portfolio Competition
  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Take FLIGHT and learn how to:

    1. Improve time and project management.
    2. Locate and use both on campus (One Stop) and web platforms (Dashboard) as resources for course engagement, advising, registration, and financial questions.
    3. Access campus resources such as peer mentors, academic mentors and advisors, tutors, and other offices and individuals who support their success at Otis College.
    4. Develop interpersonal relationships with a diverse community at Otis College and in the Greater Los Angeles area that further enhances their sense of identity.
    5. Determine the habits and practices that support self-care and encourage independent problem solving.
    6. Participate in co-curricular experiences such as joining a club/organization, attending campus and residential programs, and/or initiate their career development plan.