Who are Pod Leaders?
Pod Leaders are student leaders who provide support for their peers in all stages of their Whatcom journey. From calling newly admitted students to make sure they know how to register, to meeting with a peer who is struggling to make time for homework, they do it all.
What do Pod Leaders do
The Pod Leaders support orientation efforts in making students feel welcome to campus during Wave New Student Orientation. They do this through detailed campus tours, assisting with facilitated session management, and building relationships with and between students during Orientation. Pod Leaders serve as the first point of contact between new students and the greater Whatcom community; and contribute to a more accepting campus climate by modeling Whatcom Community College values. Pod Leaders also assist in the coordination of the Whatcom Wave through regular communication with the Coordinator for Student Success and Retention to ensure continuing development of this important program.
Pod Leaders also support students who are struggling throughout the academic year by completing outreach calls to students with early alerts, tabling, visiting classes to inform students about opportunities and resources on campus, and meeting with students in the role of a peer mentor or connecting the students to other appropriate support staff on campus.
Current Pod Leaders
Eva-Marie Richardson - My name is Eva, and this is my sixth quarter at WCC! I aspire to graduate next winter with a transfer degree, and gain admittance to Western Washington University with plans of enrolling into their political science, philosophy, and economics (PPE) program. When I'm not on campus I'm playing trivia with my friends, going on bike rides with my partner, or working at Boundary Bay Brewery! I'm an advocate for students supporting students, so it would be my pleasure to help you if you're looking for someone to talk to!
Nick Williams - My name is Nick Williams and I'm a Pod Leader here at WCC. I'm currently majoring in Cyber Security and plan to graduate with my bachelor's degree in 2021. As a Pod Leader, I'm here to offer support to students at all phases of their educational career. If you find yourself falling behind, struggling to make time for your classes, or need to reassess your educational goals, come down and see us in the Laidlaw building in LDC-118.
Blayze Kiefer-Vanderyacht - Options High School graduate earning their Associate of the Arts and Sciences with a plan to transfer to Western Washington University to study gender and sexuality. Other interests of mine include marine science and the fine arts. Outside of academics, I love to geek out on anything Marvel and I am greatly passionate for mental health education.
Chloe McCabe - I am currently working to earn my certificate in the Chemical Dependency Professional program. I will pair that with my Bachelor's in Psychology from Western to work in a counseling field. I've worked in the clothing, food, and building industry. I'm here to assist in some research, planning, and brainstorming to make the college experience awesome.
Become a Pod Leader
If you're interested in becoming a Pod Leader, review the questions below and find out if you are work study eligible today by contacting Financial Aid.
Anyone who qualifies for Work Study (Visit Financial Aid to find out if you are eligible) can apply to be a Pod Leader! However we do have a few more qualifications to be considered a top-tier candidate:
2.25 cumulative GPA
Earned at least 20 college level credits with 2.0 or better in those courses
Ability to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoons (shifts can vary, but working hours will fall between these time spans, with the possibility of working until 6:30 on occasion)
Ability to work at all Wave Orientations
Enthusiasm for college and supporting students
Willingness to learn new technologies (office phones, Starfish system)
Willingness to teach college navigational skills in 1:1 settings (Class Search, Starfish degree planner, scheduling appointments via Starfish)
Strong email etiquette and writing skills
They do! The current rate for Work Study positions is $12/hr.
Where can I apply to be a Pod Leader?
You can apply online here: http://whatcom.edu/podleaderapplication
You can pick up a paper application in the Entry and Advising office in LDC 116, just ask for Ben Reed.