Employee Assistance Program

York Technical College

Kerri McGuire - Director of Counseling and Support Services

Challenge

As a 2-year technical college, we have an older student body than a typical college, which means our students come to us with some very serious work-life issues. When you layer coursework on top of an existing job and family, it can be very stressful. Another challenge our counseling center faces is how transient our student body is. They tend to commute to campus from other places, so we need to offer a network of providers where our students live and work.

Solution

We started using McLaughlin Young’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) as an extension to the services we provide at our on-campus counseling center. Thanks to McLaughlin Young’s strong local network of community providers, our students can receive 1:1 counseling close to their home or workplace. To drive awareness of the counseling resources available to students, McLaughlin Young provides us with EAP wallet cards that are discrete and easy to distribute. We also post their custom student-facing flyers in heavily-trafficked areas on campus; and, at our annual health fair, McLaughlin Young sets up a booth to educate students about the opportunities for counseling.

Results

York Technical College opened its counseling center in 2011, and as students started responding and faculty starting making referrals, traffic really picked up. Now, thanks to our partnership with McLaughlin Young, we can cost-effectively meet the needs of our campus with professional, long-term counselors. Our students appreciate the confidentiality that comes from meeting with a counselor close to home or work instead of on campus. Most importantly, however, McLaughlin Young’s SAP has become a great retention tool by helping students overcome personal issues or work-life challenges and stay enrolled.