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Meet the Staff

Rachel VerettoRachel Veretto
Program Coordinator III, Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6641

My name is Rachel Veretto and I am thrilled that you’ve made Aims your college of choice! I joined the Aims community in 2005 and has been with FYE since 2012. I love working in the Center for the First-Year Experience because I get to impact students’ lives from the moment they walk onto campus until they walk across the stage at graduation.

It is my personal goal to get to know as many of you as I can through the various activities and events the center hosts and the AAA classes I teach. I want FYE to become your go-to safe space when you need help. We want to connect you to the people and resources on campus that will help you succeed! Stop in and visit us, and let’s make it a great first year!

Success Tip: After the first few classes, take all of your syllabi and transfr assignment due dates for tests, quizzes, papers, readings, etc. into your planner. This will allow you to prioritize each day, week and month so you aren’t scrambling to complete your work the night before.


Ty' Ray ThompsonTy’ Ray Thompson
Program Coordinator II, Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6595

If you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t. Either way you’re right ("The little Engine That Could," 2011). Ty’ Ray Thompson joined Aims Community College in spring 2015, and so far, it has been awesome! So much of who he is as a professional has been shaped by his Christian faith and by many individuals (family and friends) who have taken the time to offer their wisdom, guidance and encouragement.

This is what he looks forward to being for Aims students, a coach and a #1 fan.

Student Success Tip: 1) Take the time to do some goal planning, 2) Tell someone you trust and respect about your goals, 3) Post them in a place where they are visible and look at them daily, and 4) Think positive, and tell yourself *you can*!


Jackie ChabotJackie Chabot photo
Program Coordinator II, Center for the First-Year Experience
(970) 339-6531

My name is Jackie Chabot and I have been with Aims Community College for over a decade and counting.  I previously began working at Aims Community College back in 2005 and have recently been given the opportunity to transition to the First Year Experience Office as Program Coordinator.  I look forward to being able to make a difference and impact students’ lives through the various programs that the Center for the First Year Experiences has to offer, such as iFocus workshops.  As I have traveled through my own educational journey I have been both a traditional and non-traditional student at different points in my life and I know that each comes with its own set of challenges.  I know it isn’t always easy to juggle work, friends, and family while also pursuing your educational goals.  Especially when life throws you curve balls at the most unexpected times, making it difficult at times to stay on track and pursue your goals and dreams.  The key is to stay focused, don’t give up and know that there is support to help you get through it.     

Success Tip:   Meet with your advisor on a regular basis to help you stay on target for completing your program requirements and meeting your goals that you have set for yourself.  Your advisor can help assist you with answering questions you may have about pre-requisites, program course options and career goals.  Utilize their services to help ensure that you are taking courses that you need to complete your program.  

Therese EdwardsTherese Edwards photo
Work Study - FYE Liaison

My name is Therese and I am currently working on a Business Technology Administrative Assistant, AAS degree. I have completed five semesters here at Aims and I am a proud alum of the Catalyst program. I am excited to be a part of the FYE office as a work study student and I look forward to being of service any way that I can. I am grateful for the opportunity to help support first time college students. To watch students grow, change and open their hearts through education and community is something I would not have wanted to miss. I plan to complete my Administrative Assistant degree and then I will begin working on my Liberal Arts associate degree. I have discovered new things that I am passionate about by attending college, one of which is we are all life-long learners and it is never too late to go to college and find your dream.

Success Tip: Learn everything you can and make the most of your time in college, you will never regret it. Do more than you think you can and lean into discomfort, that’s how we all learn and that is why we are all here. Keep an open-mind, because you will surprise yourself.

Brittni Robson
Work Study - FYE Liaison

Brittni currently is working on her Associate Degree in Anthropology at Aims. She hopes to transfer to the University of Northern Colorado or Colorado State University to finish her bachelor’s degree, and after that she will be going for her master’s in Occupational Therapy. Her third semester at Aims was in Spring 2016. She hopes to make more connections with students and faculty. She loves being involved on campus. Brittni is a proud member of Catalyst, and she helps with iFocus workshops, as well. She hopes to continue working in the First-Year Experience office for many more semesters.

Success Tip: Learn about the different activities offered at Aims and get involved with the campus community. Clubs, Catalyst, FYE office and iFocus workshops are all ways to improve your experience!