Academic Coaching

Our Vision

Academic Coaching is a collaboration between an Academic Coach and a student in which the student creates an action plan to achieve academic goals. Coaches can help you sort through the challenges that may be preventing your academic success, such as goal-setting, time management, academic and social balance, academic performance, study skills, organization, motivation and connecting with resources. Appointments are preferred, though we will try to accommodate walk-ins.

Study Hall is a time when you can meet with other students and get assistance with homework, study skills, organization, note taking and more!  Academic Coaching is also available at this time. No appointment is necessary.

Both Academic Coaching and Study Hall are located on the second floor of the Career and Academic Skills Center, building 23 at the Fort Omaha campus. Services are available to currently enrolled students.


Debra Holst

Your coach: Student-oriented, motivated and a passionate MCC faculty member for fourteen years, Deb Holst, M.S., has earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with a Specialization in Human Development and Family Rehabilitation and a Master of Science in Family Science. Her expertise and demonstrated leadership in the areas of college success strategies, human relations skills, student empowerment and program coordination and development has made her a natural fit for Academic Coaching. Deb’s overall mission is to promote a positive learning environment, encourage a love of learning and lay the foundation for lifelong learning.

Monday - noon - 2 p. m.
Tuesday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday - noon - 4 p.m.
Thursday - 2 p.m. - 4 p .m.
Friday, Saturday - by appointment only

To schedule an appointment for Academic Coaching with Kerry:

Kerry Johnson

Your coach:  Kerry Johnson graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Writer’s Workshop and Secondary Education before starting her full-time work in education and human services. She enjoys helping others with self-advocacy, motivation and reaching goals. Trying to balance school, home and work can be stressful. With a network of support, Kerry believes students can be successful in all levels of education and life. Kerry enjoys helping students to identify their strengths so they can become  more productive, organized and confident in school.

When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family (which includes a menagerie of pets) and volunteering with a local dog rescue.