Does Your Current Coaching Offer Inspiration, Transformation and Empowerment to your Students?


Help students cultivate a vision of what’s possible for their future by harnessing their talents to thrive in college/career as leaders and change-makers.


Integrate analytics, pedagogy and technology that put students in the driver’s seat of life-long learning and the social literacy to succeed in life, career and society. 


Ensure graduates develop professional skills needed to contribute their abilities to reach financial success, personal fulfillment and civic leadership.

Coaching strategies support students to build, maintain and drive determination to obtain a college degree, launching to promotion pathway employment after graduation. Coaching can help your students and your staff finish this hard year as strong as possible.


LifeBound Inclusive Coaching makes it happen. Read the profile below Melanie Turrano, M.A. and Dean at Lehigh Carbon Community College who is a coach everyday improving the lives of her faculty and students.


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Melanie Turrano, M.A.

Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Academic Services and Student Development

Lehigh Carbon

Community College

In the time since your LB coaching training experience, how has coaching influenced you and your work as an educator?

LifeBound’s philosophy that coaching is for everyone and that everyone benefits from an Academic/Success Coach has transformed my approach with students in my classes. During my interactions with students, I ask them to identify self-care plans, and, through guiding questions, identify their own solutions. Watching students become empowered is highly rewarding as an educator. Through LifeBound training, my awareness that the universal need for positive support has exponentially increased and that deliberate, intentional coaching strategies yield outcomes that change students’ lives. 

How has LB coaching knitted a common fabric in your department? 

Over the last semester, we have used LifeBound exclusively for the professional development of our coaches, so our team’s philosophy and vision are cohesive and united. Coaching created a case management approach to student services which we were missing. Since services were siloed, one department did not know what approach was previously taken to support students and help them be more successful, so, perhaps from a student perspective, the outreach could have seemed disjointed and unpredictable. Coaching allows for intrusive outreach that is driven by data and creates paths for follow up and relationships that lead to retention. 

How have you set up a campus-wide culture of coaching, and what effects is it having on students and faculty?

At our institution we engage in a Professional Learning Community with the 20 coaches who are interacting with our students with the common purpose of student success. The Professional Learning Community of Coaches is coached by me, and we meet twice a month. We have gained so much from supporting and learning from one another. Together we created mission and vision statements so that the college community would know our purpose and we can revisit our “why” to remain on track and energized.

Our Mission: Coaches encourage student success by providing guidance and the navigation of college resources to bridge the gap for students to overcome academic, social, technological, and organizational barriers.

Our Vision: Respectfully assist students in identifying the barriers and challenges to meeting their goals, and then empowering students to take organized, intentional steps to meeting those goals through purposeful relationships and honest, compassionate communication.

Furthermore, our coaches work with advisors, faculty, learning specialists, disability support specialists, financial aid, registration, and counseling to provide optimum resource awareness for our students, especially during this very uniquely challenging time in higher education due to Covid-19.

Our students comment that the relationships they are building as well as the feeling of care and empathy exuded by our coaches has made them more connected to our institution. Our faculty has spent a great deal of time coaching their students remotely over this last year. Many of our adjunct instructors have become coaches recently and see the benefits of intrusive deliberate connections with our study body.


In this time of revealed systemic racism, how can LB coaching be a tool to build equity, unite citizens, and restore democracy?

Our coaches are aware of the multiple social barriers and challenges our students face each day, so respect is paramount to our interactions with students as well as intentional relationship building and compassionate conversations and communication. This awareness was increased and honed through LifeBound’s use of an Inclusive Coaching philosophy that promotes access and equity through respectful and empowering conversations with students to maximize their potential growth and success. Embracing different perspectives through different lenses is encouraged by LifeBound and lived by our coaches.



Coaching strategies support students to build, maintain and drive determination to obtain a college degree, launching to promotion pathway employment after graduation.


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for our 3-day, virtual Introduction to Inclusive Coaching

May 7, 14, & 21 (Fridays)

June 11, 18 & 25 (Fridays)

July 12, 19, & 26 (Mondays)

July 15, 22 & 29 (Thursdays)

August 9, 11 & 13 (MWF)

This virtual event will condense five days of coaching training into three days of a flipped-classroom learning model, where you will have time outside of the class to further the learning we experience in the Zoom format.



This one-day, targeted edition of LifeBound coaching training will give you coaching tools to use in your work with students as they are right now.

Students are striving to cope with the pandemic and the crisis of entrenched racism while transitioning to partially- or fully-online college coursework. Coaching strategies can support students’ functioning and accountability as they face financial, social, emotional, and academic issues in this time. 

Friday, April 30th

Cost $497

*only a few spaces remain


Would you like to become a LifeBound Certified Coach?

Cohort is set for an early spring start and is accepting applications now. We will have fifteen in the 2021 class. If you would like to apply, please click here.

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High-Impact Summer Bridge Strategies

In this webinar, hosted by our partners at The NROC project, we explore the power of compact summer FYE courses, bolstered by personalized review in math and English, to improve student retention and success. Inclusive Coaching can knit together this work for advisors and faculty in ways that build strong bridges to incoming freshmen. These supports will encourage learners beginning college in 2021 to embrace self-advocacy, collaboration, respect for differences, and curiosity, all of which inform academic, work, and life choices.



Carol Carter

CEO of LifeBound

Founder, Global MindED

Author, Keys to Success

Keys to Success ebook is the perfect solution for your Summer Bridge Courses

Cost is only $30.00

Keys to College Success sets the standard for connecting academic success to success beyond school, showing students how to apply strategies within college, career, and life. Offers Keys tried-and-true emphasis on thinking skills and problem-solving, re-imagined with two goals in mind: One, a risk and reward framework that reflects the demands today's students face, and two, a focus on student experience with a more extensive research base and increased metacognition.

Email Michelle Bradin to request a review copy

Summer Bridge Success Brought to you by LifeBound and The Keys to Success Series

Student-success curriculum read by over 3 million students.

Keys to College Success eBook, includes embedded assessments.

See samples of data from recent student participants by clicking the link below.


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