Academic Coaching

The EXITOS Project at Inter Bayamón offers academic coaching services to all STEM students. These services are aimed at assisting students in achieving their academic and professional goals through a comprehensive and systemic process of advising. The Academic Coaching team consists of four very knowledgeable coaches led by the coaching coordinator Shirley Olmo. The academic coaches include two engineering professors, Dr. Nedim Vardar and Dr. Eduardo Lay, and two natural science professors, Dr. Omar Cueto and Prof. Francisco Marcano.

In Academic Coaching students are referred by their professors, campus counselors or members of the administration; they may also arrive to the coaching office on their own. Upon receiving the referral, the coaching coordinator assesses the student’s needs and, if the situation is academically related, she coordinates a meeting between the student and one of the four coaches. The coaches offer advice on study habits, study plans, and professional goals. If needed, the student may be advised to participate of the tutoring services. In situations that are not academically related, the student is referred to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Academic Coaching also includes activities and workshops for STEM students. These activities are aimed at covering situations that are common to all STEM students on campus. Among these activities are the Freshman Welcome, Course Registration Workshops and Orientation on Student Academic Compliance, among others.

The recent devastation by Hurricane Maria has caused a need to refocus some of the coaching services. Academic Coaching has taken an important role in identifying and assisting students affected by the storm’s devastation. We have assisted in contacting students who have not returned to class after the hurricane and offered advise on how to reengage in the course work; acting as a liaison between faculty and students. If the situation is not related to academics, students are directed to the appropriate personnel for assistance.

For more information you can contact:

Mrs. Shirley Olmo - Coaching Coordinator
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2115, 2138
Office: D 225
Dr. Nedim Vardar
Schedule: Monday - 11:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday - 2:30 p.m. a 3:00 p.m.
Thursday- 10:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m./2:30 a 3:00 p.m.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2276
Office: G 131
Dr. Eduardo Lay
Schedule: Tuesday - 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.d.
Wednesday - 12:00 m.d. a 1:00 p.m.
Thursday- 9:00 a.m. a 10:00 a.m.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2283
Office: G 235
Dr. Omar Cueto
Schedule: Monday - 8:00 a.m. a 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. a 2:30 p.m.
Friday- 9:00 a.m. a 10:00 a.m.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2116
Office: F 137
Dra. Mónica Nadal
Schedule: Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.d.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2248
Office: G 124
Prof. Emely Morales
Schedule: Monday - 11:00 a.m. a 12:00 m.d.
Wednesday - 12:00 m.d. a 2:00 p.m.
Telephone: (787) 279-1912 Ext. 2248
Office: G 124