Residential Education

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What is Residential Education?

The purpose of Residential Education is to encourage academic success through residential student support services. These services are intended to foster and facilitate student development through relationship-building with university faculty and staff, assistance with forming essential skills and habits for academic success, and actively providing opportunities for critical thinking and reflection. 

Support Staff

jessicaDr. Jessica Bettencourt Wojciechowski
Assistant Director, Residential Education

My favorite thing about Stan State is...
Working with our students, supporting them as they navigate college and watching them become successful Alumni of Stan State.



As a member of the Stanislaus State community for over 15 years, Dr. Jessica Bettencourt Wojciechowski has gained a wide breadth of experience to guide her approach as the Assistant Director of Residential Education for Housing and Residential Life. 

Dr. Bettencourt Wojciechowski earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Communication and Public Relations with a minor in Psychology in 2010 from Stanislaus State. This was followed by completion of a Master of Public Administration Degree in 2013, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2018. Jessica’s educational experiences at Stanislaus State along with her experience working in higher education, including several years as an Academic and Career Advisor, have given her the opportunity to appreciate the advantages as well as the challenges students may encounter living and learning at Stan State.

Jessica and her husband Mike, who also works at Stan State, live in Turlock with their two children, Maia, Mason, and dog Geno. They welcome you to Housing and Residential Life and are proud to be part of the Warrior family!

I Can Help You...

  • Design a plan for future term success 
  • Get involved in Faculty-in-Residence programming and informal interactions
  • Build success strategies for all types of classes and instructors, with consideration for various teaching and learning styles
  • Review and understand your class syllabi: course requirements, grading scale, attendance policy, how to contact professors, how course assignments are impacted
  • Get career ready
  • Review your GPA and understand the different grading options, and even do a GPA projection based on how you feel you're doing in your classes
  • Develop study plans and create a weekly schedule for classes and studying
  • Understand how test formats have changed and best practices for online test taking
  • Manage your time effectively by prioritizing your tasks and responsibilities 
  • Connect with campus resources and support services
  • Navigate the university website, online student portal, course websites (Blackboard and Canvas), and your student email account

Peer Academic Leaders

Peer Academic Leaders, also known as PALs, are upper division or graduate students who coach residents as they navigate the transition to college, their online or in-person coursework, and work toward career readiness. 

Your 2020-21 Peer Academic Leader Team

Scarllett Renteria
Megan Dean 
Makayla Smith 
Madison Gates
Jaqueline Ceja
Jordan Monteiro
Jenah Orey

Each resident will have an assigned PAL to mentor and support them. They can help with time management skills, study skills, learning the various online platforms (Blackboard, Canvas, Outlook, student portal, online library database), setting up appointments with campus resources, and much more.

As residents go through the academic year, PALs will be there to motivate residents to achieve their academic and future career endeavors. 

Request PAL Assistance

Residential Education Programs and Support