Center for Academic and Career Success

All CACS Programs and Services have gone fully remote!

The Center for Academic and Career Success is committed to transitioning all our programs and services to an online format. Please visit these links for information and resources:


We have many different support options that offer drop-in help on a regular, weekly basis over the course of the semester.


We provide a variety of academic support options to all students completely free of charge!


Help right when you need it! Utilize online resources to build academic skills.

Our Mission:

To assist Paul Smith’s College students in achieving their academic goals by providing a variety of effective academic support options.

Paul Smith’s first established a peer tutoring program in 1985. Since then, we’ve grown to become a comprehensive academic support program. Each year, many Paul Smith’s students take advantage of the broad range of services we offer in order to reach their goals for academic success. Our caring and dedicated staff work closely with our faculty to provide the kind of support that will improve learning and classroom performance. Please stop by our home on the second floor of the Joan Weill Adirondack Library. We look forward to meeting you!


Courtney Bringley

Executive Director
Center for Academic and Career Success
(518) 327-6059
Joan Weill Adirondack Library 205

Courtney has been at Paul Smith’s College for ten years. Throughout this time she has been a driving force behind the College’s comprehensive student support initiatives and oversees all of the College’s academic and career support programs and services.  As the Executive Director of the Center for Academic and Career Success, Courtney communicates daily with our faculty and staff to ensure the academic and career support programs we provide are meeting the needs of each and every student on campus.  In addition to providing leadership for the Center for Academic and Career Success, Courtney is very involved with our First Year programming. She supervises our Welcome Week Peer Leaders and coordinates our First Year Experience program. Courtney can also help students who are interested in Internship opportunities considering withdrawing or have questions about transferring from Paul Smith’s College.

Tracy Elliott

Tutor Coordinator

(518) 327-6137 

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library 203

Tracy coordinates the peer tutoring program and works closely with the director of the Center for Academic and Career Success. Tracy hires and trains our student peer tutors and SI leaders. She also schedules tutoring sessions for students seeking support and reports on outcomes and success rates for the program. Tracy helps develop team-building activities and provides supervision, guidance, and support to tutors. If you have any questions regarding tutoring or academic support, contact Tracy! She is happy to help.

Melinda Bard

Success Coach
(518) 327-6444
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 120

Melinda works with students both as an Success Coach, as well as in the Math department. As a Success Coach Melinda works with students one-on-one to help them reach their full potential during their time at Paul Smith’s College. Meetings include helping students with setting both academic and personal goals, discussing time management techniques, study and organizational strategies, and how to have a healthy academic-life balance. Melinda also works directly with students in both the Academic Recovery and Transitional Programs on a weekly basis, as well as does outreach to at-risk students. Melinda’s other roles involve teaching a section of College Algebra as well as working as a Professional Math Tutor in the Center for Academic and Career Success.

Maureen Pellerin

Success Coach
(518) 327-6959

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 119

As one of the CACS’s Success Coaches, Maureen primarily works with students one-on-one to help them reach their academic, professional, and personal goals and realize their fullest potential at Paul Smith’s College. When working with students, Maureen focuses on goal setting, time management, study skills, organizational strategies, stress management techniques, and career planning. This fall, Maureen will also be working with students in the Academic Recovery and Voluntary programs, while also assisting with student outreach and teaching a section of First-Year Seminar.


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Joan Weill Adirondack Library

Second Floor | Room 204


(518) 327-6046

Hours: M- F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.