Like many of the students he coaches, Christopher Kozma’s career path took a variety of twists and turns before he landed at ASU. He worked as a trader in the deregulated energy market, selling electricity to the state of California. He experienced life as a small business owner, co-running a window treatment company with his brother. He also spent 11 years at the University of Phoenix, ultimately becoming an academic advisor who worked with students from admission to graduation.
Christopher had his eye on ASU for a long time, but being a single parent made him hesitant about a major career shift. That all changed with the opening of the university’s Success Coaching Center for online students.
“I wanted to be part of a culture that puts students’ dreams first,” he says.“I love the approach ASU Online has of not just getting students through those first few courses, but on working with students in a supporting role throughout their entire academic experience.”
As a Success Coach, it’s Christopher’s job to partner with students to help them be successful in the goals they are working toward; identify and overcome potential obstacles toward those goals that can appear in a student’s academic, professional or personal life; act as a sounding board when things are stressful; and provide the student with a tangible university relationship, a valuable resource that can often be lost in an online setting.