Academic Programs
AAESS Session

Academy For Academic Excellence and Student Success (AAESS)

Welcome to AAESS (pronounced ACE)! We support NYCC's mission by assisting and empowering students to reach their highest educational potential and personal development by:

Learning Strategies & Resources

Empirically based learning consultations are offered to all students via individual, group, and class sessions to help students improve their cognitive learning and memory, study and test taking strategies, and non-cognitive learning factors such as self-regulation, motivation, time management, and resiliency. Contact Dr. Peter Thompson or visit the AAESS page on the Student Portal for information and resources.


Tutoring is a common form of learning support and academic assistance available to NYCC students. The programs are designed to positively impact student learning outcomes and their coursework. Several options are available in specific subject areas based on the student's needs, including small group tutoring, ESL tutoring, open study / large group tutoring and individual tutoring.

All tutors meet strict qualifications, and receive the approval of the lead instructor(s) in the course(s) they are requesting to tutor. Contact Dr. Peter Thompson or the AAESS page on the Student Portal for information and resources.

Accessibility Services

NYCC is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs for all otherwise qualified individuals without regard to handicap or disability. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Amendments Act of 2008 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Reasonable accommodations are provided to students with disabilities, at their request, upon review and approval of their formal documentation and the requirements of the program. Contact Dr. Peter Thompson or Ms. Dawn Stedge for information on obtaining accessibility services and documentation guidelines.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is an important support resource available to all NYCC students. The AAESS office coordinates the faculty advising for the students enrolled in the Doctor or Chiropractic program, based on student requests, faculty recommendation, admission information, or academic needs. Faculty advising for other academic programs is coordinated by the respective program dean or directors.

Counseling Services

Counseling services facilitate and promote the well-being, personal growth, academic success, and professional excellence of students, faculty, and staff within a safe, confidential environment. Services include outreach, education, consultation, and psychological support for a variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, stress, family issues, relationship concerns, grief and loss, body image and substance abuse. Contact our counselors or visit the counseling page for additional information.


Meet Our Staff

Pete Thompson, MS, BCC, Ed.D. - Director of AAESS
Email:; Phone: 315-568-3123

Pete earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Richmond, his MS in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, and is a doctoral student in Human Development at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. He is a Board Certified Motivational Coach, and holds certificates of advanced study in Clinical Hypnosis and Conflict Resolution and Mediation. He has served as a Secondary School Counselor, Collegiate Swimming Coach, and as faculty and adjunct faculty for four colleges/universities. He believes wholeheartedly in our ability to develop ourselves through strengths-based approaches to learning, health and wellness. Pete is directly responsible for all services provided through AAESS.

Sarah Spiegelhoff, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC - Associate Director of Counseling Services
Email:; Phone: 315-568-3272

Sarah is a licensed mental health counselor and nationally certified counselor. She has a B.A. in psychology from Penn State University, an M.A. and Ed.S. from Rider University, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her clinical research interests include wellness, identity development, and integrated care. As a counselor, Sarah believes in providing therapeutic care to enhance holistic wellness. As a counselor, she believes in providing therapeutic care to enhance holistic wellness of individuals through collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Sarah serves on the leadership committee for the American counseling Association's Integrated Care Interest Network.

Abigail Stark - Counselor
Email:; Phone: 315-568-3242

Melissa Jones - Administrative Assistant
Email:; Phone: 315-568-3064


How to Contact Us

AAESS is located in the lower level of the Library building, near the Anatomy Lab

Phone: 315-568-3064

Fax: 315-568-3881