DRIVE is a mid-term academic advising session aimed at preparatory students through partnerships with faculty of selected courses early in the academic journey, crucial timing for retention. After transitioning into the college experience, students move down the trek and realize the need of goal setting, accurate program selectionand completion. DRIVE begins with an interactive and motivational general session where these issues are discussed. Then students select a breakout session focusing on three paths: AA,AS/AAS/CCC/PSAV, or Undecided. In the AA and AS breakouts, students are coached in the development of an individualized educational plan through the use of web resources, collegecatalog and advising guides. In the Undecided session, students are connected to the Career Center’s resources that narrow down interest areas and skills assessment, linking them toacademic program choice, including a follow-up appointment for further planning. DRIVE becomes the pinnacle mark down the trek, cultivating the student/student services relationship in the framework of student success.