FLY Program


Achieving success for students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Challenges

The Falcon Learning Your Way (FLY) Program was developed to assist students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and/or ADHD during the transition from high school to college by providing individualized support every step of the way. FLY provides the cognitive and emotional support students may need, as we know that no two people learn the same way. Students will work with their assigned Learning Specialist to develop and implement individualized academic support plans, including the assessment and evaluation of their individual skills to determine learning needs and additional support.


  • A full-time Learning Specialist
  • Personalized orientation program with parental participation
  • Personal librarian service
  • An individualized Falcon Learning Plan to include:
    • Regularly scheduled meetings with a Learning Specialist
    • Assistance creating an individualized tutoring plan
    • Mid-term monitoring and progress reporting
    • Coordinated services with campus resources
    • Workshops (e.g., time management, study skills, stress management, wellness)
    • Introduction to the Office of Campus Activities
The FLY Program connects the Learning Specialist, Advisor, Faculty, Parent, and Student to ensure success towards graduation.

In order to participate in the FLY Program, you must apply and be admitted. FLY Program applications are considered in the order in which all application requirements are received. Space is limited. We are currently accepting applications for Spring of 2019 and Fall of 2019. Applications received after the start of the semester will be considered for the following term.

To complete the Bowling Green State University admissions and FLY Program process you will need to:

In addition to BGSU’s tuition and fees the FLY Program cost is $2,500 a semester.

For more information on the current BGSU tuition and fees visit the BGSU Cost Summary.

Meet Our Learning Specialists

Jessica Oetjens


Jessica Oetjens graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communicative sciences and disorders in 2010 and then a Master of Education in special education from the University of Toledo in 2012. She currently holds an Ohio teaching license as a mild-moderate intervention specialist. Before coming to BGSU, she worked as an Intervention Specialist for three years serving grades 5-12 at two different institutions. Then she worked as an IEP Coordinator for one year serving grades 9-12.

Tracy Foos


Tracy Foos earned her Bachelor of Science in education from Bowling Green State University in 2002, and her Master of Education in administration from Bowling Green State University in 2009. She holds an Ohio teaching license as a mild-moderate intervention specialist, and an Ohio principal’s license as well. Prior to becoming a learning specialist at BGSU, she worked as an intervention specialist for grades 6-12 for seven years, and as a special education director for a local school district for seven years.

Penny Soboleski, Ed.D.


Penny Soboleski earned her Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education, Master of Education in Reading, and Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies in 2011 from Bowling Green State University. She obtained an Ohio Middle Childhood Teaching License in language arts and social studies, and a P-12 Reading Endorsement. Prior to becoming a learning specialist at BGSU, she worked as a reading specialist/coach and classroom teacher for over twenty years and as a professor in teacher education for twelve years.

The Learning Commons does not provide academic accommodations.

Bowling Green State University students looking for disability-related accommodations can work through the BGSU Accessibility Services.

The mission of Accessibility Services at Bowling Green State University is to provide equal access and opportunity to qualified students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. The office's goal is to increase awareness of disability issues and support the success of students with disabilities by providing opportunities for full integration into the BGSU community.

These opportunities may include accommodations taking class notes and exams, choosing housing or completing housing appeals, and finding scholarships.

To apply for accessibility services, students can submit digital forms.

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