Fall 2018 Orientation Sets Record Number

This year’s New Student Orientation was an enormous success, as the college welcomed a record breaking 1,580 new students to the campus. Orientation leaders took students on an informational tour throughout the main campus to familiarize them on the many locations and services vital to academic success.

The events took place over the course of four days, with each day starting with remarks from the college’s administration, student leaders, and faculty. Soon after, the incoming students got the opportunity to learn more about the college and its offerings, via an amazing team of Orientation Leaders made up of student volunteers. Orientation Leaders facilitated fun and engaging activities while leading them through a series of presentations and workshops that were skillfully designed to orient, educate and assist our incoming students.

“We look forward to seeing these new students at the college this Fall semester, and hope that Orientation was as fun for them as it was for all of us here at Student Involvement to provide it,” said Juan-Carlos Piñeiro, Assistant Director of Student Involvement for Orientation and Programming.

This years orientation differed from previous years not only by the number of students, but also the types of presentations. The college conducted its first ever orientation in Spanish, as well as the mandatory presentation on new title 9 sexual harassment policies. If students were unable to attend orientation, they would have a hold placed on their account and will be unable to register for classes for the fall semester.

The Library was one of the many popular stops of the tour. Students were split into two large groups to learn about some of the important WCC services, like the tutoring center and library services. After watching an informative video about the school, the students then teamed up to play a game of jeopardy, with questions based on the useful information.

Some of the jeopardy categories like “How to get help”, “Locations in the library” and “Textbooks” had students competing to win points, making it a unique and refreshing way to learn about the campus and its services while ensuring that the information sticks.

“We hope that from the orientation that the students will get involved and develop the tools that they need to not only become successful at W.C.C., but also in their future academic goals,” said John Henry, an OPL leader.

Orientation leaders finished up the informative event by leading the new students through a college services expo outside the Student Center to give the students a chance to sign up for the many services the college offers, such as the disabilities services, rideshare, and veterans club. The amount of planning put into the college’s orientation event proves W.C.C’s ongoing commitment to student success.

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