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The local community college is working to ease the transition for new students.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College unveiled a new orientation program for incoming students this summer, to streamline the process and make it a more personal experience for students.
The new program, Barons’ Undergraduate Information Learning Day, or BUILD, pulls the orientation and registration processes into one day, as opposed to two, said Amber Roberts, an admissions adviser. There will be eight BUILD sessions, which will decrease the numbers of new students at each event and allow them more time to gather information and choose the schedule that best suits them.
“We’ve just kind of totally revamped student orientation,” Roberts said.
Roberts said she and other staff members involved in orientation began considering changing the process last year. Previously, orientation kept the students in one place while they listened to a variety of speakers.
“It wasn’t really quite as interactive,” Roberts said.
This year, students also will tour the campus, attend an information fair that features a variety of departments and services at the college, and then meet with an adviser and register for classes.
Roberts said the first two sessions went smoothly and ahead of schedule. Incoming student Chelsea Cecil attended to register for classes, and she found the event very helpful.
“Things went faster, quick, so it was really convenient,” she said.
Once the school year starts, however, the program will continue, with a monthly session on various topics helpful to new students, such as financial aid and transferring credits, Roberts said.
Many of the students at ECTC are first-generation college students, and often aren’t surrounded by people who have been through the college admissions process before.
“A lot of times as a staff, we forget what they don’t know,” Roberts said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.