ECTC hosting parent orientation

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By Kelly Cantrall

The local community college is hosting an event to soothe the nerves of possibly the most anxious group of people involved in college enrollment — the parents of incoming freshmen.
An orientation for parents of incoming college students is at 7 p.m. July 28 at  Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Room 212 in the new Regional Postsecondary Education Center.
The orientation is specifically aimed at parents of new students and questions they have, which can differ from those of students, said Chuck Spataro, one of the event’s organizers.
Parents have questions about topics such as campus safety and ease of finding a job once a student has graduated, Spataro said.
“Parents are practical,” he said.
The orientation will also cover college enrollment basics such as registration, fields of study, cost and financial aid, and veterans’ affairs information.
While the college has several orientations for students (that many parents attend as well), the college began hosting one for parents a few years ago after it saw how closely parents were involved in the college experiences of their children.
“Parents are right there at the hip with the kid,” he said, which he thinks is a positive phenomenon, because that gives students a close support system.
While this event is for parents, they’re welcome to bring their children, Spataro said.
“Families go to college,” he said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.