Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Freshmen Prepare for College at PC

While the summer heat settles in, Phoenix College students are getting ready for the upcoming fall semester as they meet with their academic advisors, register for classes, and purchase text books. And to better prepare new students for the fall semester, PC will hold a New Student Orientation that offers additional resources, tips and advice for students to experience a successful and seamless transition into college.

The orientation will take place Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix. Students will learn how to navigate their way through college, make new friends and learn how to get involved on campus by attending the orientation, which includes a series of workshops, activities and a campus tour. They will also have the opportunity to meet the college’s student service representatives, faculty, continuing students, and the new 2009-2010 PC Ambassadors.

During the introductory presentation, the PC Ambassadors, a select group of 13 students who serve as college recruiters and orientation leaders, will perform a unique welcoming message representing their desired career along with a theme song of their choice as well as a presentation sharing helpful tips on how to succeed in college.

“They will receive first-hand advice from students who were once in their shoes. When they (the students) see that their success at PC is important to us, it makes them feel like a special part of our school,” added Ortega.

Following the introductory presentation given by the Ambassadors, workshop sessions will be available for all participants. Workshops will cover topics such as how to succeed in college, how to make career decisions, how to search for scholarships, and how to become university bound.

Students planning to attend should have their class schedules with them at the orientation to use as a reference during campus tours. The orientation will end with a FREE lunch and door prizes that include movie passes and gift certificates to local restaurants and to the Follett PC book store.

The event is free and open to parents and families. Students must register for the non-credit course, NSO – Class No. 39093, to attend. Continuing students who have not previously attended the New Student Orientation are also encouraged to register.

To request interpreters in other languages or to request special accommodations, contact the Office of Recruitment and Retention at (602) 285-7415 by August 9.

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