(Acworth, Ga. – July 12, 2013) More than 400 new students, parents and other supporters arrived on Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus Friday to attend CTC – Connect. The day long orientation session was redesigned to offer students a way to learn, engage and change as they prepare for Fall Semester.
“We were thrilled with the number of students who came here today and how engaged they already are in student life,” said Executive Director of Admissions Missy Cusack. “More than 4,000 prospective students have already applied for fall with approximately just a little time to go before the July 26 application deadline. The college receives and processes more applications in the month of July than any other time of the year so we fully expect that number to grow.”
The orientation, which is not mandatory for new students, has taken on a new focus in this format. Previously new students completed an online orientation that focused on registering for classes and required information. The online version is still available as an option. The newly expanded format is geared toward student success, explained Cusack.
“We want students to transition into their studies with all the information and resources they need,” she said. “We’re here to not only help you be a successful student, but a successful graduate as well.”
Chattahoochee Technical College President Dr. Ron Newcomb told the students and their supporters that their attendance at the event meant more than extra guidance to register or a free lunch.
“You’re going to go to class each week, each month, each semester,” he said. “It seems like a long journey now, but you will make it to the day where I will shake your hand as you cross the stage at graduation. Not everyone will make it, but you’re off to a great start by making the commitment and being here today.”
Following a welcome, students and their family members and supporters will learn about financial aid, resources, tips for college success and more. Students will also had an opportunity for advisement and registration for classes with a resource fair that included tables on campus safety, opportunities for transfer to other colleges and universities in the future, career services, banking solutions and even places to live near campus. A meet and greet and parent session will capped off the orientation event.
Fall semester begins August 19, 2013. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for admission prior to July 26.
View more photos of the event here.