New students urged to attend orientation workshops

A series of orientation workshops has begun on Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus for students who will be attending classes there for the first time this fall.

The half-day sessions on Tuesday mornings will continue through Aug. 8, except on July 4. A final session has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, just prior to the start of the fall semester.

New students are urged to attend at least one of the sessions but may elect to return to participate in additional workshops, said MaryCecilia Gutierrez, manager of transition programs at Signal Peak Campus.

“Students and guests can attend as many orientations as they like so they can get all the information and attend all the workshops in which they’re interested,” she said.

Reservations are recommended but not required. New students who wish to make reservations should call Gutierrez or leave a message at 520-494-5065. The message should include the student’s name, phone number, date of attendance and number of guests.

Each orientation runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Students are encouraged to check in at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Services Center, or the M building.

The general session, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. features a brief introduction to Central, a description of services for students, an explanation of what faculty expects of students and a review of college programs and campus buildings.

Among student services covered in the general session include registration, financial aid and student employment, clubs and organizations, and advising and testing.

The second half of the sessions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, features an information fair and a menu of workshops with a variety of student-related topics.

The information fair gives new students the chance to meet with representatives from an array of Central programs. Nearly two dozen areas of interest, including specific academic programs, are featured as part of the fair.

Students also can choose to attend workshops on such topics as online courses, or they can elect to take campus tours, including specific tours to Residence Life and the Learning Center.

Students who find that they’re unable to attend all the workshops of their choice during one session are urged to return during another session, Gutierrez noted.

All new students and their families and guests are welcome to attend, she added. Attendees who complete and return a survey at the workshops are entered into a drawing for a Central scholarship.

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