“We are so excited to meet all the new students who will be beginning a new academic year with us. Attending orientation is a student’s first step to success when they begin college”, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Learner Services Sheree Utash.
Sheree, along with President Ray Frederick provided welcome messages along with tips for student success. They want to make sure students understand that we are here to help them; their journey does not end with their last class; we can even help them with their career search.
Coordinator of Enrollment/Activities Laura Fowler provided information on how to add/drop classses, FERPA and other policies. She encouraged SKILLS USA participation and spoke about previous success students have had in competitions. Students enrolled in technical programs (most of our aviation and manufacturing programs) are automatically a SKILLS USA member. Laura concluded by stressing to students that advisors are their initial point of contact for enrollment issues and other concerns.
Coordinator of Career Services Laura Barker spoke about WATCs online job and resume board, building resumes and interview tips. WATCs student success rate of 80.3% shows that we are dedicated to student career services. Laura also spoke about library, tutoring servcies, the testing center and encouraged students to use these tools to help them succeed. Laura also encouraged students to join the Career Services group on LinkedIn.
Guest speaker Richard Coldwell, Snap-on Industrial Account Executive presented the Student Excellence Program (SEP). Any WATC student may purchase tools at a reduced rate, up to 50% in some cases. Certain restrictions apply.
Orientation sessions were held on Tuesday, August 10 at the Southside Center. Students may also attend sessions on Thursday, August 12 at 9:00 am at the Southside Center, or 6:00 pm at NCAT.
Here’s a short video clip we put together for student orientation: