New student orientation at SFCC will help students sign up for classes and receive all the tools they need to succeed in college.
Orientation meets in the student union building on the SFCC campus. Here the student are introduced to the advisory, security and career center and participate in activities that familiarize them with the opportunities available to them at the college.
From here the students move to the Gateway building (#30) in the testing center where students are assisted in signing up and registering for practice.
Before new student orientation begins, students must go to the testing center and take a placement and career coach test.
They must complete these before they can sign up for classes. The career coach test results provides the students with their Holland codes. The holland codes suggest strong possibilities for jobs that might suit them.
“It does not suggest specific jobs,” said Gabby Ryan, the coordinator of the career and engagement center. “It suggests career cluster with which thousands of career paths exist.”
Career clusters are six different fields of work that the student could end up working in. These clusters include: Realistic, Artistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Within each of these clusters are thousands of job fields that a student could choose from.
After testing, students meet in the sub lounge in the Student Union Building
(#17). Here students are introduced to different members of faculty including the Dean of Counseling, Security staff and a member of the Career and Engagement center.
The Dean of Advising gives the students tips for succeeding in college and the security member explains the colleges security policies. The next 40 minutes are dedicated to the presentation given by the career center.
“The career center helps align class with student’s career goals,” said Kris Moberg-Hempren, manager of the testing center. This presentation explains the meaning of the Holland codes as well as talking about the different career opportunities on Campus. After the presentation the career center has the students participate in a group activity.
“At the end of the oral presentation they work together in groups on the city of sasquatch activity,” Ryan said.
The city of Sasquatch is a group activity where each of the students must decide on jobs that would work for them while also contributing to the theoretical city of Sasquatch.
When this activity has ended students are given a short break and then they are asked to reconvene in the Gateway building (#30).
Students head to the testing center where they sign up and register for classes. During the first week of school students will be assigned a student ID number.
This number allows the student to access canvas as well as help to identify themselves with advisors and teachers.
Once classes have started students have up to two days to add any classes they may need and six days to drop any classes they do not want to take.
Textbooks and most supplies can be purchased at the college store which is located in the Student Union Building (#17).