Orientation brings new students to SFCC campus

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.

Joseph Pumphrey                                          |The Communicator

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.

Joseph Pumphrey                                                                        |The Communicator

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).