Celebrating, preparing transfer students

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A look at how community colleges are celebrating National Transfer Student Week.

In 2018-19, nearly 14,000 Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) students continued their education by transferring to a four-year partner. During National Transfer Student Week, which is October 19-23, all 16 colleges in KCTCS will offer virtual transfer fairs. Students will be able to learn more about their university of interest and connect directly with representatives who can answer questions.

“We have found online transfer fairs to be very successful in the past,” KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams said in a release. “In today’s world, it’s also a safe way for our students to learn as much as possible about their transfer options from our many four-year partners.”

Nearly 50 universities are participating in the Thriving Through Transfer Fair through KCTCS.

Students can talk to their university of choice at times that are convenient for them. And staff at the community and technical colleges also will be available in the fair to talk to students about everything about their next steps.

In Illinois, College of DuPage’s virtual transfer fair will include business transfer drop-in sessions, in which a faculty or staff member discusses topics such as transferrable courses, best math classes to take and the types of jobs available to business majors. There will be opportunities to meet with four-year institution representatives, a session on writing admission and scholarship essays, and a transfer workshop specifically for undocumented students.

Community College of Denver started its National Transfer Student Week festivities with a celebration of transfer stories in an online event on Oct. 19. And Johnson County Community College in Kansas has a new transfer information web page with resources for students and encouraging students to meet with academic counselors to plan their transfers.

Tips for celebrating the week are available on the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students website.

How is your college supporting transfer students? Sound off at LinkedIn.

AACC 21st Century Center Staff

is a contributor to the 21st-Century Center.