Easing the way

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

Community colleges offer quick, easy admissions and registration processes for new students.

As the spring semester begins, many community colleges are making it easier for students to enroll and register for courses.

In Massachusetts, Middlesex Community College is holding Walk-In Enrollment Days this month, allowing new and returning students to meet with an advisor, build their class schedules and take the college placement test. Students also can receive information about financial aid and other support services, including tutoring, career counseling and disability support.

Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri went beyond its Monday-Friday schedule and opened all its locations on Saturday, Jan. 5 to help students prepare for the spring semester. Staff was on hand to help with class scheduling, graduation audits and provide financial aid information. OTC also welcomed students from the recently shuttered Vatterott College to enroll.

St. Louis Community College’s Enrollment Express events, held on Saturdays at six locations, provide opportunities for students to build connections and learn about STLCC’s programs and services, whether they are just getting started or already admitted. Those first-time college students who are already admitted can attend a New Student Registration Workshop.

Madisonville Community College held a special Saturday registration session to help students who work during the week. The Kentucky college also offered extended hours during the week.

College of Lake County’s three campuses are keeping their doors open late on Jan. 8 for Quick-Start Your Future. Potential students will be guided through program options and given help to prepare a customized education plan.

Southern Maine Community College’s On-the-Spot Acceptance Day allows prospective students to complete the entire admissions process for the spring semester in a single visit for free. The college is waiving application fees keeping the admissions office open Jan. 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How is your college easing the way for new students? Sound off at LinkedIn.


AACC 21st Century Center Staff

is a contributor to the 21st-Century Center.