Press Release - Office of College Advancement

Friday, May 21, 2010
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

For Immediate Release:

Overwhelming Response from Freshmen Connection Day Allows 500 High School Students to Register for College

Fremont, CA—Each year thousands of college-bound students begin school by registering for the classes they need. But this year, due to the current economy, state budget cuts have reduced the number of class offerings available. Students face greater challenges as they try to get into the classes they need. However, high school seniors have improved their chance of getting the Ohlone College classes they want by attending the Ohlone College Freshmen Connection Day.

Freshmen Connection Day is an orientation program open to high school seniors who plan to enroll at Ohlone College for either summer term or fall semester 2010. At Freshmen Connection Day prospective students meet with a counselor, register for classes, meet other incoming freshmen, learn about college programs and services and more. Students find out about Ohlone College and its many offerings and they are able to register early for college classes before other new students. As classes fill up, it is important to get as early a registration date as possible. By attending Freshmen Connection Day these student have put themselves at the head of the class, so to speak!

Due to high demand, Freshmen Connection Day was extended from a one-day event to three days. Both sessions on May 15 filled up quickly so two additional sessions were added on May 17 and May 19. In total, over 500 high school students classes during the three days of the event.

Counselors were present to assist students with academic advising and registration in the appropriate courses depending on their major and/or career goals. Chris Williamson, Director of Admissions and Records, and Linda Fernandes, Registration Coordinator, were on site to help students successfully enroll in classes. The original Saturday event also included two parent orientation sessions. These sessions, which filled up with close to 250 parents, educated them about academic expectations at Ohlone, transfer options, financial aid, and how to support their new college students. Ohlone College Administration including: Dr. Gari Browning, President and Superintendent , Dr. Jim Wright, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Travenick, director of Student Services, Martha Brown, Dean of Counseling and Deborah Griffin, Director of Financial Aid, were present to welcome the students and parents. The Ohlone College radio station, KOHL, and the Ohlone Jazz Band provided entertainment throughout the day.

Various clubs and departments had tables set up to provide new students with information about their programs and services. The Peer Mentors, composed of current Ohlone College students, offered additional support to the freshmen and encouraged them to enroll in other new student programs such as Welcome Day and the Student Transition and Retention Program (STAR).

The feedback from the students and parents was very positive.

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