Warm welcome to new Cobras

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

People who plan to be students this fall at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute signed in Wednesday and quietly filed into the theater on campus. Each had a story. Each wants one thing – to graduate.

CCC&TI offered an upbeat orientation and explanation of how the college works. According to the session leaders, the letters CCC&TI stand not only for the college’s name but also Campus resources, Connecting, College success, Technology, and Individual support.

Margaret Hampson, vice president of curriculum and adult education, welcomed the students to their “great adventure” at the college.

Throughout the various sessions, slogans were used by the session leaders to help students remember important concepts and tips for making their time at CCC&TI successful. One such reminder was about parking. As at any community college or university, parking is in high demand, but the session leaders told students there is a difference between no parking at all versus good parking: Good parking, meaning a spot close to classrooms, is limited, but there is a large lot with plenty of spaces on the back of campus -- but it takes a hike uphill to get to classes. Faculty member Paula Rash suggested that students come to campus an hour or more early so they won’t be rushing.

The new students learned about their email and computer accounts, aspects of student life, parking permits, the code of conduct, safety issues, and the differences between succeeding in high school, and they got a quick tour of the campus.

Students said afterward they felt they knew everything there was to know about CCC&TI.

“It was good, informative. I learned a lot,” Melissa Cardona said.

Jack Howell, who is coming back to school after working in the furniture industry, said that he is certain he made the right choice by selecting CCC&TI.

“I’ve never been to college, and what (one of the instructors) said really broke it down, the difference between college and high school,” he said. I wish I had did it when I first got out of high school.”