College Extends Hours to Make Wednesdays a "One-Stop" Day at CCCC
Adding “after hours” convenience to the Fall Semester enrollment process, Cape Cod Community College’s Enrollment Management Team has created “One-Stop Wednesdays” August 3rd and August 10th, keeping all enrollment related offices open until 9 p.m. on both days.
“We know that finding the time to explore college options is difficult during the week, so we’ve set aside these special days and evening hours to focus on assisting both first-time, and returning students. Our Fall semester is right around the corner.
New classes begin September 6th,” stated Rose Pena-Warfield, Dean of Enrollment Management and Advising Services.
“Whether you need to register for one class, or complete the entire enrollment process to enter a certificate or degree program, our offices will be ready to serve you. We want to remove whatever barriers there might be for students to enter higher education here, and we know that very often things just don’t’ fit into a “9 to 5” world,” she continued. On Wednesday August 3rd, and again on August 10th, new and returning students are encouraged to start in the Admissions Office, lower floor of the Nickerson Administration Building by the flagpoles as you enter the campus. From there, individuals will be guided through all steps necessary in the enrollment process including completing the College’s application: placement testing, academic advising, and visiting with Financial Aid personnel to get all the information required and help completing the Financial Aid application. Those planning to participate in “One-Stop Wednesdays” are advised to bring as much individual paperwork as they can gather. Any previous transcripts, last year’s tax return, and a photo ID will be very helpful in completing all required forms. It is important to note that actually receiving Financial Aid funds does take some time, and students who wish to enroll immediately will work with the College’s Business Office to establish a payment plan for the Fall semester. Once Financial Aid funds are received, it’s very likely that the plan will be discontinued, but one must be started to complete the enrollment process. “We don’t want to give the impression that this is a quick process,” stated Dean Pena-Warfield. “To complete all phases of the process is likely to take 2 or 3 hours. But, now it can be done in just one trip to campus. In today’s world, not having to make multiple trips can be the difference between someone making the effort to begin or restart, or just giving up and missing out on the career and personal benefits found in higher education. While we’ll be open until 9 p.m., we recommend that people get to campus by 7p.m. or before, especially if they’re a first-time student,” she concluded. A recent review of national data (Bureau of Labor Statistics) found that an individual with even some college study after high school earned $73 a week more than someone with only a high school diploma. A worker with an Associate Degree earned $135 more per week than the high school graduate, and the difference multiplies over time. Individuals looking for more information about enrolling for Fall 2011 should call the College’s Admissions Office at 508-2131 x 4311.