|September 26, 2013
New Salish Kootenai College students lead the way to the start of their education
By Alyssa Nenemay
The Salish Kootenai College’s new student orientation included an academic fair to give incomers and opportunity to get acquainted with various resources they might find helpful as students. (Photo By Alyssa Nenemay)
PABLO — The Salish Kootenai College’s new student orientation provided attendees an opportunity to meet and greet various departments, clubs, and resources they may find beneficial as new students. With over 250 new student applicants for the fall, SKC Student Life Director Juan Perez said he urged student mentors to take the wheel on the orientation.
(L-R) Student mentors Ilene and Johanna are two members of the Student Support Services that volunteered to help with the orientation. Students had a big hand in executing this fall’s orientation. (Photo By Alyssa Nenemay)
“Last year I observed a new student orientation at Gonzaga (university) and it was completely ran by students. A director oversaw it but the students planned and executed. That was something I wanted to try here because the staff can have our say in orientation but it may not be what the student needs. Students understand student needs,” he said.
With the help of the SKC Student Senate and members of the Student Support Services (Trio), SKC’s three-day orientation included an academic fair, a “Did You Know?” session, which allowed the newcomers to gain advice from current students, and an informative session for parents.
New students get first hand information on school clubs including “Spirit of the Bison.” (Photo By Alyssa Nenemay)
“I can’t speak for him, but our new president (Robert DePoe III) has really made it clear that his focus is that we provide good services to make the students feel welcome,” said Perez.
Salish Kootenai College offers 14-degree programs including Dental, Nursing, Native American Studies, Education, Natural Resources, Business Administration, and Highway Construction. Registration for classes is Sept. 26-27 and classes will begin on Sept. 30. For more information visit www.skc.edu.