Three hundred students, many of them accompanied by a parent, participated in the 1st Step welcome event Saturday at Imperial Valley College.
In order to participate, the students, who have applied to IVC as first-time students, had to have taken IVC assessment tests for placement in English and Math classes, completed online orientation, and taken advantage of counseling, advising and other education planning services.
The 1st Step welcome event is coordinated annually by members of the Student Success & Support Program. The program’s goal is “to increase community college student access and success by providing effective core services, including orientation, assessment and placement, counseling, academic advising, and early intervention,” said Norma Nuñez, program director. ” SSSP ensures student equity in assessment, student services, and access to college resources and provides a foundation for students to achieve their educational goals,” she said.
Participating departments included the Career Technical Educations programs, Student Services, Math and English. Several clubs, along with representatives of Associated Student Government, the IVC Foundation Ambassadors, the college bookstore and First Imperial Credit Union, also had information available to incoming students.
Several colleges and universities also had representatives available, including Columbia College of San Diego, Northern Arizona University-Yuma, San Diego State University, University of California-San Diego, and the University of Arizona.