The College of the Canyons First Year Experience (FYE) program is holding orientations for incoming freshman who attended one of the FYE Cougar Days during the spring. The orientations will be held between July 26 and 29 on the COC Valencia campus.
The FYE program is designed to help incoming freshmen make the difficult transition from high school to college by preparing students for success during their first year of attendance at College of the Canyons.
“We’re trying to give students all the tools they need early in their college experience to ensure a positive start to their college career and hopefully encourage students to continue their studies,” said Audrey Green, COC associate vice president of academic affairs.
FYE student orientation sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 26-29. The parent portion of the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.
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During the orientation session, students will have the chance to meet with faculty, learn about specific majors and academic areas of interest, network with COC peer mentors and become more familiar with the campus. The morning segment of the orientation will also include tips and information for parents about how to support an adult student.
“Instead of the traditional online orientation, we want the ability to talk with incoming freshmen face-to-face,” Green said. “By educating students and parents about what can be expected in a college classroom and helping them to identify an appropriate academic or career path, it’s our hope that students will go on to be more successful in all that they undertake.”
Each orientation session is limited to 75 students and 25 parents. Students and parents are only required to attend one session.
To be eligible to register for an orientation session, students must have previously attended one of the college’s Cougar Day events held during the spring 2010 semester, placed below college level in English and/or math, selected an academic area of emphasis and have a valid COC student ID number.
FYE orientation registration will remain open through Sunday, July 25.
On the day of the orientation, students must also bring a printed copy of their assessment results, as well as the results from the Cougar Day interest inventory.
For more information about the College of the Canyons First Year Experience, or to register to attend an FYE orientation date, please visit www.canyons.edu/FYE or contact the COC Instruction Office at (661) 362-5479.