As we enter the New Year with goals and growth on our minds, we can go a long way by tapping into our motivation, honing our strengths, and expanding our horizons. This is the year you can soar to exciting new heights in your personal, professional, and academic life. Continuing your education can be the game-changer you need.
The College of Westchester wants to help you find your phenomenal in 2019! If you’re thinking about applying to college but are intimidated by the process or don’t know where to start or what to expect once you get to school, read on to learn more and to help demystify the process and highlight how having the resources and support you need can help you get to the next level.
Applying to college is the first big step, but many people talk themselves out of it for all kinds of reasons. Maybe they had a bad experience in the past or feel overwhelmed by the process or are not sure they have the support and resources they need.
At The College of Westchester, Admissions counselors work closely with students to help them feel as calm, confident, and prepared as possible. CW’s Director of Admissions, Mary Ann Grillo, explains, “We try to learn more about what the prospective student really needs and why a college education would benefit them, then we discuss the possibilities. We truly care.” We never move forward with someone unless we understand their full story and feel that CW could be the right fit for them. One potential way to get a feel for college classes would be to participate in CW’s Jump Start program. Each year CW helps hundreds of juniors and seniors earn college credit while attending high school. Earning college credit provides students the opportunity to learn at a higher level, gain confidence and then transfer their credits if they decide to continue their education after high school. Class sizes are kept small and students receive individual attention while learning to work within a diverse group from area high schools.
Once they are ready to begin college, CW students are connected with an academic advisor to guide their path. The advisor helps them put together their schedule and helps them choose courses to prepare them for their desired career track. Dean of Student Success and Retention, Maria Gangi, says, “We build that connection with them right away.” The goal, she explains, is to set students at ease and let them know they have a go-to person. “We’ll have continued follow-up meetings and connect the student with the necessary resources. It’s building that bridge in the partnership with them and letting students know we’re there for them. We’re committed to their success and will stay committed.”
New students are also are paired with a success coach who works closely with them through their first two semesters. Gangi says, “A success coach is a staff or faculty member assigned to the student who will be their facilitator, a mentor who has a relationship with advisors and other faculty members to see what resources we can provide for the student. Student services at CW include, in-person tutoring at CW’s Learning Center or online tutoring via Brainfuse, study groups, workshops and public speaking review set up by The Learning Center. If remedial studies are needed before a student starts college at CW, we recommend attending our Math & Basics of Communications Boot Camp that is free to all students attending any division.”
Ready To Get Started?
If you want 2019 to be the year you find your phenomenal, make an appointment to learn more about becoming a student at The College of Westchester.