As part of our recently re-established priority of high school outreach, BC invited high school students and their families to come to campus on April 27th and register for summer and fall classes. The day started with students lining up at 7:00 a.m. when we were just getting set up for a 9:00 a.m. opening.
This was definitely a good problem to have. In order to keep this young crowd and their parents entertained, the BC Cheerleaders went to work. Check out their performance:
The campus had a carnival feel to it and I enjoyed listening to the radio station broadcasting from campus, smelling the great food prepared by our students and Chef Gomez, and listening to the excited conversations of students.
It took several individuals from all over campus to make this happen. The photos posted at the end of this blog will give you a sense of the employee turn out.
One of the key organizers of this event was Isabel Castaneda. Her attention to details was truly remarkable. Just today, she sent me an email giving me details of the day.
Let’s hear from Isabel:
Wow! What an exciting and satisfying experience, to see my vision of Registration Rocks come live. I was invited to attend an HS outreach meeting approximately four weeks ago by my supervisor Primavera Arvizu, the discussion was “how to increase enrollment” and possibly bringing back RegiFest. I was working with Primavera on a High School Financial Aid event, at this meeting I was asked to share my idea with the group, next thing I know I’m assigned as lead for this project! Yikes! I had not done an event since my days in the Outreach Department as a student ambassador!
The day of the event started off on adrenaline and ended that way. I arrived on campus at 7:30 and the line for Assessment testing almost reached the gym stairs. Students were eager to get things done! By 8:30 there was a line of approximately 100+ students waiting to get direction. Once 9:00 hit the staff quickly and efficiently screened students waiting in line to the appropriate department. At about 9:15am the BC cheerleaders performed two cheers for students waiting to be helped. I think this really helped set the tone for the remaining of the event, students and staff needed that extra cheer to help start off their day. STEM students assisted throughout the day with registration and campus tours!
The office of Financial Aid processed 82 Board of Governors fee waivers, assisted 60 students with new FAFSA application and FAFSA correction. The Office of Financial Aid also had an informational booth with a fun wheel of prizes!
Financial Aid Staff: Primavera Arvizu, Lucy Dikes-Perez, Angela Williams, Pita Rosales, Jamie Pacheco, Evette Lara, Wanda Boardman, Isabel Castaneda.
Students: Counseling office had 208 students dropped in for individual counseling/advising appointments an 171 were seen. 52 students attended the New Student Counseling Workshop. It is hard to say how many did the online orientation.
Counseling Staff: Kathy Rosellini, Pam Gomez, Dinorah Castro, Shohreh Rahman, Bonita Lopez, Manual Rosas, Domenica Rivera, Jenny Peters, Deborah Plant, Victor Diaz, Bernadette Martinez-office manager, Cynthia Quintanilla, JoAnn Acosta, June Charles, Vanessa Bell, Sandy Sierra.
Admission and Records/Assessment: 173 admission forms were submitted during the event. 240 students were assessed. And from 8 a.m. on Friday, through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1,203 students registered for fall and 660 registered for summer. ALL A&R and Assessment Dept staff participated during the event
Below is listed the number of students who had at least one enrollment between April 27, 2013 and April 29, 013, along with the total number of enrollments they added during that time period. At the bottom is an approximate comparison to this same time period last year.
- Students with at least one Enrollment during the time frame: 640
- Total Enrollments added during the time frame: 801 (162 were waitlisted enrollments)
- Total students who are only in a waitlisted enrollment: 112
- Students with at least one Enrollment during the time frame: 1,436
- Total Enrollments added during the time frame: 3,130 (797 were waitlisted enrollments)
- Total students who are only in a waitlisted enrollment: 220
- Students with at least one Enrollment during the time frame: 332
- Total Enrollments added during the time frame: 443
- Students with at least one Enrollment during the time frame: 1,336
- Total Enrollments added during the time frame: 3,011
A special thanks to the Registration Rocks committee members: Leah Carter, JoAnn Acosta, Vanessa Bell, Sue Vaughn, Sue Granger-Dickson, Primavera Arivizu, Todd Coston, Isabel Castaneda, Vikki Coffee, Danitza Romo, Amber Chiang, Food Service Department, Lisa Kent, Rudy Gutierrez, Vanessa Johnson, Student Activities, STEM students.
Tagged: Bakersfield College; Registration Rocks; admission to BC
Registration Rocks is a good example of what a few dedicated and creative people can accomplsh when they work together. Congratulations to the organizers who provided very capable leadership. Thank you to all of the classifed, facutly and adminstrators who were on hand to make it a great experience for our newest Renegages.