Chatt Tech debuts new orientation program
by Mark Andrews
Jul 13, 2013 | 1779 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fall Semester Orientation
CTC Student Affairs Specialist Leigh Foster leads a group of students Friday during the college's fall semester orientation on its North Metro campus. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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About 400 new students, parents and other supporters emerged on Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus on Friday to attend a daylong orientation session titled CTC — Connect. The event, which is not mandatory, has been redesigned to offer students a way to “learn, engage and change” as they prepare for the upcoming fall semester, according to a press release.

Daniel Cearfoss, who will begin his freshman year at the Bartow County campus this fall, and his mother Dianne Cearfoss, both of Smyrna, attended the orientation.

“It was extremely informative,” Dianne Cearfoss said.

Daniel Cearfoss said after attending the orientation he doesn’t have any more questions regarding the various aspects of his upcoming college career.

“They cleared up everything, like financial aid, school [scheduling], security, everything,” he said. “I was able to ask about what type of courses [to take], stuff like that.”

Specialist for Public Relations and Media Affairs Rebecca Long said new students previously completed an online orientation that focused on registering for classes and required information, which still is available as an option.

“For some [students] this will be their first time attending college,” Executive Director of Admissions Missy Cusack said in a press release. “Some students are the first in their families to attend college and others are transferring from other institutions or returning after years in the workforce.”

She added, “More than 4,000 prospective students have already applied for fall with approximately two weeks to go before the July 26 application deadline. The college receives and processes more applications in the month of July than any other time of the year so we fully expect that number to grow.”

Cusack said the new format is geared toward student success.

“We want students to transition into their studies with all the information and resources they need,” Cusack said. “It is great preparation so those first few weeks of college are not so overwhelming.”

While CTC President Ron Newcomb was under the weather the day of the event, he did speak to a group of students, welcoming them to the campus.

“You’re going to go to class each week, each month, each semester,” he said. “It seems like a long journey now, but you will make it to the day where I will shake your hand as you cross the stage at graduation. Not everyone will make it, but you’re off to a great start by making the commitment and being here today.”

Students also had the opportunity for advisement and registration for classes with a resource fair that included tables on campus safety, opportunities for transfer to other colleges and universities, banking solutions and places to live near campus. A meet and greet and parent session capped off the orientation event.

“Response has been wonderful,” Student Affairs Specialist Erika Condon said in a press release. “Our new students are excited about this new chapter in their lives and want to learn as much as they can about the college.”

Fall semester begins Aug. 19. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for admission prior to July 26. For more information, call 770-528-4545 or log on to