Real students offer their views on local college

7/18/2013

You may have heard Garden City Community College's current radio commercials, or seen the newspaper advertisements which promote the personalized attention that GCCC faculty and staff provide to students. The "stars" of these promotions are actual GCCC students Aspen Arellano and Jake Weber, who tell prospective students about their own positive experiences at GCCC.

You may have heard Garden City Community College's current radio commercials, or seen the newspaper advertisements which promote the personalized attention that GCCC faculty and staff provide to students. The "stars" of these promotions are actual GCCC students Aspen Arellano and Jake Weber, who tell prospective students about their own positive experiences at GCCC.

Aspen of Garden City is studying pre-med and biological systems engineering at GCCC. She plans to transfer to Kansas State University after she earns an associate degree here. "I think the best lesson I've learned in my first year at GCCC is time management," Aspen recently said. "It took me awhile to learn how to balance 16 hours a semester and a work-study job, too."

Jake of WaKeeney is studying athletic training at GCCC. He said he gets lots of skills practice as part of the Broncbuster athletic training program. "I wouldn't have gotten as much hands-on experience if I'd gone to a four-year college first," Jake said. Jake plans to transfer to Wichita State University in fall 2014.

GCCC was the first choice for both Aspen and Jake, as it is for many of our almost 3,000 students. Whether you've just graduated from high school or you've been in the workforce for years, GCCC extends its personal attention and high-quality instruction to your educational pursuit. Some of our students are like Aspen and Jake who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution after GCCC, and some of our students enroll to learn new career skills or obtain industry-recognized credentials to qualify them for high-demand jobs. Others take occasional classes to learn new skills, like a foreign language or a computer software. Some students seek personal enrichment by learning to dance, cook or install a sprinkler system!

"Traditional" students like Aspen and Jake benefit from Kansas' "Seamless Transfer" system that ensures transfer students receive full credit at other Kansas postsecondary colleges and universities for general education courses taken at community colleges or technical schools. GCCC advisors work closely with each student to maximize the knowledge attained here.

Why GCCC?

"The atmosphere. Everyone is so helpful, friendly and welcoming," Aspen said when talking about her favorite things about GCCC. Aspen thinks it's easier to learn skills important to collegiate success in classrooms of 26 students, as opposed to 300-plus students in a lecture hall. GCCC has a faculty-to-student ratio of 13 to 1, which leads to efficient, comfortable class sizes.

In addition to the opportunity to gain hands-on athletic training experience, Jake really likes GCCC's four-day class weeks. "It allows more time to study and hang out with friends," he said. "You also feel more refreshed after having three days off."

GCCC's implementation in spring 2013 of the four-day class week has allowed students more time for extracurricular activities and sports, employment and studying. In the past, many student athletes missed Friday classes because they often travel to games on Fridays.

Although most classes don't meet on Fridays, faculty and staff still are on campus full time to provide assistance to students. Other services and resources open to students on Fridays include Saffell Library, Comprehensive Learning Center and testing sites.

Join Aspen and Jake

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 21, so you still have about a month to register. GCCC's admissions department and counseling/advising personnel are available to explain programs and courses open for enrollment.

Registration is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays all summer at the Student and Community Services Center. Beginning Aug. 12, hours for fall term enrollment change to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call the admissions office for more information at 276-9608, or try our main line at 276-7611. In addition, you can explore opportunities and search for classes at www.gcccks.edu. Please note, by the way, that services and assistance will be somewhat limited on Aug. 15, when our full-time faculty and staff are involved in fall semester in-service.

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