BENNINGTON >> The Community College of Vermont's Bennington campus welcomed 75 new students on Thursday evening for orientation.
Coordinator of Academic Services Janet Groom welcomed the new students who, despite coming from many different backgrounds, being at many different points in their lives, and having vastly different plans for their futures, will all be classmates starting this fall. "This room is representative of the new class that is coming into CCV," said Groom during her opening remarks to the students, "but we're really even much bigger than this." CCV has 12 centers across the state, in addition to online students.
Groom told students not to be afraid to change their mind and explore new potential career paths that they may not have considered before enrolling. "Many students come in with one idea," she said, "and then change their mind to another program of study." She also told them to come to their advisors with any problems. "Whatever it is, we've been through it before," she said.
The students were broken into three groups. One group received a tour of the building, another discussed academics at CCV, and the third introduced the students to the college's computer system. Each group was led by an advisor and a current student.
This fall, CCV will host 25 dual enrollment students from Mount Anthony Union High School, Arlington Memorial High School, and Burr and Burton Academy, some of which are taking classes for the first time. In addition, there will be five high school seniors, all from MAUHS, enrolled in the school's Early College program, and 37 students, from MAUHS and BBA, taking Introduction to College Studies through CCV, totaling 67 high school students who will be experiencing classes at CCV this fall.
"Sometimes, some people think, 'Oh, it's only community college,' as if it's somehow inferior," said Groom, "But I'll tell you, what you learn here will help you whatever your next steps are."
Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.