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Workshops will help DACC students make transition to NMSU’s main campus

March 8, 2010 by Donyelle Kesler NMSU NewsCenter

New Mexico State University’s Student Success Center has partnered up with NMSU’s Dona Ana Community College to provide workshops to guide DACC students making their transition to NMSU’s main campus.

All DACC students were invited and encouraged to attend the free workshop that will offer important tips and information for those making the move to the main campus.

“We wanted to take the mystery out of the transition,” said cross-campus advisor Judy Harmon, “We want students to know people when they get here and make sure they know where they can get information.”

The one-hour workshops will begin with a career video put together by the Student Success Center, followed by a student speaker who will share their story on making the transition from DACC to main campus. There will also be an advising presentation showing students the use and importance of the NMSU undergraduate catalog and STAR degree audit. Eileen Winfree of the Career Exploration Center will also talk to students about the selecting process for majors. The workshops will wrap-up with the Student Success Center’s Financial Literacy Program, providing information on how students can fund their education.

“Most students decide not to further their education because they think they can’t afford it,” said Assistant Vice President of Student Engagement Terry Cook, “These workshops will identify obstacles student may face and introduce them to opportunities they may not be aware of.”

In addition to the hour-long workshop, information from advising centers at all of NMSU’s colleges will be available, and students will be able to connect with the colleges through the Cross Campus Advising Program.

“The workshops will help students plan accordingly for not just their education but their career plan and help them to take full advantage of the opportunities offered both at main campus and DACC,” said coordinator of DACC Student Development Unit Frank Smith.

The workshops are sponsored by a grant through the Partnership for Retention and Improvement of Meaningful Opportunities (PRIMOS), a two year program to help Hispanic and low-income students pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 11, on the DACC campus in Room 77. Students can attend either day for one hour between noon and 6 p.m. on Wednesday and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday.

Any DACC students with questions or considering a transition to main campus can contact Frank Smith at frsmith@nmsu.edu for more information.