There is still time for incoming Western students to register for the First-Year Success summer class that begins Monday, June 6. This class is also available to current Western students who have not yet taken it, and who would like to gain an academic edge for the fall.
The deadline to register for the summer session is this Friday, June 3, at 5 p.m. However, due to Western's summer schedule, Mustang Central will be closed on Friday. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance with online registration for this class is advised to contact Mustang Central no later than Thursday afternoon.
Western will also offer an evening section of the First-Year Success course – HDMV 1005-03 – this fall as part of its Western After Hours evening course program. That class will meet from 5:30 – 6:20 p.m. on Mondays beginning Aug. 29 and concluding Dec. 5.
Supported by Sweetwater BOCES, Western After Hours is a program designed to provide evening class times for working adults who cannot attend classes during the day. All students who complete the Western After Hours section of the First-Year Success class with a C or better will receive $250 toward the purchase of textbooks for Spring 2017.
Daytime sections of the class will also be available this fall.
The one-credit First-Year Success class, which meets for 50 minutes four afternoons per week, will help students develop the study habits and interpersonal skills they need to excel in the classroom and in every facet of college life.
“We’ve found that the earlier a student engages with their college, the more likely they are to be successful students and follow through to graduation,” said First-Year Success Instructor Cammie Pollastro. “This course is designed to engage our students in their first year and prepare students for a successful college career. The class will cover practical things like study strategies, time management, and student success skills, as well as higher-level skills like critical reading, personal and social responsibility, self-awareness, and teamwork.
“The First-Year Success class will also introduce students to all of the student services that are available to them at Western, so they can navigate them successfully when they need services during their academic career,” she said.
First-Year Success classes, more commonly referred to as First-Year Experience courses, are a familiar offering at two-year and four-year colleges and universities. These classes help students to develop the self-awareness, study habits, and sense of personal and social responsibility they will need to be successful in college.
For now, the First-Year Success course at Western is optional, but it is expected to become part of the College’s updated general-education requirements when they take effect in Fall 2017. Pollastro said that all students are strongly encouraged to make this course a priority in their class schedule.