On July 16, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) held its first of three summer orientations. Seventy-five students attended the orientation, which was specifically for those accepted into Allied Health programs for the upcoming academic year. It was also viewed via live stream (on the Web) for participating Dental Hygiene students at Germanna Community College. The theme for orientation was “Take Charge,” which centered on student accountability for their educational experience at the MEC and taking advantage of resources to support student success.
As MEC students’ academic schedules are very demanding at the beginning of their semester, the Campus combined the elements of two college-wide Achieving the Dream (AtD) initiatives at NOVA - The First Year Experience Convocation and Orientation. Provost Brian Foley started by providing a general welcome and a history of NOVA. He also shared the history of the MEC and the need for students to complete their programs because of the demand for healthcare professionals in the region. Advice for student success emphasizing a balance of academic, family and personal responsibilities was also shared in an effort to prepare students for the challenge of Allied Health programs. Afterwards, students took a MEC Student Oath and were draped with the MEC lanyard and NOVA pin officially welcoming them to the Campus community as a first year student.
A student success panel provided introductions of campus faculty/staff, campus resources and tips for student success. Panel topics included: enrollment services, career/transfer counseling, disability support services, student activities, campus police, financial aid/veterans and the library. Following the panel, students participated in technology breakout sessions including: PeopleSoft/advising, basic computer skills and Blackboard/eNOVA, provided by Student Services and the Computer Lab.
Students were able to complete the evaluation of MEC orientation using classroom response technology, also known as “the clickers.” They received a NOVA MEC Allied Health t-shirt and bags with catalogs, NOVACard information and other college/campus resources. The two remaining MEC student orientations will be held in August.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.