Jeff State holds orientation festival

New and returning students, employees and members of the community enjoyed an orientation festival at Jefferson State Community College on Thursday.

New and returning students, employees and members of the community enjoyed an orientation festival at Jefferson State Community College on Thursday.

Jefferson State Community College in Clanton added new flair to its student orientation.

On Thursday, new students participated in an orientation festival, equipped with food, games and school information.

Clanton Campus Division Chair Ashley Kitchens said she and other employees of Jeff State wanted to add a more “community feel” to student orientation.

“We just want them to have a good time and show them a community atmosphere,” Kitchens said.

A bungie bull ride, basketball challenge, dunk tank, bowling and corn hole were a few of many games offered at the festival.

In addition to the fun and food, there were several representatives from school clubs, banks, four-year universities and the National Guard.

Incoming freshmen had the opportunity to learn about campus and community resources, although some freshmen, such as Chilton County High School graduate Tyler Cleckler, have already completed courses at Jeff State through the dual-enrollment program.

“Everybody here has been so nice and easy to talk to,” Cleckler said. “It’s close to home, it’s economical, plus I’ve gotten a lot of scholarships here.”

Kitchens said Jeff State is a good choice for freshmen because it’s a “stepping stool” to a good future.

“It can provide a great foundation,” Kitchens said. “Whether the student is doing nursing, a trade or planning to transfer, we have something for them here.”

Current student Alley Chavez echoed Kitchens in saying that the “small school atmosphere” was ideal.

“For me, it’s closer to home. I’m not into big universities, so this was perfect,” Chavez said. “I’m doing nursing, and they have a good program here.”

Kitchens said she hopes to make the festival an annual event, to offer a fun and stress-free event before the school year begins.

 

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