More than 500 high school and transfer students, along with their parents, attended Saturday’s open house at Herkimer County Community College.
That’s according to Robert Palmieri, associate dean for enrollment management.
“Attending open house is the perfect way for prospective students to find out everything they want to know about HCCC,” said Palmieri. “Open house gives students a good opportunity to see if the college is a good fit for them.”
Saturday’s spring open house allowed students and their families to attend workshops on financial aid and what to expect should they enroll. It also provided opportunities to tour the campus and on-campus housing, and to talk to faculty members.
HCCC President Dr. Ann Marie Murray said Herkimer County Community College offers the full college experience. “This is not just a place that you come in and leave. As a student you become part of something much greater,” she said.
Murray outlined the skills each student who enrolls at and graduates from HCCC would receive. Those skills include how to be comfortable in any social setting, the ability to access knowledge through different mediums, problem solving and social awareness.
“These are skills that not only will help our graduates get their first job, but will help them land their first big promotion,” she said.
Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Oriolo said the students who enroll at HCCC would learn the college cares about them and their future. “The three ‘Cs’ in HCCC do not stand for county community college, they stand for Herkimer cares times three,” he said.
Oriolo cited the success of graduates like Thomas Lake, a member of the class of 1999 who is now a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and Shane Hurlbut, a member of the class of 1984 who is an award-winning director of photography. Hurlbut’s film credits include “Terminator Salvation,” Drumline” and “We Are Marshall.”
“Herkimer can help you reach your dreams and goals,” he said to prospective students.
“If earning a college degree was easy, everyone would have one,” said Dean of Students Matthew Hawes. “But we know that’s not the case. To earn a college degree requires motivation and persistence. These are the variables that define success.”
Hawes’ message to the high school and transfer students was “learning is effort.”
“You will get out what you put in,” he said. “Students that put in the effort will be among the two-thirds of our graduates who transfer to a four-year college or university.”
Saturday’s open house also included a number of informational displays, presentations, faculty meetings and parent and student panel discussions. It was also a means to showcase why HCCC was ranked in the Top 100 Community Colleges in the Nation for Student Success. The college received national attention in June 2012 when CNNMoney published success rates of community colleges throughout the nation. In the report, HCCC was raked among the top 100 community colleges in the nation based on federally reported graduation and transfer rates. HCCC tied with Genesee Community College in Batavia for the top-ranked community college in New York state.
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