Salt Lake Community College has a department dedicated to assisting new students.
First-Year Experience, or FYE, connects new students with resources, information, and services to succeed in school and guide with learning opportunities on and off campus to be prepared for college.
Cynthia Bonsall, FYE’s interim director, says that their main advocacy is to get students to the right resources and get students help to be prepared and engaged to succeed at this institution.
FYE assists with student orientation, which helps students transition into college, register for classes, get campus information, and find services or resources.
New students, former concurrent students, and early high school graduates need to complete orientation to attend SLCC. Students can attend orientation either in person or online.
In-person orientation is four hours long, while online orientation is suggested for international students, transfer students that are familiar with college procedures, School of Applied Technology students perusing a workforce certificate, and those who are unable to attend the in-person orientation.
Bonsall explains that students can get a wide range of information and help from the FYE faculty. They can help with creating a school schedule and provide resources, such as careers services, to assist with tools in choosing the best major.
FYE plans to include a study skills website for test taking and note taking. They also plan to offer in-person workshops this fall to help with test taking, financial literacy and test anxiety.
Students can stop by any FYE office for any general questions, and during the early part of the semester, get help finding classes on campus.
FYE can also provide information on Bruin Scholars, a yearlong program offered at the Taylorsville campus designed to help students transition into college. Bruin Scholars provides personalized help from an advisor, connect to campus and community resources, exclusive invitation to program events, and more.
FYE has offices at Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Jordan Campus, and South City Campus. The department also sends out a monthly newsletter with information about SLCC, upcoming events and workshops, and ways to support students along their journey.
Visit the FYE website for more information.