It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost time to go back to school and Rock Valley College is extending its hours to accommodate those who need to go through the registration process.
Recent Jefferson High School graduate Roberto Vargas is taking advantage of the extended registration. Like many recent graduates, he faces a lot of big life choices.
“It’s actually a grueling process,” he said. “Especially when you aren’t sure about what you want to to do later on in life, or if you want to pursue a higher education.”
With decisions made, Vargas is excited about beginning his college career in just a few weeks.
Students unsure of how to enroll can get assistance at RVC’s Student Center.
“There’ll be an advisor, enrollment coordinators, as well as financial aid advisors ready to help those students, wherever they’re at in our ‘getting started’ process,” said Dr. Howard Spearman, Vice President of Student Services.
Educators recognize this can be an overwhelming process for prospective students, especially for those seeking financial aid.
That’s why they recommend bringing a parent or guardian to make it a smoother process.
“We give them so much information in such a little time,” Dr. Spearman said. “And then, when they get home, parents may ask them questions and they may not have all the answers or remember verbatim what we’ve shared with them. So, it’s nice to have the parents here at the beginning of the process, too.”
Student Tyjia Hunter said, “I hope that these classes help me know what I want to be, a teacher, or I want to do something else.”
Whether a student has chosen a major or is undecided, going through the ‘getting started’ process is the first step.
“We want to be able to make this process as smooth as possible for our students,” Dr. Spearman said. “And so, they simply need to come in and we can help them from here.”
Rock Valley College is holding extended registration hours on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. They recommend students bring a photo ID and financial information.