College 'Right Start' program

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

COLUMBIA - Columbia State Community College's Academic Success Center, Student Development Department and Enrollment Management committee have developed the "Right Start" program to help students start their college careers in the best possible way. The program is designed to encourage new degree-seeking students to complete their application and all requirements early, then complete an orientation session which is followed by an advising session, available throughout the summer.

"Providing students with the opportunity to register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a convenient service and one that Columbia State is proud of," said Billy Walters, director of academic support services and distance education. "However, for many first-time degree-seeking students, registration can be confusing and registering online may result in making poor choices when scheduling classes for the first time. In April of 2008 Columbia State implemented the Right Start program for first-time degree-seeking students enrolling for summer and fall semesters. Students in this category must attend an Orientation and Right Start advising session to register for classes. The advantages for students are: they receive needed information about Columbia State's five campuses, they meet with a knowledgeable advisor to discuss their major and make the best selection of courses, and by attending a session early in the registration process they have a better selection of classes to choose from. It's all just a part of Columbia State trying to reduce the hassle in getting the tassel."

Columbia State's goal is to help ensure students' success by giving them access to the best information and resources Columbia State has to offer. If you'd like to know more about the Right Start program or are interested in participating, please contact Jeff Elliott in the Academic Success Center at 931-540-2574.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton.