By Matt Kiernan
With progress made over the summer, the Center for Advising and Career Exploration will be fully operational for the fall semester to advise first-time students and those who are unsure of what they’d like to pursue.
“Our plan is to give all entering first-time students and those changing their major advisement and to figure out why they’re changing and what are the factors involved,” said newly appointed to the position Director Kenneth Poppe of the advisement center.
There will be an online test given to all first-time students called the Sigi 3 that will highlight what the student’s possible interests are and the fields that they may be interested in. The test will be required and will be used to give students a clearer idea of job positions they could see themselves working in earlier on in their time at CCSU.
“We’re going to review that assessment and once we have worked with the students and have met, we’ll hand them to their department and school-based advising center,” said Poppe.
The new center will be a combination of the former advising center and career services and will have eight advisers to help students with deciding their possible career paths along with questions they may have. The students who will need to spend time at the center will include first-time, transfer and continuing students who are undeclared.
“We’re trying to adapt the academics and continue to do the co-ops to help their careers while maintaining job listings and career fairs,” said Provost Carl Lovitt.
The ad-hoc committee that was in place to help monitor the beginning processes of the new center was a formation of faculty members but will now with the hopes of the university be replaced by a university council that will include employees, SGA and faculty to monitor the center.
Over the summer, Poppe attended the orientation days to inform new students of the formation of the new advising center and give them an idea of what the system is in place for. According to the provost, a personal pride of the university is that it insures all students have a 15-credit schedule to make sure they’re on their way to graduating on time.
A factor involved in creation of the Center for Advising was time constraints because it was required to be fully operational by the fall semester.
“Right now I think it’s taken them longer to get this up and running than I thought they would,” said associate professor of English Dr. Barrington.
While there are expected to be approximately 1,300 first-time students as well as transfer and continuing students, the center for advisement remains positive that they can handle the load.
“We will do it. This is our charge,” said Poppe.
Even though the center will be functional for the fall semester, there are expected to be some problems along the way. Members of the advising center will be looking at problems and changes that may need to be made to improve the center.
“We’re trying the best we can to get it right the first time but inevitably there will be some problems,” said Lovitt.
The school will be encouraging students in addition to the search for jobs and academic schooling to have interest in internships or possible voluntary work. While learning about jobs through academic classes is important, the application of the academics in real-life instances can be equally valuable.
The Internet system Central Connections will still be used to list job postings and internships.
The Center for Advising and Career Exploration will be renovated at its Willard 100 location.