College Kickoff welcomes Class of 2017 to MCC-Penn Valley

MCC-Penn Valley’s College Kickoff event introduced new and prospective students to campus — and to each other. (Photos by Jordan William and Tim Engle/MCC)

MCC-Penn Valley’s College Kickoff event June 28 was at least three things: a celebration, a chance to make new friends, and an introduction to campus life.

The invitation list: Class of 2017 high school grads who have expressed interest in attending MCC-Penn Valley or have already been admitted.

The incoming and prospective students met some student leaders, faculty and staff, and learned about leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations, counseling, academic advising, career services and more. The event started with icebreakers and ended with cake and punch (otherwise known as “networking”).

Students also entered raffles to win tickets to Worlds and Oceans of Fun, which had a booth there. UPS was on hand with snow cones and job opportunities.

This first-of-its-kind event at Penn Valley is one of two summer workshops intended to combat “summer melt,”  the phenomenon of students’ motivation to attend college “melting” away during the summer after high school.

“Just as with other colleges, we were concerned about summer melt, as well as recognizing that some students could be more successful if they were more prepared for college expectations,” says Yvette Sweeney, MCC-Penn Valley’s dean of student development.

The second workshop, “Summer Sizzle: Becoming a Super Student” is set for 2-4 p.m. July 25. It will include sessions on study skills, test-taking strategies, Penn Valley technology resources and career services and, intriguingly, “ways to do academic work from your phone.”

The new workshops do not, by the way, replace either the StART sessions (Student Advising and Registration Time) or New Student Orientation.

Some scenes from the event: