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September 19, 2016 8:04 AM

Thousands of new students participate in Orientation activities

Conestoga’s Student Life department reported that more than 4,200 students participated in the Orientation Week activities held at Conestoga’s campuses prior to the start of the Fall term.

Designed to help ease the transition to the college, Orientation allows new students to get acquainted with the campus, meet program faculty and fellow students and learn more about the services available on campus.

A volunteer team made of up more than 70 Orientation Leaders supported activities throughout the week, which were also attended by 700 friends and family.

Orientation activities for Conestoga’s International students have been underway as well. The International Office welcomed more than 600 new students, enrolled in over 100 programs, to the college this Fall. Orientation events included a two-day session on August 31 and September 1 for all new English Language students and a full-day session for International post-secondary students on September 10. Students had the opportunity to hear guest speakers who provided information about the college and local community.

The International Office also hosted a welcome reception and city bus tour and provided a free trip to Niagara Falls for all new students on September 17.

A team of more than 30 student volunteers participated in the International Office Orientation activities; they welcomed students, provided campus tours, assisted with computer log in and shared useful information during the city tours.

Cameron Jones, president of Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) said he looks forward to the upcoming school year and is appreciative of the student volunteers who helped welcome students to the Conestoga community.

“On behalf of CSI I’d like to formally welcome all students to Conestoga,” said Jones. “We are excited about all the opportunities ahead and look forward to seeing how the year unfolds together as a school. A very special thank you goes out to all our student volunteers who helped make Conestoga a welcoming and electric atmosphere over the last few weeks as we saw our hallways fill up with students once again. Welcome back, everyone.”

In addition to Orientation Week, a series of hour-long workshops are also available to new Conestoga students during the first six weeks of classes. Facilitated by various service areas, the workshops are designed to inform, engage and support students as they transition to Conestoga.

For more information, visit Student Life.

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