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January 15, 2018 7:45 AM

Conestoga community welcomes new students at Orientation

The Conestoga community welcomed more than 1,300 new students to the college during winter Orientation, held Saturday, January 13 at the Doon campus.

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More than 1,300 new students kicked off the start of the Winter term at Orientation, held January 13 at Conestoga's Doon campus.

Students met at the Recreation Centre where they were joined by college President John Tibbits and representatives from the Student Engagement team and CSI, the college’s student association.

“The college works very hard to ensure your academic programs provide you with all the skills you need to be successful in your chosen careers,” said Kendra Foord, Student Engagement programmer. “In addition to getting involved in your classroom ... there are a lot of opportunities throughout your college experience to get involved outside of your academic work.”

Foord provided information about Conestoga’s Co-Curricular Record -- an official document, complementary to a student’s academic transcript, which recognizes and records learning achieved through approved co-curricular experiences at the college. She also outlined upcoming activities designed to support students as they transition to the college community.

Student Engagement will host a welcome event for mature students on January 15 as well as an LGBTQ2+ welcome night on January 16. Other events include the Get Involved Fair that connects students to volunteer opportunities on and off campus and the Surviving and Thriving in Canada workshop for international students.

Conestoga’s International Office has also been supporting new international students through the Start Smart program which offers help with start-up activities and fields questions related to housing and medical insurance.

Orientation activities are supported by student volunteers working under the direction of Student Engagement and the International Office.

Conestoga’s Student Engagement team meets the needs of students through innovative programming designed to achieve goals with learning outcomes-based initiatives including the Co-Curricular Record, Orientation, the Respect Campaign, the Connect Leadership Workshop Series, Campus Service Learning, and various student volunteer and committee opportunities.

Visit the Student Engagement website for more information.

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