By Danene Woodford

CamdenCountyCollegemakes efforts to keep up with the interests of students and enhance their college experience.

But as a college serving more than 30,000 students a year, how does the information get out?

Flyers, emails, facebook and twitter are utilized to spread the word.  But Jackie Tenuto, the executive assistant to the Dean of Students, said, “It’s up to the students to get the info and seek help, just like you’d do for class.”

Are current students taking advantage of these services?  Tenuto said some do and some don’t, but even if they don’t, a mandatory percentage of all CCC tuitions, called the student activity fee, helps fund the clubs.

Many students understand the importance of their role  to develop groups that will help them get the most out of their time at CCC.

Darrell Jackson, current president of the criminal justice society and one of its founding members, said it allows students to “feel like a part of something.  It’s more than basic college life.  You can put the books aside.”

Often clubs start with just an idea.

Paulina Kruszewski, former vice president and now president of the International Club, admits that’s how her journey began.

And Ryan Morrison, game design guild club advisor, said the club was started to get the students more involved in the process of designing games.

The clubs provide more than ideas and a meeting place for students.  They also give a look into career fields and provide an opportunity to serve the school community, like the Dead Poets Society deciding it was important for CCC to have its own literary club, like many schools.

Students able to give back through community service.

Dawn Conley, dental hygiene club advisor said, “The club provides an outlet to do good works for others, which is a part of becoming a professional.”

Richard Mason, law enforcement veteran, criminal justice instructor, and criminal justice society advisor, said, “The students get to see, experience, learn and enjoy various aspects of our field, most importantly prior to a career decision.”

So whether students want to connect with others who share their interests, want to learn more and have a hands on approach to their major or career field, or would like to learn more about themselves through a personality quiz like the Christian Connection Club, offers CCC has something to offer.

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