By Brittany Cook
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Project Connect, an effort designed to help students meet with program coordinators, teachers and advisers to plan for the spring 2015 semester, took over the Connector Building on Camden County College’s Blackwood campus on Nov. 18 to 20. About 110 faculty members were on hand to assist students.
Project Connect consisted of a series of steps that kept participating students on track to plan and register for classes. The first step was to sign in. Sign-in was located at the information booth in the Connector Building, alongside of a small table filled with pamphlets, brochures and other forms of information. Don Delaney, the director of program outreach, was there to oversee and help students who weren’t sure what to do. Students were required to write their name, student ID and major on the sign-in sheet. Then, a copy of the student’s degree audit, or required classes, was printed out and handed to them.
Students were then directed to an appropriate adviser, or faculty member, who knew about their major and could help the student choose the best classes for the next semester. During this step, class choices were discussed and made.
“I think it’s beneficial because it gives students an opportunity to meet with faculty members,” Kerry Barbuto, a student adviser, said about Project Connect. “It makes you more accountable because you’re choosing what classes you’re taking.”
After choosing their classes, students were then directed to a small area with computers. Here, students actually registered for their classes online, with the help of volunteer peers. As a bonus, payment was deferred until Dec. 15, and all students who registered for classes at the event were entered into a drawing to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK or Skullcandy Uprock Headphones.
Many students came out to participate in Project Connect and found it to be helpful. “I thought it was an innovative and direct approach to registering that made the process more easily accessible,” said Anthony Diaz. “It seemed to help people who procrastinate these things, like me, the most. Personally, I felt it was very successful and should be a staple in future semesters.”
Nick Boccaleri, another CCC student, stated, “I thought the Project Connect was really helpful. I was given good service and I had most of my questions answered.” Boccaleri added, “If I had one complaint, I think they could have had more people on staff and maybe have Project Connect last two weeks instead of one week. But other than that I thought it was rather helpful.”