By Cassidy Payne

CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that Camden County College’s admissions workers do their job but it has had little effect on the number of applications the college received this year, the college’s admissions director said recently.

Admissions Director Steve D’Ambrosio said his department had to reinvent the way it did everything because of the coronavirus. Giving tours of the CCC campus and showcasing what the college has to offer used to play a big part in attracting new students. Because of current circumstances, all in-person tours of the college have been halted and replaced with virtual tours.

D’Ambrosio said it is especially hard to win over graduating high school seniors to start a new college experience right now, with all learning being remote. However, college employees are putting their best efforts into providing students with all the same tools online that used to be accessible on campus. They include support services such as information sessions and tutoring.

“The great thing though, for students who are having trouble or are struggling with online classes, is we offer free tutoring,” he said. “CCC offers free tutoring for all of our students and it’s set up all virtually.”

With online learning not being every student’s forte, some consider gap years and semesters off. Although some students have taken this route, D’Ambrosio said the college received the same number of applications this year as it usually gets, give or take a few. He said he did not know the number of applications the college received this year.

One of the students who took a semester off is Sarah Acevedo. After finishing the spring 2020 semester online and watching her grades drop, she said she knew another semester in those conditions would just bring her grade point average down even more. So she decided to take the fall 2020 semester off.

“The semester off helped me to see that my original major of nursing isn’t how I want to live my life,” she said. “I want to change it for something that I know I would be happier with.”

She said she has registered for the spring 2021 semester but now is undecided about a major.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html — Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about reducing the spread of COVID-19

https://www.camdencc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/ — Information about admissions and financial aid at Camden County College

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