Summer Transition Program Prepares Promise Students for Fall Semester

More than 1,500 new Promise students were welcomed to campus July 8 – 11 during the inaugural Summer Transition and Registration Time (START) program. The program provided students with an opportunity to connect with key resources on campus, complete financial aid requirements, and learn how to register for fall classes. START also helped facilitate the Promise program’s free-tuition requirements for first-time students.

START program attendees included recent graduates of the Anaheim Union and Fullerton Joint Union High School Districts who will attend Fullerton College this fall under the Anaheim Pledge and Fullerton Education Partnership, but the Promise is open to all first-time college students.

“Additionally, students were introduced to a Growth Mindset workshop, student services presentations, and other important resources to help them be successful at Fullerton College,” said Deniz Fierro, special projects director of the Pledge and Promise programs at the college.

Facilitated by English Professor Dr. Miguel Powers and the Fullerton College Growth Mindset Ambassadors, START program attendees got an introduction to growth mindset and how it can help them be successful as a college student and throughout their life. The workshop explained key ideas in growth mindset theory such as building neural pathways, the definition of intelligent practice, and how the brain responds to stress.

“We want students to know that Fullerton College is a growth mindset college, so we offer students challenge and support to help them achieve their goals,” said Powers.

The START workshop sessions also included step-by-step information on the registration process, financial aid lab, and counseling services to ensure students are eligible for free tuition through the North Orange Promise at Fullerton College.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that these new students feel confident and ready to begin their first day at Fullerton College this fall,” Fierro said.

More than 60 staff and volunteers from Fullerton College’s Educational Partnerships Office, High School Outreach, and Promise Program Office helped facilitate the first week of START activities. An additional week, offered July 15 – 18, will invite students who attended week one of the program for individual fall registration assistance. Students were encouraged to set up appointments for the second week but it was not a requirement.

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