By Craig Ramey
Enrollment for the Spring 2018 semester is ramping up at Craven Community College (Craven CC) as staff and students prepare for the final week of classes before the holiday break. After posting a 6-percent increase in enrollment during the fall 2017 semester, officials are optimistic that Craven CC will maintain a positive trend for the spring semester.
“We are receiving a lot of phone calls and admission applications in our office right now,” said Craven CC Dean of Enrollment Zomar Peter.
Interest in the spring semester, which begins Jan. 8, 2018, is seeing a flurry of activity in the university transfer and career programs as Craven CC nears the winter break.
“We’re monitoring enrollment and adding sections as need be, but we encourage students to go ahead and register,” said Dr. Betty Hatcher, dean of liberal arts and university transfer. “We’re seeing many returning students, while First Stop is taking care of all the advising and registration for our new students.”
Interest has been growing in Career Programs as well, where 19 different programs are offered that range from automotive and early education to business accounting and automotive.
“We have a lot of interest in our industrial areas,” said Jim Millard, dean of career programs. “Welding and machining are always big, but now we are really seeing some growth.”
Registration for Spring 2018 will continue through the first week of January, but the window is closing for new students who need to apply for financial aid or take placement tests.
Any new student interested in applying for the spring semester is encouraged to visit First Stop, which is located on the New Bern campus in the Student Center and in Havelock’s Redd Building. Admissions specialists are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. First Stop will close for the winter break at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and reopen for normal hours Jan. 2. The final day of registration will be Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“There are several steps involved with applying for college, so it can seem daunting for some of our new students,” said Peter. “The good news is that we have a great team that has helped hundreds of students through the process. In fact, some of our staff and all of our student ambassadors who work in the admissions office have gone through the application process themselves as new students.”
There are seven steps in the registration process, which begins with a residency application and ends with New Student Orientation. More than 80 students registered to attend the New Student Orientation held Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the Student Center.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of orientation,” said Campus Life Coordinator Emily Stewart. “You get to see people walk on to campus with all the scary unknowns of registration behind them. They are officially students during orientation and moving toward their educational dreams, whatever they may be. Seeing something like that is difficult to put into words.”
Additional registration information
Phone: New Bern – (252) 638-7200
First Stop (New Bern): 800 College Court (Student Center)
First Stop (Havelock): 305 Cunningham Blvd (Redd Building)