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First Year Experience

Welcome Day - Spring 2017

When: Thursday, January 5th from 3pm-7pm

Where: CBT 195


Welcome Day Agenda

2:30pm Optional Campus Tour
2:30pm - 3:00pm Check-In
3:00pm - 3:10pm


  • Speaker: Barbara McDonald, NHCC President
3:10pm - 3:30pm

Ice Breaker Activity

  • Aikido for College: Aikido is a Japanese martial form that can serve as an educational tool - helping college students develop clear thinking, precise action, physical grace, a peaceful mind and healthy spirit. Presented by Mark Larson, Faculty in ESOL.
3:30pm - 4:20pm

Faculty and Student Panel

  • Hear from current NHCC students what they wish they had known their first semester. Ask questions about experiences from students!
  • Gain insights from professors on how you can be successful in their classes. Ask questions to help get your semester off to a great start!
  • Everyone at NHCC wants you to be successful, and the faculty and students have so much knowledge to share about classes, campus, involvement, campus jobs, and so much more!
4:20pm - 4:30pm Break/Transition to Workshops
4:30pm - 5:15pm

Workshop Series #1 (See full agenda for descriptions and locations!)

  • Taking Lecture Notes
  • NHCC Technology Introduction
  • Navigating Your First 2 Weeks
  • Procrastination and Time Management
5:15pm - 6:00pm

Resource Tables & Pizza/Transition to Workshops
Resource Tables:

  • Access Services
  • Student Life
  • Career Services
  • Advising Center   
  • Tutoring Services
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Student Support Services
  • Veteran Services   
  • Financial Aid
  • TRIO
  • Library
  • Public Safety
  • Bookstore
  • Counseling
  • Rec Sports
6:00pm - 6:45pm Workshop Series #2 (See full agenda for descriptions and locations!)
  • Taking Lecture Notes
  • NHCC Technology Introduction
  • Navigating Your First 2 Weeks
  • Procrastination and Time Management
6:45pm - 7:00pm Wrap-Up/Evaluations/Raffle for Prizes
  • Please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation!
7:00pm Optional Campus Tour


First Year Experience, (FYE), is a program designed for ANY student who is transitioning into college. You can be a student straight out of high school; a student who decided to go to college later in life; a student who took a break, but is now ready to return; or even a student who identified something you need help with. Whatever your situation, FYE can help you achieve your goals!

Once enrolled by following the admissions steps to become an NHCC student, sign up for one of the experiences listed below!

Are you coming straight out of high school? Or, a student who decided to go to college later in life?

First Year Experience Course
Through active learning exercises, such as group activities, guest speakers, homework planning, test-taking techniques, and more, this course empowers students to be actively engaged in their learning by understanding the culture of college and creating a plan that can be applied to any class. Many classes have a student peer leader who has already participated in the FYE class to help facilitate in-class activities, can meet outside of class to help with assignments, and/or serve as a mentor.

Are you a transfer student from another college? Or, a student who started college, took a break, but is now ready to return?

FYE Workshop Series 
During the first month of each semester there will be a series of workshops entitled  "Straight Talk" These workshops are highly recommended for all first year students, transfer students and all other NHCC students. These workshops will provide you with facts and policies at NHCC about Satisfactory Academic Progress and the consequences of not meeting these minimum academic requirements. Throughout the year, NHCC also offers various workshops about educational planning, career building, personal development, academic strategies, and more.

Additionally, during the first two weeks of class, NHCC offers tutor coach drop-ins to get you acquainted with D2L Brightspace and other resources, such as free tutoring services. You will find these services in the Library area. 

Are you undecided about your career path?  

Career Development/Career Exploration and Planning Course
In this course, students will learn about the job search process and develop effective techniques in preparing a resume and cover letter. Students will also develop networking and interviewing skills to prepare them for their job search and/or transfer to a four year college or university. 

Are you interested in getting involved in student clubs, recreational sports, the arts, and more?

Student Life
Enhance your college experience by participating in Student Life activities and making new friends. 

Unsure which experience is best for you? Make an appointment with our Advising Center for help.   




Contact Information:

First Year Experience
Program Coordinator:
Miriam Chiza




Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, 8:00am-4:30pm
Tues, 10:00am-6:30pm
Closed Sat & Sun

  • This helped me develop a set of learning strategies. It was fun too!

    - Miessa Gemeda, student

  • I got a heads-up on what I'll need to do well in college. 

    - Meng Veng, student

  • It is a good way to meet new people.

    - Kristi Pelto, student


  • This is a very positive experience because it eases you into college life.

    - Colleen Mottaz, student