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Prospective COC students urged to get a jump on fall registration

New regulations give priority to incoming new students who qualify

Posted: April 3, 2014 7:03 p.m.
Updated: April 3, 2014 7:03 p.m.

New regulations set to go in effect this fall at College of the Canyons and all state community colleges means it’s more important than ever for prospective students to get an early start on registration, an official said Thursday.

The new regulations allow some incoming freshmen and other first-time students to be eligible for priority registration — provided they meet certain requirements and complete all steps necessary to register for classes in time.

For COC, this means completing an application for admission, completing online orientation, taking English and math assessment tests and consulting with the college’s online student adviser to develop an education plan, according to COC spokesman Eric Harnish.

“These steps are aimed at ensuring that students come here and that they be successful in whatever it is they try to accomplish, whether that be transferring to a UC or CSU campus or completing a career technical education program and entering the workforce,” he said Thursday.

Students who register and complete all the necessary steps by June 30 will be eligible to sign up for classes during the initial registration window, according to Harnish, meaning they can have an earlier shot at registering for essential or high-demand courses.

Registration dates for prospective COC students will be assigned July 1. The first day of the fall term is Aug. 25.

The regulations going into effect, combined with increased enrollment at COC, makes it all the more important for new students to get an early start on registration, Harnish said.

“The days of rolling in here at the end of August and trying to get a class — we’re trying to get a message out that that’s not the way to do things any more,” Harnish said.

Part of getting that message out includes making sure students in the William S. Hart Union High School District are aware that they should get an early start on registration activity.

Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said Thursday the district works closely with COC to ensure that district students receive all the information they need if they want to be Cougars at some point.

“We have a great system of communication between College of the Canyons officials and the Hart school district,” Pinsker said. “And whenever there is important information that could impact our students, we generally send emails to all parents of students that need the information.”
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