ROSCOMMON – Things will be a different for current and prospective students at Kirtland Community College and the M-TEC @ Kirtland-Gaylord when they sign up for summer and fall classes. And, Kirtland officials believe the students will like the changes.
Kirtland recently switched to a “rolling” or open registration process, rather than having specific dates during which students could sign up for classes prior to each semester. College officials believe this will give students added flexibility when considering what classes they want to take.
“Our students are our customers,” said Michelle Vyskocil, dean of Student Services at Kirtland. “We believe a more open period to register better serves everyone involved. So, we’re very excited to get the new registration process in place and better serve our students and our communities.”
An online course schedule for both the summer and fall semesters was available as of March 1. In an effort to reduce cost and be more environmentally friendly, a printed version will no longer be produced or distributed.
“We know some people like to have that catalog in their hand,” Vyskocil said. “But, we’re sure people will adjust and, for some, it’s no change at all. They simply go online and see what they want, maybe printing a page or two.”
Another change is that students who’ve earned a certain number of credits will receive priority when signing up for classes.
Starting on April 4, returning Kirtland students who’ve already earned 30 credits or more will be allowed to register first. Students with 12 to 29 credits may begin to register starting April 5, with all returning students being able to register on or after April 6.
Compared to having three days or a week to select their classes, students will now also have an open window to register from about one month after the course schedule is posted online to just before the start of each semester. For the summer semester, registration will remain open till 11:59 p.m. on May 15, with fall registration continuing till 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. In each instance, the first official day of classes for that semester is set for the following day.
For students new to Kirtland, however, there is one more step before they can register for classes. They’ll now need to attend a day-long “orientation, advising and registration day,” or OAR.
“The idea behind the OARs are to make sure students new to Kirtland get started on the right path, that they have all the information and tools they need to start their college experience,” Vyskocil said. “We try to be here for our students every step of the way. And, the OARs are just another way to assist them.”
Each OAR will generally run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include an orientation session, placement testing, advising and being photographed for student ID cards, as well as time for lunch. By the time they leave, Vyskocil said each student should have a class schedule for the upcoming semester.
“It’s understandable that first-time students to Kirtland, or any other college, are nervous and concerned whether they’re doing things the right way,” Vyskocil added. “With the OARs, we’re right there with them.
“We can make sure all their questions are answered and they feel confident their ready to start their college careers,” she said. “It’s a winning solution for everyone.”
Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as sites in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.
For more information on registration dates or to apply to Kirtland, visit online at www.kirtland.edu/admissions/ or call 989-275-5000, extension 284.