The final week of the semester has passed at Otero Junior College. With the end of Fall Semester, it is time to register for Spring Semester classes. Registration is currently underway and classes will begin the week of Jan. 11, 2016.

The final week of the semester has passed at Otero Junior College.  With the end of Fall Semester, it is time to register for Spring Semester classes. Registration is currently underway and classes will begin the week of Jan. 11, 2016.
 
According to Jeff Paolucci, vice president of Student Services, “We recommend that returning students register early to ensure they receive the classes needed for their degree programs,” said Paolucci.
 
For those who did not attend Fall Semester at OJC, Paolucci outlines the ease with which new students can begin classes in the spring and get started with their degree or certificate plans.
 
“We encourage anyone who would like to learn more about the college and what we have to offer to call us or stop by our office. Once students visit or give us a call, we will schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.  Advisors can provide career counseling and assist students with class placement and scheduling. We have an excellent variety of courses that should fit any schedule, from day and evening classes to hybrid online and short courses,” explained Paolucci.
 
Paolucci also stressed that those students planning on graduating in May should submit their application to graduate as soon as they enroll for spring. “Doing so will help ensure that the student has met all graduation requirements,” he said.
 
Financial Aid information is also available at the Student Services Center. “Financial aid is still available for Spring Semester,” said Kelsey Miller, assistant financial aid director at OJC. “About 80 percent of the students who currently attend OJC receive some type of financial assistance, so students should not let financial hardships prevent them from attending college. I encourage students to contact me so that I can help facilitate the financial aid process,” she said.
 
New and returning students will have the opportunity to come to campus a day early on January 10 to participate in Jump Start, an orientation that will prepare students to begin classes on January 11.
 
Jump Start will begin at 2 p.m. in the Humanities Center, Room 112, and continue through 4 p.m. with two 1-hour sessions. Online registration for the Jump Start sessions is required. Register at: www.ojc.edu/futurestudents/jump_start.aspx
 
Each Jump Start session will instruct students how to:
•     Set their student password and log-in to the Student Portal
•     Access their official student email
•     Learn to use Desire2Learn (D2L), OJC’s Learning Management Program that is used in most classes
•     Print their class schedule
•     Tour campus to locate their classrooms
•     Visit the Library to get a Student Library Card
•     Visit TRiO Support Services
 
For more information about Jump Start, call: 719-384-6863 or email information@ojc.edu
 
For more information or to register, stop by the OJC Student Services Center on south San Juan Avenue or call 719-384-6831.