January 23, 2012
WC-Welcome-Center

Renovation at Community College in Westminster Gives Students Easy Access to Services They Need

The Front Range Community College campus in Westminster opened a new front door to students this year, and students like it.

One new student, in fact, took the time to email our president, Andy Dorsey, about the new Westminster Campus Student Services Center.

“I was very pleased to discover the new ‘admin hub’ that you have available for students to provide help with the entire enrollment and testing process. The experience in total was very streamlined for me. I was in and out, and in a couple of visits to the office hubs I had received all of the info I needed and completed all the steps necessary before classes. The staff was helpful, friendly, and seemed to be very low stress and organized.”

I’ve spoken with some of the people who helped plan this new area, and the reaction of this student is exactly what the planners wanted – a streamlined process.

Ribbon Cutting to Mark Opening of Student Services Center.

A ribbon cutting will celebrate the opening of the Student Services Center. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Please come for refreshments, a brief program, and tours.

Student Services Center Supports Student Success.

This new center in the heart of the campus brings together many of the support services that students need to be successful, including admissions and registration services, advising, career services, tutoring, testing, financial aid, disability services, and cashiers.

Welcome Center is a Hub of Information.

The Welcome Center that students see upon entering either from outside or a campus hallway is a seven-station hub of information. The Welcome Center staff consists of generalists who can answer basic questions about how to become a student, how to register for classes, and basic student account information.  In addition, these generalists can schedule appointments with academic and financial aid advisors, so students can receive timely and accurate responses to their inquiries.

Hours of Operation.

And the Welcome Center regular hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays so students attending classes at night will have access to information. Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What You Will Find in the Student Services Center.

  • Welcome Lobby: 19 computers and five printers for students to access online services, five video screens to display college information, 74 chairs, and a Career Information Niche with two computers , one printer, and information about career planning and job searches
  • Advising: 13 offices, one work station
  • Admissions and Records: Two offices, six work stations
  • Testing: Two computer testing rooms with 63 computer stations, nearly doubling the previous total; two quiet testing rooms, three offices
  • Special Services: Two offices, two work stations
  • Financial Aid: Five offices, two work stations
  • Cashier: Three windows, two offices, seven work stations
  • Dean’s Office: One office, two work stations
  • Large conference room, two small meeting rooms, copy/mail room, staff break room
  • Computer Commons: 50 computers, two printers, Help Desk
  • Information Technology: Two offices, 13 work stations, collaboration area, expanded Server Room to accommodate an additional rack of server equipment, HVAC and fire sprinkler upgrades

What’s Next for the Westminster Campus.

The 7,840 sq. ft. space vacated by Testing, Advising, and Special Services on a lower level of the campus is being renovated for:

  • 4 Math classrooms
  • 10 Math Department offices
  • Math instructor work stations
  • Math conference room
  • Video conference room

Anticipated completion: March 2012

Students, what do you think of the Westminster Campus Student Services Center?

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.