Helping students adjust
Algonquin College’s Orientation Carnival a major student success initiative
Algonquin College is marking its 50th anniversary year with record enrolment at the Pembroke Waterfront Campus.
As the new semester got underway earlier this month, the campus learned that it has an enrolment of more than 1,030 full-time students. This is the first time the campus has had an enrolment of more than 1,000 students in its 50 year history.
When Algonquin College first opened its doors as a technical school at Calvin United Church and the former Champlain High School, it had 16 students. In 1969, it moved to old Maple Dairy on Pembroke Street East where it remained until the new waterfront facility opened in 2012. Today, approximately 50 percent of the students who attend the Pembroke Campus are from outside Renfrew County.
The school year kicked off recently with the Fall Orientation Carnival. Orientation is a major student success initiative each fall as it helps students adjust to their new surroundings by meeting new students as well as college faculty and staff.
“Orientation is a critical part of every student’s college experience,” said manager of student and community affairs Jamie Bramburger. “It helps students, particularly those from out of town, get more comfortable with their new surroundings. It’s intended to be an opportunity for students to get to know new people, thereby creating a more inclusive learning environment.”
The Fall Orientation Carnival featured a series of outdoor carnival games as well as buskers, lunch and prizes for students. Making an appearance was the famous Ottawa RedBlacks’ mascot Big Joe as well as two members of the football club’s cheer team. The RedBlacks and the college’s Loggersports team are partners in the game day activities at every RedBlacks game at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.
Algonquin College's Pembroke Waterfront Campus held its annual Fall Orientation Carnival recently hosting Ottawa RedBlacks mascot, Big Joe and two members of the football clubís cheer team. In the photo are (left to right) cheerleader Cailin, student Ayanna Fisher, student Gabriella Hammond, student Taylor Munroe, BigJoe, student Azeem Zaman, student Emma Gardiner and cheerleader Britt.