The "col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence" isn't miss­ing at com­mu­nity col­lege

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OKLAHOMA COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES - BY KYLIE KALLSEN Brand In­sight Con­trib­u­tor This ar­ti­cle is spon­sored by Rose State Col­lege.

Com­pared to a four-year univer­sity, com­mu­nity col­lege can be a flex­i­ble, prac­ti­cal ed-uca­tion op­tion for stu­dents. While this is a draw for many prospec­tive col­lege stu­dents, some wony they will miss out on the quin­tes­sen­tial col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence. This fear is out • dated. More two -year col­leges are in­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments of stu­dent life into their cam-puses to ac­com­mo­date the es­ti­mated 9 mil­lion stu­dents en­rolled in com­mu­nity col-lo­ges na­tion­wide. From ex-tra­cu­nic­u­lars to on-cam­pus hous­ing, stu­dents can Im­lay be­ing part of a true col­lege cul­ture. Life shouldn't be lim­ited to the class­room, and that's why more two-year schools are of­fer­ing ath­let­ics, cam­pus clubs, stu­dent hous-ing and per­form­ing arts to stu­dents. "Our col­lege has seen a shift in cam­pus cul­ture since ex­pand­ing ath­let­ics, adding stu­dent hous­ing and in­creas-ing clubs and par­tic­i­pa­tion on cam­pus,' said Alyssa Love - less, di­rec­tor of res­i­dence life at Rose State Col­lege. The Vil­lage at Rose State, the col­lege's on-cam­pus stu-dent hous­ing, ac­com­mo­dates up to 170 stu­dents in apart- ment -style liv­ing. al­low­ing stu­dents to live com­fort­ably and ex­pe­ri­ence a col­lege rite of pas­sage. Its the largest ur­ban com­mu­nity col­lege in Ok­la­homa to of­fer such hous-ing to stu­dents. Two-year col­leges across the coun­try arc fol­low­ing suit. With hous­ing, we help res­i­dents cre­ate a home while they are liv­ing with us by pro-vid­ing sup­port and pro­grams to help them build a com-mu­nity:. Love­less ex­plained. The role of two-year col-leges is shift­ing from sim­ply go­ing to class to cul­ti­vat­ing a well-rounded ex­pe­ri­ence, so stu­dents are bet­ter pre­pared for their next step - whether that next step is trans­fer­ring to a four-year in­sti­tu­tion or en­ter­ing the work­force." It takes more than hous-ing to build a com­mu­ruty, how­ever. Stu­dents rant to feel part of some­thing big­ger than them­selves. Whether it's join­ing stu­dent gov­ern­ment or cul­tuza: or­ga­ni­za­tions, ev-ery­one wants to feel like they be­long. These ac­tiv­i­ties bring the cam­pus to life and cre­ate a vi­brant iden­tity. One ac­tiv­ity giv­ing stu-dents the op­por­tu­nity to par-tic­i­pate in some­thing big­ger is a sentce learn­ing pro­gram. Erin Lo­gan, chief con­duct and ser­vice­learn­ing of­fi­cer at Rose State Col­lege. re­launched Rose State's ser­vice learn­ing prog­arn ear­lier this year, re-nam­ing it Raider Rel­e­vance. A pas­sion project for Lo­gan, Raider Rel­e­vance gives stu-dents an op­por­tu­nity to learn and serve the com­mu­nity at the same time. wrhis year, we launched Raider Rel­e­vance, a com­pre- hen sive ser­vice team­ing pro-rani for Rose Stale stu­dents," Lo­gan said. 'Tot so many of our stu­dents, hav­ing a great-er pur­pose of a point to their co- c-unic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is im-por­tant. This pro­gram al­lows them to serve their com­mon] learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences and ad­vance their lead­er­ship and ca­reer readi­ness skills" Stu­dents can choose their own vol­un­teer pro­tects. cre-at­ing an in­di­vid­u­al­ized path unique to the stu­dent's in - ter­ests, which ap­peals to the school's di­verse stu­dent pop-ula­tion, Lo­gan ex­plained. For many of our stu­dents, hav­ing an op­por­tu­nity to give back is their op­por­tu­nity to show thanks for help they per­son­ally re­ceived, mak­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence per­sonal and rel­e­vant in each of their lives!' So far. over 536 Rose State stu­dents have en­rolled in the Pro­gram. By of­fer­ing ex­tracur­ricu-:ars and club ac­tiv­i­ties, two-year col­leges such as Rose State Col­lege pro­vide the com­po­nents needed to cre­ate a well-rounded ed­u­ca­tion. When stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties with their peers on cam­pus, they cre­ate a net-work of friends and sup­port-ers. These re­la­tion­ships help them grow per­son­ally and pro­fes­sional y - a ben­e­fit that pairs nicely with the en­gag-ing. Per­son­al­ized aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment avail­able at two-year col­leges. "All of these things tie into the cam­pus com­mu­nity vibe and are Im­por­tant for stu-dents be­cause not only are they re­ceiv­ing a full col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence like what four-year univer­si­ties of­fer, they are ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, which is di­rectly linked to their suc­cess," Love­less said. Two-year univer­si­ties can pro­vide the same mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered at four-year univer­si­ties, but at a val-ue that saves stu­dents thou-sands of dol­lars. Even more, two-year col­leges are of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent schol­ar­ships and fi-nan­cial aid pack­ages. Nearly 75 per­cent of stu­dents at Rose State Col­lege, for ex­am­ple, re­ceive some form of fi­nan­cial aid. Dif­fer­ent forms of aid are also avail­able based on fi­nan-cial need, merit or aca­demics.,, Don't fear miss­ing out on the col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence you want. For more in­for­ma­tion about Rose State Col­lege and its 60-phide­gree pro­grams, visit www.get­starte­da­trose.

[PHOTO PRO­VIDED BY ROSE STATE COL­LEGE]

Rose State Col­lege stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in a paint­ing event at the cam­pus's well­ness cen­ter.

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