New Student Orientation Video Transcript

New Student Online Orientation Video —Transcript

Welcome to online orientation at Kodiak College! We are glad you are here. Kodiak College is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage and part of the University of Alaska statewide system.

For some students, completion of orientation may give you access to additional resources, including funding opportunities. If you have any questions about orientation, please send an email to or call us at 907-486-1266.

At the end of orientation, you will be asked to provide information about yourself so that we can keep track of who has completed orientation.

The purpose of online orientation is to familiarize you with being a student (virtually or in person) at Kodiak College. This section of orientation includes an introduction to resources and opportunities available to students. There are two other required sections. After each section, you can return to the main menu to select the next section button to move on.

The required sections include this primary New Student Online Orientation video, the Student Success ("How to Succeed in College" video) section, and completion of the orientation Questionnaire. Additional resources for you to explore upon completion of online orientation include the Virtual Tour and our Technology Tutorials page.

We encourage you to take notes during this video and revisit any parts of the orientation for review. We also welcome comments and suggestions to improve this presentation.

We would like to congratulate you on making the decision to come to Kodiak College; it is a wise choice. Over the years, those of us who work here have seen many students transform their lives through education, and we would love to see you be our next success story!

Everyone at Kodiak College is dedicated to helping students learn and grow. Our faculty and staff are a team committed to assisting you with meeting your goals. If you would like to contact anyone on campus, please refer to the Faculty & Staff Directory on our website.

As you embark on your collegiate career, you will be encouraged to know that research indicates measurable benefits of attending college.

It’s college and of course, we like data. Let’s review the evidence. People who have earned a college degree have more earning power than those with a high school diploma or some college credits. Research published from the US Department of Labor indicates that people with college degrees have lower unemployment rates and higher incomes, even during a recession. In short, being educated just gives you more opportunities in today’s economy.

Attending a community campus is also a smart move. A recent study from the National Student Clearinghouse reported that students who attend community college before transferring to a 4-year college go on to earn bachelor’s degrees at a higher rate than those who started at a 4-year college. The study also indicates that students who stay at a community college long enough to earn an associate’s degree before they transfer attain bachelor’s degrees more frequently than those who do not earn an associate’s degree first.

To summarize, earning one academic credential is likely to lead to earning another, and it is an investment that will pay dividends over a lifetime.

So just how to you do stay on track to capitalize on the earning power of a college degree or certificate? University of Alaska’s Stay on Track campaign outlines some primary college success strategies:

  • Take at least 30 credit hours per year.
  •  Register early to get the classes you need.
  •  Ask an academic advisor and use Degree Works.
  • Choose a major and stick with it.
  •  Earn good grades.

The Stay on Track campaign is mainly geared toward students seeking a bachelor’s degree, but the tips are still valuable for those in certificate or associate degree programs. For example, most of our students attend college part-time and are not able to take 30 credits in an academic year.That is fine as long as you are meeting with your academic advisor to make sure you are takingclasses that apply to your program, and you have a graduation date targeted.

Of course, there is much more to college than academics. At Kodiak College, we have some extra-curricular activities to help you get plugged in. You can work with other students to help the community and yourself. Here are three opportunities you might want to consider.

Our Student Government is a group of talented students who help communicate policy to the student body, are in the position to contribute to the academic direction of the college, and may travel to the capital for legislative representation. Activities are planned throughout the year. The group is led by a president, vice president, and secretary.

Phi Theta Kappa is the college Honor Society. The members work on community projects and support each other through their educational process. There are opportunities to serve at a higher level and apply for special scholarships.

Our Showcase of Excellence is held at the end of the Spring Semester each year as an opportunity for students to show off their best efforts to our community. The Kodiak community supports this program with small prizes and scholarships.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please visit the Student Opportunities webpage to contact the activities sponsor.

College students cannot achieve their goals in isolation, and at Kodiak College, we have a variety of services and programs that will support your success.

The Carolyn Floyd Library is a wonderful resource for both eLearning and on-campus students. We are part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library system, which gives students access to a vast array of collections and electronic resources. Library staff members are available to help you identify appropriate resources for your school projects, and to guide you through the multitude of print and electronic options available. Make a point to familiarize yourself with the virtual and face-to-face resources that the Library can provide.

Friendly, dedicated, and experienced tutors at The Learning Center offer free support for most of the courses offered locally. Their goal is to help students succeed. Visit this webpage for resources and information about how The Learning Center at Kodiak College can support your success.

The Test Center is another valuable student resource. If you need a proctor for any of your course tests, the Test Center can assist. Check out the Test Center webpage for more information about how to prepare for tests in college, and links to other National Exams that are offered.

Kodiak College is proud to offer the Student Coaching program. Student Coaching is based on the idea that new students benefit from having a personal contact on campus. You are encouraged to sign up for a Student Coach, a faculty or staff member, who will contact you (in person, on the phone, by email, by text, or even via video chat or social media) once a week to see how the semester is going. Coaches can discuss any concerns or issues that are interfering with your success in college and help you connect with services on campus if needed. Coaches can also give advice about how to handle common problems that many college students experience.

Student Coaching is completely voluntary for both students and coaches. However, students who complete the Student Coaching program have higher GPAs and tend to persist toward their academic goals at a higher rate than those who do not.

You can find out more about our Student Coaching program online. Go to the Student Coaching page to sign up for a coach or to talk with someone about this program. The Virtual Student Coaching option is intended specifically for eLearners. Our coaches are volunteering their time to help new students because they believe in our programs and they know the hurdles new students face. Many of our coaches took courses or earned a degree at Kodiak College, too!

In addition to becoming familiar with the resources just discussed, you should also take the time to explore the Kodiak College website, which will be quite valuable to you during your time with us as a college student. If you haven’t made use of the website already, we encourage you to look around. Pay particular attention to the eLearning webpages, which feature helpful tips and resources unique to eLearners.

Now that you know about some of Kodiak College’s primary resources for students, let’s talk about some important components of staying on track in your courses and academic goals.

In college, you will learn that deadlines are very important, and frequently, they cannot be extended. We hope you do not need to make changes to your schedule, but if you do, it is important to know the policies that apply.

For semester-length courses, students can drop courses within the first two weeks of the semester and receive a 100% refund or return to a 0 balance if a payment has not yet been made. After the drop/add period, students can withdraw from courses until the 12th week of the semester. For shorter classes or lab classes, deadlines vary. Check with the Student Services staff for more information.

We want you to understand that it is your responsibility to be aware of academic and registration policies that could impact you and your wallet. Entering important dates from the Academic Calendar in your planner will help you keep track of deadlines during the semester.

Financial aid can be yet another critical component of achieving your college goals. Federal aid is available to most students – including grants and loans. Students must be formally admitted to a degree or certificate program to qualify, and they must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA) to apply.

Kodiak College has scholarships and tuition waivers available for students admitted to degree and certificate programs. Each semester, Kodiak College awards over 100 credits in tuition waivers, so make sure to apply! Both the scholarship and tuition waiver applications are available online.

Check the Kodiak College Financial Aid page for more current scholarship postings, and like us on Facebook for updates! Students are strongly encouraged to seek financial aid advising prior to their first college semester. We are here to explain and guide you through the financial aid process so you can access the funding you need for college.

Now let’s take a look at some important tasks for you to address once you have finished orientation.
Do you know how you are going to pay for your classes? Do you know how much you owe? Log in to your UAOnline account to see your bill, and check on the status of your federal financial aid. Avoid late fees by viewing your semester charges and making a plan to pay.

Have you purchased your textbooks? Books for eLearning courses must be purchased online through the campus bookstore’s website. Keep in mind that mailing time is required.

Did you know that you have a University email account? If you have not accessed it yet, you can get assistance doing that by contacting the UAA IT Call Center at 1-877-633-3888, or you can go to the Computer Lab on campus.

Finally, have you logged in to Blackboard? Blackboard is an online course management site that many instructors use to organize and present course material and to communicate with students. You can get assistance with Blackboard by contacting the UAA IT Call Center.

You have just completed the New Student Online Orientation video and are now ready to watch the next section, where a Kodiak College faculty member will share some helpful thoughts on student success in college. Please continue on to the Student Success section.