Senior Day begins with a general session during which the college president greets all participating students. Students, who have been pre-identified as to their specific program interest, are then assigned to teams with a session leader who facilitates campus tours and break-out sessions.
Break-out sessions include a general tour of the college campus and campus facilities specific to the students program of interest. Students also have the opportunity to meet with one or more faculty members in their area of academic, career, or vocational interest. They also meet with Enrollment Services staff who represent the areas of Advising and Counseling, Registration, Financial Aid, and Career Development.
The event concludes with the teams congregating for lunch. At this time, college administrators, staff, and faculty are seated among the students to answer questions and/or describe the college experience to students.
Students attending the orientations reported that, as a result of the activity, they had a better understanding of the degree or certificate program they were interested in, knew what would be expected of them in college classes, and felt more prepared to become successful college students.
Senior Day is made possible through collaborative efforts of the local high school districts, Arizona Western College faculty and staff, Upward Bound & Talent Search, Student Success Center, Student Support Services, and the Yuma/La Paz Tech Prep Consortium.