Representatives of Pierce College displayed tents along the Mall on Wednesday Sept. 7 and Thursday Sept. 8 for the Student Services Fair to inform students about the programs and departments available on campus.
Departments such as the Transfer Center and the Health Center were available to answer student’s questions as well as hand out brochures.
Students who attended the Student Services Fair had the chance to win prizes by entering a raffle. The Health Center was also giving away free candy and condoms.
Transfer Center Director Sunday Salter, who has been at Pierce for nine years, trains all the counselors on the transfer process.
“I work with my staff in the transfer center to make sure they know everything and they’re the ones working with the students directly,” Salter said.
According to Salter, counseling classes are offered to help students accomplish their goals and learn about themselves.
“If your plan is to transfer, you just need to make sure you know where you want to transfer to so you can prepare for that school because every school has different requirements,” she said.
Student Health Center Director Beth Benne said the goal is to inform students about the services and benefits they have available and to explain to students why they have to pay a health fee every semester.
“In 1993, the Board of Trustees instituted that it was mandatory to pay a health fee,” Benne said. “Before that we had no health services.
“For eleven dollars a student may be seen by a doctor, nurse practitioner, psychologist, nutritionist, and nurses, it’s the best deal in town. Technically, the state requires students to pay nineteen dollars but our district won’t charge that because of our reserved.
“Mental Health is great because they can see a psychologist up to six times a semester for a 45 minute session.”
Psychology major Cecilia Garzon is currently in her second year at Pierce and enjoys coming to events that the campus organizes.
“I think it’s a great way for us to understand what the school offers,” Garzon said. “Many of us don’t know that all these clubs exist. It’s good that they do all this because that way we know what type of services they offer and we have a better understanding.”