Durham College’s Student Life department prepares students for success and September

The Get Prepared for Success program features an online GPS tool that provides students with the option of choosing a live, in-person tour or a virtual guide on the web. Students may also choose the accessibility option for special arrangements.

August 18, 2010

Starting a post-secondary career is never easy. A first-year students’ mind is filled with questions, concerns and what if’s. Fortunately, the Durham College Student Life department has created a system to put those worries at ease: the Get Prepared for Success (GPS) program.

Originally introduced as an initiative in 2008, the GPS program allows students to get prepared for the fall and navigate their way through the college’s campuses and services, whether it be in-person or online. Students can register for a live tour or use the virtual system on the web to view a number of essential services including housing, the MyCampus portal, registration, ID services and all of the essential components of a post-secondary experience.

The creative icons were designed to be similar to those of a real-life navigation system for any vehicle.

“The system lets students decide what method is better for them and it’s also a good way to meet fellow first-years,” said Student Life director, Tara Blackburn.

Prior to the GPS, there was a family summer orientation program run by Student Life but they decided to come up with an alternative that saves the hassle of long line-ups and is more engaging than the corporate website pages. GPS offers something for everyone and is especially beneficial for those students that live farther away.

“We wanted something more interactive and exciting for students,” said student development co-ordinator, Krista Watson. “Something fun like Facebook or Twitter.”

Student Life has also launched a microsite for the GPS program. This online component allows students to get most of what they need completed before getting on campus. The microsite was launched at the end of July.

“We launched the microsite to offer student access throughout the year,” said Watson. “It’s their navigation system to the college.” Student Life is also currently developing a microsite feature for the upcoming summer orientation.

For more information, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/gps.