Indian Hills Community College holds registration event to finish local students’ enrollment

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 9:50 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Barbeque. A lunch meal for several dozen Ottumwa High Schoolers who finished the college enrollment process Wednesday at Indian Hills Community College. The college shuttled seniors back and forth from the Ottumwa High School to get them registered for classes. It’s the last steps for those students who have applied, and been accepted by the college.

Registering students were also served Barbeque by the Ottumwa A Club, as a way to celebrate finishing the process. The meat was provided by JBS and Hy-Vee. Joni Kelley, Executive Dean of Enrollment, says the college is helping to take on some of a high school guidance counselor’s role by talking to students about college. “We are perfectly fine with talking to those students about coming to Indian Hills, of course. But we know that’s not for everybody. So we’re also willing to help them with their next steps if they’re choosing to go on to somewhere else.” Those students are a result of that.

Assistant Principal at O-H-S Andrew Lehn was the grillmaster representing the Ottumwa A Club. He’s says the Club’s happy to help the students: “Whether it’s career-based or getting that extra education down the road so they can get that better job is excellent.” An idea which Kelley echoes: “We want to make sure that anybody who does have the desire to go to college and maybe wants a career that they would need to go to college, has the opportunity to go here.”

Kelley says around 70% of incoming students tend to come to the region, and around 86% of students tend to stay in the region. So she says events like these are an important step in getting local students enrolled in the college.

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