Lincoln Trail College is planning to hold orientation sessions for new students and dual credit students as the College prepares for the start of the Fall Semester August 20. Most of the orientation sessions will be conducted online.
The orientation sessions are intended for new, incoming students to help with their transition to college says Director of College Access Tona Ambrose. “Orientation is a way for students to meet other students along with faculty and staff, become familiar with campus services, and ask questions about the college-going culture.”
Orientation sessions begin August 6 and students will have a variety of options to choose from through August 19. Each online orientation course will last for two hours and will be conducted by Zoom. Students will need audio and visual computer capabilities and internet service for the online orientation. Cell phones can also be used if the free Zoom app has been downloaded.
“Students should contact their Lincoln Trail College advisor to select the day and time that works best for them,” says Ambrose. “The online course called GEN 1103 will then be added to their schedule. The students should also watch their IECC emails because we will send information and Zoom links to these email addresses.”
Ambrose says that students will receive 0.5 credits once they complete the assigned online orientation tasks. A complete schedule of the orientation sessions is available on Lincoln Trail College’s website, www.iecc.edu/ltc, under the calendar section of the site.
There are in-person sessions available for students who cannot complete an online orientation. These are primarily for students who do not have access to the proper technology or the internet. There are a limited number of seats available in these sessions and registration is available by contacting an advisor.
Meanwhile, Lincoln Trail College will offer a special orientation session intended for students taking dual credit classes. Faculty and staff will cover a variety of college onboarding topics during the Dual Credit Orientation to help ensure students are successful when taking classes and transitioning to LTC. The session will also give students a chance to ask questions. Dual Credit Orientation will be offered online and is also open to parents and guidance counselors. It will be offered on August 10 from 6-8 p.m. An in-person option will be available on August 11 from 6-8 p.m. but is limited to nine students only. Since it has limited seating, the in-person session will be limited only to incoming dual credit students.
Fall classes at Lincoln Trail College begin August 20 and many of the College’s classes will be delivered in a face-to-face format like they were before the pandemic. Face-to-face class sizes may be smaller, or the classes may be relocated to larger spaces that allow for social distancing. In all instances, these classes will adhere to IDPH guidelines and the use of facial coverings will be required when social distancing is not possible. LTC will also offer some classes in hybrid and flex teaching formats that offer a blend between in-person classes and remote learning. Students still have the opportunity to register for classes at Lincoln Trail College. Information on the College’s programs is available on LTC’s website and students can register for classes by calling 618-544-8657.