Cape Cod Community College Open House is All About Options

College helps families explore options often overlooked

W. BARNSTABLE -- As families struggle daily with the stress of ?the College decision,? Cape Cod Community College welcomes the public to explore options often overlooked in an afternoon filled with information, Friday, April 27th starting at 2:30pm.

?Our annual Open House is a very comfortable, informal, welcoming afternoon, giving attendees a very personal look at the incredible advantages and multiple pathways to higher education that we offer, including Bachelors and Masters Degrees right here on campus,? stated Kathleen Schatzberg, President of the College. ?There will be many friendly faces with information about every aspect of the experience here, and the pathways that lead from Cape Cod Community College to further study locally or around the world,? she noted.

President Schatzberg welcomes attendees at 2:30 p.m. in the Tilden Arts Center. In the lobby distinguished faculty authors, members of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, and CCCC alumni will greet the public staffing information tables. Student artwork will hang in the Higgins Art Gallery throughout the afternoon, and students from the Zammer Hospitality Institute will provide refreshments for the President?s Reception there in the Tilden lobby.

The entire lower floor of the Grossman Commons will be transformed into a showcase of College academic departments and programs, student organizations, and student support services. Faculty, students, and CCCC professionals are eager to help the public understand how to come to college and be successful, and just how strong a support network is in place to help make that happen.

There?s much to see as well.

?We hear over and over again that people drive by those big green signs up on Route 6, wonder a bit about just what the College is really like, but then just keep driving, never turning around and actually coming in to campus,? stated Michael Gross, Director of College Communications. ?Admittedly we?re hidden inside a beautiful wooded landscape, so there is a bit of ?out of sight, out of mind? reality here. It is just for that reason that we?ll be offering guided campus tours by Student Ambassadors, guides inside our new Lorusso Applied Technology Building with information about our ?green campus? initiatives, and the opportunity to view the grand re-opening of our Nursing Teaching Lab after major renovations, among other activities here. We want people to see that we are far more than most people imagine,? he concluded.

Everyone is struggling with college costs, and the College?s Admissions Office staff is making that topic a priority when talking about the multiple pathways to the Bachelor?s Degree and beyond that all start at Cape Cod Community College. Advanced study options are offered right on campus by seven public and private colleges and universities. For students considering transfer off-Cape, Massachusetts offers major tuition discounts to public institutions as part of its Joint Admissions program. CCCC has direct articulation agreements with numerous institutions and decades of credit transfer history with literally hundreds more.

?For those focused on gaining a prestigious private four-year degree, the financial burden can make it seem impossible. We know that there are families here in this region with students who qualify for admission to these institutions; who deeply want to attend, and yet the $160,000-plus cost of the Bachelor?s Degree, simply makes it impossible,? stated Susan Kline-Symington Director of Admissions, whose office is coordinating Open House activities. ?By taking a ?2+2? approach, earning an Associate Degree at CCCC and then transferring to that institution, we know that those dreams don?t have to be discarded. This is one of the issues we?d be pleased to talk about with attendees on Friday, April 27th,? she concluded.

A complete schedule of events is posted on the College?s web site: www.capecod.edu.  More information about the College or the event is available by calling the Admissions Office toll free 1-877-846-3672 ext. 4311.

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