Spring 2008 |
MCC students can choose from nearly 20 student organizations and clubs, but
this year a new group was created to showcase the student perspective at the
College. The Student Ambassadors is a group of current students that serve as
positive representatives of the College and actively assist the
College´s recruitment team. Currently, there are 13 active Student
The Recruitment Department works directly with the Student Ambassadors,
selecting Ambassadors through an application and interview process. Those
chosen support the recruitment team both in the office and out at a variety
of community and campus events.
"Student Ambassadors assisting College departments with internal and
external events gives the students a chance to help their school. It also
allows them to connect and network with individuals around the
community," said Mike Kolker, lead recruiter. "Our goal is to create
a diversified group of students excited to proudly represent their
Ambassadors assist at special events, represent the student perspective on
panel discussions, help with campus tours and encourage and inform prospective
Dean of students Russ Lane said the Student Ambassadors support the
enrollment retention initiatives at the College in addition to providing the
student perspective. Being a Student Ambassador allows students to connect
with the community and learn valuable life lessons and skills including
accountability, responsibility and punctuality outside of class and in
"Connecting current students with prospective students allows us to
paint an accurate picture of life at Metropolitan Community College,"
Lane said. "Any time you give students an opportunity to act in a
professional manner, they tend to be receptive."
Information Technology/Web Programming student Patrick Baowendsom Nikiema
is one of two international students who chose to get involved with Student
"I wanted to be active in my college. As Metropolitan Community
College is a college of students with diverse cultural backgrounds, I knew
that being a Student Ambassador would bring me to interact with people of
diverse origins," he said.
The recruiters who work with the Ambassadors find their work valuable to
recruiting efforts and the whole College. Kolker said that the most successful
recruitment tactics always seem to have current students involved because
their perspective seems to be valued differently by prospective students and
their parents due to the fact that they are in class and using the services
and facilities at MCC. Engaging Student Ambassadors also shows prospective
students that the College is actively working on building up its student life
"Recruiters know all the details, processes and contacts, but the
students know and understand the ´real deal´," Kolker said.
The Recruitment Office is continuing to develop the program and plans to
continue connecting the talents and enthusiasm of current MCC students with
future students and the community.