Arctic Chill prepares students for winter, spring semester

By Joseph Hernandez

Connecting with students and preparing them for the winter and spring terms at the Arctic Chill event hosted by the South Gate campus.

The Arctic Chill event was held in the lobby of the South Gate campus on Wednesday. Students were invited to participate and enjoy the event– they were also able to bring family members and friends. The main goal of the Arctic Chill event was to assist students new or continuing at ELAC with enrollment, counseling, financial aid and ELAC ID. 

The South Gate campus put the event together, but they had some help from members at the Monterey Park campus. 

To enter the event students had to RSVP and show their tickets, but it didn’t seem like it mattered as students were still able to enter as long as they signed in. Once in, students were shown which room on campus offered a specific service, one room offered counseling and another helped with student emails.

Lupita Leon shared her experience from the Arctic Chill event.

“I feel like it’s very helpful for ELAC students, especially if it’s their first year. I came to speak to a counselor if I could take other specific classes for my major, and it was very helpful. The food was great, and overall it’s a fun experience,” Leon said. 

Throughout the event, students were constantly entering the South Gate campus to join the Arctic Chill event, either to get enrollment help or to get some free food. During the event, students were able to stop by booths and talk to members of different programs and departments from both the South Gate and Main campuses. Students learned about the programs and what they offer, departments mainly showed students what classes they offer for the winter and spring. 

The First-Year Experience provides academic and social enrichment for first-year students. Starting with two years of free tuition and educational support services to all ELAC students, including counseling, success coaching, and success management. FYE also offers Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES) to prospective students and their families. 

Noe Dominguez, a member of the FYE, said how it felt to provide students information about the program. 

“It feels really good to be able to help our community enroll in the next semester. This is my job and this is my passion,” said Dominguez. 

The Dream Resource Center aims to create a welcoming environment for all students. The DRC’s mission is to support undocumented students by increasing campus engagement and awareness. The DRC also offers free immigration legal services for all ELAC students and employees. 

Career and Job Services assists students with their resumes, finding a job at ELAC and assist them in finding their major. 

The Administration of Justice is designed for students who wish to prepare for employment in positions within several criminal justice fields, or in-service students seeking to improve their career potential and upward mobility within their employment agencies. 

The Public Safety Affiliation Program provides learners with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to manage law enforcement, emergency management and other crucial public safety services. 

Business, law and information technology pathway programs offer students the pathway toward careers in business, law and IT. Students who visited this program were gifted a notebook and pen with their logo on it. 

Free food was provided to students at the event. There was a food truck in the parking lot from the Habit serving burgers, and inside there was a table with two men serving chocolate milk and champurrado. 

The event also had games that were set up outside in the parking lot of the campus. Students had the chance to play Axe Thrower, a game that had students throw fake axes at an inflatable dart board and Connect-four where students threw red and blue basketballs into an inflatable Connect-four board.

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