The second annual Henry Ford College Discover Day will be held Thursday on the Dearborn campus at 5101 Evergreen Road (south of the Ford Road (M-153) interchange, north of Hubbard Drive).
The school has held an open house for prospective students in the past, Henry Ford College Admissions Adviser Rachel Klaus Kristensen said, but decided to call last year’s event Discover Day for the first time. Henry Ford College Discover Day will be an opportunity for undecided students to learn more about the college, she said.
“We have over 100 programs, and we’re asking as many of our faculty to come as possible to show as much as we can about our college,” Kristensen said. “We’ll have about 50 different tables set up.”
About 900 students have registered for the Discover Day so far, and the college will be running 20 buses (50 students to bus) to drop off students at the campus for the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday event. The buses will be picking up students mostly from high schools in the area, according to Kristensen, because while registrations were being taken online for Henry Ford College Discover Day, the college had sent out information to different schools, and picked 15 schools on a first-come first-served basis.
The Discover Day activities will be housed at two buildings on campus, as registration for the day will take place in the Andrew Mazzera Administrative Services and Conference Center (ASCC). The 50 tables introducing Henry Ford College’s programs will be set up in the Student and Culinary Arts Center, while during the same 9 a.m.-1 p.m. period there will also be tables set up in the ASCC by the college’s university partners.
Kristensen explained that the partner colleges are the top 10 institutions with which Henry Ford College has transfer and articulation agreements, though the tables will not be limited to those schools. Those participating in Discover Day will be able to talk with the partner school representatives about their transfer procedures, she said, and what scholarships and programs they offer.
There will also be a couple of presentations held in the Forfa Auditorium (in the ASCC). The first presentation will be “Seven Steps to Enroll,” while the other presentation will deal with financial aid. The presentations will begin at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively, and be repeated at 11:30 a.m. and noon.
“We staggered the time of those presentations, so students arrive at 9, they have time to visit all the different tables to find out all they want about our programs, and visit the tables of our university partners as well,” Kristensen said.
At the tables in the student center, she said, students will be able to talk to professors teaching all the different college programs. There will also be tables set up by counseling and career services, student outreach and support services, the learning lab, the honors program, and student activities.
“There will be lots of opportunities for students to learn about our programs,” Kristensen concluded. “Any of the different segments of Discover Day will help students reach their goals.”
To top off the day’s activities, Kristensen said, there will be a few tours going out to the rest of the campus, starting from outside the student center at 9:30 a.m. The campus tours will continue every half hour until the final tour leaves the student center at noon. There will also be box lunches and beverages available in Rosenau Rooms A, B and C in the ASCC from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
All students who come to Discover Day will be eligible to win prizes, such as participating in a free-throw contest, Kristensen added. There will also be an ice-carving demonstration at 11 a.m. outside the student center, and Kristensen noted that a hash tag will be provided so students can download pictures of themselves being on campus for Discover Day.
The Oct. 1 Henry Ford College Discovery Day will also include an evening program from 5-7 p.m. Kristensen explained the evening activities are targeted at non-traditional students, such as workers looking to start a new career, or parents who bring their high school children to the event so they too can also learn about what Henry Ford College offers.
Following the sign-in and materials pickup in the ASCC, campus tours will start again outside the student center, this time taking place at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The Forfa Auditorium presentations will take place at 6 p.m. (7 Steps to Enroll) and 6:30 p.m. (financial aid).
To sign up for Henry Ford College Discover Day, go to www.hfcc.edu/discover. For more information on Henry Ford College Discover Day, contact Kristensen at email@example.com. All questions regarding curriculum programs and admissions can be directed to the Welcome Center at (800) 585-4322 or at www.hfcc.edu.