Special orientation held for minority and first generation college students

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Classes start in about a week at Western Kentucky University, and some students are getting an early start preparing for the upcoming school year.

The Intercultural Student Engagement Center at WKU is helping students of color, first-generation college students and any other students who need assistance with transitioning to college.

Eligible students are able to participate in the Cynthia & George Nichols III ISEC Academy. The academy works to guide students in personal development, academia and campus involvement.

This week participating students are attending the ISEC Academy Orientation. Monday was the second day of the three-day orientation, and students got the 101 on college, from how to enroll in classes to planning for graduation.

“It’s an attempt to level the playing field for students of color here at a predominantly white institution. It’s not really special treatment it’s just providing additional opportunities that these students may need, that all students need,” said Dr. Martha Sales, Executive Director at ISEC.

The students will have one more day of orientation tomorrow before attending the M.A.S.T.E.R Plan, a transition program for all new undergraduate students.