Trinidad welcomes new students

New students and their families fill the Massari Theater for new student orientation.

New students and their families fill the Massari Theater for new student orientation.

(TRINIDAD, COLORADO) Nearly 200 students and 100 parents and family members filled Trinidad State’s campus Friday for new student orientation. With the theme “Start Right, Future Bright,” students learned about student guidelines, rotated through IT, Athletics, the Student Success Center, Student Life and the Learning Center while touring campus, and visited with their instructors.

Mariah Mock, cosmetology student from Branson, Colo., said she most enjoyed meeting her teachers at orientation. “I heard it’s one of the best for cosmetology around, and it’s close,” Mock said of her decision to attend Trinidad State.

“I want to make sure I have a job,” Nursing Student Juan Meraz said of his education and career choice, “plus I like helping people.” Meraz wants to get a nursing degree from Trinidad State then transfer to a school in Denver to pursue a bachelor’s in nursing.

Parents’ and families’ questions were answered during a Parent’s Panel, then the families took a tour of the campus.

“I feel comfortable, and more importantly his mom feels comfortable,” Kevin Cates, from Cheyenne, Wyo., said of his son’s decision to go to Trinidad State. “We looked at a couple of junior colleges in the area, and he just liked this one better.” Cates’ son, Brady Cates, will be attending Trinidad State as a communications student and playing baseball.

In addition to orientation, new and returning students filled the Berg Administration building to register for classes, get student IDs and meet with Financial Aid. While students waited, Art Instructor Vilas Tonape drew portraits for students and their families.

Local businesses, including the Army, Bank of the West, Mt. Carmel Health and Wellness, Power Credit Union, Spanish Peaks Outreach, State Farm and Wells Fargo, set up booths on campus to welcome students and share their services. Other local businesses provided discounts or giveaways for students, including Bella Luna Pizzeria, First National Bank, Gourmet Healthy Coffee Shop, Primero Café at Mt. Carmel, Purgatoire River Trading Company, Rino’s Restaurant, San Isabel Electric, Spanish Peaks Mental Health, Wendy’s Restaurant, What a Grind and XTO Energy.

Fall classes at Trinidad State begin Monday, but students can register for classes through Friday, August 23.

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