'Shopping' for students at the mall Information booth 'works well,' says college recruiter

'I'm glad they're out here'

Location creates added visibility for AACC in community

August 04, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

School supplies for the kids, a birthday gift for Dad and an Anne Arundel Community College course catalog.

Shoppers could have found all of those items Friday at the Annapolis Mall, where the community college's admissions department recruited new and former students for the coming school year.

In her information booth next to the mall's food court and across from a computer games store, Patricia Capuzzi, an admissions adviser, was ready to answer questions and hand out catalogs, applications and financial aid forms.

"It really works well," Capuzzi said of the location in the mall. "It gives us a chance to be more visible."

Wesley Carter of Millersville agreed.

"It's a good idea," said Carter, who sent her 9-year-old son, Kace Krebeck, to get a course catalog for her. "It gives them a lot of exposure."

The community college has organized a table at local malls for the past 10 years, said Carlesa Finney, assistant director of admissions. While most students register at the campus or through an automated telephone system, mall recruiting has been successful, she said.

Using the mall booth, the college re-cruited more than 200 people in 1995 and 198 people in 1994.

She said the booth helps target current and prospective students.

"People who walk by and see us say, 'Oh, that's right. I have to register for my classes,' " Finney said. "Or they say, 'You know, I've thought about returning to school. Let's get some information.' It's a place to get the public to know about the new programs we have to offer."

She also said the mall booth makes it more convenient for people who have crowded schedules.

"Because of summer jobs or being in between vacations, it's much easier for them to come to the mall rather than drive to [the Arnold] campus," Finney said. "Since we're in the mall, they think, 'Why not?' "

That's what Candy Graves of Annapolis said. Graves, who moved from Washington last month, said she wanted to study nursing at a nearby school but didn't know of any until she saw the booth.

"I'm glad they're out here today," she said.

Capuzzi answered questions about placement tests (the college offers free testing) and tuition (about $800 for a semester of four courses).

She said many of the interested passers-by are looking to change or find careers.

"A lot of parents will get their kids situated down in the food court with their lunches and then come up here and sign up for a quick class or two," Capuzzi said. "The mall brings everybody here."

Rachel McCrone, a former student, said she had planned to drive to the campus but changed her mind after she picked up a catalog and registration form.

"I probably would have gone up there, which I didn't want to do," the Annapolis student said. "This definitely helps a lot."

The booth will be at Annapolis Mall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. . Students also may register at Marley Station from 10 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

Pub Date: 8/04/96

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