Hartnell College in Salinas is taking a new approach to registering for classes. It is holding a party. A big party. A party that starts before your alarm sounds on Friday morning and ends long after your favorite television program signs off on Friday night.
And then it is holding another party the next day in King City.
The party is called Registration Rally, and it lasts for two days across the Valley, January 11th and 12th. "This is the hottest thing in January," its posters read.
“We’ll have search lights sweeping across the sky so we’ll be easy to find,” said Mary Dominguez, Director of Admissions and Records at the school, whose staff will be available from 6 a.m. to midnight to register students for classes at the College Center in Salinas on Friday, and again from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hartnell’s King City Education Center on Saturday.
There will be musical bands, live radio broadcasts, dance groups, and singers.
“The entertainment is as exciting and diverse as the college itself,” said Irene Rasmussen, student activities coordinator. A special treat, she says, is that the popular band Red Beans & Rice will play from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. The group has performed with blues legends Koko Taylor and John Lee Hooker, as well as “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons, who played to fame with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band before starting his own group, Temple of Soul.
Once you get to the college center, it will be all hands on deck to make sure that everyone--especially newcomers who have never found it convenient to take a class before--can get their questions answered and sign up for a class or two . . . or five. Bilingual services will be available.
In fact, the one-stop shop for registration will have everything you need to sign up for classes, apply for financial aid, learn about academic assistance programs, get advice from an academic adviser, take assessment tests, buy your books and supplies, get library privileges, and buy parking permits.
Come whenever you like, and bring your family and friends, because there will be lots of fun for everyone. Games and crafts for children, all kinds of music for people of all ages, science magic demonstrations, planetarium shows, a Hawaiian Fire Dancer, live broadcasts from local radio stations, and lots of food throughout each day.
Local businesses and clubs have donated prizes that will be given out hourly to those lucky winners who come to register. The fabulous prizes range from ones that will help you be productive in school--book vouchers and coffee gift cards--to ones that will help you take a break, like ski passes and a winter weekend getaway for four or gift certificates donated by restaurants and wineries.