September 04, 2013
Residential assistants, also known as RAs, are experienced students who serve in the dorms as mentors to new students. Every summer the incoming RAs at Northampton Community College go through a training process to prepare themselves for their roles. As RAs, the students will provide activities for the residence hall students while offering guidance and support throughout the year.
While at a conference for housing officers, Gregory Martin, resident director at Northampton Community College, met Clarence Scott Jr., assistant director of residence life at DeSales University. The two discussed merging both schools' summer RA training programs.
"We thought this would be an important experience for both of our students as it would connect them with other student leaders," Martin said.
The RA training took place over the summer on the DeSales campus. "At first, our students were a bit nervous and reserved because there were only ten in our group, but 50 students in the DeSales group. Once they settled in and got comfortable, our NCC students definitely shined and did well."
So well, in fact, that any NCC students who took part in the training and who in the future transfer to DeSales will be able to join the residence life staff there without having to wait a year as is required of other new students.
"This was a great way for our two institutions to link up and start something new," Martin added.
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