Incentives awarded to students who achieved perfect attendance the first 30 days of class
DCTC faculty, staff and students know the importance of attendance and the role it plays in academic success.
This semester DCTC officials offered students a challenge–an Attendance Challenge–to emphasize the importance of attending classes and to get the students into the habit of regular attendance. The entire campus focused on attendance as the key to learning–faculty, staff including admissions, financial aid, success advisors, the bookstore – everyone on campus participated. The message students received throughout the first month of the semester is that attendance is vital to a successful semester.
Letting students know that DCTC strongly believes in attendance–and that we are monitoring it–helped set the stage with students. “Attendance is the key to student academic success. Without strong attendance most students will not be successful,” notes Mike Opp, DCTC Vice President. “Letting students know that DCTC strongly believes in attendance will set the stage that attending class is expected.”
Students were involved in two challenges. The first was a 14 day challenge (the first two weeks of the semester), followed by a 30 day challenge (the first month of the semester). The challenge included all credit students, including full-time and part- time, as well as online students. Students who meet the 14 day challenge were put in a drawing for a $100 gift card and winners were announced after the first two weeks of class.
Students were then challenged to attend classes for 30 days. Students who attended each day for the first month of the semester were put in a drawing for a $250 gift card and were also given a free lunch certificate to the DCTC cafeteria. Over 1,700 DCTC students met that challenge. All students with perfect attendance the first 30 days of classes were placed in a drawing. Three lucky students were selected. All qualifying students were eligible for a $6 gift certificate to the DCTC cafeteria–the Fresh Stop Café. About 500 students claimed their vouchers.
Three students each won a $250 Visa gift cards are Walter Welzin, Automotive Service Ed Program (ASEP), Lauren Nicolai, Graphic Design Technology Program and Roberto Morales Olmedo, Software Development.
Not pictured: Roberto Morales Olmedo