Welcome Class of 2W6
Your first steps. . .
Welcome Class of 2W6! The college has created this new Freshmen Bridge website to aid you in preparing to start Williamson this fall. The entire faculty and staff are excited for you to begin your 1000-day journey to becoming Williamson men. I invite you to review all elements of this webpage and to bookmark it for future use.
The webpage is divided into three specific sections: Academics, Residential Life, and Student Support. Please note that there are specific requirements that must be completed prior to arrival at the college in the academic and student support sections, so you may want to start your exploration into these sections first. If you have any difficulty in accessing any section of this webpage, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Jay Merillat, Vice President of Enrollment Management at email@example.com or (610) 566-1776.
While your academic experience at Williamson will be somewhat unique depending on your specific Trade program, there are number of proven steps you can take now to greatly aid you in your transition to the college. It is important to understand that college is different from High School and while there are a wide variety of student support services available to assist students, ultimately your success is dependent on your hard work and dedication. Take the time now to prepare a little your next big step into college!
In assessing past and current student performance, a primary consideration is mathematics, specifically algebra and basic trigonometry. These skills are essential in any trade program here at Williamson. With this in mind, we are requiring all incoming Freshmen to complete two free online courses (Algebra basics and Trigonometry) offered through Khan Academy prior to August 15, 2023. Please see the link below for instructions on how to create a Khan Academy account and select the two required courses. Upon completion, we ask that you send a copy of both completed course certificates to Mrs. Olivia Martinez, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign-up for the two required Khan Academy Courses, please following the instructions below:
- Create a Khan Academy Account at https://www.khanacademy.org/signup
- Once logged in, select the “Courses” link from the top left menu bar on the webpage
- Under the column titled “Math: High School & College” select first the “Algebra basics” course.
- On the Algebra basics webpage, select “Get Started” under Unit 1 to begin the 8-unit course.
- Once the course has been completed, send the certificate to email@example.com.
- Return to the “Courses” link from the top left menu bar on the webpage.
- Under the column titled “Math: High School & College” select now the “Trigonometry” course.
- On the Trigonometry webpage, select “Get Started” under Unit 1 to begin the 4-unit course.
- Once the course has been completed, send the certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Academic Resources
In addition to the two required mathematics courses, there are a myriad of resources available to you to assist your transition to Williamson. While not required prior to arrival, the resources can greatly assist in honing your academic and study skills.
Improve your Writing Skills
Free online courses with Coursera
Free Delaware County Library Brainfuse Program
Student Time Management Skills
Note Taking Skills
Test Taking Skills
Welcome Class of 2W6. It is an exciting time and there is a lot of information to share with you over the course of the next several weeks.
On or about Friday, May 12th, 2023, you should look for an email from email@example.com – that email will contain a few very important items:
- Your freshman dormitory room assignment.
- Your roommate’s name and contact information. We encourage you to reach out to your roommate in advance to get to know him. It will make both of your arrivals to Williamson a little smoother.
- Links to a video introduction to your dormitory including a room 360, so that you can see how the rooms are laid out and kept during the day (these are current student rooms), as well as welcome message from your dorm manager.
Admissions will provide all of the requirements for what you need to bring with you to Williamson to start your freshman year. If after reviewing that information, you have specific questions, or if you do not receive that email on May 15th, please contact our Director of Residence Life, Jenna Chavis-Bruney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our First Year Experience (FYE) program for all incoming freshmen starts on Tuesday, August 15th. See you then!
Helpful Life Skills
Williamson provides a wide range of support programs all solely focused on student success. While many of our programs are highlighted in the Student Handbook or College Catalog, we designed this portion of the Bridge webpage more as a Frequently Asked Questions section in the hope that it addresses many of the common questions freshmen typically ask. If there is a topic that is not addressed below, please contact Mr. Jay Merillat, Vice President of Enrollment Management at email@example.com or (610) 566-1776.
What is FYE?
Freshmen First Year Experience (FYE) is an integral first step in Williamson’s Leadership Development program. The four-day program running August 15-18, 2023, kicks off the start of the freshmen academic year in providing a unique experience highlighting the college’s core values, teamwork, and character development. Students receive training in diversity and inclusion, community service, and peer leadership. The program is experiential in nature that will challenge each student as they grow and develop as a unified class.
What should I expect during my required New Student/Financial Aid Workshop in the spring before my Freshman year?
At the New Student/Financial Aid Workshops, you should expect the following:
- Information of how the financial aid process works at the college and assistance completing your FAFSA (and PA State Grant application, if pertinent).
- Dates and expectations regarding mandatory events at the beginning of the Freshman year (First Year Experience and Freshman Registration/Orientation).
- Information about the Summer Bridge Program.
- Details on completing enrollment paperwork (drug test, final transcript, etc.) and details on payments (Books, Supplies, Fees & Deposit and Class Dues)
- Opportunity to complete a number of online forms during the event.
A medical physical conducted by our college doctor (dress in loose fitting clothing and wear shorts, if possible).
What is the college’s immunization policy?
Information on the college’s immunization policy was provided to you with your acceptance letter (recently, there was a slight change to the COVID-19 vaccine policy – reference the email sent to you on 3/23/2023). Any questions should be directed to Mr. Merillat.
What are the college’s dress and grooming regulations (hair length/style, shave, dress code, etc.)?
Williamson’s Student Handbook, specifically pages 42-45, provide details on the college’s dress and grooming regulations. The handbook can be accessed through the college website or through this link: https://www.williamson.edu/student-life/code-of-conduct/
What is the deadline for my entry drug test results?
Referencing your 2W6 Drug Test online form, the deadline to submit your test results to Mr. Merillat is Friday, June 23, 2023. Here is a link to the drug test form: https://bbk12e1-cdn.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/1417/misc/misc_157000.pdf
When must my final high school transcript be submitted to the college?
Referencing your 2W6 Final High School Transcript form, the deadline to submit your final high school transcript is Friday, June 23, 2023. The form should be mailed to the following address:
Williamson College of the Trades
106 S. New Middletown Rd.
Media, PA 19063
What is the deadline for my Books, Supplies, Fees, Deposit, and Dues payment and how much is it for my trade program?
Referencing your 2W6 Books, Supplies, Fees & Deposit form, the deadline to submit your payment is Friday, August 11, 2023. Here are links to the individual shop costs (don’t forget to add $200 for your deposit and $100 for your Class Dues):
- Carpentry – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
- Electrical – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
- Landscape Construction – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
- Machine Tool – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
- Masonry – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
- Power Plant – Itemized Fees and Books & Supplies Cost for Academic Year 2023-2024
When do sports camps start for Fall athletes (Football, Soccer, and Cross Country) and are they overnight camps?
Fall sports camp begins on Saturday August 19th following Freshmen First Year Experience. It is an overnight camp. More information on Sports Camp will be sent in the early summer.
When does Freshmen Registration/Orientation begin and what should I expect?
Freshman Registration is mandatory for ALL students, including student-athletes who attend sports camps. Registration and begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23, 2023. Students must arrive fully prepared to meet all administrative requirements of the college and remain on campus until their first weekend break on Friday afternoon, August 25th. Students should bring to Registration/Orientation all items from the “Clothing & Necessities” list. Activities will include:
- Shop Orientation (introduces the student’s shop instructor)
- Academic Orientation (introduces the student’s academic instructors)
- Dormitory Move-In
General Orientation (introduces various members of the college’s administration)
What recommended items should I bring to campus when I move-in on Registration Day?
Please see the Clothing & Necessities list provided with your acceptance letter for recommended items to bring to campus. The letter can also be accessed online at: https://bbk12e1-cdn.myschoolcdn.com/ftpimages/1417/misc/misc_157010.pdf