The transition to attend a higher education institution can be overwhelming. We’ve developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help answer some of the more common questions new students have.
Q: Is Orientation required?
A: Yes. Every new student is required to attend Orientation. This is because Orientation gives you the opportunity to meet and get to know your classmates, learn about campus and available resources, meet with faculty and administrators, and receive your course schedules.
Q: What time does Orientation start?
A: Registration begins promptly at 9:00 AM.
Q: When do I get my student ID?
A: New students will have their picture taken during Orientation Day. Your instructors will hand deliver your student ID a week after Orientation.
Q: How do I get my class schedule?
A: You will receive you class schedule during Orientation Day. If you have any questions or concerns about your schedule, or you didn’t get a schedule, you will need to see the Education Department located in the 7th Street Administration Building, 4th Floor.
*Note* Cosmetology students will pick up their schedules in at The Cosmetology Academy.
Q: How do I get a parking permit?
A: Permit parking is available for $25 per month. To find out if a parking spot is available, please contact the City of Monessen at (724) 684-4620. Meter parking is also available. Do NOT park in a permit parking spot. The meter maid is notorious – you will be ticketed.
Q: I need to contact an IT Support Specialist with a problem that I’m having. How do I contact them?
A: Please visit www.dec.edu/support and fill out an IT Support Ticket.
Q: What is Student Portal?
A: The DEC Student Portal is a web service that allows you to check your grades, attendance, and get campus-related updates. It’s VERY important that you check your Student Portal account frequently for alerts, announcements, and updates.
The questions and links below, divided into the most common themes, lead to frequent questions that come up for incoming students. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a staff member at DEC – a list of offices and contact information can be found here. Or, simply email DEC’s Admissions Department at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with the right resources on campus.