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In this blog post, we’ll explore strategies to recruit students for new or unknown classes. Discover actionable advice and practical tips to enhance student enrollment. As well as gain administrative support, and create awareness within your community.
How do you recruit students for a class that they have no idea what it is (neither does the administration)?
Today’s question comes from a health sciences teacher who is teaching a new biomedical technology class. She’s facing the challenge of recruiting students for a class they (and the administration) know little about.
Let’s dive into some effective strategies to overcome this hurdle.
Strategy 1: Promoting Your Class All Year Round
To create awareness and generate interest, consistent promotion is key. Highlight your class and its activities, even if you’re not recruiting.
Share pictures and updates through your school’s PR or website. Letting parents and the community “see” what you do in class creates a sense of curiosity.
Strategy 2: Engaging Administrators and Counselors
Collaborating with administrators and counselors can impact student enrollment. Invite them to observe your class firsthand.
While administrators are essential, counselors play a crucial role in filling your classes. They can observe successful students and experience what your class is like.
Another strategy for the adults is to teach them something that’s useful to them. It could be how to use a plasma cutter to create yard art. Or even planning a successful salsa garden including pest-deterring plants.
Strategy 3: Targeted Invitations
Sending personalized invitations can yield excellent results. A good place to start is by identifying students with both aptitude and interest in your course. Collaborate with counselors to identify potential candidates.
You can send them snail mail or emails telling them about your course. Or you can invite them to special events like guest speaker sessions, targeted field trips, or lunch and learn sessions. Always follow up with the fact that your class is one of the stepping stones to these careers.
To boost student enrollment, put in place a combination of strategies. Start with what feels comfortable, and then push yourself to try a riskier approach. Measure the impact of your efforts throughout the school year to determine their effectiveness. By following these recruitment strategies, you’ll pave the way for a successful program.
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