Palo Alto College is having a special registration event that will keep the doors open until midnight on Jan. 9; even with night classes, registration normally occurs during regular business hours.
Vice-President of Student Affairs Robert Garza said the school wants to reach more potential students who may have missed registration hours in the past. Garza said new students will especially find the process easier than they expected, but everyone is welcome.
"This is also an advantage for our returning students who really need to speak to an adviser or counselor or a faculty member -- to really come out and say, 'You know what, I really didn't have time to meet with you at 3:00, but if I come in at 7:00, somebody is actually going to be available to speak with me,'" Garza said.
The evening promises to be festive, with music, snacks, door prizes and contests to win some of their textbooks.
"If this goes well, we will definitely be doing this in the month of August," said Garza. "We're going to give it a shot and see the response. We suspect that we're going to receive a large volume of students coming in during the month of January."
The college is closed for the holidays, so this is a good time for students to get their paperwork together. They’ll need proof of a meningitis vaccine. and applications must be completed by Jan. 2.