Head Start is designed for new students who are starting their first college program at Fanshawe. It's an opportunity to learn more about Fanshawe, meet with staff and possibly faculty, as well as a chance to take care of some of the items you need to complete before the start of school.

Why should you come to Head Start as a new student? It will keep you out of lines at the start of the semester for things you can get done during the Head Start program. More importantly our information shows that Head Start participants have a higher first term GPA and are more likely to return for their second year to Fanshawe. These are two great reasons to attend Head Start.

Note: this program is geared to our first level students and may not be valuable to students in our graduate studies programs. The event is held at the London campus prior to the start of each term. Parents and supporters are welcome but will attend separate programming.

What: Head Start program.

When: July 2018 for students starting a new program in September 2018.

London Campus

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus

London Campus

Head Start runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the dates below, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.
Located in Forwell Hall, London Campus (View campus map.)

  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018: Faculty of Health, Community Studies and Nursing - includes:
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Community Studies
    • School of Nursing
  • Thursday, July 5, 2018: Faculty of Business - includes:
    • School of Information Technology
    • School of Business
    • School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts
  • Friday, July 6, 2018: School of Public Safety;
  • Monday, July 9, 2018: Faculty of Technology - includes:
    • Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology
    • Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology
    • School of Transportation Technology and Apprenticeship
    • School of Applied Science and Technology
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018: Faculty of Health, Community Studies and Nursing - includes:
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Community Studies
    • School of Nursing
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Faculty of Arts, Media and Design - includes:
    • School of Design
    • School of Digital and Performing Arts
    • School of Contemporary Media
    • School of Language and Liberal Studies
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018: Faculty of Business - includes:
    • School of Information Technology
    • School of Business
    • School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Where: Forwell Hall, London Campus (map)

During this program, you will be able to:

Parents and supporters are welcome but will have separate activities for a portion of the day.

FANCard photos

New this year, students can submit a photo for their FANCard. If you wish to use this service for Head Start, please submit the photo as soon as possible, no later than June 22, 2018.

How to submit your FanCard photo online

Please send an email to cards@fanshawec.ca and include your student ID number.

Please attach or scan into the body of the email, copies of one piece of government-issued photo identification (e.g. driver's license, health card or passport). Please include both sides of the photo identification. Also acceptable are two pieces of government-issued non-photo identification (e.g. birth certificate).

We require a recent photograph, particulars noted below.

To be acceptable your photo must be:

  • Be in JPEG format;
  • Be a full head shot from the shoulders up, directly facing the camera;
  • Be in colour and clear;
  • Your clothing must be visible in the photo;
  • Your photo must have a neutral background (i.e. white wall);
  • Your photo must have been taken within the past six months;
  • Not contain any advertising, other messages or other people;
  • You must not be wearing any hats, sunglasses, or items that obscure your face*;
  • Ensure that your entire head is visible in the photo.

Once the photograph and identification have been reviewed and approved, the Office of the Registrar will create the FANCard.

* Any head covering for religious purposes is permissible.

Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus

When: July 26, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with WRIT assessments administered 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus, 634 Ireland Road, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K8
Registration: Contact Sue Rivard at srivard@fanshawec.ca or 519-426-8260 x 229.
More info: www.facebook.com/events/226692861396762.

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus

When: July 18, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with WRIT assessment administered at 1 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus, 120 Bill Martyn Parkway, St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 6A7
Registration: Online registration form for St. Thomas/Elgin OR
contact Melantha Walters, Information & Community Outreach Services at 519-633-2030 x233 or m_walters3@fanshawec.ca
More info: www.facebook.com/events/166914420667138

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus

When: July 24, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with WRIT assessment administered from 1 to 3 p.m. (please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in)
Where: Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus, 369 Finkle Street, Woodstock, ON, N4V 1A3
Registration: Online registration form for Woodstock/Oxford


Frequently asked questions Answers
Where is Fanshawe College located?

Maps and directions to all Fanshawe campuses.

What do I need to do to write the WRIT Assessment?

Bring your Fanshawe username and password with you. It is required to login and write the test.

What should I bring?

  • Valid government-issued photo ID (and for OSAP OAN retrieval and/or password reset proof of Social Insurance Number is required) 
    See our OSAP FAQs for more information.
  • Lunch money
  • Light sweater or sweatshirt
  • Lots of questions

I have a disability. How do I get accommodations in place for the start of term?

Identify early with Accessibility Services. Learn more at www.fanshawec.ca/earlyid.

Quotes from Head Start attendees

"I had a great guide and experience. It really made me look forward to September!"

"I found Head Start to be extremely helpful to me and helpful to my parents as well!"

"Coming to Fanshawe for my first year having not been in school for 10 years now is a little intimidating. However being involved in the Head Start program and participating in other opportunities to get myself started as a mature student and a first-year student has been incredibly helpful."

"I think Head Start is an awesome opportunity, it answered all my questions about the fall and I got to meet people in my program!"

"Had an awesome time :) Got to meet some people in my program and we have been chatting over the summer! Thanks again Head Start!"

"It was a great experience. As an adult student and a stay-at-home mom for many years, I was nervous about going back to school, however the orientation was great, organized, fun and informative and therefore put my mind a little at ease. Thanks."