Students in LIONS

Leaders Impacting Our New Students

McHenry County College's Leaders Impacting Our New Students (L.I.O.N.S.) have the front-line responsibility of welcoming new MCC students and their families to the College. L.I.O.N.S. positively share what it means to be a student, and are an important part of making orientation and the transition to college exciting and enjoyable. L.I.O.N.S. have the unique opportunity to build leadership skills and develop communication skills all while giving back to the campus community. The MCC L.I.O.N.S. position is made up of Orientation Student Leaders and First Year Mentors.

  • Responsibilities

    Orientation Student Leader

    • Facilitate and participate in the orientation programs: Summer/Fall New-Student Orientations, Summer/Fall Parent Orientations, Adult Student Welcome, Opening Day, Welcome Event for Spring Students
    • Execute preparation for all New-Student Orientation Programs including, but not limited to: phone calls, data entry, organization of materials, marketing of events
    • Guide students through orientation activities and lead students on campus tours
    • Become familiar with MCC degree and course information, campus resources, and assist students during registration
    • Serve as a role model and representative of MCC and set a positive example for new students
    • Follow all college polices and maintain the highest standards of professionalism and respect

    First Year Mentor

    • Serve as an Orientation Student Leader throughout Orientation Programs (see Orientation Student Leader description for responsibilities)
    • Attend and participate in all assigned classes scheduled for the MCC101 course throughout the academic year
    • Provide small group leadership and build relationships with approximately 25 first year students who are part of the MCC101 course
    • Work cooperatively with the assigned MCC101 instructor
    • Engage in weekly communication with mentees, providing information on campus events, resources, and important information
  • Qualifications
    • Currently enrolled at MCC for Spring or Summer and returning for the Fall semester
    • Good Academic standing with a minimum of 2.5 GPA
    • Completion of MCC101 with a B or higher (First Year Mentor position only)
    • Minimum of one semester completed at MCC or in progress at the time of application
    • Leadership and/or involvement experience (MCC or community activities)
    • Knowledge and positive attitude of MCC
    • Must be available to work at approximately ten hours per week throughout position term
  • Benefits
    • Hourly pay (Illinois minimum wage)
    • Develop professional relationships with peers, faculty, staff and students
    • Gain leadership experience valuable for career marketability and resume building
    • Get MCC L.I.O.N.S. gear including T-shirts and lanyards
    • Letters of recommendation upon successful completion
    • Budget of $50 for MCC101 group activities (First Year Mentor position only)
  • Time Commitment

    Orientation Student Leader

    • OSL is an orientation-commitment only: Work will take place from May to August and from November to January for approximately ten hours per week
    • Participation in a combination of orientation programs, student office hours, and staff meetings
    • Summer: There will be five New-Student Orientations and four Parent Orientations running May-August
    • Fall: There will be New-Student Orientations and Parent Orientations running November-January
    • Attendance and participation in all MCC L.I.O.N.S. trainings

    First Year Mentor

    • FYM is a year-long commitment: Work will begin in May and continue through the next school year for approximately ten hours per week
    • Participation in a combination of Orientation Programs, assigned MCC101 classes, office hours, Student Success Center events and staff meetings
    • Summer: There will be five New-Student Orientations, four Parent Orientations running May-August, and one or two MCC101 classes running May-July
    • Fall and Spring: There will be New-Student Orientations and Parent Orientations running November-January (dates yet to be determined) and one to three MCC101 classes assigned August-May
    • Attendance and participation in all MCC L.I.O.N.S. trainings
  • Interview
    • Chosen applicants are required to interview with the selection committee.
    • Once we receive your application, we will contact applicants to set up an interview time.
    • Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Application Instructions

    All candidates are required to submit an application, along with an updated resume and two professional references.

Selection timeline and process

McHenry County College hires Leaders Impacting Our New Students for our orientation sessions which begin in May and continue through August.

Due to COVID-19, MCC will not be hiring LIONS at this time. Please check back for updates for the Spring semester.


Hear what students have to say


"Being an Orientation Student Leader not only helps new students become prepared for college, but it also helps you to develop as an individual. Throughout your experience as an Orientation Student Leader, you will improve your communication and leadership skills as well as your knowledge about the college you have come to know. You may find new interests and create new academic goals that will prepare you for life after McHenry County College. This is truly a life-changing opportunity and I hope you make the most of your time as an Orientation Student Leader."
- Cameron Strom

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"My friends had recommended me to be an OSL because of my involvement and knowledge of MCC. I decided to apply, and it was honestly the best decision I could have ever made. Becoming an OSL not only gave me a better insight on MCC, but it also helped me to create networks and access to other employment opportunities available at MCC. It gave me experience in the field (Higher Education) I'm hoping to one day work in. Anybody interested in becoming a resource to new students should definitely apply for this job, I promise you won't regret it!"
- Bianca