Biology instructor Beth Mayers talked with Central Lakes College students Andrea Schuety (left) and Nick Bourassa, Brainerd High School graduates now working toward Associate in Arts degrees at the Brainerd campus of CLC. Monday was the first day of the 2012-13 academic year. This is Welcome Week, with students provided information about financial aid, using technology, financial planning, and planning for success coordinated by the CLC Counseling and Student Life departments -- all in E203. Today the schedule includes CLC Trivia from noon- 1 p.m. in the Brainerd campus cafeteria, and a 2:30 p.m. Social Hour for veterans, PSEO and non-traditional students. At Staples today, the Staples Community Resource Fair is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free root beer floats will be provided over the noon hour at the Student Senate meeting, and at 4 p.m. there is a Social Hour for AA degree students. Workshops on the same topics as Brainerd are scheduled throughout the day in the Assembly Room, and the scavenger hunt at Staples also progresses. The prize is a $50 gas card. Students can register at any workshop for prizes, including a Kindle Fire. The more they attend, the more chances to win.