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2014-2015 Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Services


Academic Support Services offers a variety of services to assist students in achieving academic success. Located in room 1300, Academic Support Services provides a support staff of professional learning resource specialists in the areas of mathematics, writing composition, reading, and critical thinking skills. Services include Peer Tutoring, Peer Mentoring, Early Alert Program and many more.

Career Services

Students are encouraged to use Career Services early in their college experience to assess their interests and explore career options. Career Services works with area organizations to develop job opportunities. All of the services that are provided by this area are vital to assisting students and providing a springboard into today’s very competitive workforce. Some of the many services that this area can provided to students includes the College Foundation Career Assessments, mock interviews, cover letter and resume assistance, College Central, Federal Work Study, and much more. Every year Career Services hosts a Career Fair, which is a wonderful opportunity for everyone who attends because it gives them an opportunity to market themselves and to practice their professional interviewing skills as well. For more information about Career Services, stop by office 1400 to talk with the Coordinator of Career Services.

Early Alert Program

The Early Alert Program is designed to identify students who are having academic difficulty at any point during their education at BRCTC. By identifying these students, the Student Success Specialist can attempt to address their needs, thereby increasing the likelihood of their graduation. Students may be identified for Early Alert for a variety of reasons, including frequent absences, accommodations, behavior, tardiness, test scores, language skills, and writing ability. For more information about the Early Alert Program contact the Student Success Counselor located in office 1300.

PASS Mentors

The Peer Advising for Student Success (PASS) Program was implemented in an effort to increase retention, student engagement, and success of first year students which will gear them towards graduation! The program targets new degree-seeking students who are attending part-time or full-time. PASS program mentors are employed to make phone calls, send emails, and conduct face-to- face meetings to all new students throughout their first semester of enrollment. These contact methods provide specific information about the college, academic and student support services, registration procedures, e-mail and BRIDGE, and student engagement activities. During these contact times, PASS mentors continuously encourage students to have contact with instructors and advisors. In addition to providing pertinent and valuable information, the contact methods serve as a personal connection between the students as well as the college. PASS mentors should establish professional relationships with their advisees. PASS mentors are trained and ready to make referrals to the appropriate campus division. By building so many positive relationships, students are able to   participate in academic and student support services and be more engaged in the campus community as a whole. 

 

Exemptions from Placement testing/assessment:

Students who already have a degree from an accredited college are exempt from placement assessment. (Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions). Students who have previously taken and received a passing grade in a college level English and math course from an accredited college are exempt from placement assessment.  (Official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions).  Students who have SAT or ACT scores (official score report must be submitted to the Office of Admissions) may use them for placement into courses using the following:  Subject Course ACT SAT READING ACFN 095 - Developing College Reading Skills (3)   16 or Below 410 or Below Exempt From Reading Course 17 or Above 420 or Above ENGLISH   17 or Below 440 or Below ENGL 101 - Written English (3)   18 or Above 450 or Above MATH   17 or Below 420 or Below   18 430 or Above College Level Math 19 or Above 460 or Above MATH 106 - Trigonometry (3)  MATH 108 - Pre-Calculus (4)   24 or Above 550 or Above MATH 207 - Calculus I (4)   28 or Above 600 or Above Students who do not place into college level courses in any or only some subject areas have the option of taking the placement tests/assessments in only that subject area in an attempt to place into college level courses. Students may choose not to take placement tests/assessments with the understanding that they must take all ACFN or foundation courses.  Students also have the option to take only one or two subject areas of the placement tests/assessments with the understanding that they must take ACFN foundation courses for the subjects which they did not test.       

Skills 101

SKILLS 101 is a free, week-long test prep boot camp for students who have taken the placement test/assessment but did not place into college level English and or math courses and want the option of intensive study and re-testing.

Students may choose to attend for one subject area (English or math) or both subject areas.

Students are given an intensive test prep workshop and are re-tested at the end of the week. 

Although success rates are high for students who attend SKILLS101, attendance is not a guarantee of placing into college level English and/or math when re-testing.

SKILLS101 is most recommended for, but not limited to students:

who had placement scores close, but not quite at college level who may have taken ACFN course(s) and did not complete it and/or failed it

SKILLS101 is based on enhancing skills for successful placement into college level English and math courses based on the placement test/assessment.

Tutor Program

The Peer Tutor Program is a free service to all students of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. A self-serve program, the student submits a request for tutorial assistance by either sending the form electronically (see Peer Tutor Program on website) or completing a tutor request form in the Success Center, room 1300. Once the form is received, a tutor will contact the student via their Blue Ridge CTC e-mail address within two school days.

To become a peer tutor, the following is required: currently enrolled at Blue Ridge CTC (six hours minimum during the fall/spring semesters); have at least a 2.4 cumulative GPA; have earned a 3.0 in the course(s) in which the student wishes to tutor; and attending an in-service workshop with the tutor coordinator once the student has received approval from the Office of Human Resources.

Students who wish to become tutors may also be referred by faculty from a specific field of study. Students who have a background/education in a specialized course are urged to contact the tutor coordinator.

Note: Tutor sessions can only be held on campus during business hours. There is no tutoring on Sundays or holiday breaks.