- Follow these 10 tips for college success.
- Review these tips on picking classes.
- One of the keys to academic success is having a plan. When you start college, you
should draft a quarter-by-quarter educational plan that includes all the required
classes for your degree or program.
- We recommend you build your educational plan in your ctcLink account using the Planner tool. This tool will allow you to add classes to your plan directly from the Class Search and even enroll into classes directly from your Planner (for instructions, click here).
- Alternately, you can use this fillable pdf Educational Plan document and save it to reference each quarter when you sign up for classes.
- Each quarter, make sure you complete this to do list.
- If you are in your last quarter of classes needed to earn your degree or certificate, remember to apply for graduation (even if you are not participating in the ceremony in June).
Use the Degree Progress tool under Academics in the menu bar in ctcLink to view your degree and certificate requirements and to track your progress toward completion. Try out the What If tool if you are considering switching to a different degree or program.
If you have earned non-WVC credit, you need to request a Credit Evaluation through the Admissions/Registration Office to find out how many of your previous college credits can count toward your WVC degree.
Faculty Advisors and instructors set office hours each quarter when they are available to meet with students and advisees in person or via phone or Zoom. Find your Faculty Advisor's name and email in your ctcLink account under Academics in the menu bar. Use the online Faculty Directory to find out more about them including their office location.
WVC sets aside one day each quarter as Advising Day to encourage students to meet with their Faculty Advisor and stay on track with their degree.
Find additional transfer resources and career information at www.wvc.edu/careertools.
Use the Course Equivalency Guides below to get a general idea of which classes will likely transfer to your chosen university and meet prerequisites for your major.
Student Success Resources
WVC Knight's Kupboard food pantry is available to students on both campuses. www.wvc.edu/counseling
Consider applying for federal and/or state financial aid by submitting a FAFSA or WASFA form. www.wvc.edu/financialaid
Research scholarship opportunities. www.wvc.edu/scholarships
WVC offers a range of grant and student support programs. Check with the programs below for eligibility requirements:
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) helps students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds during their first year of college. The program provides academic and financial support services to empower students, so they have a strong foundation to build upon as they work toward a bachelor's degree. www.wvc.edu/camp
The TRIO Student Support Services program includes financial literacy, tutoring, academic advising, transfer assistance, career planning, and more. Nearly half of WVC students are eligible to participate in TRIO SSS. www.wvc.edu/trio
The Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program offers a unique combination of enrichment activities, academic support, industry involvement, and an encouraging community environment for STEM students. www.wvc.edu/mesa
The Student Grant Center runs five different grant programs to help eligible individuals pay for their education and can provide additional student support services as well. www.wvc.edu/studentgrantscenter
Find these Student Development Skills (SDS) classes on the ctcLink Class Search by using the “Subject” filter for Student Development Skills.
Classes for extra help in Math, English and Study Skills:
- SDS 101 Study Skills (5 credits) – This course covers college-level study skills, including time management, goal setting, classroom etiquette, math study skills, note-taking, textbook reading and comprehension, exam preparation and test taking, basic research skills, and basic presentation skills.
- SDS 103 Study Skills for Mathematics (3 credits) – A support course in basic math principles and math-specific study skills to improve student performance in developmental math. This course is designed to be taken along with one of the following classes: MATH 90, 92, 93, 98, or 99.
- SDS 114 Accelerated English Support Class (3 credits) – A support course in writing and reading, relevant study skills, and college-navigation skills to improve student performance in ENGL 97 and ultimately in ENGL 101. Uses a workshop approach to give assistance with writing assignments from other courses. This course is designed to be taken along with ENGL 97.
- SDS 104 Stress Management – Understanding of the nature of stress, principles of stress management and strategies for 'creating, rejuvenating, and sustaining' a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Through lectures and experiential learning, learn to reduce anxiety around tests, homework, relationships and more.
Also, look for this class on the ctcLink Class Search with the math classes:
- Math 101 (2 credits) – This class is a for students preparing for or enrolled in a math class at WVC. Topics from Algebra through Precalculus are individually selected by the instructor based on the student's need and goals. At course completion, instructor will determine next steps for student in math at WVC.
NOTE: Student Development Skills classes are counted as Restricted Electives toward the Associates of Arts and Science (AAS-DTA) transfer degree.
The WVC Counseling Department provides many online tools for career exploration including career assessments. www.wvc.edu/careertools
WVC also offers a Student Development Skills class:
SDS 106 Career and Life Planning (3 credits) – An opportunity to explore career options that best fit with a student's personality, interests, abilities, and values. Includes an emphasis on personal assessment.
WVC provides links to course equivalency guides for Washington state universities and other online transfer resources. www.wvc.edu/advisingtools.
Also, student should reach out to their Faculty Advisor for advice and guidance on transferring.
WVC has a diverse assortment of student clubs, both on the Omak and Wenatchee campus. Clubs and organizations provide excellent opportunities for social and civic involvement, networking, stress relief, skill building, and so much more. https://www.wvc.edu/students/student-programs/student-clubs.html
Connect with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. https://www.wvc.edu/students/support/diversity/office-of-diversity.html
Also, consider joining the Student Senate on either the Wenatchee or Omak campus. https://www.wvc.edu/students/student-programs/