Students are expected to play an active role in tracking academic progress, program requirements, class schedules, and more. At WVC, there are Faculty Advisers, Educational Planners and Counselors available to help you pursue your educational goals. Generally speaking, Educational Planners help new and transfer students get started with their first quarter of classes at WVC. After that, students then begin working with their Faculty Adviser for ongoing advising help. Former students can meet directly with their Faculty Adviser.
Faculty advisers have a special knowledge in their disciplines and are aware of specific courses within their divisions, and in educational and career opportunities in their areas of concentration. The faculty adviser can assist with:
- academic planning, course selection and scheduling,
- developing, clarifying and evaluating educational plans and goals,
- identifying and exploring alternative educational opportunities,
- developing long-range educational plans,
- transfer information for in-state colleges and universities,
- gaining an understanding of the complete requirements of a program, and
- referring you, as needed, to counseling services for educational, personal or emotional support.
If you would like to change your Faculty Adviser, fill out a Change of Adviser Request form (PDF) and submit it to the Educational Planning and Testing Center located on the first floor of Wenatchi Hall or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational planners are knowledgeable about the broad range of programs of study available at WVC. They are very helpful to first-time students and are skilled in making appropriate referrals. The educational planner assist with:
- interpreting placement test results and recommends appropriate classes,
- academic planning, course selection and scheduling your first quarter at WVC,
- planning strategies or approaches to successful goal achievement,
- gaining an understanding of the complete requirements of a program,
- referring you, as needed, to counseling services for educational, personal or emotional difficulties, and
- developing functional educational plans.
Many WVC students have multiple issues that accompany them when attending classes, making learning difficult. The pressures from school and outside sources can be overwhelming and cause students to drop out and not experience the best that college life can offer. Expertise in personal and career counseling, along with knowledge of academic program requirements, allows WVC counselors to effectively work with students to enhance their success. The counselor can assist with:
- clarifying educational goals,
- helping you become aware of the wide range of educational and career options available to you,
- academic planning, course selections and scheduling, and
- issues that adversely affect you in attaining your goals.
The role students play in their educational plan must be dynamic. Being proactive to maximize the advising process will provide a solid foundation for their educational experience. Advising is a shared responsibility, and builds on the strengths of the faculty adviser and the students willingness to be involved. Students have the responsibility to:
- read the college catalog and all student policies on the college website and in the student handbook,
- have all transcripts from other institutions evaluated by the transcript evaluator, with classes noted that relate to the certificate or degree,
- develop a current student plan and bring that to the quarterly advising meeting with their adviser,
- set and keep quarterly advising appointments with their faculty adviser,
- know what placement tests have been taken and include the results in the student plan,
- know deadlines and dates as they pertain to advising, registration and graduation, and
- learn the transfer entrance requirements at potential transfer institutions.
For more information on advising for all students, please call (509) 682-6830.