CCV’s student development goals augment classroom learning by providing activities and resources that give students the opportunity to:
- set long- and short-term goals, celebrate success, assess challenges, and re-evaluate goals in light of new learning;
- demonstrate self-reliance, self-advocacy and active engagement in their learning;
- devote attention to the process of learning, as well as the mastery of content;
- demonstrate healthy decision-making skills by gathering information, weighing options, and making informed choices;
- transition smoothly into the next phase of their education and work life; and
- participate in an inclusive community where differences, safety, respect, and justice are valued.
CCV offers a variety of support services to help students thrive in a college setting. Some services are actively used by nearly all students, and others may be appropriate for certain populations. Among the services CCV offers are:
Because of the broad range of course offerings and the individualized nature of the associate degree program, ongoing advising is essential to degree students. We strongly recommend that each student starting out at CCV learn as much as possible through New Student Appointments (group or individual) and New Student Orientations. Beyond that, students can meet with advisors to discuss long-range goals, immediate concerns, or anything related to CCV. Advising may also result in referrals to a CCV financial aid counselor or to other community resources, agencies, or colleges for additional assistance. After the first semester, students are encouraged to meet regularly with an advisor to discuss course choices and any academic concerns or issues.
CCV Student Portal & Web Services
The student portal, accessed at https://portal.ccv.edu, is the gateway to a full range of resources and student services at CCV. Students can log in to the portal to obtain general services such as Hartness Library, announcements, job/internship opportunities, online tutoring, classifieds, and orientation to CCV, which provides answers to frequently-asked questions about being a student at CCV. In addition, the portal is the entry point for personalized web services, where students can access courses in which they are currently enrolled, web register for additional courses, view and pay bills, read evaluations, get unofficial transcripts, and run a program evaluation (Degree Audit) of the courses they have taken to see how these fit into a particular degree program. The portal permits a student anytime/ anywhere access to vital information about CCV and her/his individual situation.
Computer Access at CCV
CCV is committed to preparing students to function in an increasingly digital and electronic workplace and global community. Enrollment in CCV courses generally requires Internet access for a variety of purposes, including use of Moodle course websites, use of the College portal for access to course evaluations and grades, use of the Hartness Library (serving CCV students statewide), and, for degree students, use of specialized functions such as Program Evaluation. Certain courses may require additional computer technology such as a broadband Internet connection and a webcam and headset. CCV provides Internet access and assistance to students in our 12 academic centers. If you have concerns about Internet access, please consult with a CCV advisor.
One of CCV’s major methods of communicating with students is via email. CCV expects all students to provide the College with an active email account and to notify us when this email address has been changed. If you do not have an active email account, CCV will help you get one. To receive help getting an email account, please contact the CCV Help Desk through https://portal.ccv.edu.
Developmental Skills Courses & Workshops
After taking the College Board’s Accuplacer assessments, more than half of the students entering CCV need some developmental skills work to be ready for college-level courses. Some may be able to reacquaint themselves with important concepts by attending a one-time workshop; others enroll in semester-long courses in English and/or math, many for more than one semester.
Credits earned in basic skills classes do not count toward graduation credits (at CCV or elsewhere), nor do they count in semester or cumulative GPAs. However, these credits do count when making computations for satisfactory academic progress, financial aid, and veterans’ benefits.
First Semester Seminar: Dimensions Classes
Dimensions of Freedom (INT 1060 ) and Dimensions of Work (INT 1050 ) are ideal choices for a first class at the college level. Dimensions classes enhance fundamental skills in critical thinking, information literacy, and the reading, writing, and quantitative reasoning required for a successful academic experience. Usually taken prior to English Composition, a Dimensions class becomes one side of the bookends (with Seminar in Educational Inquiry at the other end) that hold together the associate degree program.
The Learning Center
Each CCV academic center provides students with an opportunity to receive personalized assistance with skills related to their academic work. Learning Centers are available to help students with writing and research assignments, eTutoring and other online support, math and quantitative reasoning tasks, computer literacy questions, college portal navigation and online learning tools, basic library skills and access to Hartness Library’s collection, full-text articles, and online reference resources. Learning Center staff can also provide referrals to CCV librarians and other experts to assist with specific needs.
Students with Disabilities
CCV is committed to accommodating the needs of persons with documented disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual with a documented disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities at CCV. Students with disabilities are advised and supported by a coordinator of academic services. It is the responsibility of the student to make the College aware of a documented disability and the need for accommodation. To allow reasonable time for arranging services, the student should provide documentation to the College as soon as possible, preferably four weeks before classes begin. Accommodations are intended to provide access to the educational experience.