From the time you enter CCV until the moment of graduation, you will have both the opportunity and responsibility to develop and demonstrate academic skills, explore areas of study, choose a degree program, and select coursework that best meets your needs and interests. The following is a typical sequence that supports a student’s successful progression from entry to graduation. All programs also have suggested semester maps to guide your progression.
Skills Assessments, Advising, & Development
Proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, arithmetic, and computing is critical to your success. Before you enroll at CCV, you will take basic skills assessments. Not only will the assessments guide you in the course selection process, but they will provide you with feedback on your readiness to undertake college-level courses. Working with an academic advisor, you can develop a plan that meets your personal goals and builds skills necessary for success. Many students find that they need some developmental work to be ready for college-level courses.
Opportunities for Skill Development:
Reading & Writing for College
The First Semester Seminar: Dimensions of Self & Society
The first college-level course students take at CCV is Dimensions of Self & Society , a seminar specially designed to introduce them to a number of important questions about the world while developing the skills they need to succeed in college.
Math & Algebra for College
Many students find they have the reading, writing, arithmetic, and computing skills necessary to begin college-level work in the First Semester Seminar, but still require additional work in developing basic algebra skills. Math & Algebra for College is an ideal pre-college mathematics course to take with or immediately after the First Semester Seminar in preparation for other courses requiring college-level mathematics skills.
Core Competencies & Introductory/ Exploratory Program Courses
Courses fulfilling the general education requirements for introductory written expression, digital and computing literacy, communication, writing and research, and mathematics, as well as an introductory course in the program(s) of interest to you, are ideal next choices in your academic program. Your advisor can help you choose from a variety of courses for the balance of interest, workload, and skill development that is best for you.
Your communication course will include an oral presentation, successful completion of which fulfills the first of four VSC graduation standards.
Example Introductory Program Courses:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
General Education & Core Program Courses
By this point you are into the middle part of your academic program at CCV. You will have the opportunity to focus on courses that complete your degree program concentration as well as choose from a wide variety of courses across general education areas of inquiry: natural science, social science, arts & aesthetics, and humanistic perspectives.
Seminar in Educational Inquiry & Capstone Program Experiences
You are getting close to graduation! At this point in your studies, you are ready to take on the challenge of more complex interdisciplinary courses, field experiences, and fulfillment of the graduation standards.
At any time following completion of a college-level mathematics course, you may register for CCV’s Quantitative Reasoning Assessment. Successful completion of this assessment fulfills the VSC graduation standard in quantitative reasoning.
When you take CCV’s Seminar in Educational Inquiry (SEI), you will develop and present a culminating thesis that integrates relevant source material. Successful completion of the final paper in SEI fulfills the final two VSC graduation standards in writing and information literacy. As you prepare to finish your degree at CCV, your advisor is also available to discuss opportunities for job placement and/or transfer to four-year programs.