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    Flathead Valley Community College
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Student Resources


Student Support Center

www.fvcc.edu/student-support-center

The mission of the Student Support Center is to promote student success; increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates; and foster an institutional climate conducive to student success.

The FVCC Student Support Center provides a number of services and activities designed to promote student access and success in postsecondary education, including

  • Academic Advising and Coaching;
  • Adult Basic Education: Adult Student Support;
  • Career Advising and Exploration;
  • Career Development: Job Search Assistance/Internships;
  • Disability Services;
  • Mental Health Counseling;
  • Testing and Proctoring;
  • TRIO Student Support Services Program;
  • TRIO Education Opportunity Center; and
  • Tutoring Services and Tutoring Labs: Math and Science, Reading and Writing.

Academic Advising and Coaching

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments, call (406) 756-3880.

Student Support Center Academic Advisors, in coordination with Faculty Advisors, provide initial advising for Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, certificate and transfer students.

Academic Advisors in the Student Support Center provide admissions assistance, new student academic advising and degree planning, exploring major appointments, general financial aid and scholarship information, and transfer assistance. Academic Advisors also assist students in their transition to college and can coach students in basic academic skills including time management, effective study techniques, and test-taking strategies.

Faculty Advisors specific to the student’s program of study are assigned to a student shortly after he or she determines a degree or certificate program. Faculty Advisors are a student’s primary professional and academic resource at FVCC.

Adult Education

Funded with federal, state, and local dollars, the free Adult Education classes help students improve their reading, writing, math, critical thinking, and computer skills to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, find employment, retain employment, or build skills to enter  postsecondary education.

Flathead County

Student Support Center, Learning Resource Center, Room 126 (406) 756-3884, mgirkins@fvcc.edu

Lincoln County

FVCC Lincoln County Campus, 225 Commerce Way, Libby, MT, (406) 293-2721

The Adult Education Center offers FREE day and evening classes in Flathead and Lincoln counties. The center assists individuals 16 years of age and older who wish to

  • Improve reading, writing, math and computer skills;
  • Prepare for the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test);
  • Refresh academic skills before entering college or a training program;
  • Build employment and life skills to enhance transition to work;
  • Explore career options and create a plan; and
  • Build English as a Second Language (ESL) speaking, writing, reading, math and job readiness skills for those whose native language is not English.

HiSET testing is conducted at the Kalispell and Lincoln County campuses of FVCC. Call (406) 756-3884 in Flathead County or (406) 293-2721, ext. 235, in Lincoln County for testing schedules, registration and questions.

Career Advising and Development

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments, call (406) 756-3880

Career planning services are available to students and the community.  Services include

  • Assisting students in the selection of college majors or providing career directions;
  • Career inventories such as Montana Career Information System (MCIS);
  • Individual career advising, decision making and goal setting;
  • Assistance with college admissions, selection of majors, and financial aid resources; and
  • Assistance with computerized career systems.

The Career Advisors is a resource for students interested in finding either full or part-time employment or credit internships within their program of study. Services available to FVCC students and alumni include:

  • Online job board listing active jobs from employers who want to hire FVCC students
  • Job searching assistance through individual appointments:
    • Resumes, online templates
    • Interviewing
    • Effective job search techniques
    • Mock interviews
    • Career events: Job Fair
    • Employer research
  • Occupational outlook information
    • Career Coach: Online information with local data on job forecasts, wages and who’s hiring. 

Disability Services

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments, call (406) 756-3880

The Disability Services Coordinator assists in creating reasonable academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Accommodations may include but are not limited to ASL interpreting, note takers, audio books, alternative testing, and assistive technology. To access services and accommodations, students should contact the Student Support Center and meet with the Disability Services Coordinator upon their decision to attend FVCC, or immediately following the diagnosis of a disability. Each qualified person shall receive the accommodations needed to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities. FVCC strives to create an accessible and inclusive campus environment for students with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Flathead Valley Community College, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has an established grievance procedure for handling a claim or allegation of discrimination based on a disability. The purpose of this procedure is to promote the prompt and efficient resolution of complaints by any person for alleged discrimination concerning program, activity, service or physical accessibility at FVCC. Copies of this procedure may be obtained from the Student Support Center and the Disability Services Coordinator.

Mental Health Counseling

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments, call (406) 756-3880

FVCC’s Mental Health Counselor is available from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday year-round and during college breaks. Counseling services are confidential and not considered part of a student’s academic record.  They are offered to students enrolled in credit courses, free of charge.

Counseling services can offer assistance with

  • Support for emotional and personal concerns;
  • Coping with stress and anxiety;
  • Adjusting to school and life changes; and
  • Overcoming academic barriers to success.

Proctored Testing

Learning Resource Center, Room 123A
Proctored Test Scheduling: www.fvcc.edu/proctoring

Currently, campus-based test proctoring is offered at no cost for students taking Eagle Online courses, FVCC hybrid courses, make-up tests for any course, and some workforce/professional certification tests.  Computer-based tests or written pencil/paper tests can be accommodated. For more information about proctored tests contact the Student Support Center, (406) 756-3880.

TRIO: Student Support Services

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments or questions, call (406) 756-3880

The Flathead Valley Community College TRIO Student Support Services program provides comprehensive academic support to selected first-generation, low-income college students and/or students with disabilities. Our goal is to offer the support necessary to empower students to succeed and achieve their personal and academic goals.

The TRIO Student Support Services program assists eligible college students to earn a certificate or degree and/or transfer to a four-year degree program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services offers an array of services designed to make a student’s college career a success. FVCC’s TRIO Student Support Services is a supportive community of peers with an academic focus.

Student Support Services include

  • Personalized academic, career, and transfer advising;
  • Peer-mentoring program;
  • Tutoring labs to build skills in reading and writing;
  • Individual and group tutoring to foster academic success;
  • Transition to college and career readiness courses designed for TRIO students;
  • Financial aid/scholarship information and assistance with FAFSA application;
  • Study skills workshops and academic coaching;
  • Fully funded transfer trips to Montana universities;
  • Volunteer and leadership opportunities; and
  • TRIO community events.

Applications for the TRIO program are available in the Student Support Center, Learning Resource Center Building, Room 129.

Tutoring Labs and Tutoring Services

Learning Resource Center
Math and Science Lab (Room 134 and 148) and Reading and Writing Lab (Room 147)

Flathead Valley Community College provides learning labs as a free service of the Student Support Center and are designed to meet people at the point of their personal academic needs.  Students may use any or all of the labs by dropping in or by making appointments with the lab instructors.

The FVCC Math and Science Labs, located in the Learning Resource Center, Rooms 134 and148, respectively, are available to all students for free assistance in math and science coursework. Math and Science Lab tutors are available on a drop-in basis for the following purposes:

  • Tutoring in math concepts, problems, and homework assistance;
  • Test preparation and review;
  • Computer access to online homework assignments;
  • Assistance with biology, chemistry and other science courses;
  • Individual or group study; and
  • Exam preparation and review.

The FVCC Reading and Writing Lab, located in the Learning Resource Center Building, Room 147, is available to all students for free one-on-one help:

  • Proofreading;
  • Using correct MLA, APA, Chicago, and other writing formats;
  • Resumes;
  • Cover letters;
  • Scholarship letters;
  • Accessing library databases;
  • Computer skills;
  • Resources for MLA and APA citations and formatting;
  • Vocabulary strengthening;
  • Note-taking strategies;
  • Reading accuracy;
  • Reading fluency;
  • Critical reading skills;
  • Printing;
  • FVCC program applications/letters/essays; and
  • Grammar/punctuation tutoring.

Individual Tutoring

Learning Resource Center, Room 129
For appointments or questions, call (406) 756-3880

The TRIO-eligible students can access free one-on-one tutoring. Noneligible students can discuss other arrangements with the TRIO Tutor Coordinator.

  • Done most often by students who have already successfully completed the course
  • Tutors may also be former students or professionals in the community
  • Tutors meet one-on-one with students for up to three hours a week per subject
  • All tutoring takes place on the FVCC campus

Student Resources

Dining Services

www.fvcc.edu/eaglesnest

The Eagle’s Nest Cafe, located in Blake Hall, serves breakfast, lunch and snacks on weekdays when classes are in session. Dining cards of $10 and $20 values are available in the Business Services Office. Menus and prices are established with student budgets in mind.

Bookstore

www.fvcc.edu/bookstore

The FVCC Bookstore, located in Blake Hall, supplies all textbooks, school supplies and art supplies required for classes. The bookstore also stocks study aids, computer supplies, postage stamps, snack items, college T-shirts and sweatshirts, greeting cards and gift items. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted.

Check policy: Student ID number is required. Checks may be written for $5 over the amount of purchase.

Textbooks

Textbook Refund Return Policy (beginning of term)

Students: Do not write in new textbooks until you are certain they are for the course in which you are enrolled.

  1. Books must be returned during the first two weeks of class for a full refund.
  2. All refunds or exchanges require the cash register receipt - No exceptions.
  3. Be sure you return the book immediately if:
    1. You have the wrong book.
    2. You dropped a class or class was cancelled.
    3. You decide you don’t need the book.
  4. Price stickers must be left on textbooks.
  5. After the first two weeks of the term, textbook returns must be made within three days of purchase for a full refund.
  6. Textbooks purchased for short, interim or late starting block classes have a three day return policy, three days from the beginning of the class.
  7. New books must be in mint condition.
    1. No marks or blemishes.
    2. Clean pages.
    3. No folded corners - No exceptions.
  8. Caution: Do not write in a new book until you are sure it is the correct textbook.
  9. Any defective new or used book must be exchanged at least four weeks before finals.
  10. New textbooks which are shrink wrapped may not be returned if unwrapped.

No exceptions will be allowed.

Textbook Buyback Policy (at the end of the semester)

If textbook is purchased from the FVCC Bookstore -

  1. Student ID required.
  2. Cash register receipt required for book buy-back.
  3. The bookstore cannot guarantee the buy back of any books at any time.
  4. The bookstore pays 50% of the current new price for books to be used in the coming term. Overstocked books do not qualify for the 50%.
  5. If student owes the college money, then buyback funds are posted to student’s account.
  6. Textbooks not purchased at the FVCC Bookstore are not eligible for book buyback.
  7. The best national wholesale prices available will be offered for books which are not in use on our campus or are overstocked.
  8. Study guides, books with questions and answer spaces filled in and reproduced materials are not bought back.
  9. Book buyback periods are limited to the week of finals.
  10. Books classified as old editions and out-of-print may have no monetary value to the bookstore or the used book dealer; you may want to keep them for reference or donate.

Textbook Reservations

Students have the option of filling out a textbook reservation form to reserve and pay for textbooks each semester. Forms are available in the bookstore. Students complete schedule information with course numbers and instructors’ names. Students may choose to pick up books or have them mailed to their home addresses. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. Students receiving federal/state grants, student loans or other scholarships may request that the bookstore take the cost of books out of their financial aid.

Student Health Clinic

Broussard Center, Room 136
Questions? Call (406) 756- 4331
www.fvcc.edu/studenthealthclinic

The Student Health Clinic, funded by the Student Health Fee is available to students taking seven or more credits. Students taking between 4-6 credits can opt in by paying the semester health fee at the FVCC Business Office.

The clinic provides health care services that include

  • Primary health care/Urgent Care;
  • Health evaluations, treatment of minor injuries and acute health problems such as colds, flu, bladder infections, sprains, and strains;
  • STD evaluations and tests;
  • Procedures and cultures including blood and urine testing, pap smears, and pregnancy testing;
  • Reproductive health care;
  • Medical, surgical and dental referrals;
  • Limited in-office laboratory testing provided free of charge (mono, strep, flu, urinary infections and pregnancy testing). Other laboratory tests and all x-rays are referred into the community and payment is the student’s responsibility;
  • Physical examinations for overseas academic programs and some employment physicals, nursing and allied health programs;
  • Loan of crutches;
  • Condoms - free of charge; and
  • Flu shots.

For immediate or serious emergencies, please dial 911.

Health Insurance

Student health insurance is not offered through the college. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for health insurance.

Library

www.fvcc.edu/library

Flathead Valley Community College’s library is located in LRC, Room 102. The library staff is there to help students find quality books, online academic journal articles, and websites to answer questions, help evaluate information, and support student research needs.  The library is also a great place to come study or read newspapers and magazines. Not able to visit the library in person?  The library offers extensive online resources, including academic journals, eBooks, and research guides for every subject.

Library services include

Borrowing:   Materials can be checked out using an FVCC student ID card, or a library card, which is available at the Circulation Desk. Books check out for 28 days and DVDs check out for 14 days.  Interlibrary loan materials have special due dates assigned by the loaning library.

Course Reserves:   Faculty often place materials, such as textbooks and course-related articles, on reserve at the check-out desk. Most of these materials are for use in the library only, but must still be checked out with a library card.  Some textbooks not on course reserves are available in the library’s non-circulating collection of college textbooks.

Media Equipment: The library has a copier, fax machine and scanner available for student use.

Computers:  Desktop computers and circulating laptops are available for student use.  In addition, personal computers and mobile devices can connect to the wireless network and can be used for printing.

Collaborative Study Rooms:  The library has two collaborative study rooms. Both study rooms contain whiteboards and overhead projectors which can be connected to laptops. To sign up for time in the study rooms, one member of each group must do so in person at the library. These rooms are limited to groups of 2-6 people for one hour at a time and can be reserved up to 10 days in advance.

Lost & Found: The Library has a lost-and-found cabinet located at the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan:  Occasionally, students need books or articles that are not available in the library. Librarians at the Circulation Desk can usually help order these materials from other libraries. Interlibrary loan takes an average of three days for articles and ten days for books, although some hard-to-find items may take longer.  Students are responsible for any fees associated with late, damaged, or lost materials. These fees are set by the lending library and vary. Students are notified by phone or e-mail when items arrive.

During fall and spring semesters, the library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Summer session hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Honors Program at Flathead Valley Community College

www.fvcc.edu/honors

The Honors Program at FVCC, established in 2009, provides an opportunity for highly motivated students to experience academically rigorous cross-disciplinary honors courses. The program is limited to 20 students. The seminar style courses are four credits each and are primarily taught through the Socratic method with emphasis placed on class discussion and student presentation.

The classes combine any two of the traditional academic disciplines - global issues, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, science and fine arts - and are taught by a team of instructors. Students can choose to apply the credits toward the appropriate category of general education courses required for graduation. These courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters.

The Honors Program offers academic preparation and curriculum planning to help students succeed in transferring to honors programs and articulates with both the Davidson Honors College at The University of Montana, and the University Honors Program at Montana State University.

Program benefits include a full-tuition scholarship plus a renewable stipend, one-on-one mentoring with faculty, an enriched learning environment with a specially designed classroom and study area and increased potential for financial aid upon transfer.

Graduates of The Honors Program receive special designations on their transcripts and are presented with medallions at FVCC commencement. Admission requirements include a complete honors program application, an essay, letter of reference, statement of career and academic plans, transcripts and ACT, SAT or placement test scores.

Veterans Center

www.fvcc.edu/veterans

Located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 111, the center serves as a place to meet fellow veterans, learn about upcoming events, study, relax between classes, and get involved with the FVCC Veterans Association student group.

Residence Life

www.fvcc.edu/student-housing
Email: reslife@fvcc.edu
Phone: (406)756-4586

On-campus student housing is comprised of one residence hall, which features studio and two-bedroom apartments for up to 124 full-time, degree-seeking students.  All apartments are furnished with a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, extra-large twin bed, dresser, chairs, and private bathroom.  A student lounge, two laundry facilities, and areas to study are located throughout Founders Hall.  Walking paths allow residents easy access to the rest of campus, as well as nearby retail stores and restaurants.

Residence Life strives to positively influence academic and personal growth by offering a variety of programs, both social and educational.  Residents are encouraged to be an active part of the on-campus community.  Through campus involvement, students will build relationships with neighbors and classmates to develop life-long skills.

Student Engagement Office

Blake Hall, Room 155, (406) 756-3908

The Student Engagement Office serves as a resource for all student organizations on campus as well as sponsors a variety of campus activities and events including Week of Welcome.  Visit www.fvcc.edu/campus-guide/student-life/ for a current list of ways to get involved in such as participating in one of several student organizations, campus recreation and intramurals, service learning, and Logger Sports.