So you’re busy working, raising kids, and want to earn a degree, but you need flexibility in your day. Maybe you’re rusty in math or could use some financial aid. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about taking up a sport and meeting some new people. Did you know Baltimore City Community College has what you’re looking for, and it’s all in one place?
Not a typical student? Don’t worry, BCCC is here to help.
BCCC Student Services offers a wide range of resources to support students in their pursuit of college education, from testing and financial aid, career and transfer guidance, and more. Whether you are still in high school or returning to college from the workforce, our Student Services team can make the college experience easier and more fulfilling.
Advising and Career Services
“Taking advantage of Student Services will vastly improve your chances for success in school and beyond,” says Ron H. Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs. “That’s
why BCCC has a mandatory advising system in which students are required to meet at least twice a semester with an advisor to review their educational plans.”
Without an advisor, Smith explains, “Students may have a tendency to advise themselves, which creates a risk of taking classes out of order; this can cost more money in the long run.” The advising system can actually save students time and money, and Student Affairs helps students successfully navigate the system to achieve their goals. “We are student-focused and want to see BCCC students succeed,” he adds.
The advising model helps students to overcome difficulties they may have in life and eases the transition into college. Nearly half of all community college students come from families in which they are the first to go to college. “Naturally there are many questions students have about their new college life,” says Smith, “and Student Services is here to guide them every step of the way.” Every student takes a “career inventory” to help identify academic and personal interests and areas of strength. This inventory assists in finding the right educational and career fit. “It’s a tremendous roadmap for a student,” Smith says. “An advisor gives you a sense of where you need to go and what you need to do to get there.”
Language and Tutoring Services
Services for international students in our Business and Continuing Education Division ease the transition to college life and work for immigrant and non-English-speaking students. “Many people for whom English is a second language are strong in other subjects, but they need better command of the language,” Smith explains. “Our English Language Institute helps these students improve the likelihood of completion.” Each year, over 3,500 students take English as a Second Language classes in the Baltimore area. (For more information about ESL services, call 410-986-5430.)
The Center for Academic Achievement offers tutoring in many subjects including reading, math, science, business, nursing, and technology. The study center is a quiet place for individual and group study. BCCC also offers online tutoring options, enabling students to connect to tutors 24 hours a day,
7 days a week. (To learn more, call the Center for Academic Achievement at 410-462-8222.)
The Office of Veterans Affairs assists veterans, reservists and veterans’ dependents. “There are tremendous numbers of veterans returning from the Middle East,” notes Smith. “These students have unique needs. They need their own space to congregate and interact with other veterans.” BCCC offers a study area, a coordinator for advisement, and other services.
Early Enrollment Options
BCCC has Early Enrollment opportunities for high school students and offers testing to identify which subjects require extra help. The earlier students can begin remediation in subjects like math
and English, the more quickly prepared they are to go on to higher degrees.
Support for Returning Adults
“We also focus on older adults returning to school,” Smith emphasizes. “They need a whole range of services, because they may take longer to finish.” Returning adult students may need a refresher in some subject areas, making tutoring invaluable.
More than 80 percent of community college students work at least part time. Many have children and other responsibilities at home. Advisors can help craft a schedule that is flexible enough for busy lives.
Sometimes, older students may have previously undetected learning disabilities that made school difficult in the past. At BCCC, an on-site diagnostician can help identify such challenges if a student suspects
he/she may have a learning disability. “There is no other college in the state of Maryland that offers that service,” Smith states. “Most students can’t afford a consultation for a learning disability; their insurance won’t pay for it.” Once a learning disability is diagnosed, a student can make great strides in his/her education.
A college is more than bricks and books. Students can develop lifelong skills and interests outside of the classroom, and BCCC has a variety of clubs and sports as well as a student government association. “The active and involved students are more likely to meet their educational goals,” says Smith. (To find out more or join a club, visit bccc.edu/studentlife/clubs)
Learn more at bccc.edu/studentservices.
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