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					WESTMORELAND COUNTY
 COMMUNITY COLLEGE
         New Student and
         ACCUPLACER
         Testing Orientation




                               Rev 7/30/08
    College Catalog


   The college catalog is a great reference. Refer to it often!

       Academic Calendar, Policies and Procedures
       Degree requirements
       Course Descriptions
       Student Handbook
       Personnel Directory
       Campus Maps

   You have six years to complete your degree requirements
    before you must use an updated catalog.
Web Based Services
http://www.wccc.edu/
Campus Connections
Associate in Applied Science Degree
            (AAS degree)

        The AAS degree provides you with skills to
         enter the work force.

        This is the degree you want to earn if you
         plan to go to work after you earn your degree
         from Westmoreland County Community
         College.

             Also includes Diplomas and Certificates
                       in selected majors.
            Associate in Arts Degree
                 (AA degree)

   This is the degree that you want if you are planning to
    transfer to a senior institution.

   Use the WCCC catalog and the senior institution’s
    catalog to make good course selections.

   Contact the WCCC transfer counselors, but plan to visit
    and speak with a transfer representative from the senior
    institution.
Personal Developmental Courses

   Get tips and strategies on becoming
    a successful student.

   Courses include:
        PDV 155 – College Success
        PDV 160 – Strategies for Academic
         Success
        PDV 165 – Intro to Higher Education
        PDV 170 – Career Exploration
              What is a semester?

   The primary semesters in an academic year are Fall and Spring.
   Each consists of 15 week sessions.
   The Fall Semester
     –   Begins in August and ends in December.
     –   Registration begins in April

   The Spring Semester
     –   Begins in January and ends late April or early May.
     –   Registration begins in November

   Summer semesters are also available.
     –   (2) 5 1/2 week semesters
     –   (1) eleven week semester, (1) eight week session
     –   Summer semesters are optional
    Study Time

   Study time in college can be an adjustment for some students.
    Much of what you need to learn is done outside of the classroom.

   You are expected to read and even re-read your text.

   There may be outside readings that are required as well as
    outside assignments.

   A good rule of thumb is that for every hour you are in class you
    should devote 2 – 3 hours outside of class depending upon the
    particular class.
    Student Development Services
          (Room 130 – Founders Hall)

   Counseling
   Academic advising
   Assessment testing
   Career planning
   Orientation for new students
   Transfer services
   Tutoring referral
   Job placement
   Personal Development Courses (PDV)
    taught by the Counselors.


    SANDRA ZELENAK, Director of Student Development
    Academic Support Services


   The counselors are available to assist students in
    making good academic decisions.

   In addition to the counseling services available there
    are two academic support programs:
        …ACT 101- a Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal
         Opportunity program

        …TRIO/SSS – a federal program
  DISABILITY SERVICES

  You must disclose your disability and you may be asked to
  document your disability.

  Please contact:
  Mary Ellen Beres, Student Support Counselor, Room 130,
  Founders Hall. Call 724-925-4189 for an appointment.




LEARNING        SIGN             VISION         MOBILITY
              LANGUAGE
College Learning Center
  Founders Hall, Room 565

     Tutoring services are provided by peer and
      professional tutors at no cost to you.

     Please complete an application in the Room 565
      Founders Hall.

     Make-up testing services and GED testing is
      available.

     Computers are available with instructional
      software.(Office 2007, PLATO, etc.)
    Financial Aid – Founders Hall

   One FREE form, FAFSA, (www.fafsa.ed.gov) allows you to apply for:

     –   PHEAA – the state grant (application deadline is May 1st)
     –   Pell – the federal grant (application deadline is )
     –   Student Loans

     –   Some Scholarships


   Many Scholarships are available, check the College Catalog
    and the Financial Aid Office for details and deadlines.

   For Student Loans contact any local lender.

   College work-study jobs, a part of the Financial
    Aid package, are available on campus.
    Apply at the Financial Aid Office.
WCCC Education Centers

   Youngwood Campus – 4 buildings
   Bushy Run Center – Delmont
   Laurel Center– Latrobe
   Mon Valley Center – Belle Vernon
   New Kensington Center– New Kensington
   Armstrong County Center– Ford City
   Fayette County Center - Uniontown
   Greene County Center– Waynesburg
   Indiana County Center – Indiana
   Public Safety Training Center - Smithton
Accuplacer Assessment Test

The test is an untimed, computerized test used to
measure your present skills in:
• Reading Comprehension
• Sentence Skills
• Arithmetic
• Elementary Algebra
   •Possibly College Level Math
• Computer Skills Placement
     Reading Comprehension Test

   Designed to measure how well you understand what
    you read.
   This test consists of 17 questions.

Two types of questions:
 Sentence relationship questions in which you choose
  how two sentences are related.
 Questions that refer to reading passages of various
  lengths.
            Sentence Skills Test

Two types of questions:
 Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a
  word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion
  of a sentence.
 Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be
  rewritten in a specific way without changing the
  meaning.

   This test consists of 17 questions.
 Arithmetic Test

Operations and applications with:
 whole numbers
 fractions
 mixed numbers
 decimals
 percent
This test has 16 questions.
Calculator will be provided as determined by Accuplacer


    Students scoring between 31 and 72 will automatically be
    directed to a 30 question math department test to determine
    final arithmetic placement.
 Elementary Algebra Test

Operations and applications with:
 integer and rational numbers
 algebraic expressions
 equation solving
 inequalities
 word problems

This test has 12 questions.
Calculator will be provided as determined by Accuplacer

Students scoring greater than 80 on the Elementary Algebra test will
automatically be moved to the College Level Math test for placement
into higher math levels including Calculus.
Computer Skills Placement

   CSP Assessment:
    –   Measures computer skills competency
    –   50 questions
    –   Areas covered:
            Basic concepts of computing
            Managing files
            Word Processing
            Spreadsheets
            Databases
            Presentation skills
            Internet and email
    After the Accuplacer Test


   All new students meet with a student services support
    assistant or counselor to review their placement test scores
    and discuss their academic goals.

   Questions are answered, and academic planning and course
    scheduling are handled at this meeting.

   New fall students will be assigned to a faculty advisor prior to
    the freshman fair. All returning students will receive their
    faculty advisor’s information in the mail before the early
    registration periods.
    You are now ready to take the test.
    Important points to consider:


   Give this test your best effort. Take your time.
    This test is for placement. You are not
    competing with the others taking the test.
   Print two copies of your results.
   Complete any unfinished forms while waiting
    to meet with an advisor or counselor.
   Any questions?

				
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