college visit write up2 by courtneyselig


									Description of college visited – name, location, size, areas of study

Mike and I visited Massasoit Community College, both Brockton campus located at One Massasoit
Boulevard, Brockton, MA 02302 and Canton campus located at 900 Randolph Street, Canton, MA 02021.
Our Brockton campus tour was given by Joia Souza, and our Canton campus
tour by Sarah Wood, Associate Director of Admissions

Massasoit offers over 50 career and transfer programs including Associate Degrees, one-year certificates
and short-term training options. Students can enroll on a full-time or part-time basis and take classes in
the day and/or evening. They have small class sizes to maximize student potential and have 16
computer labs available. Tutoring, career planning, and placement assistance is also available to all
students. There is free parking, free shuttle service between Brockton and Canton campuses, and access
to public transportation via the BAT bus system.

Description of campus and areas visited (captioned pictures, written description)

                         Brockton Campus – It is a beautiful campus situated on 100-acres. There are
                         eight modern classroom buildings, laboratory facilities, a 75,000-plus volume
                         library, the Senator Anna P. Buckley Fine Arts Center featuring two theaters, a
                         television studio, a radio station, a modern language lab, the Representative
                         Peter G. Asiaf Field House (housing a swimming pool, basketball and racquetball
                         courts, and a weight room).

                         Canton Campus – This campus is much smaller, set on 18-acres of land (next to
                         Blue Hills Regional Technical School). It is a multi-level facility, with many fully
                         equipped, modern laboratories, classrooms, and an extensive library. The
                         campus is also home to the Milton Art Museum, the Akillian Gallery, and the
                         college’s Professional Development Center.
                                   Administration Building, Student Center, Library, Quad

Location and contact information of important places (Admissions Office, Disability Services,
somewhere important to the student, such as gym or library)
Admissions: Brockton 508-588-9100 x 1411, Canton 781-821-2222 x 2117, MA Toll Free: 1-800-CAREERS
email:, main website Mike can also contact
Joia Souza or Sarah Wood directly.

Disabilities Services: Mary Berg, Disabilities Counselor. She has two offices, one at the Brockton campus,
SC 101A, phone 508-588-9100x1425, and one at the Canton campus, C129, phone 508-821-2222x2132
or email at

Peter G. Asiaf Field House: swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, and a weight room.
Mondays                      7am – 6:30 pm
Tuesday                      7am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday                    7am – 6:30 pm
Thursday                     7am – 6:30 pm
Friday                       7am – 5:00 pm

Pool Hours: Monday thru Friday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Student Dining:
Brockton                                     Canton
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm          Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 1:30 pm                   Monday – Thursday evenings, 5pm – 8pm
Saturday – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Health Services: A nurse practitioner is available to see students, free of charge, on Mondays from
11:00am -1:00pm. On the Brockton Campus, the Director of Health Services is available Monday through
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Health Services is located in the lower level Student Center, (508)
588-9100 x 1450. On the Canton Campus, health services are provided from from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.,
Monday - Friday during the academic year. The office is located in Room 136 across from the cafeteria,
(781) 821-2222 x2451.
Ellen LaVarnway R.N., Director of Health Services
Maryann Hickey R.N., College Nurse, Brockton Campus
Kate Heitman R.N., College Nurse, Canton Campus
Anna Zinchenko, FNP, Brockton Campus

Brockton: Student Center Building 508-588-9100 x1941
Monday - Thursday                                             8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday                                                        8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday                                                      10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday                                                        Closed
Canton: Academic Wing 781-821-2222 x2942
Monday - Thursday                                             8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday                                                        8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday                                             Closed
Formal interview with Disability Services Officer

During our visit we met with Mary Berg, Disabilities Counselor.

What is the first step in getting accommodations? The very first step for students looking to receive
accommodations is to schedule an appointment with her or one of the other disability service
counselors and self-identify.

Do I do that before or after I am accepted to Massasoit? Upon acceptance to Massasoit, students with
documented disabilities who require support services and/or accommodations are strongly encouraged
to self-identify, by making an appointment with a disability service counselor.

What happens at that appointment? During that appointment the student and the disability service
counselor can discuss the students’ individual needs for specific services and accommodations.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment? Yes, students must also bring the appropriate
documentation with them to the appointment.

What type of documentation, my IEP? Yes, a students’ IEP would be helpful but they also need current
documentation of the disability. That can be medical, psychological, educational, and/or professional
reports. All submitted reports are confidential. If there is further documentation needed, the disability
service counselor will let the student know.

What are services that Massasoit provides? Some students access informal services in the student
center such as tutoring or help with writing a paper and some students access more formal services
through our LATCH program.

What is LATCH? LATCH is an academic support program that assists a variety of students. The most
common is the first semester student in school looking for help adjusting to college generally and for
help in reading, writing, or math skills specifically.

I have a specialized English class, is that the same thing? In some ways, yes. LATCH courses are identical
to those offered throughout the college, but the program offers teachers with reputations for patience
and clear communication.

How does it help with adjusting to college, is that a class? Yes, the College Experience course is helps
first semester students adapt to college life at Massasoit. Students learn about Massasoit’s resources,
policies, and procedures and also work on developing other valuable skills such as stress management,
reduction of test anxiety, effective note-taking and test-taking techniques, career planning, decision-
making, educational goal setting, leadership, etc. The purpose of the course is to provide students with
the opportunity to learn and adopt methods that promote success in college and life.

Is LATCH only for students with disabilities? No, LATCH services are also for adults away from school for
several years, students who have not maintained good academic standing, students needing emotional
support to succeed in college, students referred by high school guidance counselors, special needs
students with academic potential, students needing to develop academic skills and community agency
Summary of services and eligibility requirements from Disability Services Office

                                       The Academic Resource Center (The ARC) offers a full range of
                                       tutoring and academic support services. Individual and small group
                                       tutoring sessions are available on a walk-in basis and by
                                       appointment. The ARC also houses the Writing and World Language
                                       Center, which provides tutoring for writing, reading, and ELL. Peer,
                                       professional, and faculty tutors work together to help students
                                       become effective, independent learners. Students also have access
                                       to computers for word processing, internet access, and tutoring
                                       software in certain subject areas. Finally, students are encouraged
                                       to use the ARC and Writing and World Language Center as places to
study, either individually or with classmates.

Disability Services is also located within the ARC. The goal of the disability service providers at Massasoit
Community College “is to facilitate equal access to postsecondary education for students with
disabilities and promote the standards set forth by the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities”.
Students with documented disabilities can access services such as:

       academic, personal, transfer, and career advising
       testing accommodations
       individual/small group tutoring
       study-skills tutoring
       access to books on CD
       use of adaptive technology
       specialized support service programs
       referral to support service agencies and groups
       prearranged interpreter services
       accessible parking

The ARC, Writing and World Language Center, and Disability Services are located on the Brockton
campus in the Student Center, lower level. They are open Monday-Saturday, contact info 508-588-9100
x 1801.

LATCH offers tutoring on a ‘drop-in' basis from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in two tutoring rooms. Room T-
435 focuses on reading and writing skills with special help available in social sciences, speech, basic
computer skills, and other subjects. Room T-432 focuses exclusively on mathematics. Students can go to
one of the tutoring rooms just to work on homework, but often a student seeks one-on-one help.

While we were visiting the ARC center, we ran into a former WH student. She was on her way to the
tutoring center to get extra help on an upcoming paper and to get some homework done. She said the
tutoring staff was extremely helpful. Mike asked her if she felt ‘funny’ going there and she said not at all.
She said she wouldn’t be as successful as she is without the help of the ARC and almost everyone she
knows gets help there too. Mike was relieved to know that and seeing someone he knew access those
services made him more comfortable.
Student Reflection

The field trip helped a lot with planning next year out. It reassured me that, Massasoit was the school
for me. The student center and the tutoring center, was good for me. Also I asked the admissions
woman who gave us the tour what program she thought would be better for me, human services
transfer program or elementary education transfer. She thought that if I wanted to be a middle school
or high school special education teacher that I should go into the human services program, which was
helpful. I learned that I can take one or two courses this summer so my first trimester won’t be very
overwhelming. Additionally I learned that they have a class called college experience which is a helpful
course to take so transitioning into college is a bit smoother. Also something that made me feel a little
better was not everyone in Latch or the learning tutoring center has a learning disability. Anyone can go
there, so I wouldn’t be singled out as a student with a disability and now I know who to talk to for
accommodations and to show my IEP to. The pizza wasn’t bad either! 

                    High School                                                     College
 Parents and teachers remind you of assignments,             I must balance my own time to get assignments,
 projects, homework, etc.                                    projects, homework done
 Daily homework check                                        Assume homework is done, don’t always check it
 Daily attendance is taken                                   Go to class on your own
 Tests cover small amounts of material                       Tests can cover a lot of material
 Many assignments make up your grade                         Only a few assignments make up your grade

Program of Study – Human Services, Transfer Option
Freshman Year
Semester One                                                     Credits   Semester Two                          Credits
English Composition I (ENGL101)*                                   3       English Composition II (ENGL102)        3
Principles of Sociology (SOCI104)                                  3       Speech Communication (SPCH105)          3
Introduction to Social Welfare (HSRV101)                           3       General Psychology (PSYC101)            3
Group Dynamics (HSRV103)                                           3       Interviewing Techniques (HSRV102)       3
Mathematics Elective**                                             3       Human Services Elective                 3
Sophomore Year
Semester One                                                     Credits   Semester Two                          Credits
Field Experience and Seminar in Human Services I (HSRV405)         4       Fostering Equality and Diversity***     3
or Field Experience and Seminar in Human Services II                       (HSRV107)
Human Service Practice (HSRV105)                                   3       Human Services Elective                 3
Psychology/Sociology Elective                                      3       Humanities Elective                     3
Humanities Elective                                                3       Lab Science Elective                    4
Lab Science Elective                                               4       General Elective                        3

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