Latest News

227 Students Get a Head Start on Graduation 2014

Graduation clinics bring students, advisors and division leaders together

Waterbury, CT - Fall midterms are hardly over but for 227 NVCC students, exams are just the final steps to graduating this May.

As part of an initiative by the Center for Academic Planning and Student Success (CAPSS), fall students registered for a full-time course load with more than 30 credits under their belt are being sought out beginning in the summer to help initiate the at-times-tedious process of applying for graduation.

Students who respond to the email and direct mail blasts are encouraged to set up appointments with advisors individually or to attend the fall Graduation Review Clinic to see if they’ll be ready to graduate in 2014.

According to Bonnie Goulet, CAPSS counselor and graduation liaison, the Graduation Review Clinic is the ideal venue for seniors to make sure their courses meet degree criterion and to get advised for the spring semester.

“Not only do we look back at a student’s academic history to make sure their courses match up to their degree requirements, but we also help students lock into their remaining classes by offering advance spring registration,” explained Goulet.

Division directors are also on hand as field experts and to facilitate course substitutions as needed, eliminating yet another potential barrier from the graduation process.

“It’s fantastic,” said Mitch Holmes, director of business and professional studies. “The ability to meet with students in their last credit hours gives them a direct vehicle to graduation and puts everyone they need in the same room. And I think for students there’s a sort of celebratory feeling, being among fellow graduates.”

The College has been hosting biannual graduation review clinics since fall 2011 and has seen a steady increase in responders but there is still a sizeable population of students who are slipping through the advising net. CAPSS director Ben Mattheis says that targeting students in their waning academic hours at the College is just the first of many ways that the Center is trying to outreach to future graduates.

“We have set the bar high for ourselves this year in terms of completion numbers so we’re getting more thorough in how we prepare students for graduation,” said Mattheis.

Over the past two years, CAPSS facilitated the college-wide advising program and added advising holds to student registration. Currently, Mattheis says the Center is focused on working proactively with students in danger of being dropped for non-payment.

“A lot of students don’t realize that we can help them find resources or plan their schedules differently so they don’t get dropped,” said Mattheis.

Spring graduation clinics will also be held in Waterbury and Danbury for students who feel they are ready to graduate but the biggest push will continue to be in the fall, said Goulet.

“We have 125 faculty and staff advisors who are ready and waiting to get students across that stage,” she said.

Print
Comments
Rate this article:
No rating

Categories: News and Press Releases, Current News, President, Students & ClubsNumber of views: 1247

Tags:

«March 2015»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
22232425262728
1234567
89
1011
3/11/2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

St. Patty's Day Party

Join Student Activities and the SGA as they host their annual St. Patty's Day party for students.  Stop by and  have some lunch and relax to the music.  All students are welcome....
Read more
1213
3/13/2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lenten Soups

Join the Newman club as they host free meatless soups in honor of Lent for any interested faculty, students or staff.
Read more
14
15161718192021
222324
3/24/2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Transfer Fair - Danbury

The CAPSS Center of NVCC will be hosting a spring transfer fair for all students in Danbury looking to transfer to a 4 year university.  Many colleges will be represented including the State...
Read more
25
3/25/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1356

Student Government Meeting

Join the SGA by attending their weekly meetings.  You can become a senator or just a member at large to have your voice heard as a student of NVCC.  All students are welcome.
Read more
26
3/26/2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Smoking Hazards Information Booth

Preventive Services will be here to inform students about the hazards of smoking.
Read more
2728
293031
3/31/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bake Sale - ECE

Help support the Child Development students as they raise funds for their club.
Read more
1
234

Upcoming events Events RSSiCalendar export

Instagram
Media Contact
Sydney Voghel-Ochs
Director of Marketing

Subcribe to our Monthly e-News

* indicates required