What are the best types of academic support programs at community colleges today?

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Chelsea L. Dixon, M.S., M.A.T, Author. Speaker. CEO.

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In addition to the great advice already given, I would just like to suggest that you research the college’s new student orientation program as well. It is during this time that you will not only find out about the different types of support programs and resources available, but you will also receive valuable tips that will help you to succeed in college.

I would also suggest taking advantage of working closely with your college academic advisor/ counselor. This person is there to assist you and to provide you with guidance along the way.

Colleen Clemens, College Professor, Writer, Editor, Tutor & Parent

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I want to put in a plug for the college's writing center. Most schools have a center dedicated to helping all writers--not just those who are "struggling." A writing tutor can help you at any step of the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising. Your school should have some kind of support services for FREE, but you need to seek it out. It may be called an "academic success center" or "student tutoring center." Ask for help; there are people waiting to help you when you need it.

Anonymous, Experience as a faculty member in political science, a department chair, a senior university administrator and a chief education advisor to a governor.

Given the wide array of students in community colleges pursuing a variety of different goals, there is no simple answers to this question. An early evaluation of a student's academic strengths as well as weaknesses is critical to mapping out a realistic plan for community college. Similarly, a student more interested in career opportunities needs to identify the match between needed skills and available jobs. For students focused on going on to a four year school, the most important support is picking courses in such a way as to maximize transferability and minimize loss of credits. Other areas including understanding financial aid, dealing with a new environment and new forms of stress and time management.

Carrie Hagen, Nonfiction Writer and Researcher, Teacher

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One is the "Perkins Academic Support Services" program, which I have linked here. This program provides all sorts of grants for students in vocational and technical programs at community colleges around the country; schools that participate have a specific "PASS" office that helps students find out whether or not they qualify for grant monies. I encourage you to do a simple Google search for "Academic Support" and the name of your local community college. You will most probably be directed to website links that will help answer your question more specifically.

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