With more than 60 programs available at Southeast Community College, and with most having a length of 18 to 24 months, it can seem like a short collegiate journey for a student who's planning to go straight into the workforce or move on to a four-year college. How does SCC, then, guide its students along the way?
The first step, of course, is to introduce potential students to all that SCC has to offer.
“SCC hosts a lot of different events within admissions for interested students,” said SCC college advisor Heather Kreutzer. “We do a lot of programming to educate the community and future students about the opportunities that we have, the different career paths they can take.”
SCC hosts discovery and industry career days for prospective students interested in not only what is available, but also in attending SCC to make the most of those opportunities. Once through the application and admission process, SCC students will soon find they aren’t alone in their journey. From the first day of class to graduation, the college advisors are there along the way.
“A couple of years ago, SCC realized that we had a gap in getting students connected with an advisor,” Kreutzer said. “We did a great job in getting students started, but getting them a person to guide them during their time at the college wasn’t really happening all the time.”
SCC’s advising team has been filling the gap. First, students receive an invitation to complete the college’s new student enrollment program online, followed by an advising inventory to assess needs, such as when students wish to take classes, what commitments students have outside of SCC, their worries about school, career goals and so on. An advisor then personally reaches out to the students under their care to help them register for classes.
“We even get students thinking about some things that maybe they’re not thinking about before starting school,” said Kreutzer. “Questions like, ‘Have you let your work know what your school hours are going to be? Do you have your parking permit? Do you have your financial aid done? Have you figured out child care?’”
SCC’s college advisors are there from the first day of class to the final day at the college to navigate through the student journey. But the journey doesn’t end with the ceremonial toss of the cap at graduation.
“Once a student graduates, we have a career services office at SCC on our campus that students have access to for life,” Kreutzer said. “That could be anything from resume help to interview guidance.”
“The office also keeps a jobs board for SCC students and alumni. Employers reach out to our career services office and want to hire our students. Once you’re a graduate of SCC, you can come back 20 years from now and use those services.”
The advising model at Southeast Community College is designed to help students be successful in school and beyond.
For more information, visit southeast.edu.