Early College

Information for Current Students & Parents

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What are the college’s attendance policies?
Attendance in college classes is critical to success and instructors expect students to attend every class. College courses generally meet only two days per week so “just missing one class” means the student has missed 50% of that week’s material. Absences quickly have a negative effect on the student’s understanding of the course material and thus his/her final grade in the class.
 

If a student has an emergency and must miss class, he/she is expected to immediately contact the instructor directly by phone or email to explain the absence and make arrangements to complete any missed assignment or test. Students are made of aware of each instructor’s attendance policy via the course syllabus. The College’s attendance policy may be found in the student handbook.

At times, there are differences in holidays between SCC and the public school systems. Students should be aware of these differences and make appropriate transportation arrangements prior to those days.

With regard to weather delays and closings, Southwestern Community College and the public school systems may have differing schedules. College weather policies are outlined in the student handbook. If the College is open when the public schools are not (i.e., buses are not running), students are still expected to be present in their college class(es). Students should plan ahead and make appropriate transportation arrangements in case of inclement weather. If the conditions present insurmountable transportation issues, students are expected to directly contact their instructors to make arrangements to complete any missed assignment or test.
 

Where are online courses?
Online college courses “meet” in their online classrooms, powered by Blackboard. Students can access Blackboard directly, or through MySCC. Before the first log into MySCC, the student must activate his/her account by following the instructions at: https://mysccid.southwesterncc.edu/mySCC/
 
What about computer access?
Southwestern Community College and all Early College High Schools have computers available for students to use. In addition, students may use computers in the Learning Assistance Centers and Holt Library. Holt Library is open extended hours (beyond the regular school day) and also has laptops students may “check out” for use in the Library. Students will have access to all the programs they will need to be successful in all college classes from these computers. If students need additional computer resources, community libraries allow patrons to use their computers and Internet access.

Students may bring their own laptop to school. The College provides free WiFi access to the Internet in all buildings.
 

Is tutoring available for college courses?
Yes. If students need additional academic help outside of the college classroom, SCC offers free tutoring services. The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) provides drop-in tutoring services in a variety of disciplines. The Student Support Services (SSS) office offers regularly-scheduled peer-tutoring. Students are expected to contact these offices directly to learn more about how these services may benefit them.
 
How do students drop or withdraw from a college course?
Drop/add is the first 5 days of the semester for a full semester course or 2 days for a first/second session course. If a student wishes to request a schedule change during this schedule adjustment period, he/she should meeting with his/her college advisor (liaison) to discuss this request.

If after the first week of the semester, a student begins to struggle with a course, he/she should immediately meet with his/her college advisor (liaison) to discuss the situation. The liaison will work with the student to seek appropriate support resources to help the student succeed in the course. If all support resources have been utilized and the student is still not succeeding in the course, withdrawal may be an option.
 

How are grades assigned for college courses?
Just as the credits earned in college courses also count as credits earned towards the high school diploma, so do their respective grades. Grades for college courses are submitted only once, at the end of each college semester. 
 
Where can a student track his/her college progress, including grades?
WebAdvisor (access via MySCC) is the student’s online tool to monitor degree progress, as well as to check grades at the end of each semester. WebAdvisor also allows students to view/print current class schedule, search for courses scheduled for the next term, view/print an unofficial transcript and request an official transcript.
 
How can parents contact college instructors?
Parents should contact the liaison (not the instructor) if they have questions about their student’s progress in college courses.
 
What can parents do to support the growth of the Early College student at home?
  • Know the Syllabus: Every college class is required to provide students with a course syllabus. Each instructor will have his/her own syllabus format, but every syllabus will always include the instructor’s contact information (for student-use only), course objectives, material requirements for the course, attendance and assignment policies, due dates for readings and assignments, as well as other pertinent information. Students should always refer to the syllabus when they have questions about course expectations.
  • Calendar/Planning: Maintain a family calendar on which students can post their semester projects, tests and other assignments. Major projects, such as 12-page research paper, should be broken down into smaller parts to make the large assignment more manageable for the student. Parents can then help students monitor completion of each step of a large project as well as other smaller assignments.
  • Encourage Self-Advocacy: When students rely on themselves to seek help and information from their instructors, tutoring services, and answers to questions they have about their progress in college courses, they prove to be more successful in reaching their academic goals. Not only do college faculty and staff respond to students’ needs when they reach out for help, but a student’s self-advocacy fosters self-confidence and control over their own success.
  • Transportation: When differences in schedules occur between the public school systems and the College (i.e., holidays and weather delays/closures), public school busses may not be able to transport students to school. Since students are expected to attend all scheduled college class meetings even if their school bus is not running, alternate transportation arrangements must be in place in order for the students to not miss class. Seek options such as relying on family members, friends, or car-pools to ensure that absences do not affect your student’s success.
  • Keep in Touch: Parents are strongly encouraged to communicate with high school teachers, administrators, and liaisons in order to learn more about what students do not mention at home. Early Colleges hold conferences, PTO meetings, and college curriculum events for parents to be “in the know” about their students’ progress. By maintaining regular communication with all of these individuals, parents will become active members of the Early College communities and further help their students’ success at home.
  • Monitor Online Course Progress: One benefit to students taking online college classes is that they are always aware of their grades, assignment completion, and progress in those courses. With the students guiding the way, parents can view the “MyGrades” section of all online/Blackboard courses to check on their progress.