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The Facts 50% of higher education students begin at Community Colleges Over one half of community college students transfer to complete a four year degree.

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2 The Facts 50% of higher education students begin at Community Colleges Over one half of community college students transfer to complete a four year degree 98% of our graduates reported that PVCC helped them meet their career/academic goals. 51% of graduates reported that their annual salary will be higher due to their degree

3 Community College Alumni Pete Rozelle: Commissioner of the NFL Tom Hanks: Oscar-winning actor H. Ross Perot: Corporate executive and 1992 Presidential Candidate Calvin Klein: Fashion Designer Melvin Salveson: Creator of MasterCard Walt Disney: Founder of Disney World and Disneyland Francine Neff: Former US Treasurer Arthur Goldberg: Supreme Court Justice James Sinegal: CEO of Costco Fred Haise: Apollo 13 Astronaut Clint Eastwood: Actor and Oscar-winning director John Walsh: "America's Most Wanted" host Rita Mae Brown: Author Gwendolyn Brooks: Pulitzer prize-winning poet Eileen Collins, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut

4 PVCC Students 35% of our students are over the age of 25. 77% of our students are part-timers. 25% of our students take online courses.

5 PVCC Enrollment Options Part-time or full-time course load Fall, spring, or summer courses Evening, daytime, and weekend courses Online courses Hybrid courses Learning Communities

6 Additional Bonuses Average class size: 16 students Accomplished faculty Average tuition $2,900/year vs. $7,800/year at a 4-year public university. Nelnet Payment Plan to assist with paying tuition (for more info, please visit

7 Financial Aid Grants: Full Pell Grant: $5550.00 This money does not require repayment as long as the student attends and completes classes in the term for which the aid was received. There are both state and federal grants available. Scholarships This money does not require repayment. Visit the PVCC website to learn more about PVCC scholarships, including applications, deadlines, and requirements at Scholarships that are not PVCC-specific can be found on websites such as or Federal Work Study: up to 20 hrs./week/$9.00/hr. This is a ‘need-based’ program that provides part-time jobs for students. Money earned is extra income for the student which may be used toward tuition or other educational expenses, even personal expenses. Student Loans This money requires repayment. Students must file a FAFSA and work with our Financial Aid Office to complete additional required paperwork.

8 Learning, Math, and Writing Centers Placement Test Preparation -Sample Tests -ModuMath -Learning Express Advantage Services Tutoring Academic Coaching Resources for Learning Web Resources Time Management Learning Styles LASSI Free Sample! Take the Pledge… 24 Hour Rule

9 ACE Program (Academic and Career Expressway) ACE offers self-paced developmental courses with personalized tutoring and coaching ACE is a great program for students who are: 25 years or older Seeking a non-transfer degree/certificate Needing 2 or more developmental courses Motivated to pursue a self-paced program Equipped with basic computer knowledge

10 PVCC Program/Course Options Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Transfer Program Can be completed in 2 years (may take longer, see advisor for more details) Goal: Transfer to a four-year college/university to achieve a Bachelor’s degree Associate of Applied Science Can be completed in 2 years (may take longer, see advisor for more details) Goal: Prepare for direct entry into a career Certificates or Career Studies Certificates Typically 1-3 semesters to complete Goal: Prepare for more immediate job placement, job skill development, or promotion opportunities Individual CoursesGoal: Personal enrichment, life-long learning, and resume-building

11 Programs of Study These AA and AS degrees are transfer programs, providing the first two years of study for a bachelor’s degree: Associate of Science (AS) Business Administration Computer Science Education Engineering General Studies Physical and Natural Sciences: Specialization in Biotechnology Specialization in Horticulture Science Associate of Arts (AA) Liberal Arts Visual and Performing Arts: Specialization in Arts Specialization in Dance Specialization in Music Specialization in Theatre and Drama

12 PVCC has Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with colleges and universities including: Christopher Newport University The College of William and Mary Emory and Henry College George Mason University James Madison University Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Regent University Strayer University Sweet Briar College University of Mary Washington University of Phoenix University of Virginia College at Wise College of Arts and Sciences School of Engineering Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia State University Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences College of Engineering Virginia Union Virginia Wesleyan College

13 Programs of Study Our AAS degrees, Certificates, and Career Studies Certificates prepare you for direct entry into a career. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Accounting Business Management Diagnostic Medical Sonography Electronics and Computer Technology Emergency Medical Services Information Systems Technology Nursing Police Science Radiography Certificate (C) Health Information Management Surgical Technology Practical Nursing Career Studies Certificate (CSC) Administrative Support Biotechnology Building Trades I & II Computer and Network Support Technologies Criminal Justice Early Childhood Development Emergency Medical Services Intermediate Paramedic Graphic Design Horticulture Patient Admission Coordinator Web Technologies Industry Certificate Courses INT 101 Intro to Network Concepts= Network + ITN 260 Network Security Basics= Security + ITN 120 Wireless= CWNA Wireless ITN 151 Intro Routing & Switching = CISCO CCNA ITN 106 Microcomputer Operating Systems= A+ software ITN 170 Linux System Administration= Linux +

14 Counseling & Career Services Counseling Assists students in resolving personal and interpersonal issues, including stress management, anxiety, family problems, lack of motivation, and time management Provides crisis counseling Provides disability services Assists students with first-year issues Assists in the development of study skills and increasing student success Career Services Career Assessment - Who Am I? -COPS Career Testing: interest + values= suggested career choices Career Exploration - Where Am I Going? -Learn more about programs of study and career options Job Search - How Do I Get There? -Resume writing, interviewing, and job search assistance -Community-based Work Study & Internship Programs for easy transition into the workplace.

15 Career Resources Dream BIG Virginia Education Wizard – Careers  Career clusters – Careers by name  What’s Hot – Programs and Majors  Search Programs  Piedmont  description of program and degree/certificate

16 Admissions and Advising Center Academic advising for all academic programs Assistance in exploring your academic/career interest Advising on 4-year college/university transfer process Faculty advising Guidance through the admissions/application and course enrollment processes Assistance in finding the college resources you need to succeed

17 Next Steps Apply Online Apply for Financial Aid Make an Appointment with an Advisor Send Official Transcripts Take Placement Tests Meet with an Advisor for Placement Test Score Interpretation and to Finalize Your Academic Plan Register for your Classes Pay for your Classes Purchase your Books

18 Important Information Spring Classes Begin Jan. 17, 2012 Payment Deadline is Jan. 5th by 4:00 p.m. After Jan. 5th, payment is due when you register. Options for payment (not including financial aid or scholarship): Online or Cashier’s Office

19 Dual Enrollment Dual enrollment courses are taken at high school, taught by credentialed high school instructors, tuition covered by high school. Dual credit courses are taken at PVCC, taught by PVCC faculty, tuition covered by student. Receive college credit and may receive high school credit as well. Courses offered by MHS: o US History 121/122 o English 111/112 o POL SCI 211/212 o Teacher for Tomorrow 1 o ARC 121 o ITE 120

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