The Student Advocacy Program is an ongoing support initiative designed to assist traditional and non-traditional students of all scholastic pursuits including: Homes Schooled, At-Risk, Phi Theta Kappa, Marginally Prepared, Athletes, Foster Care Alumni, Students in transition, and international students.
The voluntary program allows students to partner with advocates and receive support to assure a balance between their personal and educational life. Our mentor and referral services allow students to connect with advocates on three different levels: Guidance (a guide to point you in the right direction), Coaching (a coach who has your back), and Mentoring (a mentor to get you on the move). See brochure for more information.
The Student Success Center welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your specific goals and needs. If you feel our services will benefit you after hearing more about the Center, we will enroll you as a member at that time.
After completing the COMPASS placement testing or submitting ACT test scores, the first-time-in-college student should meet with a counselor by attending a group orientation session by individual appointment. Counselors will interpret placement test scores for you and review how these scores relate to course choices. A program guide is given to each student during orientation. Using the program guide, course selection is guided by the counselor. Many students enter college undecided. Counselors help undecided students to identify courses that will be needed for the completion of any degree.
The process is a systematic and purposeful approach to making a fulfilling career choice. To one degree or another, everyone follows the same basic steps in making a career decision. The six fundamental steps include: self-assessment, career exploration, decision-making, job search, working and reflecting. Career and Student Employment Advisors are here to advise and guide you through this process.
Yes, the Learning Center offers a variety of services to enhance student learning. One-on-one and group tutoring is available as well as course specific study groups and workshops. Assistance is available in math, reading, writing business, sciences, study skills and other academic areas both on a drop-in basis and by appointment.
The Special Services Office is designed to meet the individual needs of students with physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities. Kalamazoo Valley has a long history of service to students with disabilities and is committed to removing barriers to help students not only reach their potential, but become academically competitive within their programs.
You must identify yourself by: making an appointment with the Special Services Office to get more information, providing documentation from a qualified professional, making accommodation requests in a timely manner.
StrengthsQuest is a tool that provides you as a student with the opportunity to develop strengths by building on the way you most naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. This assessment has currently helped students similar to you at more than 600 schools and universities to discover, develop, and apply their Top 5 Greatest Strengths. With StrengthsQuest you will:
Discover your greatest natural talents
Improve your grades and increase your learning by making the most of your talents
Determine a rewarding career path based on your unique talents
Maximize your potential by focusing on your Strengths instead of your weaknesses
Transfer Resource Services offers information, referrals, and services to assist students in successfully transferring to Michigan colleges or universities during or after completing their education at Kalamazoo Valley. Services are free to all Kalamazoo Valley students.
The Focus Program is a collaborative effort between Kalamazoo Valley and Western Michigan University. It offers academic and student support to those transferring to WMU after completion at Kalamazoo Valley.