Student Success Services Frequently Asked Questions

As a first time student, what do I need to see an Academic Counselor?

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.

Is there a cost associated with being a member of the SSS?

What is the Career Decision Making Process?

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.

What are the benefits to volunteering?

Are there free services to help with my studies?

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.

What is the purpose of the Office For Student Access?

The 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.

What do I need to do to receive services or accommodations through the Office For Student Access?

You must identify yourself by: making an appointment with the office to get more information, providing documentation from a qualified professional, making accommodation requests in a timely manner.

What is StrengthsQuest?

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:

What is Transfer Resource Services?

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.

What is the Focus Program?

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.

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