Fox Valley Technical College New Student Reference Guide
This reference guide is a good starting point for information you'll find useful throughout your educational career.
New Student Reference Guide www.fvtc.edu Welcome! Congratulations! You’ve taken a big step toward fulfilling your career goals and we’re honored that you’ve chosen Fox Valley Technical College. Our faculty and staff are here to help you succeed. From tutoring services to financial aid, or technology assistance to child care services, you’ll find a broad support network at Fox Valley Tech. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help along the way. I encourage you to make the most of your college experience by fully engaging in your program courses and seeking out additional opportunities to expand your knowledge and build your resume. There’s a wide variety of student club and leadership opportunities to choose from, as well as extensive career preparation assistance. This reference guide is a good starting point for information you’ll find useful throughout your educational career. Please keep it handy and reference it often. Best wishes as you begin your educational experience at Fox Valley Technical College. I hope you find your time here both exciting and rewarding. Dr. Susan A. May President Table of Contents Academic Standing....................... 27 Attendance.................................. 10 Bilingual Support Services.............. 6 Bookstore.................................... 16 Career & Job Fairs....................... 24 Child Care................................... 26 College Success.............................. 2 Community First Credit Union....... 16 Counseling & Advising Services....... 8 Courses, Degrees & Diplomas......... 3 Credit Transfer To 4-Year Colleges...23 Dining Options............................. 17 Disability-Related Services............. 6 Email............................................ 4 English Language Learning.......... 21 Enrollment Services..................... 10 Faculty Advising............................ 7 FERPA......................................... 11 Financial Aid................................ 12 Financial Wellness Center............... 9 Fitness Center.............................. 19 Global Education.......................... 21 Graduation.................................. 10 Health Services............................ 26 Library........................................ 15 LifeLINE Assistance Program........... 9 Multicultural Student Services....... 20 MyFVTC......................................... 4 Non-Traditional Occupations........... 9 Online Learning (Blackboard)........ 5 Paying Your Bill........................... 13 Payment Plan.............................. 13 Peer Advising Connection............... 7 Peer Tutoring Assistance................. 6 Program Preparation..................... 2 Refunds....................................... 13 Registration................................. 10 Scholarships................................ 14 Student Conduct........................... 27 Student Employment Services....... 24 Student Finance........................... 13 Student ID................................... 18 Student Life, Clubs & Athletics...... 18 Study Abroad.............................. 21 Technology.................................... 4 Terminology................................ 28 Testing Center.............................. 15 Transcripts & Verifications............ 10 Transfer Credits To FVTC................ 22 Veterans Benefits......................... 13 Wo/Men’s Educational Bureau........ 9 1 College Success There are many resources available to help you meet your educational goals. Whether you need help with academic skills or study habits, these options can give you a solid foundation for success at Fox Valley Tech. Employability Essentials We work closely with area employers to ensure our students are learning the skills needed in today’s competitive workplace. In addition to those technical skills, you’ll also learn Employability Essentials, the skills and behaviors employers want in the workplace. Adapt to Change Anticipate changes and positively respond to them. Think Critically and Creatively Apply independent and rigorous reasoning that leads to informed decisions, innovation and personal empowerment. Work Collaboratively Work collaboratively with others to complete tasks, solve problems, resolve conflicts, provide information and offer support. Communicate Effectively and Respectfully Apply appropriate writing, speaking and listening skills across various settings to engage diverse audiences. Act Responsibly Apply ethical standards in both personal and professional behavior. Program Prep Courses If you need to work on math, sentence skills, and/or reading, Program Prep courses will help build your academic skills to be successful in your program courses. Program Prep courses are based on your individual needs and program selection. For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/programprep or call (920) 735-5692. College Success This elective course is strongly recommended for anyone entering college for the first time. You’ll be introduced to study skills, time management techniques, and health-related and relationship-building skills, as well as an introduction to programs, services, policies and procedures at FVTC. For more information, call (920) 735-5692. College & Career Success In this course, you’ll examine career options, develop academic and career goals, and learn specific skills to enhance your success in meeting personal and professional goals. Topics include accessing academic resources, determining career “fit,” and skills like time management, test-taking and goal-setting. For more information, call (920) 735-5692. Teaching & Learning Center Struggling in your classes? We’re here to help! At the Teaching & Learning Center, you can work with faculty and peer tutors to improve your math, writing and science skills. Tutoring and study groups are available for several areas of study. This is a free service for current FVTC students taking credit classes, and assistance is available without an appointment during posted hours. Visit the website at www.fvtc.edu/tlc for current hours and more information. 2 Courses, Degrees & Diplomas/ Credential Definitions Courses, Degrees & Diplomas Fox Valley Technical College provides state-of-the-art occupational training to prepare you for employment in your chosen career. Degree programs include a combination of both core and general education courses. Core courses focus on building your career-specific knowledge and skills. In addition to a study of relevant theory and processes, these courses often include hands-on instruction using current industry technology. The vast majority of your credits will be comprised of core courses. General Education courses provide foundation knowledge for those seeking an associate of applied science degree. Associate degree candidates are required to take 21-30 credits in social and behavioral science and at least six credits in communication. Math and science courses are specific to individual programs of study; at least three credits of math or science are required. Some technical diploma programs require varying numbers of general education credits. Credential Definitions Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs help you prepare for or advance in a particular occupation or field. Most AAS degrees require 60-70 credits and consist of technical studies, general studies and electives. Complete your degree in as little as two years, or attend part-time to fit your schedule. Some or all credits may be applied toward a bachelorâ€™s degree program at a four-year college. Technical diploma programs help you prepare for a targeted occupation, typically at the entry level. Credit requirements range from 3-70 credits, and many programs offer full- and part-time options. Some credits may be applied to associate degree programs. Certificate programs include a focused set of courses for skills needed in the workplace. Some credits may bridge into associate degree or technical diploma programs or to a bachelorâ€™s degree program at a four-year college. Apprenticeships are an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with related classroom instruction for a skilled trade. Both the employer and the apprentice must be contracted with the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards to begin the program. 3 Email, MyFVTC & Technology Computer Help Desk (920) 735-5644 firstname.lastname@example.org Access to most online resources can be found at www.fvtc.edu. On the left side of the page are three icon links with access to Email, Blackboard and MyFVTC. Printing & Copying Email Each semester you are enrolled in classes, you will receive a $25 allowance for course-related printing and copying. You can use this allowance to print or copy on any student-accessible printer on campus. Learn more at www.fvtc.edu/studentcopies. When your admissions application was accepted, you were issued an FVTC email address, which was included with your application acceptance letter. If you don’t already have your password, you’ll be prompted to choose one the first time you log in. To log into your email, use your nine-digit student ID with “@fvtc.edu” (ex: email@example.com) and your password. Note: The email address to share with others is NOT your nine-digit ID number. Typically, it is the first eight letters of your last name, followed by the last four digits of your ID number. For example, the email address for student Tom Smith (ID# 123456789) would be firstname.lastname@example.org. FVTC email is the official source for college announcements and college business (such as Financial Aid information). You are responsible for checking your email on a regular basis. You may forward your FVTC email to a personal account (such as Yahoo!, Gmail or RoadRunner) using MyFVTC. You can set your personal email as the “preferred email” in your account; however, the college is not responsible for misdirected or lost email using this feature. Computer Labs & Computer Access General student computer labs are located on the second floor and in the library at the Appleton Campus. Business students may also use the lab in A105. At the Oshkosh Riverside Campus, the computer lab is in Room 110. There are also computer labs at each regional center. Individual departments may also have small labs for class-related work with specialized software. Software Select software is available for currently enrolled students at discounted prices through a statewide service called the Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog (WISC). Access to the store is given 25 days prior to the first day of your first class. Instructions and a link to the system are available at www.fvtc.edu/software. Wireless Network MyFVTC Use the MyFVTC system to search and register for classes, access eFAS to view and pay your bill, view grades, change addresses (mailing or email), phone numbers and update other personal information. Use your nine-digit student ID and password to log in to this system. Helpful information about MyFVTC can be found at www.fvtc.edu/MyFVTChelp. Nearly all FVTC buildings (including regional centers and training centers) have wireless access, which is open to all (no password required) if you have an 802.11b/g PCMCIA or PCI network card. Look for the FVTC network labeled “Guest” in your list of available networks. You must accept the User Agreement to access the guest wireless network. File Storage Password USB or jump drives are recommended for storing documents and personal files. Drives are available for purchase in the bookstore. All students receive network storage space when on campus. Simply log into a college computer with your Student ID and select Documents in the Start Menu to save and access your files. Use the same password for all three systems: Email, Blackboard and MyFVTC. You can reset your password by clicking on the MyFVTC link. 4 Online Learning/Blackboard bbsupport.fvtc.edu (920) 735-4816 1-877-382-0492 email@example.com Hours Support is available 24/7 via the website or toll-free phone number. Blackboard is a web-based learning environment used to enhance on-campus learning and/or to deliver distance-only learning (online courses) by posting course materials, class discussions, assignments and assessments on the Web. Logging into Blackboard 1. Go to the FVTC website: www.fvtc.edu Accessing Blackboard When you register for a course that is designated Hybrid or Online, the FVTC system automatically creates an account for you in Blackboard. Your username will be your student ID and your password will be the same password you set up for MyFVTC. 2. On the left side of the page, click the Blackboard icon. 3. Enter your username (student ID) and password and click “Login.” 4. On the Blackboard welcome page, you will see your current courses listed. Note: Courses will not be listed until the instructors make the courses available—typically on the first day of the semester. Until then, you may see a message stating “You are not currently enrolled in any courses.” 5 Educational Support Services www.fvtc.edu/disabilityservices Hours firstname.lastname@example.org 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Appleton Campus, Room E122 (920) 735-2569 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 236-6155 Disability-Related Services Fox Valley Technical College is an accessible college community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. We want to support your independence and recognize your abilities, not disabilities. Peer tutoring assistance is available for any credit class in which you are not maintaining a grade of C or higher. Requests must be submitted before mid-term of the course. There is no fee for this service. A peer program means that students help other students. The peer tutor may be concurrently enrolled in the course or she/he may have previously completed the course. Tutors are required to obtain academic references and provide pertinent qualifications. Qualified tutors may not exist for some courses or for certain hours in the day; however, every effort will be made to provide a tutor. Bilingual Support Services If your first language learned was not English, there are services available to help you be successful in starting college, and ongoing support to make sure you continue that success throughout your college career. 6 Faculty Advising/ Peer Advising Connection www.fvtc.edu/facultyadvising (920) 735-5696 email@example.com Faculty Advising Fox Valley Technical College’s faculty advisors offer guidance to help you succeed in college. Your faculty advisor can help you clarify your career and life goals, as well as build relationships within the college. You are assigned a faculty advisor in your program of study, and will find his/her name in your MyFVTC account. Contact your advisor for help with course selections, managing academic concerns, and career planning. You are encouraged to discuss program options such as job shadowing, internships, or other related work experiences with your faculty advisor. You are responsible for developing your educational plans by: • Taking initiative to seek advising • Selecting and monitoring course of study • Understanding and fulfilling degree requirements • Using appropriate student services Your advisor is responsible for providing guidance by: • Helping you clarify your career program choices and providing information • Having in-depth knowledge of program requirements • Giving you support and encouragement as you work to meet your goals • Providing information about the college/department policies and procedures while stressing your responsibilities • Making appropriate referrals to student services Peer Advising Connection FVTC’s Peer Advising Connection (PAC) program is students helping fellow students make the right connections in order to be successful in college. Peer Advisors provide assistance in the following areas: • Questions about class selection • Campus information • MyFVTC or Blackboard questions • Questions concerning program information • Student resources availability • Registration assistance (i.e. enrolling for classes, using the shopping cart) • How to apply for graduation www.fvtc.edu/pac firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E121 (920) 735-5696 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 233-9191 Hours For current hours: www.fvtc.edu/pac 7 7 Counseling & Advising Services www.fvtc.edu/counseling email@example.com Appleton Campus, Room E121, (920) 735-5696 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101, (920) 236-6101 Limited services are also available at FVTC regional centers. Hours By appointment 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Walk-in hours are available for quick questions; please call ahead for daily availability Counseling and advising services are available by master’s degree-educated professional counselors. You’ll find counseling & advising services to be facilitated in a safe, respectful, confidential and supportive environment where you can discover and develop lifelong learning skills to achieve your goals. Academic Advising services are available to assist you in: • Exploring and understanding programs • Making course selections • Establishing degree plans • Understanding college policies and procedures • Tracking progress toward graduation • Connecting with campus resources Counseling Services are available to assist you in: • Developing career goals • Identifying and resolving personal and academic barriers • Determining and accomplishing personal goals • Gaining insight into yourself and others • Learning to cope with issues affecting your education • Developing critical life skills Individual counseling/advising and group workshops are available throughout the year. Counseling is confidential; however, according to the American Counseling Association’s ethical guidelines, staff are legally bound to report potential suicide, homicide and suspected child/elder abuse (www.counseling.org). 8 Specialized Services Appleton Campus, Room E121 (920) 735-5696 LifeLINE Assistance Program Individual counseling is available to help with specific longer-term issues such as: • Alcohol and other drug abuse • Codependency • Depression • Anxiety • Stress management • Coping skills Financial Wellness Center Wo/Men’s Educational Bureau This free service is available to both female and male single parents who are in transition and displaced homemakers (those who have cared for your family at home without pay and are no longer supported by another household member’s income or public assistance OR are unemployed or underemployed and/or your youngest dependent child will become ineligible for TANF (AFDC) assistance within two years). Services include career planning, individual needs assessment/counseling, Starting Point Workshops and referrals to appropriate college and community resources. Many responsible students go through financial challenges. The Financial Wellness Center offers a variety of services to meet the individual needs of each student. It’s confidential and free. Get assistance with: • budgeting • using credit wisely • managing debt • credit reports Learn more at www.fvtc.edu/financialwellness or call (920) 735-4855. Counseling for Veterans Returning veterans often have specific counseling needs related to re-entry and funding for school. If you’re a returning veteran, you can access additional services and resources specific to these unique needs. Non-Traditional Occupations A non-traditional occupation is defined as any occupation in which women or men comprise less than 25% of the workforce. For example, for women: firefighter, welder, or automotive technician; for men: nurse, interior designer, or administrative professional. In the past, most women chose careers in teaching, nursing or office administration. Men looked at futures in construction, factory work, or mechanics. Times have changed! At Fox Valley Tech, we want you to pursue your dreams. We believe you can be anything you want to be! Peer Mentoring Peer mentors have specific knowledge about college resources and can help you with your transition to college. Mentors are good listeners and can offer ideas and suggestions for college services, activities and student organizations that meet your specific needs. 9 Enrollment Services www.fvtc.edu/enrollmentservices firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E111 (920) 735-5645 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 233-9191 Enrollment Services can assist you with admissions, enrollment, transcripts and graduation. Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Continuing Student Registration for Classes Transcripts & Verifications An official FVTC transcript is a complete record of your enrollment at our college. You may request transcripts of your records any time via your MyFVTC account or at www.fvtc.edu/transcripts. If you need enrollment verification for loan deferments, insurance coverage, “good student” auto insurance discounts, etc., contact Enrollment Services to submit a request. Continuing program students register according to credits accumulated toward graduation. You will receive an email notification of your designated registration date and time. Attendance Students in degree programs and credit courses are expected to attend and participate in classes regularly. Attendance is the responsibility of the individual student, including notification and completion of missed coursework as required by the instructor. Graduation Repeating a Course When you have completed most of your degree or diploma program requirements, you will receive an email with instructions for graduation. Be sure to complete the online application for graduation by the deadline. In the meantime, if you’d like more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/graduation. When a student repeats a course, the grade of the most recently completed course will be used in calculating the cumulative grade point average (GPA). Academic Calendar The academic calendar includes dates for registration, fees due, beginning and end of term, textbook buyback, etc. To view the college’s academic calendar online, visit www.fvtc.edu/ac. 10 Student Records - FERPA It is the policy of Fox Valley Technical College to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act is designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the right of students to inspect their records; and to provide guidelines for the retention, disclosure and correction of those records. For further information and to review the FERPA policy, visit www.fvtc.edu/ferpa. Questions on FERPA regulations can be directed to the Registrar by email at email@example.com or by calling (920) 735-5645. Program Withdrawal In accordance with the Graduation Requirements Policy, if you do not take a class within three consecutive terms (including summer) you will be removed from your program. If you wish to re-enter your program or any other, you must submit an online application and meet the collegeâ€™s admission requirements, as well as graduation requirements, in effect at the time of re-entry. To withdraw from a program or from the college, visit www.fvtc.edu/withdrawform. If you are changing or adding programs, contact counseling services at (920) 735-5696. Adding or Dropping Classes To enroll in or drop classes, use your MyFVTC account or visit Enrollment Services. Once you register for a class, you are responsible for the cost of the class. If your plans change, you must drop the class or you will still be liable for the payment. Find information about class payments at www.fvtc.edu/pay, and information about refunds at www.fvtc.edu/refund. Additional Online Resources www.fvtc.edu/fvtcforms 11 Financial Aid www.fvtc.edu/finaid firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E118 (920) 735-5650 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday What is financial aid? Financial aid consists of grants, loans and/or employment. The actual aid that you can receive depends on your eligibility according to state and federal regulations, the availability of funds and the number of students applying for aid. Important Information How do I receive financial aid? Apply! You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid. The application is available online at www.fafsa.gov. You will need your previous year’s federal tax return. Instant online help is available as you complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. Before your financial aid application will be processed, you must be admitted to the college in a program that is eligible for financial aid. • Complete a new FAFSA every aid year to receive aid for that year. • If your family’s financial circumstances change, you may be eligible for additional aid. Please read and complete the Professional Judgment Request form at www.fvtc.edu/finaid/forms and return it to the Financial Aid Office. • Dropping a class may affect your aid. Be sure to understand the policies regarding the receipt of financial aid at www.fvtc.edu/finaid/policies. • In order to continue receiving aid, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Please see www.fvtc.edu/finaid/fasappolicy for details. When do I apply for financial aid? • • • Important Financial Aid Dates The FAFSA is available on January 1 each year. Applications are accepted throughout the aid year. The standard aid year covers fall, spring and summer terms, in that order. The priority date is April 1. If you have not submitted all your information by this date, it may be too late for certain aid programs. When do I receive my aid? Grants and loans disburse directly to your account after the 10th day of the term. You must complete all required information before the aid will disburse. If there is a balance due to you, a refund will be issued by either paper check or eRefunding. Please see www.fvtc.edu/refund for more details on how to receive your refund electronically. January 1 FAFSA is available for students seeking financial aid for the next aid year. Visit www.fafsa.gov. April 1 Priority application date for completing the FAFSA for the next academic year and submitting all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office. June 30 Financial Aid applications are accepted throughout the aid year. The last day to submit the FAFSA for the summer term is June 30. Census Date (10th class day of each term) At the census date, student enrollment is reviewed to determine the number of credits that you are enrolled in. Aid may have to be adjusted at that time to reflect the proper amount based on credits taken. Additional Online Resources www.fafsa.gov www.studentloans.gov 12 Student Finance www.fvtc.edu/pay www.fvtc.edu/tuition email@example.com Appleton Campus, Room E118 (920) 735-4871 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Important Payment Information Once you register for a class, you are responsible for the cost of the class. If your plans change, you must drop the class using your MyFVTC account or you will still be liable for the payment. The date you drop a class will determine the amount of refund due, if any. For important information about the refund policy, visit www.fvtc.edu/refund. How do I pay my bills? How do I receive my bill? Billing notifications are sent to your FVTC email address if you are admitted to a program (seeking a degree or certificate). It is critical that you monitor your FVTC email account. If you are not admitted into a program, your bill will be mailed to your mailing address. You can view your bill online at eFAS through MyFVTC at www.fvtc.edu/pay. You will log in using your Student ID and password. When are fees due? Fees are due 10 days prior to the class start date. If you choose to enroll in the payment plan, your payment dates will be distributed over three months. What is a payment plan? The FVTC payment plan is an option that provides you more time to pay your bill. It consists of three installment dates for making payments on eligible charges. There is a $25.00 fee for signing up for this option, due at the time of enrollment. You must have a balance of $300.00 or more to enroll in this option. See www.fvtc.edu/pay for more details regarding specific due dates for your enrollment term. FVTC accepts a variety of payment methods. • eCheck is the preferred method of payment. It is a free option available at eFAS through MyFVTC (www.fvtc.edu/pay). You can use this method to pay online with your checking or savings account. • Cash, check, money order and electronic funds transfer are other methods that are accepted. • A full-service branch of Community First Credit Union is available on the Appleton Campus in Room E112. They will process cash, check and money order payments for tuition. More information is available at (920) 830-7200 or www.communityfirstcu.com. • PayPath is a credit card payment option available at eFAS through MyFVTC (www.fvtc.edu/pay). This option allows Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express payments. The fee to utilize PayPath is 2.75% (minimum of $3.00). • Payments can be sent to: FVTC Enrollment Services PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277 • Employer / Agency contracts are accepted if your employer or an outside agency is paying for your tuition. Forms can be sent to: FVTC Third Party Billing PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912-2277 Can I receive a refund electronically? Veterans Benefits Yes. You can sign up for eRefunding at eFAS through MyFVTC (www.fvtc.edu/refund). No more waiting for paper checks in the mail! Your refund will be directly deposited into your checking or savings account. If you are eligible for veterans benefits but have not yet applied, you may do so in the Veterans Benefits office. If you have an eligibility form, please bring it along (i.e. DD214-Notice of Separation). For questions related to veterans benefits, visit www.fvtc.edu/veterans or call (920) 735-5651. Past Due Accounts A financial hold is placed on any account that has a past due balance. This hold will prevent future enrollment. 13 Scholarships www.fvtc.edu/scholarships firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room A102 (920) 735-5608 Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday Scholarships are available to students during all semesters of enrollment in a Fox Valley Technical College associate degree, technical diploma or apprenticeship program. Scholarships are funded by private donors, including individuals, organizations and businesses, and are administered by the FVTC Foundation. Best of all, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are competitive and based on criteria established by the donor, which may include program of enrollment, residency, academic performance and/or need. Over 700 scholarships are available each year. Near the beginning of each semester, youâ€™ll be notified via your FVTC email account that the Foundation is accepting scholarship applications, along with the deadline for submission. A link to the online application, instructions, and tips is included in the email. If you apply, you should verify that your MyFVTC account information is current and contact two instructors who are willing to submit positive evaluations of your performance and academic characteristics. You are encouraged to submit an application each semester. Current information including the application (when available) and notices of scholarships administered by outside organizations can be found at www.fvtc.edu/scholarships. Questions can be directed to email@example.com. 14 Library/Testing Center www.fvtc.edu/library firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus Room G113 (920) 735-5653 Library Hours 7:15 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday Summer Hours 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday Library Library Services provides a variety of resources such as books, journals, films on demand, ebooks, online databases, DVDs and other services to support educational and informational needs at Fox Valley Technical College. Research We can assist you with research in person, on the phone or via email. 24/7 access to library article databases is available on campus, and off-campus through our proxy server. Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan is available for books and articles we do not have in our collection. Allow 7 to 10 days on average for delivery. The library also offers: • Computers, printers, photocopier • Study space and comfy seating • Group study rooms • Wi-Fi access Testing Center The Testing Center is available for you to complete examinations arranged through your instructor. To use the Testing Center, you’ll need to have either a photo ID or in-person instructor verification of your identity. You can purchase your Student ID at the Student Life Center. www.fvtc.edu/testingcenter email@example.com Appleton Campus, 2nd Floor (920) 735-5758 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 135 (920) 236-6113 Testing Center Hours Appleton Campus 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Saturday Hours may very during student breaks and summer session. Oshkosh Riverside Campus 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m./1-3 p.m., Friday 15 15 Bookstore/ Community First Credit Union www.fvtc.edu/bookstore firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E110 (920) 735-4732 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 164 (920) 236-6198 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Bookstore Books, supplies, and school spirit merchandise are sold in the FVTC Bookstores located on the Appleton and Oshkosh Riverside campuses. Both locations offer a complete selection of new, used, and digital textbooks. Some textbooks are also available for rental. Bring your class study list when purchasing books and materials, as well as your FVTC student ID if you will be using Financial Aid to make purchases. Books can be purchased online at fvtc.bncollege.com, yourschoolyourbookstore.com, or when using your MyFVTC account. You can also stop in either of the two FVTC Bookstores to make your purchases in person. Textbook Buyback There are three book buybacks each year, typically in December, May and August. Both FVTC Bookstores buy back books no matter where you purchased them, often at approximately 50% of the new or used purchased price. Visit www.fvtc.edu/bookstore or stop in for specific buyback criteria. Community First Credit Union Take care of your class payments, personal banking and auto or home loan applications without ever leaving campus. Visit our full-service branch on the Appleton campus, just inside Entrance 10. Student Loans Community Firstâ€™s Alternative Student Loan can provide help with your school financing. This program is specifically designed to fill the gap left by financial aid packages. For more information, visit the Appleton campus or get information online at www.communityfirstcu.org/alternative_student. Fee Free ATMs Community First offers Fee Free ATMs on the Appleton and Oshkosh campuses so you can get cash when you need it. Appleton Campus: near the cafeteria Oshkosh Campus: just inside the main entrance www.communityfirstcu.org Appleton Campus, Room E112 (920) 830-7200 1-866-273-2328 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 16 16 Dining Options On the Appleton Campus www.fvtc.edu/menu www.fvtc.edu/connections (920) 735-5701 Hours American Harvest Café 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Thursday Fox Valley Grille 7-9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday Sundowner Subs & Deli 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday Connections Coffee Café 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday & 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday Join us weekdays for breakfast, lunch and taste-tempting desserts prepared by FVTC’s nationally recognized Culinary Arts program students. The Fox Valley Grille features a complete line-up of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and creative specials, as well as our delicious pizza. Our American Harvest Café features an extended offering of home-cooked favorites and made-from-scratch soups, as well as vegetarian options. Sundowner Subs & Deli offers a wide selection of fresh ingredients to build your own salads and sub sandwiches, as well as nachos, soups, chili, grab ‘n go meals, beverages and ice cream novelties. Stop by Connections Coffee Café for specialty coffees, smoothies, ice cream and other sweet treats. With all these tasty options to choose from, you’re sure to find just what you need to keep you going throughout the day. A large vending area with microwaves is also available. Find the daily menu posted on the FVTC website at www.fvtc.edu/menu. Accepting On the Oshkosh Riverside Campus www.fvtc.edu/foxxpress Hours Fox Xpress 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Thursday The Fox Xpress is located at the Oshkosh Riverside Campus and offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items. The Fox Xpress is a student owned and operated food kiosk located in the Commons. Come and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and choose from a variety of items for breakfast. Stay for lunch and enjoy soup, pizza and sandwiches as you visit with your friends on campus. From the proceeds earned through sales, the Fox Xpress awards two $500 scholarships every year to students on the Oshkosh Riverside Campus. For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/foxxpress. 17 Student Life, Clubs & Athletics www.fvtc.edu/studentlife email@example.com Appleton Campus, Room E137 (920) 735-2545 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Get involved in student life activities at Fox Valley Tech. There are tons of fun opportunities to build your confidence, leadership and teamwork skills at both Appleton and Oshkosh campuses. Benefits of Having a Student ID (cost $5) • • • • • • • Check out books at the FVTC Library Check out games at the Student Life Center Take tests in the Testing Center Rent a locker Charge textbooks to your student account at the Bookstore Discounts at many local businesses Discount passes available for purchase in the Student Life Center Student Clubs and Organizations There are over 45 different clubs and organizations available for students. Many of the clubs are directly related to programs offered at FVTC, so you can develop professional connections while meeting other students. In addition, there are a variety of social clubs to join. If you don’t find what you are looking for, talk with the Student Life Staff–it’s easy to start a new club! Student Leadership Organizations Student Life Center The Student Life Center, located on the Appleton Campus, offers a variety of services to help you connect with other students and make your experience here more enjoyable. You can play pool, ping pong or foosball, watch TV or a movie on the big screen, or purchase discount passes for movies or other attractions. Or, just hang out with your friends. Need a stamp to mail a letter? Forgot to make copies of a paper for class? Need to use a fax machine? The Student Life Center sells stamps and, for a small fee, will help you make photocopies or fax paperwork. You can also purchase your FVTC Student ID or rent a locker. If you would like to expand your experiences at Fox Valley Technical College, there are several opportunities through the student leadership organizations offered within Student Life. In addition to gaining experience by being part of these student organizations, you will also have a direct impact on the lives of your fellow students by helping to create policy, affect change, plan events and publish campus-wide communications. The campus leadership organizations include: • Student Government Association • Oshkosh Student Board • Student Activities Committee • Fox Times (Student Newspaper) • Intramural Board 18 Events There’s always something going on at FVTC! From comedians to hypnotists, nationally known speakers and leadership seminars, caricature artists to stress relief; all found on the Appleton and Oshkosh campuses throughout the school year. There are also many family events like our annual Drive-In Movie in the parking lot, or Family Movie Nights with free popcorn and hot dogs. Athletics Trips If you’d like to get away, there are several day, weekend and extended trips – all at a reduced price! Take a day trip with friends to Great America or a Brewers game. Or enjoy a weekend with your family at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay or the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. Or, you might want to take a spring break trip to a tropical destination. FVTC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and offers women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball. The Foxes compete against fellow technical colleges in Madison and Milwaukee, as well as the University of Wisconsin two year schools and community colleges in northern Illinois. If you aren’t interested in competitive sports, get involved by playing intramural athletics like volleyball, soccer, flag football and softball. Civic Engagement Fitness Center The Fitness Center is located in Room E170 on the Appleton Campus and features a variety of exercise equipment available for free use by students. Included in the center are cardiovascular and strength equipment, as well as shower and locker facilities. The Fitness Center opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Several health and wellness programs are offered to students and staff throughout the year. A fitness coordinator is on duty 27 hours per week, August through May. Please call (920) 996-2884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. As a Fox Valley Tech student, there are many opportunities to become an active participant in your community. Whether you want to enhance your resume with volunteer experience, learn more about social issues, or find out about local, state and national elections, the Student Life Center can assist you. In addition to maintaining a list of many volunteer opportunities throughout the region, Student Life offers individualized volunteer matching, monthly service opportunities and speakers and events to help you become more knowledgeable about social issues that affect your community. For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/volunteerevents. 19 Multicultural Student Services www.fvtc.edu/mss email@example.com Appleton Campus, Room E120 (920) 735-4825 Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday The Multicultural Student Services office is a single point of contact for all FVTC minority students – African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American. The services are designed to enhance the success and retention of those minority students attending Fox Valley Technical College. The diversity among our students adds to the richness of your academic and college experience, as you benefit from being around people who bring different backgrounds, talents, ethnicity, interest and ideas to the classroom and campus. Hmong Student Union The Hmong Student Union was created to provide a social and academic support system for the Hmong students attending FVTC. With a goal of academic excellence, the group helps Hmong students who are currently enrolled in programs, as well as program preparation for those who are exploring their education options. The Hmong Student Union encourages students to experience various cultures of the United States and other countries. Multicultural Club Cultural Heritage Celebrations To highlight the cultural heritage of FVTC’s diverse student body, monthly Cultural Heritage Celebrations feature the unique food, music, and arts and crafts from around the world. Annual events include: • Hispanic Heritage Month – October • Native American Heritage Month – November • Black History Month – February • Asian Heritage Month – April The Multicultural Club provides opportunities to learn about and experience aspects of various cultures of the United States and other countries. The club also educates about the cultures, nationalities, ethnic groups and languages of our increasingly diverse community in the Fox Valley region. All students are welcome to participate. 20 Global Education www.fvtc.edu/global firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E131 (920) 735-4810 Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday The Global Education & Services Department offers a variety of international options for FVTC students. Choosing one or more of our global education elective courses will prepare you to be successful and competitive in a global workforce, distinguishing yourself among your classmates. In addition, FVTC’s international experiences will open your eyes to the world in many new ways and will forever change your life. English Language Learning English Language Learning (ELL) is a program designed to meet the needs of adults whose native language is not English. Courses focus on reading, writing, speaking and career skills to prepare you for college coursework. For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/ell or call (920) 735-2443. Global Education Courses • • • • International Exchange Club World Languages & Cultures: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese, German, Russian, Hmong, Spanish, Italian, Intensive English Spanish-English Medical Interpretation Global Understanding Global Trade The International Exchange Club serves as a connection between international and local students attending Fox Valley Technical College. The club promotes and facilitates international programs and education, global awareness, activities and exchanges, cultural growth, and interpersonal and language skills. Participation in this student club will provide a meaningful and rewarding experience, and you are encouraged and welcome to join! Study Abroad Make the world your classroom! Travel with FVTC around the world: Spain, Mexico, Peru, Germany, Italy, China and more! Earn three FVTC elective credits as you expand your world view and immerse yourself in the language and culture. For more information, visit www.fvtc.edu/studyabroad. Host or Mentor an International Student Create a lasting friendship while hosting an international student. Short-term and long-term opportunities are available. 21 Transfer Credits to FVTC www.fvtc.edu/transfercredit Hours email@example.com 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday Appleton Campus, Room E111 (920) 735-4720 Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with college credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered. Credit for prior learning is the acceptance of credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. You may be able to transfer those credits to Fox Valley Tech and apply them toward your program requirements. To request credit for prior learning, mail your official transcripts to: Fox Valley Technical College Attn: Transfer Credit PO Box 2277 Appleton WI 54912-2277 Advanced standing is the granting of credit in an associate degree or technical diploma for knowledge and skills that directly relate to the program curriculum. Advanced Standing may be obtained through the following methods: • Credit by Examination • Credit for Experiential Learning (previous work experience, military training, business and industry training, etc.) • Credit through Articulated Agreements with High Schools • Apprenticeship Training 22 Credit Transfer to 4-Year Colleges www.fvtc.edu/4year Transferring your FVTC credits to a four-year college has never been easier! You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelorâ€™s degree. Starting at FVTC makes completing a bachelorâ€™s degree affordable, accessible and convenient. The following colleges and universities have partnered with FVTC to make credit transfer seamless: Bellevue University Capella University Cardinal Stritch University Concordia University Franklin University Herzing University Lakeland College Marian University Metropolitan State University Milwaukee School of Engineering National American University Northland College Ottawa University Rasmussen College Silver Lake College Southern IL University Carbondale University of Phoenix Upper Iowa University University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University of Wisconsin-La Crosse University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh University of Wisconsin-Parkside University of Wisconsin-Platteville University of Wisconsin-River Falls University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University of Wisconsin-Stout University of Wisconsin-Superior University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Viterbo University 23 Student Employment Services www.fvtc.edu/ses-students firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room E135 (920) 735-5627 Oshkosh Riverside Campus, Room 101 (920) 231-5627 Student Employment Services is here to help with your employment needs. • Online job searching and resumé posting • Employment advising • On-campus employer interviews • Employment information and resources • Employment events and career fairs Services begin when you enroll as an FVTC student and continue throughout your employment career. Once you graduate, services continue to be available to you. Hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday Full- and Part-Time Job Opportunities Find job opportunities listed on FVTC’s electronic employment information system, Wisconsin TechConnect. This system is available to students and graduates at all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. As a registered user of WI TechConnect, you can receive statewide job listings related to your associate degree or technical diploma program, and have online access to all current job listings. You can also post your resumé online so employers can contact you. Employment Advising Get assistance with resumés, cover letters, interviewing skills, job networking, building confidence and setting goals during the transition from school to work. Stop in to make an appointment. Employment advising on call is available three days per week. Career and Job Fairs Employers from Northeast Wisconsin and around the state attend our targeted job fairs. Don’t miss these great opportunities to make valuable connections: • Career Fair on the Fox (Fall & Spring) • Health Care Career Fair (Fall & Spring) • Criminal Justice Job Fair (Spring) • Automotive, Collision & Diesel Technician Job Fair (Fall) 24 JobSeekers Network (JSN) & Job Search Investigation (JSI) These weekly networking sessions help you explore resources and job leads, exchange information, and find support and direction. Students and graduates are invited to participate as long as it is helpful. Employment Seminars Take advantage of seminars offered throughout the year on topics such as the expectations of hiring managers, proactive job searching, and interviewing for success. On-Campus Employer Interviews Throughout the year employers come on campus to recruit for open positions within their companies. Mock Interviews Resource Center Schedule a mock interview to practice your response to common interview questions. Mock interviews are offered each fall and winter semester and simulate an employment interview in which human resource volunteers from the community will ask you questions and provide you with feedback about your responses to help you best market yourself. Visit Student Employment Services for assistance with your job preparation and job search. You’ll have access to a wide selection of handouts, books, and magazines. You can also utilize Reference USA to research companies. Resumé Review Event This event is geared toward assisting you with the development and preparation of your resumé along with posting your resumé on our online employment system. ” FVTC’s Student Employment Services has been a great partner to J. J. Keller for years. Their career fairs are well-attended and they’ve offered us excellent opportunities on campus to talk to students about career opportunities. We’ve successfully hired several full-time students and interns through these events.” JoAnn K. J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. 25 Child Care/ Health Services www.fvtc.edu/parentchildcenter email@example.com Appleton Campus, Room B108 (920) 735-5751 Parent/Child Center Hours 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday Parent/Child Center The Fox Valley Technical College Parent/Child Center is located at the Appleton campus. We’re open to FVTC students and staff, as well as to anyone in the area who is looking for a safe, highquality, and affordable child care. The center is licensed for 120 children, ages 6 weeks through 11 years. We provide for the educational, social and physical needs of the children, while also providing a learning experience for college students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. Contracted child care is provided on a full-time or part-time basis. Drop-in care is not available. www.fvtc.edu/healthservices firstname.lastname@example.org Appleton Campus, Room A164 (920) 735-5745 Health Services Hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday (closed 12:30-1:15 p.m.) 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday Health Services The primary focus of Health Services is prevention of and care for illness or injury while on campus. FVTC recognizes the need to provide a safe, accessible work and educational setting. Health Services provides: • Assistance to students who need medical care from a doctor or other community agency • First aid care • Treatment for minor illness and injury • Flu shot clinic in the fall (fee is charged) • Immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, hepatitis A and B • Tuberculin skin test (Mantoux) as required for some students • Over-the-counter medication for cold, allergy, headache or other pain, upset stomach, diarrhea, cough, and menstrual cramps • A place to rest if you become ill • A private room for moms to pump breast milk or nurse A nurse is on the Appleton campus for patient care several hours a week. Appointments are encouraged. We do not have prescription medication, but the nurse can refer you to a doctor’s care if needed. 26 26 Academic Standing & Student Conduct www.fvtc.edu/academicappeals www.fvtc.edu/conduct Academic Appeals You may appeal a variety of decisions made by the college that directly impact your academic standing or progress including, but not limited to: • Final course grades • Transfer credit awards • Graduation requirements being satisfied • Academic probation and suspension If you wish to file an appeal, you must do so in accordance with the college’s Academic Appeal Policy, available online at www.fvtc.edu/academicappeals. Academic Suspension A student will be suspended from a program after two consecutive semesters of academic probation with semester GPAs of less than 2.0 (grade of C). The length of a program suspension is one semester, exclusive of the summer term. Students may enroll in non-credit courses or academic preparation courses during the semester of academic suspension. Student Conduct Academic Progress Standards It is expected that students will make satisfactory progress each semester they are enrolled. Satisfactory progress at Fox Valley Technical College means achieving a minimum semester grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (grade of C). The academic progress policy applies to all program-declared degree and diploma students carrying six or more academic credits. Fox Valley Technical College believes in creating and maintaining a learning environment that values academic excellence, institutional integrity, justice, equity, civility and diversity. For the academic and personal development of all students, the college requires the behavior of all students to be compatible with the mission and values of the college. Students are required to conduct themselves in a positive and appropriate manner at all times while attending all college-sponsored activities, both on or off any district campus. Any student who has paid an enrollment fee, registered or enrolled for classes with or through the college, or otherwise entered into any other contractual relationship with the college to take instruction is required to abide by the code of conduct. The Student Code of Conduct can be found on the college’s website at www.fvtc.edu/conduct. Academic Probation A program student will be placed on academic probation if his/her semester grade point average falls below 2.0 (grade of C). While on probation, a student will be allowed to enroll for no more than 12 credits per semester. During the time a student is on probation, a hold will be placed on their student record prohibiting registration. The registration hold will be released once the student meets with a counselor and completes a satisfactory academic success plan or completes a student success workshop. 27 Terminology Academic Advising: Process where you are assigned to a faculty member or a trained adviser who helps you plan and implement immediate and long-term academic and vocational goals. Your advisor is assigned approximately one month after you start class. You can find your advisorâ€™s name online in MyFVTC. Catalog Number (or state course number): The eight-digit number that identifies the series of classes for a specific subject. Class Number: A five-digit number that represents a specific class date and time. This is the number you will use when registering. Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity. Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. Degree: An award conferred by FVTC as official recognition for the successful completion of a program. Degree Progress Report: A tool to help you plan your classes so you can graduate from your chosen program. Enrollment Appointment: A date and time that you are assigned to register for classes for the next term. FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. All students interested in financial aid must fill out this free federal application form. Grade-point average (GPA): The sum of grade points earned divided by the number of courses taken. Term GPA: GPA for the term, which is used to determine your status on the Deanâ€™s List. Cumulative GPA: Includes all classes taken at that institution. Cumulative GPA determines honor status for graduation. Public institution: An educational institution whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected or appointed school officials, and which is supported primarily by public funds. Requisite (Pre and Co): Pre-requisite: A course that requires you to be either currently enrolled or have completed before you are able to enroll in the next course. Note that you cannot be enrolled in the course with a pre-requisite in the same term. Co-requisite: A course in which a student either needs to have completed before registering or currently enrolled in the same term. Term: FVTC has three separate terms per year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Transfer student: A student entering the institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate). The student may transfer with or without credit. Tuition: Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition is charged per credit. Tutoring: May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing. Many tutors are college students. 28 us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on key dates, access conversations, videos, contests and more! facebook.com/FoxValleyTech 5000/99/8-13