An orientation program provides you with the opportunity to learn skills and information that will help you to be successful at NVCC. The orientation program may begin weeks before registration when you meet with a counselor for a program placement interview. In this interview, career interests and educational goals are explored. It will be determined at this time if there is a need for additional information or tests. Your application for admission to a specific curriculum will be evaluated, and the first semester's courses planned.
A one-credit STD course designed to help you succeed in college is required for graduation in all degree curricula and many certificate curricula. It is best to take this credit course in your first semester at the College. The Extended Learning Institute also has an orientation course available for those who cannot attend a campus-based section.
A variety of printed material is available in the Counseling Center and in the Learning Resource Center of each campus. Reference books and college catalogs providing information on colleges and professional schools are available. Other books and pamphlets describe the entrance requirements, working conditions and compensations of thousands of career and job opportunities. Specialized materials are there to help you learn more about how to plan for your education and personal development.
The NVCC Student Handbook provides additional information about the College. Student activities and organizations are described. Food services, bookstores, parking regulations, the statement of student rights and responsibilities, and a listing of college and campus office locations and phone numbers are included. Copies of the Student Handbook may be obtained in the Student Activities Office.