Back to School GuideSpring Quarter 2023
We are here to help you get ready for classes!
Attend a support session or admissions lab to help you enroll, register for classes, activate your ctcLink account, and more!
New Student Support
Bilingual Admissions Labs
This is an open lab during which we can help students with the state application. We will be in Lewis Hall room 125 (L125)
Este es un laboratorio abierto durante el cual podemos ayudar a los estudiantes con la solicitud estatal, así como también con soporte técnico para los
nuevos estudiantes de ELA que necesitan ayuda para acceder a sus clases.Estaremos en el Edificio Lewis, Salon 125 (L125).
Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m. | Mount Vernon Campus, Lewis Hall, L-125
Thursdays, 3/23 and 4/6, 3:30 – 5 p.m. | Whidbey Island Campus, Oak Hall, Room 227
New Student Support: Remote or Phone Appointments
If you need help with the application process, activating your ctcLink account, logging into your email, or general questions, email [email protected] to make an appointment.
Cardinal Takeoff Sessions
After establishing math and English placement, attending a Cardinal Take Off is your next step to becoming a Cardinal!
After you establish math and English placement, you will meet with an Advisor and register for classes. For your convenience we offer many options for new student Advising. Please select the one that works best for you.
For more information, visit the Cardinal Takeoff page.
Mount Vernon Campus (In-Person)
Located in the Cardinal Center
Whidbey Island Campus (In-Person)
Located in Oak Hall
Virtual Sessions (via Zoom)
First Week of Quarter Help Sessions
Student Support Sessions
In person and virtually via Zoom: 9 a.m.-7 p.m, April 4, 5, and 6 | Lewis Hall, Room L-125
Zoom Link | https://skagitvalleycollege.zoom.us/j/83950197660
Drop in and get help with understanding your class scheduling, changing your classes if necessary as well as all technology needs including logging into Canvas, student email, ctcLink, basic computer navigation, Google, and basic Microsoft. These drop-in sessions provide support for technology, registration, and enrollment– a one-stop shop for all the help you need!
Questions? Email [email protected]
Spring classes will be in-person, hybrid, and online
As we continue to improve and enhance our services, there are multiple options for instruction and student support: in-person, hybrid, and online. With all three options, we remain focused on meeting you where you are right now. Search the winter class schedule.
ctcLink – Your new self-service portal and mobile app
If you haven’t activated your ctcLink account yet, you’ll need to do so before registering for winter classes. ctcLink provides students with a centralized system to update/view personal information, manage class registration and financial aid, view academic records, and much more.
Attend Cardinal Kick-Off
The Student Life Office and others have planned a number of events that will help welcome students and staff to campus this quarter. You are all invited to participate in any and all – connecting with each other, connecting with students, and building community.
For more information: [email protected]
Mount Vernon Campus Cardinal Kick-Off
April 3, 1-2:30 p.m. | Cardinal Center Cafeteria (Club information, resource fair and more!)
Whidbey Island Campus Cardinal Kick-Off
April 3, 1-2:30 p.m. | Oak Hall, Room 223 (Club information, resource fair and more!)
Get Help with ctcLink Activation or How to Register
ctcLink help videos available in English and Spanish:
We’re here to help you get started!
We are here for you and ready to help you get started! Find resouces and information to help you apply, placement options, and enrolling in classes.
How do I get started and/or register for classes?
Get Help with Enrolling, Registration, and/or ctcLink Activation
- Attend a Bilingual Admissions Lab
Drop in to Lewis Hall, Room L-125 on Mondays from 3:30-5 p.m:
- Get help completing your online admissions application
- Scheduling your appointment to take your placement test (ACCUPLACER)
- Guidance with course placement (bring transcripts if applicable)
- Schedule your orientation appointment with your Advisor/ Navigator (Cardinal Take Off)
- ctcLink account activation (Get your new student ID)
- Guidance with filling out your student vaccination exemption/verification
- Meet with an advisor!
We are offering Drop-In Advising Support Sessions:
- In Person 9am-7pm; Tuesday-Thursday; April 4-7 | Lewis Hall 125
- Virtual via Zoom 9am-7pm; Tuesday-Thursday; April 4-7 | https://skagitvalleycollege.zoom.us/j/83950197660
If this does not work with your schedule, please call 360.416.7654 or email [email protected] to make an appointment
- Sign up for Cardinal Takeoff: sign up here
- Get help registering for classes. Attend Cardinal Takeoff if you have applied and created your ctcLink account and are a new student.
¿Necesita ayuda en Español?
The Financial Aid Office is ready to provide you with financial assistance so you have the opportunity to achieve your educational goals. Financial aid applications are online. Learn how to apply for Financial Aid here. Need help completing your FAFSA or WASFA application? Drop by in-person to Lewis Hall, room 205 on the Mount Vernon campus during one of our upcoming applications sessions:
- 9:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays, March 8 and 29 | Financial Aid Workshop – Morning Session
- 4:30-6 p.m. | Wednesday, March 15 | Financial Aid Workshop – Evening Session
- 3-4:30 p.m. | Wednesday, March 22 | Financial Aid Workshop – Spanish/English Session
Learn more and RSVP to attend an application session here. We also offer application help on the Whidbey Island campus by appointment. Please contact our Whidbey Island office at 360.679.5320. We know funding your education can be overwhelming and we are here to help. Review our frequently asked questions for detailed information on the financial aid process at Skagit Valley College. Want to talk with someone? We offer a variety of in-person, phone, and live chat hours to answer your questions. Visit our website to view our service hours.
Paying for College
March 21: Spring Quarter tuition payment due.
Pay your tuition in ctcLink. Questions about paying tuition? We can help with payments, payment plans, and questions you may have. Contact us: Mount Vernon cashier: 360.416.7805 Whidbey Island cashier: 360.679.5353
Need help funding your education? We’re here for you!
Don’t let the challenge of paying for classes prevent you from realizing your educational goals. Additional funding is available, and it is not too late to apply! Complete your financial aid application as soon as possible. Learn More. We also have financial aid, grants, and emergency loans. Our goal is to provide you with many options to finance your education. Learn about more options on how to pay for college.
Start planning early! SVC’s scholarship application for the 2023-2024 school year will be available winter quarter 2023. SVC Foundation awards almost $1 million annually in scholarships to SVC students. All students qualify and are encouraged to apply! Visit https://skagitfoundation.org/scholarships/.
We understand challenges can arise during your educational journey and we are here to support you. SVC offers several emergency funding resources. Learn more.
What technology resources are available?
What if I'm new to online learning?
The vast majority of college students are new to online education, and it’s easier than you might think. Our team is ready to help you every step of the way! We invite you to contact us by phone, 360.416.7654, email [email protected], or Learn More. You can also schedule a Zoom appointment.
Cardinal Bookstore Textbook Buy Back | March 15-16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Mount Vernon Campus Bookstore Only!
- Photo ID Required to Sell Back Books
- Bookstore will only be purchasing select textbooks adopted for Spring Quarter 2023
The Mount Vernon Campus Cardinal Bookstore hours for Winter Quarter are:
- April 2 – 14: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. 5 – p.m.
- Regular Hours:
- Mon. – Thurs., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Fri.: Closed
How can students order textbooks?
Orders for Winter Quarter course materials can be placed by either:
- Coming in to the store at the Mount Vernon campus,
- Or calling Janet Salas, Assistant Manager at 360.416.7866.
Can orders be shipped via UPS at the customer’s request?
- Orders for course materials will be shipped via UPS. UPS shipping rates are:
- $15.00 per order – Regular UPS Ground Service
- $30.00 – 2nd Day UPS Service.
Does the bookstore provide Curbside Pickup Service?
Yes, Curbside Pickup Service available at the Mount Vernon Campus store only.
- Customers can pick up prepaid orders using curbside pickup at no additional charge.
- Once the customer’s order is processed, the bookstore will contact the customer and let them know the order is ready to be picked up. The bookstore staff member will then provide the telephone number to call once the customer comes to the curbside pickup designated parking area in front of the Cardinal Center on the Mount Vernon Campus. The curbside pickup area will also be readily marked and signed with instructions.
- Customers will be required to show identification when picking up prepaid orders.
- Hours for curbside pickup are Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 3 – 14, and Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the remainder of the quarter.
How can students make a purchase with an agency funded account such as Opportunity Grant, Basic Food Employment and Training, Workfirst, Labor & Industries, Veteran’s Administration, etc.?
Students with an agency funded account may make purchases by coming into the bookstore, or they will need to call the bookstore to place an order.
- Students will need to have their registration available when they call the bookstore so they can confirm the courses they are registered in.
- Students will also need to know the textbooks and materials that have been approved to purchase.
Note: If Workforce Grant Office students require assistance with setting up an account or obtaining an increase in funds for textbooks, they will need to contact the Workforce Grants Office.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If agency funded students do not have enough funds in their account to cover their purchase and they choose to pay the balance out of pocket, the balance can be paid by cash or check. Bank cards will not be accepted.
How can students return textbooks and course materials?
- Returns and exchanges can be processed in store at the Mount Vernon Campus bookstore. The final day for Spring Quarter textbook returns is April 10, 2023.
Program briefings for Spring Quarter 2023 enrollment are being offered in SVC’s bachelor programs:
- Applied Bachelor in Applied Management (BASAM) program. The program offers two tracks, General Management and Health Care Management. BASAM is a two-year, 90-credit workplace-oriented program designed for students who have completed an associate degree in any field, including those that do not typically transfer to four-year universities. The learning environment replicates the on-the-job learning environment with upper-level courses that model a management view perspective. As part of our commitment to equity in accessibility, textbook costs in this program are capped at $50 per upper-level course.
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation (BASEC) program. As SVC’s first applied bachelor degree and now in its seventh year, BASEC is a two-year program. Our 90-credit program is designed for those who hold an associate degree in fields such as Environmental Conservation and Biology, or who have completed the equivalent college-level credits. The program offers an exceptional learning experience made possible due to Skagit Valley’s unique ecology of temperate forests, shorelines, and mixed-use wilderness areas and a fully accredited lab.
Workforce Job Training
What’s next in your life? If it’s a new career, our job training programs are designed to keep your degree on track and prepare you for employment. The following programs are being offered fully online:
- Applied Management
- Business Management
- Multimedia and Interactive Technology
In addition to online instruction, the following programs will include hands-on labs and learning experiences:
- Automotive Technology
- Composites Technology
- Craft Brewing
- Culinary Arts
- Diesel Power Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Fire Science
- Human Services
- Manufacturing Technology
- Marine Maintenance Technology
- Medical Assistant
- Nursing – Pre-Nursing Lab; Clinicals
- Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy
- Pharmacy Technician
- Welding Technology
Basic Education for Adults
The Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) program offers classes for High School Completion, GED Prep, and English Language Acquisition. Classes and services are available via remote delivery, as well as some in-person support offered by SVC BEdA faculty. Learn More.
Options for appointments are being offered in-person, by phone, or online via Zoom. To schedule an appointment to get registered, email [email protected] or call 360.416.7640.
BEdA Support Sessions Drop in a for a support session for Basic Education for Adult programs. No registration required. Support sessions are held regularly on Mondays at the Mount Vernon campus from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Lewis Hall, room 125. BEdA support sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
The Basic Education for Adults office is committed to your success as we continue to adjust our programs and instruction to help you meet your educational goals. There are a variety of resources available to you, such as laptop loans, funding, and advising support to help you navigate these challenging times. If you need access to a laptop or hotspot to support your studies, the SVC Libraries at the Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses are loaning technology to help you succeed! Learn More.
Open Doors is seeking enrollment for new students! Open Doors is a competency-based high school completion program for eligible individuals who are 16-20 years of age who need additional high school credits. High school competency requirements may be met through high school and college coursework and/or prior learning gained from work and life experience. Unmet requirements may be achieved through additional coursework at SVC. If you would like to enroll and/or would like more information, please contact Rose Hill, Open Doors Navigator, [email protected] or 360.416.7795.
Continuing and Community Education
Support Services and Resources
Help with Canvas through eLearning
For assistance with technology
You can find information about the Information Technology student support by visiting https://www.skagit.edu/student-resources/technology-support/.
Need help with your classes? SVC offers in-person and online tutoring for both Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses. In addition, all students can access online tutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium at any time of the year and the Online Writing Center. Learn more at www.skagit.edu/tutoring.
TRIO Student Support Services
The SVC Libraries at Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island are ready to help you be successful!
- 24/7 Reference Chat Service
- One-on-One Zoom Meetings with a Librarian
- Library Resource Check Outs (books, etc.)
- Resources for free or low-cost internet service
Not sure how we can best help you? Email [email protected] and a librarian will be happy to help you!
The Diversity Center is located in Cardinal Center C-177 on the Mount Vernon Campus and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Diversity Center offers a safe and affirming space for people from historically marginalized communities and offers resources such as: diverse library, fridge, microwave, study tables, desktops, and lounging space complete with couches and a TV. There will occasionally be programs hosted in this space as well. For questions about the space or for booking for student group meetings and events, please contact Rick Flores, Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, at [email protected].
Office for Equity and Inclusion
Office of Student Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Student Equity and Inclusion Services assists traditionally underrepresented students achieve academic success through counseling and programming activities. Our programs facilitate student success by fostering and sustaining an inclusive campus community. Our goal is to develop programs and resources that promote multicultural and social justice awareness, education, and appreciation for diversity. We support a welcoming, safe, and constructive environment for all students. Our office is located in the Cardinal Center C-190 suite with Student Life. For information about the Office of Student Equity and Inclusion, please contact Rick Flores, Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, at [email protected].
Campus Food Pantry
We currently offer food pantry services on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sign-ups will be available through a Canvas announcement on Tuesdays. Students sign up ahead of time for pick-up which will take place in the Cardinal Center, room C-190 at the Mount Vernon campus or in Old Main, room B-116 at the Whidbey Island campus. We do our best to partner with local food distribution organizations such as Skagit Gleaners and Helping Hands as well. Please direct questions to Brian Murphy, Director of Student Life.
Additional community resources:
- Helping Hands Food Bank: 360.856.2211 9386 Fruitdale Road, Sedro-Woolley Mon. and Wed. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thurs. 12-5 p.m., and Fri. 5-7 p.m. No ID is required, and you can go once each week.
- Tri-Parish Food Bank: 360.757.0128 935 Peterson Road, Burlington September thru May: Saturdays 1-3 p.m. June thru September: Wednesdays 2-6 p.m.
- Neighbors in Need: 360.420.0558 1615 South 2nd Street, Mount Vernon Tuesdays 1-6 p.m.
- Help House: 360.675.0681 1091 SE Hathaway St, Oak Harbor Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Tues. 8 a.m.-12 pm.. and 1-5 p.m.
Expanded Access to Wi-Fi / Low-Cost Technology Resources
- Mount Vernon Campus: Laura Angst Hall (Lot L1) and Joe Reeves Hall (Lot L2).
- Whidbey Island Campus: Wi-Fi from SVC and the Sno-Isle Library cover the parking lots.
Visit the Library website for information on free/low-cost internet and other low-cost technology services.
College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP)
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Skagit Valley College assists first generation college students who identify as migrant and whose families are seasonal farmworkers. The program provides academic and financial support services to eligible students in order to complete their first academic year of college and continue in postsecondary education for a second year. The program is federally funded and students must be US citizens or permanent residents. Learn more
- The number of weeks you can receive Training Benefits varies according to your claim, but it is usually 26. These are in addition to the weeks you are eligible for, when not in training!
- If approved for training benefits, you do not have to look for work as long as you are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in your training program.
- The Employment Security Department does not pay for books, tuition, or school-related fees, but SVC’s Worker Retraining program does!
For more information about Worker Retraining, email Lisa Barnett, [email protected].
Cardinal Career Scholars
- Veterinary Assistant
- Dental Foundations
- Nursing Assistant
- Medical Billing and Coding
- Pharmacy Technician
- Auto Parts and Service Specialist
- Marine Technology
- Multimedia and Interactive Technology
- Technical Design
If so, apply to Cardinal Career Scholars today! For more information, we invite you to visit https://www.skagit.edu/cardinal-career-scholars/ or call 360.899.0560.