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Face-to-face operations at SVC are back for Fall! Classe start September 21.

Fall Quarter Information

Fall Quarter Information

Skagit Valley College is back!
SVC now offers face-to-face instruction and services.

Thank you for choosing SVC! Fall Quarter starts Sept. 21. As we continue to improve and enhance our services, we are pleased to offer multiple options for instruction and student support: Online, Hybrid, and In-person. With all three options, we remain focused on meeting you where you are right now. FAFSA applications submitted after the priority deadline of April 1, will be processed as quickly as possible.

Face-to-Face Operations

SVC’s on-ground support services for Summer and Fall will be available Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 4pm, and will be phased in with the following dates:

  • Currently: Many Mount Vernon Campus and Whidbey Island Campus offices that support the enrollment process are open and available for on-ground services.
  • Currently: All Mount Vernon Campus and Whidbey Island Campus offices that provide student support functions are open: Counseling and Advising, Labs, Library, Student Life, Testing, and Tutoring.
  • Winter Quarter: All Mount Vernon Campus, Whidbey Island Campus, and San Juan Center offices will be open.

Don’t worry! If you’re searching for online services, we will still be available virtually.

Services are available Monday through Thursday during Summer Quarter and online only on Thursdays. During Fall Quarter, College operations on Thursdays and Fridays will be online only. Hybrid and face-to-face classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday for Summer Quarter and Monday through Friday for Fall Quarter.  See the course schedule at www.skagit.edu/schedules for the specific days and times of in-person instruction.

Information About Masks, Social Distancing, and Vaccines

Your health and safety are our top priorities. Skagit Valley College will require students and employees that attend courses or other activities in-person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption based on medical or religious reasons. Employees must be vaccinated by Oct. 18 and students by Nov. 8. SVC will no longer require individuals to follow the check-in procedure to come to campus.

Regardless of vaccination status, all are welcome at SVC and the college will continue to offer online, hybrid, and in-person options for instruction and services.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

SVC is operating under the Governor’s guidance for Higher Education and Proclamation 20-12.3. Masks or face coverings are required for anyone inside all college buildings at each of the campuses and centers regardless of vaccination status. There will be no social distancing requirements according to the current guidance.

SVC will implement a simple online procedure to allow students and employees to make the attestation that they are fully vaccinated or request an exemption. More information and links to the online form to follow.

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Instruction

SVC is proud that classes are taught by our trained, experienced instructors. We are pleased to offer multiple options for instruction and student support: Online, Hybrid, and In-person. In addition, SVC offers many support services and resources to help you meet your goals.

Applied Bachelor Programs
Applications are now being accepted for Fall Quarter enrollment in SVC’s applied bachelor programs:

  • Applied Bachelor in Applied Management (BASAM) program. The program offers two tracks, General Management, and starting Fall 2021, 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.
Academic Transfer

Start your college transfer degree and join our SVC community! Save money on tuition compared to a four-year college or university. Whether you’re looking to pursue your passion in areas such as Visual Arts, Music, Business, Math, or Science, our Areas of Study provide a clear roadmap to your success. All SVC Academic faculty have advanced degrees in their field of expertise, in addition to significant teaching experience and a deep commitment to student success. Along the way, we’ll provide services and support to ensure you’re taking the right courses – in the right sequence – to meet your goals.

Drop-in Students
If you’ve been attending a four-year university, but are taking a break for a quarter, semester, or a year, we encourage you to take a few classes for transfer at Skagit and enjoy our highly trained faculty and small class sizes.
Adult Learners

Are you interested in High School Completion or Certificate or Degree Completion? Whether you are just getting started on your educational goals or coming back to college to finish the degree or certificate you started, our team will help you every step of the way. Email [email protected] or call 360.416.7700. Learn More

Math Support

Taking Math online can be challenging. SVC is offering in-person support for all students registered for an SVC Math course. All in-person Math support will be offered by SVC Math faculty and will be available on both the Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses. This service is offered free of charge to all registered students.

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, with safety protocols in place:

  • 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
Training for High Wage, High Demand Jobs

Ready for training that leads to high-wage, high-demand jobs? For Fall Quarter, you’ll have even more options with six programs designed specifically to prepare you for high-wage, high-demand opportunities in the job market. Visit www.skagit.edu/higher.

  • Manufacturing – Associate Degree: Our newly expanded lab and class curriculum will create a unique on-the-job experience. Engage in start to finish manufacturing as you produce, test, and roll out to market your own product. Learn More.
  • Engineering – Associate in Science, Transfer (AS-T): If you are considering a bachelor’s in engineering, take the courses to complete your Associate in Science-Transfer degree with us and then continue your engineering studies at a four-year college or university. Learn More.
  • Multimedia and Interactive Technology Web Developer – Applied Associate in Science, Transfer (AAS-T): Focus on website development, applications, databases, interfaces and more, while preparing for a seamless transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree. Learn More.
  • Information Management and Data Science – Associate Degree: Interdisciplinary and tech-driven, our two-year degree focuses on theory, organization, and process of data collection, transmission, analysis, and utilization used in today’s cloud-based industry. Learn More. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation (BASEC): A career-oriented applied bachelor program with exceptional learning experiences. The program takes place in Skagit Valley’s unique ecology of temperate forests, shorelines, and mixed-use wilderness areas and in our fully accredited labRegister for a Program BriefingLearn More.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (BASAM): Earn your applied bachelor’s in General Management or our NEW Healthcare Management track. Our two-year, 90-credit workplace-oriented program is designed for those who have completed an associate degree, including those that typically do not transfer to four-year universities. As part of our commitment to equity in accessibility, textbook costs in this program are capped at $50 per upper-level course. Register for a Program BriefingLearn More.
Running Start
Now is the perfect time to apply for Running Start! The Running Start program provides tuition-free college-level courses for high school juniors and seniors. Students can earn credits toward high school graduation AND future college degrees at the same time, saving potentially thousands of dollars. For more information about upcoming RS virtual information sessions, visit Running Start online or email [email protected].

Running Start Summer Pilot Program

Running Start allows high juniors and seniors to earn college credit, with eligible tuition covered by state funding. In partnership with area high schools, SVC is pleased to announce that up to 250 juniors and seniors in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties can take up to five credits at SVC this summer, thanks to a Running Start Summer Pilot Program. It is open to new and continuing RS students who attend participating high schools. The program is also available to current seniors who are within five credits of earning their associate degree. Students who participate in the Running Start Summer Pilot Program can also apply for the SVC Running Start Pilot Scholarship to receive a bookstore voucher to help pay for books, assistance purchasing required course materials, and/or funding to pay student fees. For more information, visit www.skagit.edu/runningstart or email [email protected].

Experiencing Unemployment?
SVC’s Worker Retraining program can provide scholarships if you wish to gain skills in a high wage, high demand field. Our program assists students who receive unemployment benefits, as well as displaced homemakers, those discharged from military service, those who were self-employed and now unemployed, and those who have applied for Trade Act benefits regardless of your application status.

Washington’s Employment Security Department offers the Training Benefits program, which offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so eligible claimants can train for careers in high demand fields.

  • 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].

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 by online Zoom appointment. To schedule an appointment to get registered, email [email protected] or call 360.416.7640. Visit  www.skagit.edu/remote for more information and resources, and please regularly monitor your SVC student email account for updates if you are a current student.

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.

Office for Equity and Inclusion

The Office for Equity and Inclusion is pleased to partner with our community organizations to offer opportunities to our community to attend Skagit Valley College. SVC is pleased to offer a parent leadership training, Escuela para Padres in Spanish, to support parents with navigating and learning about the United States school system and how to support their children while they are remote learning during the pandemic. If you wish to enroll, please email Yadira Rosales for more information, [email protected]

Cardinal Career Scholars

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24?  Would you like to earn a certificate in one of the following high-demand fields?

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Dental Foundations
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Auto Parts and Service Specialist
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Technology
  • Multimedia and Interactive Technology
  • Technical Design
  • Welding

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.

Continuing and Community Education

If you are looking for online short-term, non-credit programs, professional development opportunities, computer courses, or personal enrichment classes, our Continuing and Community Education program offers something for everyone! Learn More.

International Programs

For students around the world who would like an American college experience that includes online classes and some face-to-face opportunities, Skagit Valley College continues its long-standing commitment to global education. SVC International Programs focuses on an appreciation of cultural differences and a desire to enrich the education we provide, with a global perspective. SVC is a leader among community colleges and is proud to offer excellent online options and some scheduled face-to-face instruction and/or support. These classes allow our International students to remain in compliance with federal regulations. Learn More.

Athletics

We are excited to have our SVC student-athletes return to NWAC competition, following College and NWAC health and safety guidelines. Stay connected and updated with the Cardinals, Learn More.

Support Services and Resources

SVC has designed a variety of services and resources to help you to be successful as an online learner!
How do I register for classes?

Our Enrollment Services team is ready to assist you with your application and registering for classes. Learn More or email [email protected].

What technology resources are available?

If you need access to technology to support your studies, visit our Library support webpage for details about available resources and how you can get personalized tech support, including laptops, hotspots, and webcams available for checkout.

Help with Canvas through eLearning

For help with Canvas through eLearning, visit https://www.skagit.edu/academics/e-learning/.

For assistance with technology

For assistance with technology, visit our Information Technology Help Desk. You can find information about the Information Technology Help Desk, as well as answers to IT Frequently Asked Questions by visiting  https://www.skagit.edu/about/safety-security-parking/remote-services/#it.

Can I get help paying for college?

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. Visit https://www.skagit.edu/funding-your-education/

In addition, SVC Foundation awards almost $1 million annually in scholarships to SVC students. Next year, 86% of scholarship applicants will be awarded funding from the Foundation. All students qualify and are encouraged to apply! Visit https://skagitfoundation.org/scholarships/.

SVC is committed to assisting our Undocumented students; each year there are emergency funds dedicated to providing emergency assistance to Undocumented students and students enrolled in High School Completion, GED, and English Language Acquisition courses.

Emergency Funds

As Fall Quarter approaches, SVC wants students to know that there is more than $5M in emergency grant funds still available for students in need. These funds can help pay for technology, tuition, food, housing, healthcare, childcare, and other basic needs. SVC students in need of financial support should visit the Emergency Assistance page for a comprehensive list of available resources. 

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 or use our instant chat feature: www.skagit.edu/uchat. To begin a chat session during available open hours, visit www.skagit.edu and hover over the “Chat with SVC Student Services” icon on the left side of the screen. You can submit a general question to SVC Student Services or reach a specific office by clicking “Chat with Me!”

SVC Libraries

The SVC Libraries at Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island are ready to help you be successful!

Not sure how we can best help you? Email [email protected] and a librarian will be happy to help you!

Expanded access to Wi-Fi
SVC offers expanded access to Wi-Fi at several SVC parking lots:

  • 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.
Additional Services
  • Tutoring www.skagit.edu/tutoring
  • The Testing Center at Mount Vernon Campus will continue to test for PearsonVue, including GED, and will be reopening for Accuplacer and ATI Teas.
  • Food Pantry (providing “to go” boxes for pick up on Wednesdays, 2-4 pm, throughout the summer)
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