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Summer and Fall Quarter 2022

Drop-In Help Sessions

Get ready for classes! DAILY SUPPORT SESSIONS

Attend a support session to help you enroll, register for classes, activate your ctcLink account, and more!

 

ctcLink Activation, COVID Attestation/Exemption, and Registration Support

Get Help with ctcLink Activation, a COVID Attestation/Exemption Request, or How to Register.

ctcLink help videos available in English and Spanish:

COVID-19 Attestation help videos available in English and Spanish:

Other resources:

 

Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) Support Sessions

Drop in 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 125. BEdA Support Sessions are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Registration

Summer and fall 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 summer and fall class schedules.

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 summer and fall 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

Join us and get ready for fall quarter! Cardinal Kick-Off will be an opportunity to learn about resources, connect with other students, find out what activities and events you can get involved in, and take home some Cardinal swag. It will be held virtually but there will be many in-person activities during Welcome Week. More details to come!

Please note: there is no Cardinal Kick-Off for summer quarter.

For more information: [email protected]

Get Help with ctcLink Activation, a COVID Attestation/Exemption Request, or How to Register

ctcLink help videos available in English and Spanish:

COVID-19 Attestation help videos available in English and Spanish:

Other resources:

COVID-19 Updates and Alerts

COVID-19 Updates

Your health and safety are our top priorities. SVC requires 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.

Students who plan to register for in-person classes for summer and fall quarters must attest or apply for an exemption. Effective March 12, vaccinated students are not required to wear masks in indoor college facilities. Nonvaccinated students with approved exemptions must wear masks while in indoor college facilities. More at skagit.edu/covid-19.

You’ll need to log into your ctcLink account to complete the attestation/exemption process in the student self-service:

Attestation/Exemption help videos:

Emergency Communication

RAVE Alert is SVC’s official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during campus emergencies. Students and staff with SVC-issued email addresses are automatically enrolled and will receive notifications to their college emails. You may also receive voicemail, text, personal emails, or family-member emails by signing up: 

Resources

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.
Learn How to Enroll: Attend a Support Session

We’re here to help you get started! Attend a Support Session.

Are you ready to apply and enroll at Skagit Valley College? Attend a Support Session to receive specific help with your enrollment questions. The SVC Support Session is a drop-in style session aimed to help you through the enrollment steps at SVC.

In-Person Support

Mount Vernon campus
More details to come!

Whidbey Island campus
More details to come!

Virtual Support

Join us on Zoom for personal one-on-one support to get registered and ready for summer and fall quarters. More details about virtual support sessions to come! 

You will be able to work alongside SVC staff to get assistance with any of the following processes:

  • 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

Step-by-Step Instructions – Admissions and Enrollment Steps Videos

Admissions and State Application – How to complete your Online Admissions Application in ctcLink

How do I register for classes?

Get Help with Registration, ctcLink Activation, and/or COVID-19 Attestation/Exemption Request

  • In-person support and remote support: More details coming!
¿Necesita ayuda en Español?
Puede hablar con nuestro personal en Español llamando al 360.416.7740 o enviando un correo electrónico [email protected] con sus preguntas. Nuestro personal bilingüe están aqui para ayudarlo con su educación 
Financial Aid

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 hereMake sure to complete the 2022-2023 application if you are planning to attend summer and/or fall 2022.

Need help completing your FAFSA or WASFA application? Drop by in-person to Lewis Hall, room 206 on the Mount Vernon campus during one of our upcoming applications sessions:

  • 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 15 and July 20 – FAFSA/WASFA Application Sessions
  • 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays, June 22 and July 27 – Bilingual (English and Spanish) FAFSA/WASFA Application Sessions (Spanish speaking staff available)

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

Important deadlines
June 22: Summer quarter tuition payment due 
Sept. 6: Fall 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.

Scholarships
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/.

Emergency Funds
We understand challenges can arise during your educational journey and we are here to support you. SVC offers several emergency funding resources. Learn more.

Course Placement
Course placement is critical in determining your place in class, and is one of the first steps to enrollment. In order to determine your best starting point, your reading and mathematics skills will be assessed. This will tell us the level of coursework for which you are prepared, as well as your readiness for entry into specific programs. Learn more at skagit.edu/course-placement.
Advising
Make an appointment with an advisor! Call 360.416.7654, email [email protected], or chat live via Zoom (Mon.-Thurs, 9 a.m.- 4p.m.) here. Learn more at skagit.edu/counseling-career-center. 
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.
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!”
Bookstore

The Mount Vernon campus Cardinal Bookstore hours for summer quarter are:

Regular hours:
June 21-24: Closed for inventory
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, June 27-29 (closed June 30-July 1)
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, July 5-7 (closed July 4 and 8)
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 11-14 (closed July 15)

Remainder of summer quarter hours:
9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday-Wednesdays and closed Thursday-Sunday

The Whidbey Island campus bookstore remains closed.

How can students order textbooks?

Orders for spring quarter course materials can be placed:

Orders placed by telephone can either be shipped to students via UPS, or students can pick up prepaid orders using the bookstore’s Curbside Pickup Service.  Prepaid orders can also be picked up in store at the Mount Vernon campus.

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 per order – Regular UPS Ground Service
    • $30 - 2nd Day UPS Service

Does the bookstore provide Curbside Pickup Service?

Yes, Curbside Pickup Service is 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.
  • Customers will remain in their vehicle while picking up prepaid orders.
  • Hours for curbside pickup are:
    • Rush week: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    • Regular hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday

How can students make a purchase with an agency funded account, such as Veterans Association, Labor and Industries, Workforce Grants, Basic Food Employment and Training, Workfirst, 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.
  • Cardinal Bookstore contact for placing orders is shown above.

Please note: All students with agency funded accounts for spring quarter will need to provide a ctcLink Student Number.

How can students return textbooks and course materials?

  • Returns and exchanges can be processed in store at the Mount Vernon campus bookstore.

Is a textbook buy back scheduled for spring quarter?

  • There is no textbook buyback scheduled for spring quarter.

Academics

SVC proudly offers classes taught by trained, experienced instructors. Explore academic transfer degrees, basic education for adults, workforce education, and more!
Applied Bachelor Programs
Applications are now being accepted for Fall Quarter 2022 enrollment in SVC’s applied 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.
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
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? You have even more options with six programs designed specifically to prepare you for high-wage, high-demand opportunities in the job market. Visit 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

We are accepting new Running Start students for Spring Quarter! Running Start is a dual credit program that allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses though Skagit Valley College, TUITION-FREE. Students enroll in SVC courses that may count towards a college degree and meet high school graduation requirements. SVC clubs, services, and activities are open to Running Start students!

Students should work closely with high school counselors and college advisors to select courses best suited to meet their goals. SVC offers courses in person through our campuses, centers, and online. Students can take academic transfer courses or professional technical courses.

Running Start Information Sessions are available through SVC, sign up here.

Need help or have a question? Contact [email protected] or 360.416.7617 or visit www.skagit.edu/runningstart. 

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. 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.

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
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.

Support Services and Resources

Explore the many support services and resources to help you meet your goals.
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.
Tutoring Services
Need help with your classes? SVC offers in-person and online tutoring for both Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses. In additiona, 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

TRIO Student Support Services is a federal grant program that welcomes you into a caring community and provides a sense of place at SVC. Our services support you in reaching your academic goals. We provide personal advising, free one-on-one tutoring, transfer assistance and planning, and much more. Learn more about our program and apply to participate at https://www.skagit.edu/trio-support-services/.

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!

Diversity Center

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, Interim Assistant Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, at [email protected].

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].
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, Interim Assistant Director of Student Equity and Inclusion, at [email protected]

Emergency Funds
We understand challenges can arise during your educational journey and we are here to support you. SVC offers several emergency funding resources. 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. Learn more.
Campus Food Pantry

We are currently working with our community partner, Skagit Gleaners, to offer a remote food distribution site at SVC Mount Vernon Campus. Please direct questions to Brian Murphy, Director of Student Life.

Spring Quarter Schedule: Distribution will be Wednesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sign-ups will be available through Canvas on Tuesdays. Students sign up ahead of time for pick up which will be on Wednesdays in Cardinal Center, room C-190 at the Mount Vernon campus or in Old Main, room B-116 at the Whidbey Island campus.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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].

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.

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