Between exams, papers and Zoom group projects, it can be easy to lose sight of why you started your community college journey in the first place. No need to worry, though, Virginia’s Community Colleges have a collection of campus resources to help support you every step of the way. So, take a deep breath, set your eyes toward the future and remind yourself that you’ve got this.
Here are three campus resources you can lean on along the way.
If you’re planning on taking classes in Spring 2022, you could qualify for G3—a new tuition assistance program helping to make college more affordable while preparing you for an in-demand career right where you are, right now.
If you haven’t already received financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, then make sure you fill out the FAFSA, which helps to identify how much aid you’re eligible for. Check event calendars with your local community college in case there are FAFSA workshops to help guide you through the process.
There are countless learning resources to tap into, wherever you may be on your education journey. From academic advising, testing centers and student success mentors, you will have everything you need to define, plan and progress towards your educational goals. Navigators will help foster your independence, cultivate a supportive environment and promote your development skills.
Here are a few examples of Virginia’s colleges supporting students:
- Brightpoint Community College is committed to helping students succeed not just in their educational goals but in life. That’s why the Dean of Students Office oversees a wide range of student support initiatives like disability support services, pregnant and new parent student support and more.
- In order to create a safe and inclusive environment for its students, Northern Virginia Community College provides resources to support LGBTQ+ students both on and off campus.
- Nervous about your first year? Piedmont Community College has the resources you need to thrive. Between mentoring programs and learning communities to first-year workshops and seminars, you’ll have the tools, knowledge and confidence to achieve your goals.
Be sure to visit your local community college website for specific resources.
As you learn to juggle classes, consider reaching out to your local college navigator to learn about course offerings, transfers, degree pathways, technical training and more. There are bound to be obstacles in your higher education journey, but with the help of a college navigator, you’ll be back on track in no time to achieve your goals.
Contact your advisor or navigator for assistance.
Editor’s Note: At the time of publishing, Brightpoint Community College was named John Tyler Community College.