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Aims Community College    
 
    
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018

Advising / Assessment


Return to: Services for Students  

Location:

College Center

Telephone:

Greeley - 970.339.6251
Fort Lupton - 303.857.4022, ext. 5903
Loveland - 970.667.4611, ext. 3306

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs:

Dr. Sarah Wyscaver

Director of Disability Access Services:

Dana Jones

Assistant Directors, Student Success:

Beau Bienvenu, Testing Center and Career Services

Lesli Bicknell, Academic Advising

 

The Student Success Center is a community of learner-focused professionals who advocate the empowerment and growth of individuals. As such, the center provides services in a confidential setting to assist students in achieving academic and career success. These services include:

  1. Academic Advising
  2. Career Services
  3. Disability Access Services
  4. Personal Counseling
  5. Testing Center

Academic Advising

970.339.6251

We understand the time and money spent on your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. As such, our academic advisors are committed to helping you navigate through the educational system by clarifying the process and helping you select academic goals/programs of study to successfully meet your short and long-term goals. All students are encouraged to visit with an advisor each semester; however, new degree/certificate-seeking students are required to meet with an advisor.

For your first semester, an academic advisor will work with you to:

  • Review assessment scores
  • Explain the different educational paths available to you
  • Confirm you educational and career goals
  • Select classes that will meet those goals
  • Assist you with the online registration process
  • Identify campus and community resources to help you be successful

Advisors can also help you to:

  • Develop a semester-by-semester plan that outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your program
  • Explain graduation requirements and other policies/procedures of the college
  • Monitor and discuss your academic progress
  • Refer you to academic, career, financial, social, and health resources that may assist you
  • Discuss any concerns or obstacles you are facing during the semester and help you get back on track

Advisors are available to meet with students throughout the year. It is in your best interest to schedule an appointment, but walk-in advising is available at various times throughout the academic year.

Testing Center

970.339.6533

The Testing Center at Aims Community College believes that assessment plays an important part in helping you succeed in your educational endeavors. Keeping that in mind, it is the Center’s goal to provide you with a comfortable, quiet and secure testing environment.

Aims Community College is a multi-campus institution. Each campus offers a variety of assessment tests and services, including:

Placement Testing

According to the State of Colorado and Aims Community College institutional procedures, all first time degree and certificate-seeking students, must be assessed in Reading Comprehension, English and Mathematics.

At Aims Community College, you must complete the Accuplacer placement exam or meet State assessment requirements before registering for classes. You can meet State assessment requirements by:

  1. Showing proof of successful completion of an Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, or baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution (excludes Associate of General Studies and Associate of Applied Science graduates), or
  2. Submit transcripts and course descriptions to show proof of successful previous college experience at an accredited college. Students who have successfully completed (C- or higher) a college-level mathematics and writing course within the past ten years from a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from taking the Accuplacer Placement test.
  3. Showing proof of minimum ACT scores of 18 in English, 19 in Math (for certain courses), and 17 in Reading, or
  4. Showing proof of minimum SAT scores of 430 in the verbal area for English and 460 in the math no older than 3 years, or
  5. Showing proof of minimum Compass scores of 79 in English and 63 in math no older than 3 years, or
  6. Taking the College Board’s Accuplacer Placement test. If you need to take the Accuplacer, please keep the following things in mind:
    • Prior to taking the Accuplacer, you must have an application on file.
    • On the test day, please bring a Student ID Number (you will not be allowed to test unless you have your Student ID Number) and a Photo ID.
    • Please note that calculators are not allowed on the Mathematics section of the Accuplacer.
    • The Accuplacer is an untimed test. As a result, we encourage you to take your time and do the best you can.

Academic Testing

Testing services for faculty include administering the following:  makeup exams for the classroom, exams for Hybrid and Internet courses, written FAA exams, secured Nursing exams, and secured EMS exams.  We also provide test accommodations for those with documented disabilities.

CLEP & DSST

The Testing Center offers both the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DSST. Both programs give you the opportunity to obtain college credit for learning obtained outside the conventional college/university classroom.

Other Tests and Services Offered Through the Testing Center

  1. Proctored Exams - We proctor exams for other colleges and universities. Proctored tests are by appointment only.
  2. Typing Tests
  3. Spanish Placement Test
  4. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam
  5. CLEP and DSST exams
  6. GED
  7. ATI
  8. HESI
  9. FAA/COMIRA
  10. Pearson Vac

Please call 970.339.6533 to inquire about fees.

Career Services

www.aims.edu/student/career

970.339.6251

Career Services is available to assist you in discovering and moving toward your career goals. These services are designed as a resource to be used before, during, and after formal education at Aims.

Career Services resources:

  • Career Counseling
  • Resume/Cover Letter Reviews
  • Mock Interview
  • Career Advance
  • Career Exploration Resources
  • Annual Job/Career Fairs
  • Job Search Skill Development Presentations
  • Job Search Assistance

Career Counseling Services: If you would like individualized assistance in discovering how you are wired and how that connects to career options, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Career Services. Career Counseling is a 2-3 appointment series that provides you with knowledge about your personality and interests, connected career niches and exploration resources. For community members, the Career Counseling and Job Search services costs $50 each.

Job Search Skill Development Resources: From helping to develop a stand-out resume to coaching on interviewing skills, Career Services can help you get your job search in gear! Don’t miss our annual Career Fairs held in partnership with UNC and Employment Services of Weld County. Check out our web site for the latest information about upcoming events.

Check out our on-line job board, Career Advance! This site is only available to Aims students/alumni and is free to use. Register on Career Advance to view current job postings including campus work-study positions, internships and volunteer positions, as well as part-time and full-time job opportunities! Access Career Advance at www.aims.edu/student/career. Go to the Student drop down menu and select “Career Advance Log-in.” Get connected!

Personal Counseling

The goal of our counseling services is to provide current students with a confidential setting to discuss life challenges that can impact academic success. Each student is allowed 6 free sessions with a qualified counselor. Services are offered on the Greeley, Fort Lupton, and Loveland Campuses. Please call 339.6436 to schedule an appointment.

Emerging Scholars

Located on the first floor of the College Center within the Student Success Center, the Emerging Scholars Program is designed to support students in developmental education courses.  Additionally, the retention advisors assist students who are on academic probation/suspension and financial aid suspension with identifying strategies and resources to help them get back on track in their academic pursuits.