January - February 2014
Matriculation is a process that familiarizes new students about services that will help them make informed decisions before they register for classes. We want new students to be fully matriculated, which means new students are required to submit an admissions form, complete assessment, attend orientation, and see an academic advisor/counselor before they enroll at the college.
All the services offered under the matriculation process are FREE.
There are a number of vital services offered under the matriculation process. During assessment the college is able to gather information about you as a student, about your academic skills in writing, reading, and mathematics, as well as your educational and career goals. At orientation, you will receive information about the college as a whole and what services and programs are offered to help you. One of the greatest benefits students receive when they meet with a counselor is the completion of a Student Educational Plan (SEP) that lists the courses to take at Porterville College in order to complete a particular major or vocational program. An SEP is required to comply with the Financial Aid Office.
The greatest advantage of being fully matriculated is that you receive PRIORITY REGISTRATION each semester while attending Porterville College. This means you can enroll in courses on the web several days before students who are not matriculated. You must also be a continuing student to receive highest priority registration.
- Students who have completed an associate degree or higher. Or...
- Students who have satisfactorily completed coursework equivalent to college-level English and college-level math.
Dates To Remember
Saturday classes begin for Spring.
|Jan 20||Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday— Campus closed.|
|Jan 21||Regular Spring instruction begins.|
|April 9||Summer/Fall 2014 Priority Web Registration begins by appointment ONLY for NEW and CONTINUING students according to completion of matriculation components and completed credits.|
|April 23||Summer/Fall 2014 Open Registration for new, continuing, and returning students.|
|May 16||Spring 2014 semester ends|
Steps to Becoming a Student at Porterville College
New, returning, and continuing students must complete the admission or update process by web for the semester you are planning to register for.
Assessment is used to measure writing and reading in order to assist you in selecting program goals and specific courses. Students will do mathematics self-placement and a guide will assist students in selecting their first mathematics course at PC. Assessment results, along with other criteria, provide counselors with important information to assist in providing guidance. Assessment sessions usually last about 2 1/2-3hours depending on which assessment is taken. It is strongly recommended that students whose primary language is not English attend an English as a Second Language Session. See schedule on page 4 for assessment date/times. Students who have a learning disability should schedule an appointment for a “Special Accommodation” assessment session by calling 791-2215.
Students must make an appointment for an assessment session prior to orientation. Orientation is an hour session filled with important information about Porterville College. Problems can be avoided by being informed from day one about registration procedures, deadlines, financial aid, on-campus resources, graduation, and transfer requirements. During orientation students will also be given their assessment scores and explanation on how to interpret their scores. New students who have completed an approved assessment instrument at another college must register for an Orientation. Assessment scores must be on file in the Office of Matriculation.
- ACADEMIC ADVISING
A counselor will help develop a Student Educational Plan to serve as a guide to achieve your academic goals. The counselor will assist with scheduling courses and will recommend placement in English, reading, and math courses. It is strongly recommended for students to bring their unofficial high school transcript when coming in for an advising appointment. Students wanting to register in a transfer level math course must bring in high school transcripts for their counseling session to verify completion of prerequisites, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and etc. PC Counselors must clear all students to register in any math course with the exception of Math P061 (Pre-Algebra).
Walk-in advising days and times are available by calling 791-2329. Students will be seen by a counselor without an appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you desire an appointment to see a counselor for a Student Educational Plan or other assistance, please make an advising appointment by calling 791-2329 or stop by AC-126 to make an appointment. Limited Evening Advising Available—5:00-6:30p.m.
REGISTER FOR CLASS
For their first semester of registration students who receive priority appointments will have completed orientation, assessment, an abbreviated Student Educational Plan, and counseling/advising. In the succeeding semesters students will also be required to have completed a comprehensive Student Educational Plan in order to receive priority registration.
Students who have not completed all four matriculation steps will be assigned appointments during the first few days of open registration based on the date of admissions/update form completion.
Rights and Responsibilities
Porterville College Agrees to Provide:
- An admission process.
- An orientation to college programs, services and procedures.
- Pre-enrollment counseling and course selection.
- A well-designed curriculum or program of courses.
- Quality instruction.
- Follow-up student progress and referral to support services when needed.
- Express a broad educational intent upon enrollment.
- Declare a specific educational goal within a reasonable period of time following enrollment.
- Attend classes and complete assigned course work.
- Confer with counselors to discuss academic choices.
- Seek out support services as needed.
- Complete courses and maintain progress toward an educational goal.
Right to alternative services:
Students may receive alternative services for the matriculation process. ESL students — contact 791-2329. Students with disabilities — contact 791-2215.
It is our policy to encourage students to apply for financial aid as soon as they decide to attend Porterville College. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 791-2301 for information regarding grants, work-study, scholarships, Federal Financial Aid and the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver.
|Admissions & Records||791-2220|
|CA Mini-Corps Program||791-2300|
|Maintenance and Operation||791-2405|
|Dean of Academic Affairs, Val Garcia||791-2459|
|Disability Resource Center||791-2215|
|Financial Aid Office||791-2301|
|Lost and Found||791-2200|
|Office of Matriculation||791-2367|
|Veterans Affairs Office||791-2402|
|Work Experience Coordinator||791-2354|
Schedule of Matriculation Activities
Assessment and Orientation
Prior to attending an assessment and/or orientation session you must complete the following:
You must bring picture identification with you at time of assessment. Persons without ID will not be allowed to test. (If you do not possess picture identification, one may be obtained at your local De- partment of Motor Vehicles.)
You must complete an admission or update form for the semester you are planning to register for classes.
Before you make an appointment for assessment or orientation you must submit an admissions or update form online. You must make an appointment for an assessment session by calling 791-2329 or by visiting the Students Services Office, AC-126, and making an appointment in person.
|Wednesday, March 5||3:00—5:30 pm||AC-121|
|Thursday, March 6||3:00—5:30 pm||AC-121|
|Monday, March 10||1:00—3:30 pm||AC-121|
|Tuesday, March 18||5:30—8:00 pm||AC-121|
|Wednesday, March 18||1:00—3:30 pm||AC-121|
|Thursday, March 27||9:00—11:30 am||AC-121|
|Tuesday, April 8||3:00—5:30 pm||AC-121|
|Thursday, April 10||5:30—8:00 pm||AC-121|
|Thursday, April 24||3:00—5:30 pm||AC-121|
|Thursday, April 28||3:00—5:30 pm||AC-121|
|Wednesday, Feb 12||5:30—8:00 pm||AC-121|
|Wednesday, March 12||3:00-4:00 pm||CA-4|
|Wednesday, April 23||2:30-3:30 pm||CA-4|
|Wednesday May 7||2:30-3:30 pm||CA-4|
|Tuesday, March 4||3:00-4:30 pm||AC-121|
|Wednesday, April 9||4:00-5:30 pm||AC-121|
ESL Orientation Dates
|Wednesday, April 9||5:15 pm||AC-121|
|Immediately after ESL testing|
Walk-in Advising: Counselors are available for a limited time for drop-in advising every week. Please call 791-2329 for counselor drop-in times, scheduled drop-in advising days or make an appointment to see a counselor. Limited evening advising is also available.