Academic Advising & Planning
Students in the TRIO Pathways Student Support Services program will receive personal academic advising and planning. Our coaches will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your career and life goals and develop a plan for your academic program, graduation, and/or transfer.
Our philosophy in the Pathways program is that if you know your career track and your goals, you will be more successful in your program of studies. However, if you do not know, we have the expertise to assist you in finding a career that is a good match for your personality and talents. We will be happy to help you in determining the correct path for you.
Tutoring is available to all students at Virginia Western. However, students in the TRIO Pathways program receive priority tutoring. They also are eligible to receive additional tutoring services, not available to all students.
Short-Term Personal Counseling
Often during an academic year, many students are faced with personal concerns that may interfere with their continued success here at VWCC. We can assist you with issues that may include: grief counseling, identity issues, family concerns, situational depression, stress management, anxiety concerns, etc. Please contact your assigned coach to begin working on these concerns as soon as you notice them
Transferring is a process, not a single act of enrolling in a four-year college or university. There are many factors involved in choosing a transfer institution: location, campus personality, majors offered, academic reputation, selectivity, and cost. Start meeting with the Transfer Specialist in Pathways early to discuss your transfer options and narrow down your choice of schools. The courses you take at VWCC will depend on your transfer plans. Plan to apply to least three schools; be aware of deadlines. Work with the Transfer Specialist to polish your applications, write personal statements, and apply for Financial Aid. Prepare yourself mentally for the transition from VWCC to your new school by learning how to combat “transfer shock”. The confidence of knowing you’ve made informed decisions will move you steadily toward your Bachelor’s degree.
Throughout the academic year, Pathways staff will offer workshops on academic skill building, time management, study skills, social skills, etc. to meet the needs of today’s students. These topics may also be continued or worked on separately with your Pathways coach. Please contact our main office at 857-7314 to learn when workshops are being offered.