National and community college studies indicate that students are more successful if they complete a student success course. Therefore, in the fall of 1997, Wilkes Community College implemented a policy that requires all degree/diploma-seeking students to successfully complete a student success course.
Students in Associate in Applied Science (AAS) programs are required to complete ACA 115 within their first 13 semester hours of enrollment at WCC.
All Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) students (those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university) are encouraged to take ACA 122 during their first semester of enrollment at WCC.
ACA 115 Success and Study Skills
ACA 115 is organized according to three major concepts: extended orientation, academic success strategies, and applied critical thinking. The extended orientation concept involves connecting students to WCC technology, services, and expectations. Students practice reading, note taking, and test taking strategies to enhance their college academic success skills. Finally, information literacy, financial literacy, and career awareness make up the applied critical thinking approach in ACA 115.
ACA 118 College Study Skills
ACA 118 provides students opportunities to reflect on and improve their study skills. Topics include time management, note taking, test taking, active reading strategies, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students will become familiar with the college learning management system Moodle and demonstrate technology skills associated with college success. Finally, ACA 118 students will research and explore career options. This course is offered primarily to Wilkes Early College High School students.
ACA 122 College Transfer Success
Students enrolling in the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate in Engineering (AE) programs are required to take ACA 122 as their student success course. Students are involved in activities that support six outcomes: developing a plan to complete community college goals, creating a transfer plan, understanding North Carolina transfer guidelines, enhancing learning strategies, connecting to college resources, and working with college policies and procedures. Students are expected to compare resources, policies, and procedures between the community college and university levels.