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Academic Support

The college offers a variety of academic support services to help students succeed. These services include embedded academic coaches, traditional tutors, and a central resource navigator.

  • Embedded academic coaches work closely with faculty members in multiple subject areas and are available to students during class time to provide help with coursework. They are also available outside of class by appointment and can meet with students both in person and virtually.
  • Traditional Tutors are available to students outside of class to provide help with specific subjects. Traditional tutoring can be arranged by appointment.  Tutoring sessions are held in the 2nd floor Commons or virtually.  If you would like to set up traditional tutoring support in a specific subject, please contact Amber Rozek for assistance at arozek@westshore.edu.
  • Student Support Navigator, Gail Kowalski, helps connect students with support for all student services. She is located on the first floor of the Schoenherr Campus Center in the Student Services office and can be reached at gmkowalski@westshore.edu.  Gail can also connect you with Amber Rozek to arrange academic support.
  • NetTutor is an online 24/7 resource for academic support and is accessible through Canvas.

Take advantage of these academic support services to help you succeed in your classes and reach your academic goals.

  • Hours: 8 am to 5 pm by appointment and during select class times. Additional online tutoring support is offered through NetTutor and is available 24 hours a day.
  • Location: within the classroom/Canvas course, 2nd floor Commons, or prearranged location (Library, etc.)
  • Contact: Amber Rozek arozek@westshore.edu or 231-843-5556
  • Academic Support Website: https://www.westshore.edu/academic-services/

Campus Assessment Response Evaluation (CARE Team)

The Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (CARE) Team serves the campus community by assessing and addressing a wide variety of personal and academic issues that can sometimes be barriers to students’ success. Students may request the CARE Team’s help for themselves or others by completing the CARE Team form. All requests will be kept confidential. After assessing the request, the CARE Team will contact the student of concern to discuss one or more appropriate forms of support to ensure academic success. Faculty and staff may submit concerns via the Early Alert system when logged into my.westshore.edu.

Community Resources

To find an all-in-resource for assistance with anything that may hinder your learning experience at West Shore please contact the WSCC Community Resource Coordinator, Molly McCarthy at: mmccarthy@westshore.edu, 231-843-5722, located 2nd floor of the Schoenherr Campus Center.

COVID-19

The College is committed to doing whatever it can to keep us all as safe as possible. If you or your students are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive, our protocol is to isolate at home for 5 days (count begins when symptoms started or from positive test), then if someone is improving, they can come back to work after 5 days wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.

Disability Services/ADA Policy

WSCC assists students with disabilities through accommodations, consultation, and advocacy. Student Access and Resources assesses students’ needs and determines if their particular disability merits an academic accommodation.

If an accommodation in the classroom is deemed appropriate after review of supporting documentation, an accommodation form will be emailed to the instructor outlining the type of accommodation to be made. To protect the rights of students with and without disabilities, faculty will only provide accommodations when in receipt of this official notice.

If you have questions about accommodations, contact the Director of Student Access and Resources, Julie Dill, at (231) 843-5942, email jdill@westshore.edu, or visit her in Student Services in the Schoenherr Campus Center.

Internet Access for Canvas and Email

If you don’t have access to the internet at home, there are many computers and printers on campus that students can use for free. Canvas is the online platform where your courses will be delivered. In Canvas, you will be able to see various assignments, PowerPoint lecture slides, and other resources. Access Canvas from the WSCC home page by hovering over Quick Links, then clicking on Canvas. If you have not logged into your account before, you will first need to change your temporary password and set up Multifactor Authentication. You can do this by clicking on the Email link at the top of the WSCC web page. You will then be prompted for your WSCC user name and password. Unless you’ve changed it, your user name for Canvas and email is your first initial and your last name (such as tjones for Tom Jones). Your initial password is mmddxxxxW% (where mm=your birth month, dd=your birth day, xxxx=last 4 digits of your SS#, and W% are these two characters at the end). You can change your password after you log in for the first time—hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to see options. If you have trouble logging in, contact the WSCC help desk at 231-843-5570 or helpdesk@westshore.edu.

Library

Welcome! The William M. Anderson Library is the information hub of campus. The goal of the library is to empower our patrons to connect with resources, each other, and the campus to cultivate a life of learning and growth. The library hours are Monday, Thursday 8:00-7:30, Tuesday – Wednesday 8:00-6:00, and Friday 8:00-4:00.

Library resources include:
• Books, audiobooks, and DVDs
• Online databases and e-books
• Interlibrary loan requests
• 13 computer workstations
• Study rooms for individual or group work
• Video and podcast recording Studio
• Textbooks on reserve for students to use in the library
• Ask WSCC Library: get your questions answered 24 hours a day with virtual chat on the library website

All resources are available free of charge to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Keep up to date with the library’s website. Contact us by calling 231-842-5529, emailing library@westshore.edu, or using the chat box on the library website. If you’re not sure visit the library! We would love to see you!

Mental Health Services

Erin Borgeson (M.S., LLP) is our Mental Health Clinician. She is available for appointments by phone, Zoom, or in person in Student Services Monday through Friday from 8-5pm. Please contact Erin by phone at 231-845-3318 or email at eborgeson@westshore.edu. For more information, visit the Mental Health Services website. Or you can schedule an appointment with Erin using her calendar link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/TherapyAppointments@westshore.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/

Peer Mental Health Support

  • TalkCampus is an app based around peer support that connects students with other students from around the world to support each other with the ups and downs of life.
  • Your student email address will give you free access.
  • You can read more about TalkCampus, with links to download at https://www.talkcampus.io/sign-up.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers exciting new avenues for research and related work in higher education, so learning how to use AI effectively can be an important part of your college experience. However, it is also necessary that you use artificial intelligence in an ethical, respectful, and responsible manner. WSCC professors have the authority to set expectations and limitations for AI use in their courses, and students are required to follow any specific guidelines or instructions provided by their professors.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that are free or minimal cost for students including books (both printed and e-texts), worksheets, online homework and other digital materials. For students, OER provides quality course materials at a low-cost while faculty have editing capabilities for continuous modernization and improvement.

Technology Tools

As a student, you may need to access additional technologies to be successful in your courses at West Shore Community College. Technology Tools will provide you access to installation, support, and privacy resources for commonly used technology tools

Testing Center

The Testing Center is located in Suite 208 on the second floor of the Schoenherr Campus Center. All testing appointments must be scheduled ahead of time by calling (231) 843-5528 or emailing: testingcenter@westshore.edu. During the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters, the Testing Center is open weekdays with varying hours of availability. College holidays and closures are observed. You will be required to provide a valid photo ID with your first and last name before testing. For additional information please access the Testing Center’s website.