Services

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NSC provides a variety of support services to promote student success. Many of the services are on the second floor of the College Center building, such as Student Success Services which includes Advising, Counseling, and Disability Services. Also, on the second floor are Admission/Registration, the Office of Veteran Services and International Programs. Other services available on campus include Career Services/WorkSource, the Child Care Center and Workforce Education. In the next segment, we’ll cover these services. They won’t all apply to you. But the ones that do just may prove to be invaluable during your time at NSC.

Meet with an advisor to get your questions answered about degree and certificate options and requirements, to plan your pre-requisites and get help with course selection, to prepare for college transfer, and to connect to educational resources and opportunities both online and on campus.  Advising assists students pursuing transfer degrees, career training degrees and certificates.   

If you are planning to work with any of the following programs, please contact that program or department directly for advising services: ESL, GED or high school completion, International Students, Early Childhood Education, Watch Technology, or Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees. 

Your advisor will help you develop an Educational Plan — a roadmap to a college degree or certificate, including an outline of coursework required to achieve your educational goals in a timely manner. By meeting with an advisor your first quarter, you can stay on track and avoid obstacles to graduation and successful transfer.  The college requires that students meet with an advisor by the end of their second quarter to create their Educational Plan.

Make an Advising Appointment

You can schedule a 30-minute appointment with your assigned advisor to:

  • Review program requirements
  • Select appropriate courses
  • Design an individualized education plan
  • Discuss your academic progress standing (alert/probation/suspension)
  • Connect with support services                    

Drop-In Advising

Advising has staff available to answer quick questions at most times, although it may not be with an advisor in your area of study. These ‘drop-in’ meetings are 15 minutes or less and are restricted to:

  • Policy/procedure questions
  • Help with adding/dropping classes
  • Campus referrals
  • How to run your degree audit
  • Requesting permission numbers
  • Quarterly Veteran’s Advisory Form (classes already chosen)

From identifying career interests to landing a job, the Opportunity Center for Employment & Education (OCE&E) on campus offers a multitude of resources for the journey from student to professional.

  • Access to WOIS (Washington Occupational Information System) with Washington-specific job market/wage information, a free skills inventory, career path descriptions and information on training programs. Log on and use the system while on campus to start your account.
  • WorkSource’s online job database, housing thousands of jobs in the Seattle area and many more throughout the state. Use computers in the OCE&E for your online job search. WorkSource also offers one-on-one assistance and workshops.
  • Workshops on topics such as interviewing and building a resume are offered frequently.

A large collection of online job search engines, materials about preparing your resume and cover letter, developing your interviewing techniques can also be found on NSC’s Career Services Web pages.

The College’s ASB Child Care Center offers affordable preschool and child care to the children of NSC students. The center is licensed by the Department of Early Learning and participates in the City of Seattle Comprehensive Child Care Program.

The counseling faculty provide services that can help you succeed in college and beyond.

  • Identify career interests and academic programs.
  • Strengthen study skills.
  • Locate resources and manage stressful situations.
  • Recommend human development courses.

The goal of Disability Services is to help students succeed. If you have a documented disability — permanent or temporary, whether physical, mental or sensory — Disability Services can help you receive reasonable accommodations.

  • Pre-admission inquiries to establish eligibility and what kind of documentation you need
  • Intake interviews to determine eligibility and establish appropriate and reasonable academic adjustments, if you request them
  • Academic accommodations determined on an individual basis, according to the nature and extent of the documented disability
  • Consultation about academic accommodations, disability laws, universal design and related issues
  • Resources and referrals to campus and community resources that assist students with disabilities

International Programs (IP) works with students on non-immigrant visas. Services include admissions, advising, and help with personal concerns, academic pursuits, housing and cultural issues. Throughout the year IP offers educational and recreational activities to engage and enrich students’ experiences and hosts special short-term programs.

The OCE&E has educational, employment and social services all in one building to help students, graduates and the community. 

  • Educational Services
  • Find out about funding for school through NSC Workforce Education and our community based partners.
  •  Connect with a college navigator and explore the pre-college enrollment services, college readiness workshops and ongoing educational support services including help in filling out the FAFSA.
  • Financial Literacy:  Attend workshops; learn about banking, debt management and student loans. Meet with Express Credit Union on Thursdays to set up your own bank account.

Employment Services

  • WorkSource Affiliate North Seattle offers job search assistance and support, workshops and one-on-one assistance for resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, networking and career exploration.
  • NSC Embedded Career Services helps students and graduates achieve their job search goals.

Social Services

  • Find out how you might be able to access public benefits: cash, food, child care and medical assistance; EBT cards; substance abuse treatment referrals, child support establishment and collection. 
  • Meet with the public health nurse to find out about family planning and access to birth control.

NSC is a member of the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA). Through WCCCSA, NSC partners with educational providers such as the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS) which offers specially tailored programs for first-time international travelers. Support includes pre-program advising, a pre-departure orientation, as well as in-country support throughout the study abroad program. Programs change each quarter with opportunities for you to study in Spain, Costa Rica, Italy, UK, or South Africa. There are frequently opportunities in other countries as well.

NSC also offers service learning programs abroad during the summer through Global Impact. Community members, health care professionals, and students can volunteer in Vietnam, Peru, India or Tanzania.

Contact the International Programs Office for more information.

Transcripts
A transcript is the permanent record of a student’s academic history. Every course taken at NSC, whether completed or not, whether passed or not, is represented on the transcript. Therefore, it is critical that you do well in every class. The transcript displays what courses have been taken, when they were taken, the grade received and the GPA. You can order official transcripts in various ways. See the Transcript Web pages for details.

Transcript Credit Evaluation (for courses completed at another college)
You need a formal credit transfer evaluation for transfer degrees and career training programs only if you want credits from another college or university applied toward NSC degree or certificate requirements. You must then submit official transcripts from each college and the Request for Evaluation of Incoming Credits form, which you can obtain form ARRC. In the meantime, it is recommended you meet with an advisor for an unofficial evaluation of incoming credits.

You can get assistance with transcripts and credit evaluations in the Admissions/Registration/Records/Credentials Office (ARRC).

NSC is committed to assisting students who have served our country. The Office of Veterans Services offers assistance to veterans, reservists, active duty personnel and eligible family members who are eligible to receive Veteran’s Administration educational benefits.

In the Veterans Services office we handle your VA educational benefits as quickly and efficiently as possible. We assist you with many other benefits as well. We can get you referrals for mental health issues, educational issues, health or auto insurance — anything related to veteran affairs. Come to the office and we will get you squared away.

The Workforce Education Office provides financial assistance and support for qualified prospective and current students of career training programs. If you qualify, you may receive funding for tuition and fees, textbooks, required supplies, student ID card, a parking permit or an ORCA transit pass. The program may also assist students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes or students completing their GED or high school diploma.

The President’s Executive Team, students, faculty, staff and key community stakeholders came together to develop the framework for the historic Equity & Welcome Center at North Seattle College. The framework supports and advocates for the success of diverse and historically underserved communities on the NSC campus. This includes communities from all cultures, ages, religious beliefs, races/ethnicities, sizes, gender identities, abilities, qualities, sexual affiliations, socioeconomic classes, veteran status, political beliefs, and citizenship status and sovereign nations. The Center aims to identify and implement equitable strategies to end all racial and other equity gaps at NSC.

The Equity & Welcome Center offers the following support services:

  • The Gender Equity & Multicultural Resources
  • The Multicultural & Gender Equity Student Lounge Space
  • The Peacemaking Space
  • The United Way Benefit Hub

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) provides comprehensive academic support and encouragement to eligible students. Students who join TRiO maintain higher GPAs, are more likely to be involved on campus, and graduate and transfer at higher rates. 

ELIGIBILITY

To be TRiO-eligible, you must be:

  1. A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  2. Admitted and enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled, at North Seattle College in the current or next quarter
  3. In need of academic support

You must also meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • None of your legal guardians/parents earned a Bachelor’s degree
    OR
  • Meet low-income qualifications based on the image below:

    Size of
    Family Unit

    48 Contiguous States, D.C. and
    Outlying Jurisdiction

    1 $19, 140
    2 $25, 860
    3 $32, 580
    4 $39, 300
    5 $46, 020
    6 $52, 740
    7 $59, 460
    8 $66, 180

    OR
  • Have a disability

North Seattle College's TRiO-SSS program is designed to increase academic success for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities.

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a National Science Foundation funded program whose purpose is to strengthen the preparation, representation and success of historically underrepresented* students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. 

Through this program, strategic partnerships- referred to as “Alliances”- are created between local colleges, universities, and other educational institutions to provide academic preparation and career coaching to these dedicated students.

“Alliances” exist across the country, connecting LSAMP students to support systems, research and funding opportunities, and a community of like-minded peers and mentors.  At North Seattle College, we are part of an alliance with Green River College and Pierce College called the LSAMP Puget Sound Alliance.

Conclusion
Hopefully, you learned a lot about the support services available at NSC. These programs are designed to make you a more successful student, so be sure to take advantage of them.

In fact, I’m on my way to Advising right now. Even though I already know my major, I check in with my advisor each quarter to be sure I am on track and taking the right classes. I have learned firsthand that the support services on campus will help get me where I want to be.

Related Info
Resources
Advising
ESL, GED, High School Completion
Early Childhood Education
Watch Technology
Career Services
Child Care Center
Counseling
Disability Services
International Programs
OCE&E
Study Abroad
Transcripts
Transfer of Credits
Veteran’s Services
Workforce Education
Equity & Welcome Center
TRiO
LSAMP