Dec 10, 2018  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Student Success



The Student Success Division is available to help students who are not qualified to take college credit classes prepare for college level work. In addition, the Student Success Division offers GED and ESL classes as well as several academic support services for students taking credit and non-credit classes. The services outlined below are offered through the Student Success Division and are free to Temple College learners.

Developmental Course Offerings

The Developmental Program’s mission is to help students make a successful transition from developmental English, Mathematics, Reading and Study Skills courses to credit courses by requiring skills assessment in which students demonstrate appropriate skills for each level of developmental classes before transitioning to core courses. Students who have not met the minimum requirements for enrolling in college credit courses as specified by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) may be required to take developmental courses. The Temple College TSI Plan states that students who are dropped from a required developmental course may be dropped from all courses in which the student is registered during the semester the drop occurred.

Educational Assistance Center (EAC)

The Educational Assistance Center offers a self-paced, individualized program that addresses the academic needs of students entering college. The Center provides evaluation of college readiness and a variety of instructional options in order to address the different learning styles of students. Instructors and tutors are available to assist students and prospective students in helping to improve basic reading, math, writing and study skills needed to do college level work. Preparation for college placement testing, allied health and nursing entrance testing also is provided. Services and adaptive technology are available to assist students with specific learning or physical disabilities.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED Preparation

The mission of the Adult Basic Education and the GED Preparation Program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to successfully take the GED exam. Students will receive skills in communication, information processing, critical thinking and reading, and problem solving. Emphasis also is placed on students entering the workplace or continuing in higher education.

English as a Second Language (ESL) for Adults

ESL for Adults is a program where adults learning English as a Second Language can improve their English communication skills with help from instructors and community volunteers. Classes focus on different language skills depending on the student’s English abilities, interests, and needs. The ESL program focuses on conversational English, grammar, reading, listening, comprehension, writing and vocabulary. ESL students enjoy small class sizes and a personalized approach to learning. This program is not only an opportunity for language learning, but also for cultural exchange and understanding. For more information regarding these services please call: 254-298-8620 or 254-298-8649.

Math Tutoring Lab

The Temple College Math Tutoring Lab is dedicated to providing math assistance to students in developmental and credit mathematics courses. The Math Tutoring Lab is located in room 1117 of the Math and Biomedical Sciences building. Check with center directors for available tutoring on at the Taylor, Cameron and Hutto locations.

Writing Center

The Temple College Writing Center is dedicated to providing advice and resources at every stage of the writing process. The goal of the Writing Center is to engage the community in conversations about writing; to that end, the Center provides face-to-face consultations and workshops for writers in all disciplines. Beginning with writers’ needs and concerns, the staff of the Center uses their knowledge and expertise to enhance writers’ understanding of a variety of issues, such as purpose, audience, style and conventions. The staff strives to help writers develop the confidence to make effective writing choices in any writing situation. In these ways, the Center supports the shared goal of other Writing Centers to help create better writers, not just better writing.

TRIO Programs

The TRIO Program at Temple College (TC) is a federally funded grant-based program designed to help eligible students graduate or transfer from TC and gain acceptance into a four-year college or university. Congress established TRIO Programs in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic circumstance. Since that time, an estimated two million students have graduated from college with the special assistance and support of our nation’s TRIO Programs.

Students in TRIO Programs are more than twice as likely to remain in college than those students from similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program. Temple College students may qualify for the program in several ways:

  1. If neither parent has a B.A. or B.S. degree from a four-year college or university;
  2. If the student has a disability; or
  3. If the student satisfies low-income criteria set by the federal government.

Center for Educational Advancement

The Center for Educational Advancement was established specifically for TRIO Program participants at Temple College. The Center houses the advising and counseling offices as well as the tutoring and learning lab facilities available for use by TRIO students. Information about the TRIO Program at Temple College is available at the Center via phone (254-298-8376) or the Internet (www.trio.templejc.edu).

Services Offered to TRIO Participants

  • Academic Advising/Registration for TRIO students
  • Counseling for TRIO students
  • Tutoring (math, writing, reading, science)
  • Learning lab (computers, printers, resources)
  • Study skills instruction
  • Special workshops and field trips
  • Students may qualify for additional financial assistance

Academic Advising and Registration

Students participating in the TRIO Program undergo academic advising, counseling and registration for Temple College at the Center for Educational Advancement. Since all TRIO students must be interested in pursuing an academic program oriented towards gaining admission into a four-year college or university, academic advising is a central component of the TRIO Program at Temple College. Students begin the process of contacting four-year institutions early in TRIO to identify specific requirements for the academic program they are interested in pursuing. Academic advisors at TRIO assist in this early valuable guidance and insight to TRIO students in the selection of appropriate coursework at TC in preparation for further study at a four-year institution.

Counseling

Counseling at the Center for Educational Advancement is especially important to the TRIO student in remaining in school and thus having the opportunity of achieving success in gaining admission into a four-year college or university. Because TRIO is limited to students pursuing an academic degree, the resulting low student to counselor ratio means students are able to spend more time with counselors. Counselors at TRIO develop one-to-one first name relationships with students. Counselors are familiar with the diverse backgrounds typically reflected in the TRIO student population. In addition, students meet with TRIO counselors at least once each month during a semester to monitor academic progress and discuss concerns or potential problems.

Tutoring

Tutoring is offered free of charge to TRIO students. Tutors in the TRIO Program (peer as well as professional) are chosen for their ability to relate to and communicate well with the diverse multicultural population dynamics of TRIO participants. Low student to tutor ratios enable tutors to devote individual attention for significant blocks of time to each student. TRIO students avail themselves to well-qualified tutors in math, writing, reading, as well as the natural, physical and social sciences. Typically, TRIO students meet at least once each week with their respective tutors.

Learning Lab

The TRIO Learning Lab is complete with state-of-the-art computer technology, Internet access, email, as well as software and printers necessary to complete academic assignments. In addition, there are text and software resources for both academic enhancement and career objective exploration. The learning environment at the lab is designed to be conducive to study, quiet discourse and reflection.

Study Skills Instruction

The learning lab at the Center for Educational Advancement contains text and software resources to address a variety of needs often experienced by TRIO students. These include study skills, test taking, thinking skills, the learning process, reading skills, the English language, presentation skills, argumentation and persuasion, literacy, ESL, writing (style, structure, editing, revising, the research paper, research skills), Internet literacy, and the college experience. Where necessary, individual instruction and workshops are provided.

Special Workshops and Field Trips

The TRIO Program includes a component for special cultural events and field trips designed to expose the TRIO student to the diverse social and cultural milieu which constitutes American society. TRIO students must attend at least two cultural events each semester to maintain their participation in TRIO. Field trips often include visits to local universities and colleges where they spend time on campus visiting with faculty and becoming familiar with the demands and prerequisites of a four-year institution.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to qualified TRIO participants. This aid is dispersed on a case-by-case basis and is considered after a student has received his or her financial aid award from Temple College and only if there is remaining unmet financial need pursuant to their education.

Community Services

Community service agencies work in coordination with Student Enrollment Services offering assistance to qualified students. The following agencies provide tuition assistance, disabilities accommodations, and other services necessary for success of special populations.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) offers assistance for tuition and non-refundable fees to students who have certain disabling conditions, provided their vocational objectives have been approved by a DARS Counselor. Examples of such conditions are orthopedic disabilities, emotional disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, etc. Other services also are available to assist the disabled student to become employable. Applications for such services should be made at: Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, 4501 South General Bruce Drive, Suite 35, Temple, Texas, 76502. The Temple office number is (254) 773-1674.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

The Workforce Investment Act consolidates and coordinates employment training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs. Through the local Workforce Center, WIA supports workforce investment activities that increase employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills of the workforce. If you are interested in learning more about services available under the Workforce Investment Act, contact your nearest Central Texas Workforce Center for additional information. The Temple office number is (254) 771-2555.