Category Archives: MEC Student Success

Information on MEC’s Student Success Initiatives including Orientation, First Year Experience and Student Life

Do I Need SDV 101?

Current Application page: http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/apply

FAQ

I am reading some of the evaluations of my SDV 101 faculty and some students will make the comment that they have already taken SDV 100-College Success Skills.

The following students are exempt from taking SDV 101 for program admission:

  • You have already taken SDV 100 or another SDV course at NOVA
  • You have transferred in an SDV elective from another college (verified by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have a transferrable associates degree or higher from a U.S. college or university (verified by NOVA transcript evaluation)
  • You have passed the NOVA SDV ABLE Examination

All first-time college students interested in MEC are encouraged to take SDV 101 within their first 16 credits at NOVA.  You can take the course on MEC campus or online through NOVA Online.

The SDV course is centered on college success skills.  Often students misinterpret the 101 courses to be Health Science 101 or Nursing 101.  The discipline is STUDENT DEVELOPMENT.  The learning outcomes are the same as SDV 100 courses but we adjust our instruction, textbook, and assignments to students who are interested in healthcare careers.

You have the opportunity to learn more about MEC admissions if you take the SDV 101 course.  You can also experience the campus environment and some facilities if you take the in-person courses in Springfield.

Needs

To survive and thrive we all need:

Food

Shelter

Hope

The pressure to succeed and move on with their life is a very real thing for our Health Science and Nursing students at the Medical Education Campus (MEC and across Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  For some, their time at NOVA is the bridge between a difficult life and a comfortable one. For others, NOVA is a low-risk environment to explore an interest or a jumpstart their bachelor’s degree. Whatever the need, NOVA stands ready to help students along their path.

Each student’s personal narrative is different and the path unique. Staff and Faculty at the MEC realize this and have taken strides to alleviate some of the non-academic pressures a student may face. Nationally 1 in 3 undergraduate students faces food insecurity issues[1]. At NOVA our students also face these issues on their pathway to success. Our Student Life Office (HE116) under the direction of Patricia Martin-Mattocks and her excellent staff, maintain a food pantry to assist students. Their office is a central hub of student engagement on campus, promoting cross-discipline activities and leadership opportunities for our students. Any student facing food insecurity should reach out to her without hesitation.

NOVA also operates a Financial Stability Program[2] that can help students with:

      • Child Care Services

      • Energy Assistance (Fuel, Crisis, or Cooling)

      • Food Assistance (SNAP)

      • Health Care Coverage

      • Temporary Cash Assistance

      • Legal Assistance

      • Immigration Assistance

      • Emergency Cash Assistance

      • Employment Assistance

      • Clothing Assistance

      • AND MUCH MORE.

Students should log into nvcc.singlestoptechnologies.com to see their eligibility for financial assistance[3].

In addition to our food pantry, NOVA is committed to the success and well-being of her students. The office of NOVACARES[4] has reporting tools that allow individuals to inform the college if they or someone they know is having difficulties or has been a victim of sexual assault. Reports are confidential and handled by trained staff who will decide on the appropriate response.

Please know that we are here as guides and mentors along your path. Students are our greatest credential and source of pride.

Sincerely,

MEC Counselor

[1] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/spotlight/2018/02/15/food-insecurity-vol-01-iss-01/
[2] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/resources-services/virginia-commonhelp/
[3] https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/resources-services/virginia-commonhelp/
[4] https://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/

 

What’s “Mindset” got to do with it?

Register: https://mindsetmattersalways.eventbrite.com

What’s “Mindset” Got to do with it?

Vicky Krug is an Associate Professor of College Literacy, Psychology, Critical Thinking and Freshman Experience at Westmoreland County Community College and the Community College of Allegheny County. Her most recent graduate degree is from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Education in Mind, Brain and Teaching. She is currently pursuing another Masters from Hopkins; this one in Liberal Arts. She has studied at Seton Hill University, The University of Pittsburgh, California University and Boston University in Education; Social Work, Psychology and Neuroeducation. She enjoys bicycling, kayaking, traveling, reading, learning and being with people. With advances in technology, neurological research findings, and ever-increasing diversity of our population, life seems ever more complex. Teaching, learning, leadership and living life can be improved and enhanced if we have the appropriate “Mindset”.

Topic: What’s “Mindset” Got to do with it?

Light refreshments to be served.


MEC ACADEMIC SUCCESS TUTORING CENTER SCHEDULE SPRING 2019

MEC Tutoring Center

 

  • All face-to-tutoring sessions will be held at the Tutoring Center in room 106 unless otherwise indicated.
  • All online tutoring sessions will be held via the link from the appointment slot. If you choose an online session, from your computer/device, click on the link approximately 5-10 minutes before the start of your session. Then, open the appointment and click on the “Meet Me” link to start the session with your Tutor. Note: Online drop-in hours end at posted end time! If you log-in one minute before the end of the session time, you will have one minute with the Tutor accordingly.
  • You can schedule an appointment no more than 14 days in advance.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Kathleen Odigé, Academic Success Center Coordinator at kodige@nvcc.edu

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TUTOR SUBJECTS TUTORED MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Arturo PTH Courses ·         10A-12P, (Walk-In)

·         12-2P (By Appointment)

Bill EMS-Basic ·         2-5P  (Walk-in)

 

1-5P (By Appointment)
Dasha 1st-year DNH courses, DNA courses ·         4-7P (Walk-in) ·         7-8A  (By Appointment)

·         4-7P (By Appointment)

·         4-6P (By Appointment)
Dereje BIO 141-142, CHM 111-112, Statistics, 1st year RAD courses ·         6-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         4-5P (By Appointment) ·         6-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         3-5P (Group, By Appointment)
Jana Coding courses ·         4-6P  (Walk-in)

·         6-7P (By Appointment)

Lwam 1st year RTH courses ·         9A-12P (Walk-in)

·         12-1P (By Appointment)

·         9A-1P (By Appointment)
Marley OCT courses ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  Drop-in) ·         5-6P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         5-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Maryam MDL courses, MTT-Pre-Calculus, BIO 141-142 ·         1-3P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Nancy Effective Communication in Healthcare, Study Skills, General TEAS guidance, Writing ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in) ·         10A-2P(Walk-in)
Narges 1st-year DNH courses, DNA courses ·         4-8P (By Appointment) ·         4-7P (Walk-in) ·         7-8P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         3-6P (Group in HE 329) (Walk-in)
Nelly MDL courses ·         7-9P  ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)
Sharmeen ACC 211, ECO 202, HIM 111, HIM141-142, HIM 200, HIM220, MTT, MTH 154, Writing ·         1-4P (Walk-in) ·         10A-4P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         10A-9P 10A-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment) ·         10A-9P 10A-9P ( Online on a computer~  By appointment)

 

Career Corner Sept 2019

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Creating Your Brand

Personal branding is creating a professional and personal reputation. How you want people to see you as a person and a colleague. It helps bring to light your goals and how you will achieve them as a person.

Employees will google you, they will build an image of you online, resume, phone interview, ad in-person interview

  1. Determine your emotional appeal
    • How do I make people feel?
    • How would someone describe me?
    • Make a list of words to describe you.
  2. Determine your description of what or who your brand is for
    • What industry (e.g. healthcare)
    • Target Market (look for common terms used in your specific field)
  3. Determine your function what do you do
    1. What transferable skills/skills do you have to bring to the position.
  4. Put it all together to create your professional summary
How to begin to prepare for job placement now

Journal Writing

will not only help you reflect on your day, but will also help gather your experiences to draw from when interviewing.

Soft skills in Healthcare:

Empathy, communication, team player, strong work ethic, positivity, and flexibility are all needed in the healthcare industry. While on clinical you will need to shine in these skills.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/healthcare-importance-soft-skills-dan-hobson-healthcare-recruitment-

How to earn an extra $11,500 your first year out of Nursing School

Sometimes the best choice is apparent others times not so much. Moving from the jumble of options to a concrete action can be the most daunting step to take. The field of economics gives us some tools to help us narrow down our choices. By applying some basic tools, we can rank choices to arrive at an action. This will involve converting your options into dollar values. Let us consider a case study.

A student is deciding between attending NOVA or George Mason (GMU) Nursing Fall 2018. Thier goal is to earn a BSN eventually. This student has been accepted into both programs and has completed all general education courses so that they only need to take Nursing core classes.

If she decides to go to NOVA, she will complete an associate of applied science in nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX exam, thus earning her Registered Nursing license (RN). The program will take 18 months or two school years to complete and cost her around $7,293.00 in tuition at the current Fall 2018 rate of $187 per credit hour. She will start a job as early as July 2020 earning approximately $60,000 starting.
Becuase she intends to continue her studies, she completes her BSN via the GMU RN to BSN program which adds approximately $15,000 and one school year.

So far the student has spent four semesters, for her ADN plus two for her RN to BSN or approximately 26 months. She will have paid $7,293.00 plus $15,000 for an approximate total of $22,293.

The student could have also opted to go to the GMU BSN program. Had she done so she would have spent four semesters completing her BSN/RN graduating May 2020. She will have paid approximately, $33,800*  in tuition and fees, and started work as a BSN RN earning roughly $60,000 August of 2020.

In summary, her decision in the spring of 2018 between GMU and NOVA means completing her BSN one year sooner and paying around $11,507 extra Or finishing the BSN a year later and saving the $11,507.

If she chose NOVA and starts at $60,000**  plus the $11,507 savings at the end of her first year of work as a nurse, she would have earned $71,507. In this case, the savings can be counted as earnings.

*Because of financial aid options and available scholarships, the total cost for either option can be significantly reduced.

*GMU tuition estimate based on completion of Nursing courses(  62 credits) only, and assumes all general education courses have been completed. tuition is based on current Summer 2018 tuition rates and fees 

** Salary estimates based on O*Net Online and Salary.com estimate for nurses with 0-1 year of work experience. in the Washington DC metro area.

How to Get the Most from an Advising Session

FAQ

Most advising sessions begin with a simple question, how may I assist you today? Another common question is, what do you want to get out of NOVA? We want to know what purpose NOVA serves in your life and academic plans. This can convert a conversation from a recitation of the facts, to an exploration of your goals and avenues for growth and improvement.

Before contacting our office, or visiting we encourage you to become an active stakeholder in your future. Take the initiative and do your research. A successful student tends to be the one who is organized and anticipates their next step. In short, you must mise en place your academic life. The more research and preparation you do, the more you can get out of a visit with an advisor or counselor. Below are some tips to help you get the most of your session.

Know your NOVA ID/EMPLID number

Having your ID number or better yet your NOVA Card is an indispensable tool. Not only can you use it around campus it speeds up pulling up your account.

When possible write your questions down in a bulleted list

Writing your questions down provides a framework that ensures your questions are answered. Due to time constraints and the fact that there is a lot to go over, an advisor may not be able to cover everything in detail about a program. Your bulleted list signals to the advisors that you’ve done your initial research. This allows the advisor to focus on what you specialty don’t know or are in need of clarification.

  1. How do I transfer Credits
  2. What are the entry requirements for…
  3. How can I satisfy the math placement requirement

Bring your official external transcripts.

Students often ask us what courses they have left to take. While we encourage you to bring your external transcripts, we are not able to give you a list of courses that will or will not transfer. In some cases, a student can know what will transfer by visiting the College Records Office website and utilize their transfer guide. Preferably this would have been done before your visit to the office. If you have already transferred courses to NOVA, you should review your transfer credit center and compare the transferred courses to your program requirements.

Take Notes

You’ve done your research, brought transcripts if applicable and wrote your questions down. Your next step is to take notes during your visit. We generally have scrap paper and pens on hand for you to use. However, it is best that you keep a notebook, or note app on your smartphone at the ready. Again the more organized you are the more likely you are to succeed.

Ask Extra Questions

If something an advisor has said isn’t clear, ask again. Always ask for clarification if you don’t understand. Remeber that an advising session is a conversation, so its ok to go off script.

Follow Up

Part of being the advocate of your own destiny is being proactive. Take charge and constantly investigating options, program requirements and areas of improvement are wholly your responsibility. Checking in at least once a semester is ideal, especially if you are applying to a program more than a year out.

Things Change

Program changes can occur often with little warning. As such you must be vigilant and ready to act. When possible our office reaches out to students via email or on our blog and facebook pages, but it is impossible to inform everyone. When changes occur a student may feel frustrated, often because a course or courses are no longer required or used by a program. This is normally an issue when students are planning to join a program two or three years down the line. You will need to carefully weigh the risk of program changes when starting on an extended academic plan. this may require that you try and start a little sooner.

We hope that you get the most out of your interaction with our advising staff. As always feel free to send your questions and we will work to answer them as quickly as possible.

MONEY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP AT MEC

MONEY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP AT MEC

Come join us on
Monday, April 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MEC Campus, Room 327

6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield VA 22150

Presented by Raymond Kim from BB&T Bank

Topics Include:

  • Budgeting
  • Banking basics
  • Building credit
  • Checking accounts
  • Credit reports
  • Savings accounts
  • Secured lines of credit
  • Installment loans
  • And more…

We look forward to seeing you!!!