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All students enrolled in an associate degree, diploma or certificate program must complete an orientation (SDV) course during their first 15 hours of enrollment, typically their first semester in college. This program is entitled Orientation to College Success, SDV 101. It carries a value of 1 credit hour and requires fifteen hours of counselor/instructor – student contact.
All curricular students in the community colleges of Virginia complete an orientation program designed primarily to provide information applicable to the basic operation of the College. At VHCC, curricular students complete the VHCC Online Preview that prepares students for their first college enrollment. This program introduces the student to the local community college philosophy, campus resources, the enrollment process, curricular offerings and program layouts, class schedules, placement testing, transfer and the faculty advising process. Additionally new students enroll in an Orientation class where study skills, career information and academic advising are the focus. New curricular students must meet with their academic counselor for a Transition Session where they will schedule their first semester of classes and be assigned an appropriate faculty advisor depending on their program of study and career interests.
Students are encouraged to complete placement testing prior to their Transition Session.
Orientation Credit Eligibility:
• When transfer courses are evaluated for students entering a curriculum, VHCC will accept first-year experience credit courses such as study skills, orientation, if a student has a grade of “S” for Satisfactory, or a “C” or better.
• Students who have been awarded an associate's or bachelor's degree may petition for SDV 101 course waiver. The credit hours are not waived and a student must makeup the one credit hour for SDV.
• Approval is required by the Academic Dean and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services for all Petitions for Credit of SDV 101.
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