Dec 18, 2018  
2018-19 Catalog 
    
2018-19 Catalog

Academic & Other Support Services



Library

College Center (CC) Room A100; Phone (810) 989-5640; Fax: (810) 989-5773
library@sc4.edu
http://esearch.sc4.edu

The Library supports SC4 students and the research needs for their coursework. The Library provides a large collection of research and study materials; reference and research services; information literacy instruction; computer workstations; printing and photocopying facilities; and dedicated study space.

Hours of Operation

During fall and winter semesters, the Library is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday*, including evening hours Monday through Thursday.

*Saturday hours of operation normally begin during the third week of classes in fall and winter semesters.

Changes to the hours of operation due to end-of-semester, holidays and mid-semester breaks post in advance on the library website at http://esearch.sc4.edu/location_hours.

Library Collections

The SC4 College Library provides a large and rich collection of research materials to support all areas of the college curriculum and the information needs of the faculty and student body. The collections provide access to more than 1 million titles, including books, videos and periodical titles. The overall collections are roughly 90% digital/virtual to provide ease of access to materials from anywhere.

The Library collections include:

  • More than 56,000 physical books in the reference and circulating collections.
  • More than 65,000 periodical titles, ranging from scholarly journals to trade journals and popular magazines.
  • Over 120,000 educational streaming videos, and 1,000 DVD titles.
  • More than 800,000 e-book titles.
  • Access to over 200 distinct academic research databases, providing students efficient portals into subject-specific scholarly content for their research.

Library Services

The Library offers a variety of services to ensure the success of students in their studies and research.

Library Materials & Electronic Resources

The library offers a collection of circulating books, curated to support student research needs. Books may be checked out for three-week intervals.

The library also offer access to electronic resources, including ebooks, articles, and videos. These resources are available for student use from any location through the library website http://esearch.sc4.edu.

Information Literacy and Research Instruction

The Library adheres to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as written by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and conducts information literacy and research instruction sessions tailored to meet the needs of SC4 classes. Open seminars on research skills and technology are offered periodically in the Library. For more information, visit the library’s information literacy page http://esearch.sc4.edu/infolit.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library offers interlibrary loan service free of charge. This service allows the Library to obtain almost any book or article when that resource is not already part of the library’s collection. Request an interlibrary loan through the ILL request form on the library website, in person at the circulation or reference desks, or by email at ill.request@sc4.edu.

Group Study Rooms

The Library offers four group study rooms for student use. Each of the rooms is equipped with a white board, computer workstation, television, DVD/VCR player, and seating and study space for up to twelve occupants. One study room includes multimedia station and projector for presentation practice and collaboration. The rooms are available by reservation and for drop-in use by student groups. Book a study room online at http://esearch.sc4.edu/groups or contact the library for assistance.

Computer Workstations

The Library offers over 70 computer workstations and include software tools in use by the academic programs at SC4. There are also 3 Apple Mac workstations available for use by students in specific academic programs. Use of computers is governed by the college’s Acceptable Use policy on computers and network access.

Printing and Photocopying

The Library provides printing and copying options for students. There are two black-and-white print stations and one full color print station. The Library also offers two photocopier stations. See library website http://esearch.sc4.edu/printing for current printing and photocopying costs.

Copyright Consultation

The Library serves as the copyright agency for the college. In this role, the Library helps members of the SC4 community maintain usage of materials within copyright law. Check with Library staff to learn more about how to obtain copyright clearance for your resource, event or other need.

Reference Services

The Library offers reference and research assistance through a variety of channels including in person, email, SMS, phone, and chat reference assistance. Students may also search the library Frequently asked questions and submit their question through the Ask the Library service at http://answers.sc4.edu/.

 

Achievement Center

The Achievement Center provides specialized academic services to assist students so that their studies will be positive, meaningful and successful. All services are provided at no charge to currently enrolled students.

Hours of Operation

During fall and winter semesters, the Achievement Center is open five days a week, Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Changes to the hours of operation due to end-of-semester, spring/summer semester, holidays and mid-semester breaks are posted in advance throughout the Achievement Center, posted on the website and social media channels, and are provided to students through campus communication channels.

Tutoring

SC4 students have access to tutoring services at no charge. Tutoring services are available regardless of course or grade on a first-come, first-served basis. Evening tutoring is available in the Library. Online tutoring is available at ac@sc4.edu.

Tutoring Employment Opportunities

Qualified peer and professional tutors are continuously needed to provide tutoring services. Request an application for employment from the Achievement Center.

Accuplacer Prep

The Achievement Center provides workshops to help students improve their score on the Accuplacer placement test. Call (810) 989-5759 for more information.

Student Success Seminars

SC4 offers a variety of non-credit free seminars designed to support students’ academic success. Seminars are scheduled throughout the year for students and community members, and on a one-on-one basis.

Disability and Special Services

Disability Resources is located in the Achievement Center at SC4 and provides support and resources for students with or without a documented disability. Students do not need to have documentation of a disability to discuss strategies for college success with the coordinator of academic success and disability resources.  Incoming students who would like to meet with the coordinator should make an appointment as early as possible in their first semester or during the enrollment process. Failure to register a disability with the office in a timely manner will lead to delays in receiving services.

 

Available Accommodations

We offer many accommodations for students who provide supporting documentation of a disability. These range from accommodations in the classroom to computer software and adaptive devices.

Please contact the Achievement Center to discuss a range of options for removing barriers in your courses.

Achievement Center, Room B100 of the College Center

(810) 989-5759

ac@sc4.edu

For more information about your rights and responsibilities, visit the U.S. Department of Education Rights and Responsibilities website. We also work closely with Michigan Rehabilitation Services to provide referrals and services.

 Current information www.sc4.edu/admissions/support-services/

Testing Services

  • Admissions testing
    • Accuplacer
    • HESI
    • WorkKeys
  • Test proctoring
    • CLEP
    • Departmental and individual class tests and exams
    • Tests from other colleges and universities
    • SC4 online classes
  • Certification testing
    • American Medical Technologists
    • Castle
    • Certiport
    • CIW / CTC
    • CompTIA
    • Empco
    • Firefighter testing
    • MSSC
    • National Career Readiness Certificate
    • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
    • Pearson VUE

For more information or to see hours of operation, login to the SC4 Portal, click on “Student Resources,” then click on “Support for Success” and scroll down to “Get Testing Details.” Disability testing is done in the Achievement Center.

Math Center

The Math Center offers free tutoring for all math classes and also can help with individual math problems. The center is staffed by SC4 math faculty and student tutors. The Math Center is open four days a week, Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and is located in the College Center, room C100.

The center offers math activities, quiet study areas with computer access. Students also can work with other students on math assignments.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers tutoring sessions with student writing consultants who are able to assist in every step of the writing process. Assistance is not limited to English classes; it is available for any class. Tutors can help with brainstorming, developing a thesis, research and citation, drafting and revising. The Writing Center is open four days a week, Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, and is located in the Main Building, room 313. Online support for students is available through Online Writing Lab (OWL) at wc@sc4.edu.

Academic Technologies

Online Courses

Online courses provide a flexible opportunity for continuing education. Online courses are instructor led and typically follow the same semester schedule as on-ground courses, while some also are offered as short-term courses. The platform used to deliver the online courses requires unique identification for each user. Attributes of the online course include the following:

  • Course materials are accessible from any Internet connection at any time
  • Interaction with fellow students happens in the online classroom, while private communication occurs with the instructor via email
  • Some online courses do require campus visits for taking tests or participating in labs

Online Degree Programs

Students seeking the convenience of online education can earn an associate degree online with campus visits required for some courses. Options include Associate in Arts, Associate in General Education, and Health Care Provider to RN Articulation Associate Degree. Students also can complete an Associate of Business − Transfer online by working with an academic advisor to determine the right selection of courses.

Technology Requirements

Typical courses will display best at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The speed of your computer and the amount of system and video memory are important. A recent (less than three years old) PC or Macintosh with at least 512 MB (1 GB preferred) will significantly improve your interactive experience. Other technology requirements include:

  • Reliable Internet access (dial-up supported, but Cable or DSL (Broadband) preferred)
  • Internet Explorer (Version 7 or later) as browser with Java and cookies enabled and pop-up blocking disabled for this site
  • Updated anti-virus software (Google ‘AVG Free’ is a free version if needed)
  • Microsoft Word (Office 2000 or later). Other Office software may be required depending on the course.
  • CD-ROM drive and sound card (with speakers or headphones) and specialized software as required for some courses

Bistro College Center Catering

Bistro College Center Catering offers light breakfasts, full café lunches, snacks and beverages for between classes.

College Bookstore

The College Bookstore carries required books and supplies for classes, as well as clothing and convenience items. New and used books are available. Call the Bookstore at (810) 989-5725.

NOTE: Students will need a Skippers OneCard to sell back books.

Emergency Messages to Students

St. Clair County Community College will attempt to deliver to students EMERGENCY messages only. Call (810) 989-5560 or the Campus Patrol office at (810) 989-5757.

Health Insurance

Students may obtain an accident and sickness insurance policy for a nominal premium. The college is not responsible for any coverage and/or claims. Call (810) 989-5560 to request a brochure.

Parking

Free student parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the lot adjacent to the College Center. The entire lot at the Main Building is reserved for faculty and staff. All parking lots are lined and vehicles are to be parked within the designated spaces. Overflow parking often is available in the McMorran Place civic center parking lots east of campus. Depending on the time/day, a small fee may be charged.

The college assumes no liability for vehicles or contents in vehicles parked in or using college lots. People parking illegally (including fire lanes, walking paths, lawn and unauthorized handicapped space usage) will be ticketed or towed by college Campus Patrol personnel or city, county or state police agencies.

Voter Registration

Forms to register for voting are available in the College Bookstore, One-stop Student Services office and Library. Forms also may be downloaded at www.michigan.gov/sos.