Dec 03, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
    
2023-24 Catalog

Academic & Other Support Services



Library

The Library supports SC4 students and the research needs for their coursework. The Library provides an ample collection of research and study materials, reference and research services, information literacy instruction, computer workstations and dedicated study space.

Hours of Operation

During fall and winter semesters, the Library is open five days a week, Monday through Friday. Changes to the hours of operation due to end-of-semester, holidays and mid-semester breaks post in advance on the Library website at 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 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 45,000 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 110,000 educational streaming videos.
  • More than 500,000 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 and 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 offers access to electronic resources, including e-books, articles and videos. These resources are available for student use from any location through the Library website at 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 at esearch.sc4.edu/infolit.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library offers an 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 whiteboard, computer workstation, television, and seating and study space for up to 12 occupants. The rooms are available by reservation and for drop-in use by student groups. Book a study room online at esearch.sc4.edu/groups or contact the Library for assistance.

Computer Workstations

The Library offers computer workstations and includes software tools in use by the academic programs at SC4. The use of computers is governed by the College’s Acceptable Use policy on computers and network access.

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. Email copyright@sc4.edu.

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’s frequently asked questions and submit their question through the Ask the Library service at answers.sc4.edu/.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is located in the Library and 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. The Student Success Center is open five days a week, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. Tutoring can be done virtually or in-person. Make an appointment at sc4.edu/tutoring. There is evening tutoring available.

Tutoring Employment Opportunities

Qualified peer and professional tutors are continuously needed to provide tutoring services. If interested, stop by the Student Success Center in the Library.

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. These seminars will be listed on the Portal.

Disability Resources and Services

Disability Resources is located in the Library 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. Early planning is essential for many of the resources and accommodations provided.

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 visit Disability Resources, located in the Library in the College Center, Room A100, to discuss options for removing barriers in your courses. Call (810) 989-5759 with questions.

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

Current information at sc4.edu/disability.

Testing Services

Testing is located in the College Center building.

  • 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
    • Certiport
    • CIW / CTC
    • EMPCO
    • Meazure Learning

For more information, visit sc4.edu/support-services/testing-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 located in the CEM building, Room 317. For math tutoring go to sc4.edu/tutoring.

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 located in the Main Building, Room 313. Online support for students is available through the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at sc4.edu/owl or get tutoring at sc4.edu/tutoring.

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 Accounting, Associate in Business, Associate in Computer Information Systems, Associate in General Education, Associate in Marketing and Associate in Management. 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 (five years old or newer) PC or Macintosh with at least 1 GB of RAM will significantly improve your interactive experience. Other technology requirements include:

  • Reliable Internet access (dial-up supported, but Cable or DSL (Broadband) preferred). A minimum Internet speed of 512kbps is recommended.
  • One of the following supported browsers:
    • Chrome 111 and 112
    • Firefox 111 and 112 (Extended release are not supported in Canvas)
    • Edge 110 and 111
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser
    • Safari 15 and 16 (Macintosh only)
  • Updated anti-virus software.
  • Microsoft Word (Office365 is available for free for students). Other Office software may be required depending on the course.
  • Web camera, speakers, headphones and specialized software as required for some courses.
  • Courses are optimized for desktop displays. For access on a mobile device, download the Canvas mobile app for the best user experience. Apps require Android 8.0 or later and iOS 15.0 or later.

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. Students can sign up for text alerts at sc4.edu/alerts.

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 SC4 Campus Patrol personnel or city, county or state police agencies.

Voter Registration

Forms to register for voting are available in the College Bookstore and Library. Forms also may be downloaded at michigan.gov/sos.