Student Resources and Academic Support

The College of Westchester offers an array of support services designed to help students reach their fullest potential. If you have any questions about the support services at CW, please call 1.800.660.7093.

 

 

The Mentoring Program provides each new student with a structured, yet casual, support system. Each student is assigned a mentor - a professional staff member - as well as a peer mentor who is a current Day student. Mentors and peer mentors are first introduced to their students at Orientation and meet three times during the first Semester.

The College of Westchester vigorously supports a strong academic advising program. Every student at The College is assigned an academic advisor. Academic advising is designed to foster and promote a positive and productive faculty/student relationship. Academic Advising is also designed to aid in student retention, and to provide a platform for student success, both academically and professionally. Students meet with their advisors periodically to discuss their schedules, their academic progress, and address any questions or concerns they might have. The goal of advising is to help students attain success at the College of Westchester and beyond.

The Counseling Center at the College of Westchester is where students can go to discuss any personal or emotional issues. The Counseling Center serves as a resource to assist students in developing to their potential. The Center is operated by a mental health and social work staff that are available to talk with students confidentially and make appropriate referrals when necessary.

The Counseling Center offers many resources for students on all mental health topics. All services are free and confidential. 24/7 online assistance is available at ULifeline.

CW offers one-on-one counseling between a student and a counselor. With an "open door policy", students can walk in and talk at any moment.

Another common name for group counseling is a support group in which more than one student meet with a counselor at one time. Meetings occur once a week or every other week and cover a common topic.

Our counselors are available should a student need immediate attention. Of course case of an after 24-hours emergency, call 911.

Both classroom presentations and student workshops occur throughout a semester on various topics led by our counselors.

The goal of The Learning Center is to provide all students with the academic assistance required for success in their coursework. We recognize and emphasize the needs of the students to handle their academic requirements while balancing family and job responsibilities. Tutoring is conducted with the understanding that students have different learning styles that need to be addressed with professionalism and patience. The staff at The Learning Center works collaboratively with instructors to ensure student success in pursuit of their college degrees.

The Learning Center offers a welcoming, comfortable environment for students seeking a quiet area for study and computer utilization.

Staffed by professional academic coaches and peer tutors, The Learning Center provides students with the relevant skills necessary for successful program completion.

Writing labs are offered to all first-year students. The Writing Coaches present the students with a unique and exciting opportunity to put into action what they have been learning in class by engaging them with innovative and thought-provoking activities.

CW utilizes Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Brainfuse provides a unique suite of tutoring, study, and collaboration tools that supports academic studies. Students are able to access Brainfuse’s live, on-demand tutors for a variety of subjects, browse their extensive collection of academic lessons, send in a draft of a paper for review, take a practice test, and use the collaboration tools, among many other options. Simply login to Brainfuse to begin exploring the services today!

The workshops at The Learning Center emphasize time management, study skills, and test-taking skills that offer students basic success strategies that will prove beneficial in successfully meeting their academic challenges.

The Learning Center is equipped with 15 laptop computers all with course-relevant software are available to all students using The Learning Center.

The College of Westchester Library, library.cw.edu, provides access to a wide variety of information resources in order to meet the research needs of students, faculty, and staff. The library provides a welcoming environment with comfortable spaces for individual and group study.

The Library subscribes to core academic databases to include Mergent, Hoover's, Academic Search Elite, Business Search Elite, Medline and more. In addition to online Library database availability throughout the campus, they are also accessible via remote access from off-campus, anywhere an Internet connection can be found (in or out of state).

http://cwlibrarynews.blogspot.com provides Library news, hours and web links to scholarship information and student resources.

Librarians regularly visit classes to provide introductory or specific research competencies utilizing both print and electronic resources. All professional library staff have Masters Degrees accredited by the American Library Association.

The Library has well-equipped computer workstations with the latest software and full range of multimedia capabilities. There are also laptops, Kindles, and iPads available for use in the Library.

The online library and reference desk are a comprehensive series of easy-to-access resources. See link http://library.cw.edu/. The library also has a blog http://cwlibrarynews.blogspot.com/ to make it easy for students to be a part of the library community. The ground library holds over 4,000 books and subscribes to top rated journals and newspapers to include the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, US Today and The Journal News which is also available to online students. The Library also has educational and blockbuster DVDs to include free, on demand, online borrowing through Netflix. Over 2,000 other eBooks can be found in the database: Books24x7. Materials not currently available at the CW Library may be obtained from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan Service.

Students with special learning or physical needs are required to provide documentation at the time of admission. Students with documented learning disabilities can request learning accommodations by meeting with the Dean of Student Academic Services who meets regularly with the Committee on Disabilities. The Committee reviews all requests for accommodations.

The Testing Center at CW offers a wide variety of services for the College community including Admissions/Course Placement Testing, Microsoft Office Certification testing, and Healthcare/Medical Certification testing. Professional test administrators and technical support staffs are available to assist in all aspects of certification testing.

Admissions and academic assessments assure proper course placement for applicants and students. Students can also schedule test outs for selected classes and take makeup exams with the approval of advising and/or instructional staff.

In support of our office technology curricula, CW's Testing Center is a member of the world-wide Certiport Network. Microsoft Office certifications (based on globally recognized standards) demonstrate computing skills and help advance career goals in a competitive job market.

In support of our Allied Health curricula, the Testing Center is a certified PearsonVue testing site offering the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam from the American Medical Technologists (AMT). The Testing Center is also an approved testing site for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) offering certification exams in clinical and administrative medical assisting and in medical billing and coding. Both are nationally recognized in the allied health field as offering competency-based certifications that can enhance professional and personal growth.

Textbooks, workbooks, and various stationery items may be purchased from the Bookstore during scheduled hours of operation. A wide variety of school related items, such as notebooks, highlighters, computer books, locks and calendars are also available.