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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WCC Offers Help With Transferring

Want to transfer to a four-year school but don’t know where to start? WCC offers lots of resources to help you.

One of the most important is the Spring Transfer Fair, where representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building.

The fair gives students a chance to comparison shop lots of colleges at once, said John Rinke, director of Support Services. It also lets students look at schools that might not be on their radar, such as Northern Michigan University and the Savannah College of Art & Design. “It’s a good way to learn about other schools you haven’t heard of or considered,” said Rhonda Gilmore, a counselor in Counseling & Career Planning.

The Transfer Fair is a great place to ask questions about things like programs, admissions requirements, application deadlines, costs, and scholarships, Gilmore said. Students also should pick up written materials such as catalogs or program guides that they can review later, said another counselor in Counseling & Career Planning.

Begin Planning Early

Students who want to transfer should start planning even before they register for their first WCC classes, Jordan said. As soon as students finish taking COMPASS placement tests and orientation, they should see a counselor, he said. “They need to come see us early,” he said.

Counselors can help identify strong programs at various schools, determine which WCC classes will transfer to specific schools, design class sequences that will make it easier to maintain a strong GPA, provide career counseling, and do much more to help smooth the transfer process.

Although some who plan to transfer don’t initially know what field they’ll pursue, it’s easier if students have a goal in sight, Jordan said. “Begin with the end in mind, and then design an academic plan to reach your goal,” he said. While keeping that end goal in sight, Jordan said, it’s also important to keep in mind that data show that students will have an average of four to six careers—not jobs—over their lifetimes.

Students who want to transfer need to do some homework, Gilmore said. This can include looking at the websites of potential transfer schools, determining what’s needed to enter a certain program, and visiting campuses and talking to professors, among other activities, she said.

Find Out Which Classes Transfer

The key to transferring is making sure that classes you take at WCC will transfer to your intended four-year school. Michigan’s community colleges and four-year schools have made this easier through the MACRAO transfer agreement. Under the agreement, which is named for the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, students can transfer up to 30 credit hours of classes to meet many or all of the general education requirements at four-year schools. But only certain classes transfer under the agreement, and you must get at least a C for them to transfer.

WCC’s website offers lots of help with your transfer planning:

Transfer resources: A gateway to WCC’s transferring information
Articulation agreements: Formal pacts that list what classes transfer to specific schools
Transfer guides: Lists of classes needed to transfer to specific schools
Course-for-course equivalencies: WCC classes and their equivalents elsewhere
Schedule of campus visitations: When reps from four-year schools will visit WCC     

See a Counselor

While the online resources are very helpful, they’re no substitute for talking to a counselor. You can make an appointment to see a counselor by calling Counseling & Career Planning at 734-677-5102. Walk-in counseling is also available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 6:30pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

You also can submit basic advising questions through the Internet and receive replies by email or phone. If you need more help and it’s hard for you to get to campus, you can use WCC’s real-time online advising service. Your computer needs a high-speed Internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone for you to take full advantage of the service.

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