Noteworthy

5 Things You Need to Know

Posted on August 17, 2012

by Heather Busch

Welcome to Tyler.  We are so glad you are here!  To help get you off to a great start, we've compiled a list of five things we think you need to know.

Dates and deadlines matter.
In college, you’ve got to pay attention to deadlines – and not just to the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.  Use these tools, and be prepared:

The academic calendar has dates for dropping and withdrawing from classes. (There is a difference.)  Protect your GPA and financial aid eligibility, and add these dates to your calendar.  The academic calendar also includes handy information like days the College is closed. Those are good to know…so you can, you know, study on your days off.

The syllabus in each of your classes is also packed with relevant dates and deadlines.  Keep it and refer to it often!

Finally, there is a general college calendar that includes event information, as well as the academic calendar.

We’ll communicate with you in lots of ways.
There’s lots of important and cool stuff happening at Tyler.  Stay tuned to these things, and you’ll always be up-to-date:

Your instructors
Your course syllabi
VCCS student e-mail
Blackboard message space
www.jtcc.edu
Facebook
Twitter
Tyler Alert
YouTube
News stories
Electronic message boards
Bulletin boards around campus

We’re here to help.
Our vision statement is a “success story for every student,” and we try to live that idea every day.  If you need help, these resources are available:

Academic advisors
College catalogs
Counselors
Disabilities support services
In-person and online tutoring at the Student Success Centers
Librarians and online research capabilities
Maps
myTyler Help
Safety and security information
Student Handbook
Student Information Center
Testing Centers

Not finding what you need?  Ask on our Facebook page, search our directory or use our list of offices and divisions to find the information or contacts you need.

You’ll be seeing a lot about the QEP this semester – for a great reason!
QEP stands for Quality Enhancement Plan.  Our QEP is called Tyler Connections: Making the First Year Count, and it’s all about improving the first-year experience and student learning at Tyler.

The QEP is an important part of our reaccreditation process, and this fall, a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the College’s regional accrediting agency, will be visiting the College.  It’s possible that members of the team will ask students about the College’s QEP during the visit, so we’ll be working hard to be sure all our students know what the QEP is and why it is important to them.  Are you an overachiever who can’t wait to see what this QEP thing is all about?  Visit www.jtcc.edu/qep.

Don’t be afraid to get involved.
Ok, we don’t have dining halls, dorms or a football team.  But, we do have clubs, events and a soccer team.  Embrace the student experience, and get involved.  Here’s just some of what we have going on at Tyler:

Hello, JTCC picnics complete with a photo booth, giveaways and free food this August and September
Diverse clubs and activities
Volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, Angel Tree and more
Events like Full Moon Madness, Veterans Day and Fool for Art

You can’t get involved if you don’t know about stuff, so read your VCCS student e-mail, check the calendar, like us Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  Then, get out there and have fun!

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