Being one of only 13 colleges nation-wide selected, Pierpont Community & Technical College has partnered with ‘the Higher Learning Commission’ to participate in a new Student Success Academy.
The opportunity with the ‘Higher Learning Commission’ will aid the campus’ assistance to provide all students the ability to successfully complete graduation.
“Their main focus is to help colleges work on persistence and retention issues and the long and short of that is we just want to get as many people into college and to persist through until time of graduation.” said Nancy Williams-Parks director of advising & assessment.
Student-focused research confirmed fewer than three-quarters of the overall admitted Pierpont students completed their FAFSA application in the appropriate time frame.
“We’re looking at, where our students come from and to increase enrollments and certain areas that maybe we neglected so far and to work and study to see where students might stop out of programs and how best to get them back in.” said Parks.
As a result, Pierpont plans to transition to a ‘guided-pathways’ approach, that will embed more immediate academic rewards to associate degree programs, while looking at ways to extend their services through the state.
“We’re the only Community and Technical College in North Central West Virginia, so that’s a big region, we’ve got a huge service region to attract, but we don’t want to limit our self to just right in our own neighborhood, but to look out to other kids around the state.” Parks said.
Pierpont’s Campus Visitation Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Advance Technology Center for students looking come to college in Spring.