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Student Sucess Center
In the Student Success Center, we are committed to providing all students the opportunity to achieve academic success by providing a variety of services free of charge. Students can receive placement testing (ACCUPLACER), tutoring, academic advising, test/quiz proctoring, disability counseling, career assessment, and success workshops.
The SSC’s enhance the services already provided to our students. Many students need to increase their basic skills in math, reading, and writing while others may need substantial computer skills as well as upgrading their personal effectiveness skills including problem solving.
Educational Counselors in the Student Success Center help students in overcoming barriers to a successful completion of their college program. Student Success Centers are located on each campus and are staffed with qualified and friendly educational counselors.
Meet the Student Success Center Staff
Bilal Boulali currently serves as the Educational Counselor and Instructional Specialist in Developmental Education at the Advanced Technology Center, located in Ghent, West Virginia. He has responsibility for the Student Success Center. Bilal had taught undergraduate and graduate courses in intergroup dialogue and multicultural practice, and other languages other than English at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon. He has been with New River Community and Technical College since January 2011 as a developmental instructor. In March 2014, he assumed the additional responsibilities of an Educational Counselor. Bilal provides academic support to all students at the Advanced Technology Center, particularly those students taking technical courses including Welding, Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, and Electric Distribution Engineering Technology.
Rachel Kelly is the Educational Counselor on the Greenbrier Valley Campus. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Bluefield State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities with an English specialization in 2005. She also received her certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Prague Schools in Prague, Czech Republic in 2004. Rachel has been associated with New River for the past 14 years. She started as a work-study student in the Student Services office and later worked as a part-time office assistant to the Dean of Student Services. She then continued as an adjunct instructor teaching Developmental English and Life Management Skills in the Prep 4 College Success program. In 2010, she started working full-time as a Program Coordinator in the Success Center and later was promoted to the Educational Counselor. In her free time, Rachel enjoys gardening and Crossfit. She resides in Lewisburg with her husband and two children.
Dianna Putorek, Educational Counselor for the Mercer County Campus, began her career with New River CTC in 2011, as an English Adjunct Instructor, teaching Developmental English, Freshman Composition, and Research. In 2014, she was hired as a full-time faculty member and Educational Counselor. Mrs. Putorek earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University, where she pursued additional coursework in Gifted Education. She resides in Princeton with her husband and three daughters.
In 2008, Sherry was hired at New River as a Records Assistant on the Nicholas County Campus. In 2011, she was promoted to Program Coordinator and later as the Educational Counselor. Her most favorite part of her job is advising and counseling the students. Sherry offers many student success workshops at the Nicholas Campus and teaches GNED 101 Life Skills Management.
Joseph Connard, M.S. has over nine years of professional experience in higher education in the areas of advising, recruiting, enrollment management, student services, and over five years teaching. He joined New River in August 2010. He enjoys helping students achieve their goals and invites students to stop by the Student Success Center at the Raleigh County Campus for assistance.
Coordinator of Student Success Centers
Peggy was hired by New River in January of 2011 after 26 years working at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. She is the Coordinator of the Student Success Centers and the student ADA Coordinator. She received an Associate in Science degree in General Business from SWVCTC, a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluefield State, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia Graduate College.
New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).
To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria: A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC. A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken. A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit. CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades. A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course. A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations. A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC. Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.
Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.
Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors. Tutoring is not available in all subjects. Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.
The following services may be available:
Writing Center Peer Tutoring Career Counseling Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only) Mentoring Study Groups E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs
Online Tutoring through Brainfuse:
Brainfuse is delivered through the web and provides students with expert writing assistance, live tutoring, and more. Tutors and students communicate in real-time through the Brainfuse Online Classroom. There is a 24/7 Question Center for students who need a detailed, structured explanation of key concepts or help with an assignment. Students simply submit their questions and receive feedback from the Brainfuse-certified instructor.
Become a Tutor
The Educational Counselor in the Student Success Centers are eager to talk with interested people and students about how to become a tutor. Professional tutors are generally adjunct faculty or others who hold either a Bachelor or Master’s degree in the area they wish to tutor. If you are interested in becoming a paid, professional tutor, please contact the Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center. Student Peer Tutors are volunteer students who have demonstrated a mastery of the course content they will tutor. An instructor must recommend you for the position based on your performance in their class. Peer tutors will have earned an overall college grade point average of at least a 3.0 and a 3.0 in the subject they wish to tutor. All interested volunteers are encouraged to contact the Educational Counselor on your campus.
Currently the Student Success Center staff will proctor make up exams and assignments by appointment. Proctoring for specific certification exams New River students require is also available by appointment.
Starting a program of study that will eventually lead to successfully obtaining a degree, certificate, or skill set takes careful planning. Students need the guidance of an academic advisor to be assured they are on track to degree completion that leads to a meaningful career. In our Student Success Center we have academic advising available to current students when their faculty advisor is not available and during summers and other specific peak times. Students interested in transfer opportunities to a four year college or University are encouraged to speak to one of the Educational Counsleors. If you are undecided about your career path, there are resources available to help you identify careers that may fit your interests, personality, and aptitude. We have Kuder Journey, an interest inventory that students who are not quite sure which direction to go can take. The assessment is free to New River students and the Educational Counselor can give you instructions and log in information to take the assessment.
Students with disabilities have rights granted by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability support services are offered through the Student Success Centers at New River. Disability related, reasonable accommodations are provided for students with documented and significant impairment to functioning. Documented disabilities include, but are not limited to, hearing and sight impairments, psychiatric disorders, and certain other medical disabilities. Students are required to self-identify to the Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center. That person in turn will consult with the ADA Coordinator for students to a set of reasonable accommodations. Students are responsible for providing current, appropriate documentation of their disability and functional limitations from their physician, psychologist, or other certified official. A recommendation of reasonable accommodations should be included in the letter. Reasonable accommodations are modifications which make a facility or program accessible, thus allowing a qualified individual with a disability equal opportunities. Students are encouraged to start this procedure weeks before the start of the semester to insure appropriate steps are taken for them to reach their full potential in the classroom. Students with disabilities who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability should bring these issues to the attention of the ADA Coordinator.