Feb 20, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
  
2019-2020 College Catalog

Student Services and Activities



Western Iowa Tech Community College offers a variety of student services. Professionally trained staff and counselors are accessible to all students.

Career Services

Career Planning

The Career Services Center is located in Enrollment services and is available to all WITCC prospective and current students. Career Exploration sessions assist individuals who are undecided about their career options to find direction in a career path. Resume writing, resume review, job search tips, interview tips, and live mock interviews are services available to students throughout the year.

Transfer Information

College catalogs and transfer information for four-year colleges and universities are located in Enrollment Services. Transfer representatives from regional colleges visit WITCC regularly to provide information to students pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Please ask for further details at the front desk in Enrollment Services.

Student Services at Branch Campuses

Arrangements for career counseling, tutoring, and other student services are available at the branch campuses upon request. Contact the Director at each branch campus as to how to access the requested services.

Student Housing and Residence Life

WITCC’s student housing is located on the Sioux City Campus, within short walking distance of all campus buildings. Prairie Place and Bur Oak Suites offer private bedrooms in suite-style living quarters. The Sun Ridge Court offers apartment-style living. Students who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan each semester. Please contact the student housing office at (712) 274-6417 for further details or questions.

Campus Bookstore

The WITCC Bookstore is located across from the Overlook Cafeteria. Students may purchase textbooks, supplies, clothing and novelty items at the bookstore or order them online for delivery or pick-up at bookstore.witcc.edu. Bookstore hours and return policies can also be found on the website.

Payment for bookstore merchandise is due at the time of the purchase. Accepted methods of payment are cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Students sponsored by an agency (JTP, DVRS, Promise Jobs, etc.) must have a written authorization from the agency before charges can be processed. Students receiving federal grants can charge against the balance remaining after tuition and fees. Sponsored students and students with federal grants can begin charging one week before the semester begins.

Rather than a physical textbook, some courses use digital content embedded into the course to provide an adaptive learning platform that minimizes the cost of the textbooks required for students. Costs of the digital content varies and is charged to the student through a course fee associated with the course. There is no tangible item that must be purchased through the bookstore.

If a student does not want to utilize this content, the student may opt-out and receive a refund on the charged fee. Opt-outs are only accepted within the first 10 days of the course and must be requested through the bookstore. Access to the digital materials are then removed and the student is responsible to find the required course materials by other means.

Book Return Policy

  1. You MUST have your receipt for any returns.
  2. Fall and Spring Semesters: Textbooks must be returned within two weeks from the start of class for a full refund. Summer Semester: Textbooks must be returned within one week from the start of class for a full refund. Textbooks must be in the same condition as when purchased for full refund. Books CANNOT be returned if written or highlighted in. Books with shrink wrap CANNOT be returned if removed from wrap.
  3. Clothing must be returned within two weeks of the dated receipt and in new condition. Supplies cannot be returned.
  4. Defective products should be returned immediately for refund or exchange.
  5. A “Used Book Buyback” is usually held during the last week of each semester. Dates and times will be posted at all locations. Books are purchased for a “used book” wholesaler. Prices are based on national demands and resale value.

Student Activities and Special Services

Student Senate

Student Senate is a campus-wide student-run organization composed of students working together to promote cooperation and communication among the administration, the faculty, and student body. Student Senate is responsible for all recreation, social, and entertainment events that occur. They plan and coordinate activities on- and off-campus such as movie nights, treat days, WITStock, and much more in Student Senate meetings. All students are welcome to participate.

Student Organizations and Clubs

Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the many student organizations. Several are associated with particular academic programs of study. Hobby interest clubs are also available depending on student interest. Each group must have a faculty advisor and must be chartered by the Student Senate.

Student Activities

The Student Activities Office plans and coordinates a variety of special activities that involve community service activities, music groups, comedians, picnics, dances, club sports, and various trips.

Student Center

A 40,000 square foot gymnasium and well-equipped fitness center are available for students and staff to use as well as rooms for classes and meetings.

Student Insurance

Western Iowa Tech Community College does not have a compulsory insurance plan, but the college recommends that students enroll in a voluntary group accident and/or health insurance plan, available through commercial insurance companies. If students are enrolled as a member of a family health or hospital related plan, students should check to see at what age that coverage ends.

Counseling

Group and individual counseling sessions for students who are questioning their career options or coping with personal issues are available with the college counselor located in Enrollment Services. Disability Services Persons with documented disabilities may request reasonable accommodations. The student should indicate the nature of the disability and identify specific needs and/or requested accommodations. The student is responsible for providing documentation of the disability.

Approved accommodations include modified adaptations; alternative testing, specialized study aids, color-coded materials, large print copies, and assistive technology may be made available as needed.

The Disability Services Coordinator is located in Enrollment Services, Room A323, and can be reached by calling (712) 274-8733, ext. 3216.

The Kurzweil Reader is available to all WITCC students and is located in the WITCC Computer Lab.

See College Policies  for additional information.

Testing Center

Types of tests administered:

  • ALEKS Math Assessment (PPL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). These are national tests that can be taken to show proficiency in a subject and receive college credit for that topic.
  • High School Equivalency Tests (HiSET®)
  • VUE Tests
    • Cisco
    • Comp TIA
  • Make-up tests for WITCC classes
  • Online class tests
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Other community requested testing

Assessment

The ALEKS Math Assessment may be required of students entering General Studies programs and/or courses as well as those programs with designated ALEKS cut scores. Individual interpretation of the results is provided. Check with an Advisor for assessment requirements and referral to the Testing Center.

Learning Achievement Center

The Learning Achievement Center represents the heart of the campus. It contains Library Services, The Comet Learning Center, and the Open Computer Lab.

Library Services

  • A collection consisting of more than 46,000 print and media items providing information in diverse formats;
  • Subscriptions to hundreds of periodical titles and to local and regional newspapers;
  • Reference assistance and bibliographic instruction;
  • Worldwide interlibrary loan service;
  • Patron privileges at all the Sioux City Library cooperative libraries with verification that you are a current WITCC student;
  • Check out privileges at most libraries in Iowa with verification that you are a current WITCC student;
  • Visit our Web site at www.witcc.edu/library for access to:
    • 36 online databases under the umbrella of 11 companies, with full text components;
    • Online and interactive encyclopedias;
    • More than 12,000 electronic books;
    • Quick access to electronic newspapers and Web sites verified to have accurate information available from our Web site.

Comet Learning Center

Tutoring The Comet Learning Center, located in the Learning Achievement Center, provides drop-in tutoring services in various subject areas for registered WITCC students. No appointment is necessary. Individual tutor schedules are posted each semester. The Comet Learning Center employs both peer and professional tutors. Tutoring services are offered free of charge to enrolled WITCC students.

Supplemental Instruction The Comet Learning Center coordinates Supplemental Instruction sessions for select courses each semester. These sessions take place outside of class time and offer students an opportunity to review important material in a group setting with a qualified Supplemental Instruction Leader (student who has previously mastered the course material). Students who participate in the free Supplemental Instruction sessions have historically outperformed other students in the class.

Computer Resources

  • Computers and related technology are available to support the college curriculum and provide access to the Internet.
  • A computer login account will be created for each student that enables them to use the college’s academic and system software for the duration of their classroom experience.
  • Accounts for my.witcc.edu, the WITCC student portal, will also be created for each student upon registration. Students will be able to access all classroom related information, register for courses, send e-mail, find campus club information, College and community news, and much, much more!

High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Preparation

The HSED program is designed to improve literacy skill levels in reading, writing, math, problem solving, and other literacy skills. The HSED diploma is a goal of many of the adult learners. Learners progress at their own pace using a variety of resources including print materials and computer-aided instruction. HSED classes are located in A424.

English Language Learners (ELL)

The ELL program is designed to improve the skill levels of English language learners in speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Classes progress from basic through advanced English literacy. Classroom instruction, supplemented by computer-aided instruction, is competency-based with emphasis on life and employability skills.

ELL classes are located in the Corporate College, B152.

Special Programs

TRiO Student Support Services Program

TRiO Student Support Services is an equal opportunity, federally funded program designed to provide opportunities that will increase a student’s chances for success in college. Services offered through TRiO-SSS are available to all eligible participants free of charge. Students will receive the guidance and encouragement needed to successfully complete their studies at WITCC and transfer to the four-year college of their choice.

Services unique to TRiO Student Support Services students include:

  • Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshmen
  • Free tutoring, including computer-aided instruction
  • Exposure to cultural events and experiences
  • Campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Transfer assistance
  • Personal, academic, and financial aid advising
  • Peer Mentoring Program

To find out if you are eligible, contact the TRiO Student Support Services program at WITCC at (712) 274-8733-Sioux City ext. 3247, Denison ext. 2636, Cherokee ext. 2416- and make an appointment to meet with one of the staff; or stop by the office, located in The Comet Learning Center.

WITCC also administers the TRiO Educational Talent Search and the Upward Bound TRiO programs. These programs help prepare middle school and high school youth for college.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services of the Iowa Department of Education assists individuals who have a physical or mental impairment which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment for that individual.

Specific eligibility requirements are available from the Rehabilitation Counselor located in the Enrollment Services Office. For more information, contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at (712) 274-8733, ext. 1254.

Job Training Partners (JTP)/Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services

Job Training Partners administers the WIOA services in the Region 12 area in Iowa. The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs serve low-income adults, dislocated workers, and disadvantaged, low-income youth. Participants can obtain assistance to earn a HSED; receive assistance in creating a quality resume, cover letter, and thank-you notes; receive personalized career development and job search assistance; and in some cases receive funding assistance to complete an educational program.

Educational programs must be completed within two years and the individual must be job ready at the completion of their education. Assistance is available to help with support services such as dependent care and transportation during an educational program. Job Training Partners’ staff provides individualized career development, case management, and employment services to participants who are enrolled in WIOA services. Low income adults and youth must reside in Region 12 in order to be eligible for services. Dislocated workers may be eligible for WIOA services if the employer from which they were dislocated is based in one of the five counties in Region 12. Under certain circumstances, WIOA services may be provided to a resident of Region 12 who was dislocated from an employer in a neighboring state.

Job Training Partners, which houses WIOA low income adult, dislocated worker, and youth services, is located in Room A325. You can reach Job Training Partners at (712) 274-6401.