A professional counseling staff is available to assist students in solving problems which may interfere with their academic progress at Germanna. Contact the Counseling Center at Germanna’s locations for availability and hours of operation. Students may make appointments with a specific counselor or walk in and be seen by the first available counselor. Evening appointments are also available at specific locations. Please visit the Counseling Center’s web site on Germanna’s home page for additional information.
Academic and Career Planning: Academic and vocational plans, goals, and opportunities may be discussed and explored with a counselor. Careful consideration is given to motivation, abilities, aptitudes and past achievements, when assisting a student to select a program. Appropriate tests and inventories, including Virginia Educational Wizard, and other computerized career guidance programs are also available to help in decision making. Career Development Services: The Counseling Center provides resources for students who have career development concerns. A variety of resources is available free of charge. Career services are available to employers, currently enrolled students, alumni and community members. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to use these services to ensure that personnel are available to provide assistance and direction. Contact the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment. Additional information on career development may be found on the Counseling Center’s web site on Germanna’s home page.
Career Development Services include:
- A job vacancy bulletin board listing full- and part-time positions.
- Annual career fairs held each Spring at both campuses providing students the opportunity to discuss potential careers and possible job opportunities with local and regional employers.
- Several computer career assessment tools, including the Virginia Education Wizard, are available for self-assessment and career research.
- A list of Internet resources, including the Virginia Employment Commission job listing.
- A career resources library housing videos, books and written materials covering the spectrum of career search concerns.
- Individual and group counseling sessions on topics such as choosing a career, career planning, writing a resume, job hunting tips, cover letters and thank you notes, and the hidden job market.
Personal: Sometimes college students may be confronted with new and perplexing situations which create pressures and anxieties that require professional assistance. The counselors are trained to give individual help on a strictly confidential basis. Appropriate referrals are made when necessary.
Support Groups: The counselors provide group counseling experiences for students when there is interest and when this type of experience is considered beneficial (for example, test anxiety, Disabilities Support Group, etc.). Students may contact the Counseling Center if they are interested in initiating and/or participating in a support group.
College Success Skills: All curricular students, except those in career studies certificate programs, must complete an SDV 100 course designed primarily to foster student success. The course assists students in developing and practicing skills and strategies which promote a successful college experience. This course should be completed in the first semester of enrollment at Germanna Community College, unless the student is not required to complete an SDV course because the completion of a previous college degree. The requirement may be met through course substitution for students who hold an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution. Other requests for course substitution may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must still successfully complete the required number of credits for their degree. Students seeking substitute credit for the SDV requirement should contact the Dean of Student Development.
Testing: A variety of tests, inventories, and assessment tools are available in the Counseling Center. By recommendation of a counselor, tests are used as a resource tool in the counseling process. Tests for determining career interests, for measuring study habits and attitudes, as well as educational ability levels are available. These tools can help students better understand themselves, their interests, motivations, abilities, and occupational and life goals. Frequently, tests are recommended by the counselor during conference, but they are also available upon request.
Academic Advising: The counseling staff provides assistance in program selection for new students and in course selection for undecided and non-degree students.
Transfer Planning: Counselors are available to help students plan for transferring to another college. The transfer webpage on the Germanna website includes links to transfer guides and information regarding Germanna’s Guaranteed Admissions Agreements. Materials and books which provide profiles of American colleges, and computers to utilize the Virginia Education Wizard, are also available in the Counseling Center. These materials will allow the student to carefully plan a transfer program. The counselors can help weigh factors to be considered in making transfer choices (for example, admissions standards, school size, application deadlines, number of hours and courses accepted for transferring, etc.). A “College Tour” is scheduled annually in the Fall Semester. Representatives from most Virginia four year colleges and some from other states will visit Germanna to discuss their colleges with interested students.