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June 26, 2020

Have questions as a first-time student at JCCC? We’ve got answers.

You’ve been accepted to Johnson County Community College. Congratulations! You’ve made an excellent choice. As a new student, you probably have many questions about the admissions and enrollment process, student resources, paying for college, getting involved on campus and more—and we have answers. Here are the top ten things every new student at JCCC needs to know.

10. My acceptance email says I need to complete my Personal Admission Plan. What’s that and why is it important?

Your Personal Admission Plan is a checklist of tasks that need to be completed before you can enroll in classes. It might include placement testing, submitting ACT scores, completing New Student Orientation or submitting additional paperwork. Your ACCUPLACER or ACT scores will determine what courses are best for your skill level. If you haven’t taken the ACT, you can take the ACCUPLACER for free. Visit Testing Services (third floor, Student Center) for more information. Don’t worry; these tests aren’t timed, and you can’t fail them! Scores are used strictly for course placement.

9. I’m required to complete New Student Orientation. What’s that?

New Student Orientations are designed to help you be a successful student at JCCC, and are offered two ways: in person and online. The in-person option allows you to connect with a Success Advocate, who will help you log into your JCCC account and give you an overview of enrollment, financial aid, student resources and more. This is a great time to ask questions and schedule a future appointment with your Success Advocate. Not only can Success Advocates help you create a personalized action plan and connect you to valuable resources, they can also serve as a mentor for your first year. That’s something every college student could use! The online version of orientation covers this same content in a video format, and after completion, your Success Advocate will reach out to you by email.

8. What if I don’t know what I want to study? What if I’m still deciding?

It’s no problem if you’re still deciding on your college major or career path. The Career Development Center is ready to help! Sign up for a free Choices workshop to guide you through the beginning stages of the career decision-making process. CliftonStrengths workshops help you discover your top five natural strengths and how they can contribute to your success in college and beyond. The Career Development Center can also assist with major and occupation exploration, résumé preparation, job searches, interview practice and more. Drop by in person (second floor, Student Center) or explore their online resources!

7. How should I select my courses? Can I do it by myself?

You could create your own course schedule, but it’s always best to get assistance from a JCCC Counselor. Counselors provide academic, personal and career advising for students. They know what courses are required for specific programs, and can help create a course schedule based on individual needs, responsibilities and goals. They also provide short-term personal counseling and assistance in crisis situations. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 913-469-3809. You can also connect with counselors by email or instant messaging.

6. I was on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in high school. How do I get accommodations for my disability at JCCC?

If you have a documented disability, Access Services can provide support and help you accomplish your educational goals. To request accommodations, complete an application through the myAccess portal on the Access Services webpage. You’ll also need to upload documentation directly to the portal or email your forms to myAccess@jccc.edu so an advisor can review them to determine eligibility. To schedule an appointment with an Access Services advisor, call 913-469-3521 or email them at accessservices@jccc.edu.

5. I didn’t take high school very seriously but really want to succeed in college. Do you offer free tutoring?

We do! Students can get free, weekly individualized help in any course through the Academic Achievement Center’s tutoring program. The AAC provides assistance with time management, organization, reading, study skills, test preparation and campus technology. Our recently created Academic Resource Center (ARC) is also available for free in-person or online tutoring assistance in a variety of subjects.

4. I’m worried that college will break the bank. What should I do?

JCCC offers several ways to help pay for college, so don’t fret! We recommend new students visit the Financial Aid office (second floor, Student Center) to get information about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), grants and student loans, the federal work-study program and scholarships. The Bursar’s Office also offers a helpful payment plan if you prefer to pay tuition in installments.

3. I’ll need to work while attending JCCC. Can someone help me find a job?

The Career Development Center can assist with your job search. Their staff can connect you to off-campus job opportunities, or you can use their online resources to explore for yourself. Be sure to register with JobLinks, a free job and internship database provided for JCCC students and alumni. Interested in working on campus? Check out current job postings at Explore Careers at JCCC.

2. I would like take classes on campus, but I don’t have a car. What are my options?

JCCC has partnered with RideKC to offer U-Pass, a service that allows you to use your student ID card and ride free on most RideKC bus routes. No sign-up is required; simply swipe your JCCC ID at the fare box! For maps, schedules and additional ticket information, visit RideKC , or download the Transit app. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Student Engagement desk (first floor, Student Center).

In addition, Micro Transit is an on-demand public transit option at your service. Get picked up at your house and dropped off on campus at your convenience for only $1.50. Search for the Microtransit app on the Google Play or Apple App Stores to request your first ride!

1. I’m concerned I’ll have a hard time meeting people. How can I make friends at JCCC?

Although JCCC is a commuter campus (with no on-campus housing), there are lots of ways to connect with other students and make friends! Here are a few options:

We’re glad you’ve chosen to become a JCCC Cavalier! We can’t wait to show you what college life, and our campus, has to offer!

If you have additional questions about being a new student at JCCC, stop by the second floor of the Student Center, where many of our helpful resources are housed.