From the moment a student is admitted into any of Southeast Community College’s programs, advising and career services staff are right there with them, and they stay with the student throughout their academic career and into the professional world. Along every step of each student’s journey, an adviser guides the student toward their academic, professional and personal goals, and the door is open even years after graduation.
“We have shared vision here in advising,” said SCC administrative director of advising Kurt Mueller. “Our No. 1 focus is to serve our students and meet them where they are. That can look very different for a student who’s in the Academic Transfer program who wants to go on and pursue a four-year degree, versus a student who is pursuing a certificate or diploma in one of our trades and just wants to get the skills they need to either get a certain career or move up in their existing career.”
Mueller says students who come to advising fall into “one of two large buckets” as far as questions and concerns go. The first of these is academic planning, such as which courses a student should take in a particular semester and what schedule they need as they prepare for a four-year degree elsewhere or a job. Advisers can help create a plan tailored to each student from the first semester onward. The advising staff can also help students triage issues affecting academic performance, offering solutions that include tutoring and referrals for housing, finances and beyond.
“Our advisers generally are the first professionals that students meet,” said Mueller. “They serve as a student’s go-to person for the time they’re here.”
For recent graduates and alumni looking to advance or change careers, career services is a resource available at SCC.
“The majority of students and graduates that come to see me are really concerned about whether their resume accurately shows their skills or their selling points,” says SCC Lincoln Campus career services specialist Heather Waite. “That’s the No. 1 piece that I tend to work on with students and graduates.”
But it's not just helping students and grads better promote themselves and their skills to potential employers. The career services staff also bring employers to Southeast to recruit new employees from the student body through career fairs, individual presentations and on-campus interviews. Waite says in today’s job market, employers are beating down her door to be “a part of anything” SCC does on campus “because they’re in such need to fill their positions.”
“We’re really fortunate here with the caliber of our instructors and instruction that we know our students are coming out of their programs well-prepared,” said Waite. “The greatest part about what we offer in career services is a lifelong service for them. It’s comforting to know that in the future, alumni can always come back and utilize the career services here.”
Through three campuses and six learning centers, Southeast Community College offers nearly 60 career/technical and transfer programs and awards associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, as well as continuing education program options. For more information, visit southeast.edu.