WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

Retention of college students is a unique challenge for any community college. At WVNCC, we make persistence of our students a top priority to help them achieve their educational goals. We view retention as a college-wide responsibility: faculty, staff, and administration all work to serve students in a way that encourages their success and persistence in coursework. The college has also appointed a Director of "Academic" Student Support Services to focus heavily on retention and student success initiatives and to tie in services (tutoring and support services for disabilities students) that enhance academic support in and out of the classroom. Our goal is to empower students with the tools they need to be successful in navigating their educational experience at Northern.

Retention and Student Success Initiatives

 Links to Online Resources


 This system provides students with time management and easy communication tools to stay in touch with instructors and academic support services staff.


 Student Success Blog.  Become a follower of this blog for important and regular information from college staff about student success tips, registration, advising, college policies, and more.             




 Financial Literacy and Student Success wiki. This wiki was used to give students in an orientation course access to all course materials.  The site is still available for those looking for helpful information about money management and student success strategies.

Links to Presentations for Student Success

Goal Setting & Time Management.  View the information in this presentation to learn and practice the importance of setting short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals and accomplishing those goals with effective time management strategies during your time in school (and thereafter).

Stress Management.  This presentation covers everything you need to know about stress to start taking over your life rather than stress taking over you.  Learn the definition of stress, the causes of stress, its effects, and behavioral, physical, and cognitive strategies for coping with stress.

Note-taking Tips.  Note-taking is a key activity to practice and  use in the classroom.  All students can benefit from understanding effective note-taking, which includes using active listening skills, adopting a note-taking system that works for the individual and the class, and picking out key verbal and nonverbal cues from instructors to discern which information is the most "noteworthy."   

Test-taking Tips.  Tests can be just about any student's "scary monster in the closet."  However, knowing how to prepare for tests from the first day of class and after can help any student conquer the test beast.



For those wanting to learn more, contact VACANT, Director/"Academic" Student Support Services, at 304-214-8853 or @wvncc.edu.