Academic Preparedness

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Placement

Location

Assessment Center, Room 217, Medlin Campus Center, Jamestown Campus

Hours

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm (Last test begins at 6pm)

Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm (Last test begins at 4pm)

New Students

All new students who enroll at the college in an academic program, with no prior college experience must take a placement test. The current test is NCDAP. Evidence of success in college English or math at another college may waive the requirement to take the placement test.

Placement Test

The NCDAP is a computer based test. The NCDAP is an assessment of skills in written English, reading and math. The NCDAP results will assist counselors and advisers, as well as yourself to properly schedule appropriate classes for your initial term of entry and beyond.

The NCDAP is primarily an untimed placement test. The WritePlacer essay is the only component that has a maximum time limit of 2 hours. Otherwise, students can take as much time

as needed to complete the test. The average time for testing will depend on how many sections of the test you need to take:

  • NCDAP English and NCDAP Math = 4 hours
  • NCDAP English only = 2 hours
  • Reading/Revising and Editing Writing = 1 hour 30 minutes
  • WritePlacer essay = 40 minutes
  • NCDAP Math only = 2 hours

Where can I take the placement test?

We administer the NCDAP test by on a walk-in basis at the Jamestown Campus Assessment Center. A test appointment is required for placement testing on GTCC’s other campuses.

Please click here for more information on the Placement Test.

Faculty

Credentials

The faculty of Guilford Technical Community College have a variety of college and work experiences. Most of the instructors in the technical programs come from industry and have on the job experience. The instructors in college transfer courses have masters degrees or higher and have expertise in the field in which they teach. Developmental education instructors have teaching experience and are trained in working with academically deficient students. The college catalog lists all full-time, credentialed faculty at the end of that publication. Many part time faculty work during the day and teach at night, providing a seamless contact relating work experience to their teaching assignment.

Classroom

The faculty provide each student in class with a syllabus at the beginning of the term (it is important not to miss the first class-essential information is provided during that first meeting). The syllabus will give the student information about the course: content, objectives, outcomes, and unit instruction timeline. In addition, the syllabus will show the grading policy, the final grade calculation process, the attendance policy, and the withdrawal policy.

Note: failing to officially withdraw from a class will result in a grade of F.

Office Hours

The faculty will note office hours on the syllabus, as well as office location. Each faculty will identify several hours during the week that they are available to assist students by appointment in their office. Students are encouraged to contact instructors for an appointment to discuss academic progress, career options, and other matters of importance related to academic success.

Grading

The GTCC grading scale is as follows:

A: 94-100,
B: 86-93,
C: 78-85,
D: 70-77
F: Below 70

Some courses use S and U; S and U grades count toward graduation, but are not calculated into the grade-point-average.

Students can receive an incomplete (grade of I), but an I must be completed or removed by the 70% point of the next term or the I will become an F. Students can also get credit by proficiency for courses, which must be approved and administered during the first week of a course. Proficiency grades do not compute in the grade-point-average, but do count to meet required hours for graduation.

Please be reminded that faculty are your best source of information and are your guides to your success in a course. Use them to your best advantage.

Advisor

A faculty advisor will advise students of their course options and monitor their program plan throughout their enrollment at GTCC. It is, however, the student’s responsibility to contact his/her faculty advisor.

Assignment

Each student enrolled in a program of study for a degree, diploma, or certificate is assigned an advisor in his or her program.

Responsibility

The assigned advisor will be available to assist advisees with a variety of issues: academic performance, academic standing, career exploration, career choice, program plan, registration, and graduation requirements. An advisor is also a good person to consult about jobs and employment outlook.

Registration

Students should meet with their assigned advisor during the advising period prior to registration for a coming term. The registration notice, which is mailed about two weeks prior to registration for a coming term will show students the name of their advisor, the advisor’s telephone extension and room number. Students will contact their advisor (office hours are posted on each faculty members office door) who will help them select the appropriate courses and provide the student with his or her PIN (personal identification number) to register.  New students are required to be advised by the advising cadre their first term of enrollment.

Students should be prepared for the advising session by getting a course schedule and reviewing program requirements prior to the advising session. A list of courses and alternative courses should be prepared by the student before the advising session. The faculty advisor will have access to each advisees “program plan,” which is a listing of required courses and those completed to date by the student. Students should ask their advisor for a copy. The program plan is a good guide for course selection and as a graduation audit template. Program plans are available from the Records Department, Admissions and Records Office, Medlin Campus Center, Jamestown Campus, at any time.

Academic Services

Computer Lab

Students can use the computer lab in the Percy Sears Applied Technologies Center. The lab has about 100 computers and is open six days and four evenings a week. The computers in the lab can be used by students (ID required) to complete course assignments, to practice computer skills, and to do work required in on-line courses. Read more

Learning Assistance Center

The Learning Assistance Center is a support service for students enrolled in developmental English, math, and reading courses. In addition, any GTCC student who is interested in strengthening his or her basic academic and study skills is encouraged to come by the L.A.C. for individual assistance.

The Learning Assistance Center provides free tutoring to currently enrolled GTCC students who seek assistance with their coursework. The purpose of the tutoring program is to help students become independent and successful learners by assisting them to develop good study skills, to increase their understanding of course content, to enhance their self-confidence, and to develop a positive attitude toward learning.

Tutors are paid by the college. The majority of tutors are currently enrolled students who have made an A or B in the course or its equivalent, in which they are tutoring and have been recommended by their instructor.

All students interested in receiving tutorial assistance or being a tutor should see the Learning Assistance Center staff for an appropriate application form. Read more

Writing Center

If a student needs help with a writing assignment, the student can go to the Writing Center, located on the third floor of the LRC (library), Jamestown Campus. The services are free to enrolled students. The Writing Center also provides online services, as well as services on other campuses.  Read more

Library

GTCC has three libraries: Jamestown Campus, Greensboro Campus, High Point Campus, Cameron Campus, Aviation Campus. Library website