Vocational Support Services

  • Vocational Support Services (VSS) provides instructional support to students enrolled in career and technology education programs leading to an A.A.S. degree.  Our staff members introduce students to assessments that assist students with identifying learning strengths, targeting areas for improvement, and building the skills for successful learning in order to accomplish individual educational goals. The student and VSS staff member(s) work with other campus support services to identify barriers to success and develop strategies to help the student deal effectively with the demands of college studies.  

    Services Available
    • Study Skills Advising – individual and small group assistance targeting study skills and learning strategies.
    • Skills Enrichment Workshops – a series of workshops throughout the Fall and Spring semesters that highlight study skills and life management topics. Workshop topics include Multiple-choice Test Taking, Memory Techniques, Time Management, Overcoming Procrastination, and Math Anxiety. Many faculty permit students to include workshop participation as part of required learning lab hours or as one of the required out-of-class activities. Check with your individual instructor.
    • LASSI - 80-item assessment of students' awareness about and use of learning and study strategies related to skill, will and self-regulation components of strategic learning.
    • Camelot – a diagnostic test of your strengths and weaknesses in taking multiple choice tests. This may be done individually or as part of a class room presentation.
    • Academic Success Keys (ASK) – a reference grid to help guide you to resources available at the college.
    • Consultation with faculty – VSS staff are available to consult with faculty on concerns regarding individual students, provide classroom presentations on a variety of study skills topics, and identify resources on how to foster development of learning strategies and critical thinking skills in students.
    • Transition Services – students participating in VSS or Tech Prep programs in high school are eligible to participate in special transition programs.

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  • Vocational Support Services

    Office Hours:

    08:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday

    Address

    Marlboro Hall 2102

    Phone:

    301-322-0730

    Email us:

    vss@pgcc.edu

  • Vocational Support Services Staff:
    • Crystal M. Smith, Manager, Student Success Programs
    • Laura D. Harver, Retention Advisor
    • Maurice A. H. Gatling, VSS Advisor
    • Patricia Woods, Office Associate