Academic Advising


Academic advising is designed to support students’ efforts to successfully complete their programs and to help them avoid the need to repeat coursework. Students who have questions about program requirements, administrative rules, GPAs or other academic results that indicate standards of academic progress requirements may not be met, are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising as soon as possible.

Pacific Institute of Technology advising is limited to academic matters. Personal or therapeutic counseling is not provided; students needing such counseling will be referred to appropriate agencies.


Career Services

The College’s primary focus is to produce graduates who fulfill the evolving needs of the communities that the College serves. Students and graduates can take advantage of numerous career services that enhance their educational experience. The Career Services Department helps students and graduates acquire professional development skills that will serve them throughout their careers. Areas addressed include assessing career goals; developing résumés; increasing marketability; building networking and interviewing techniques; and improving salary negotiation skills. Additional assistance is provided through local and national job postings, which identify currently available career opportunities. Students should note that the College cannot and does not guarantee employment.


Community Service

Every year, the College organizes various charitable drives, including food drives, toy drives, clothing drives, book drives, etc. These events occur at various periods during the year. All members of the PIT community are asked and encouraged to make donations, which are collected and donated to hardworking charitable organization.


Disability Support Services

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Pacific Tech seeks to give equal opportunity and access to students with disabilities. A student with a disability who requires special attention or accommodation should contact the Office of Student Services to establish his/her disability and make a “Reasonable Accommodation” request. The student should submit in writing the nature of the disability or the special request(s), any documents establishing the disability or special needs, and the student’s request for special accommodation.


Library and Learning Resources

Resources include periodical and research databases, as well as e-books, providing access to a vast collection of full-text journal articles and information from academic and trade publications.


The College offers its students password-access to an online collection of thousands of full-text and abstracts of books, periodicals, articles, and reference materials through its subscription to LIRN and Proquest, and its articulation agreement with Underwood University. In addition, the campus library has a collection of hardcopy books, journals, and reference materials that students may use at any time during hours that the campus is open. Trained library staff are available to assist students in their library usage.

In addition, the library offers:


 

· A quiet environment for independent and group study.

· Access to the Internet, computers, printers and copiers.

· The services of trained staff who provide instruction in information literacy and can assist students in conducting library research. The trained staff are available five days a week, Monday through Friday.


New Student Orientation

All students who have been admitted into the College must attend a new-student orientation session prior to the start of classes. Policies related to students’ academic progress, conduct, and attendance will be reviewed; student services staff, faculty, and primary administrators will be introduced; class schedules will be distributed; and, students will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. The orientation session will also provide the opportunity for students to seek any additional advising or assistance from the offices of the student services coordinator or the academic dean.

All new students will be notified of the time and date of the next orientation session. Attendance is required before students will be allowed to begin their studies.


On-Campus Employment

On-campus employment opportunities provide part-time jobs for students with financial needs, allowing them to earn money to help cover education expenses. This program encourages community service and work related to the student’s course of study.


Student Activities

Field trips are activities convened off-campus and are used to supplement instruction in classes. Arrangement for these activities is made by the instructor and his or her students. It requires prior approval from the administration and a release of liability signed by students. Specific instructions for organizing and participating in field trips may be found in the Office of Student Services.


Student Government Association

The mission of the Student Government Association is to ensure student participation in the College decision-making process, which helps to voice the needs, concerns and rights of each student and ultimately works toward the advancement of the College community.


Tutoring Services

One-on-one tutoring by instructors is available to all students upon request and without charge. Requests should be made through the student's instructor or through the academic dean.