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Student Affairs FAQs

  • Q: How can an Admissions Counselor help me?
    A: Admissions Counselors can assist you in several ways. We answer questions and provide information about SCC Programs of Study. We discuss the admissions process with students who are considering attending the College, and can answer any general questions that a prospective student might have about SCC regarding any particular program of study. Admissions Counselors also assist students who are undecided on a program or undeclared (which means they have not completed an application to a particular Program of Study), and we can assist those who are thinking about switching to a different Program of Study.

    Q: Will an Admissions Counselor be my advisor for my entire time at SCC?
    A: Admissions Counselors are here to help students get started at SCC. Once a student completes an application to a Program of Study and is admitted, they are considered a “declared student” in a Program of Study. Declared students then begin working with College Advisors from their chosen Program of Study. The advisors for each particular program then assist their students with registering for classes, course planning and career decisions.

    Q: How can you assist me with my career choices?
    A: We offer resources for students who are undecided on a program or a career direction. Admissions Counselors have an online career assessment that a student can take. In addition, Admissions Counselors offer varied resources which include the Occupational Outlook Handbook to determine areas of interest, SCC’s Career Services for viable employment, and videos to explore industries in Nebraska.

    Admissions Counselors are available to meet and discuss options with students and work with them toward making the most appropriate choice for an individual’s needs and interests.

    Q: How can I set up a time to meet with an Admissions Counselor?
    A: Schedule your appointment.

    Q: What if I am undecided about what I want to study?
    A: We can help! Many students may benefit from taking a career assessment, taking available classes in a program, or even just beginning to work on their general education requirements. Keep this in mind: you don’t have to have it all figured out before you begin taking classes! For a lot of students, it’s the process of going to school that helps them decide a focus. Career advisors are available to assist you with determining which Program of Study and what career options are the best fits for you.

    Q: What do I do if I want to change my Program of Study?
    A: Admissions Counselors can assist you with the process of switching programs, and will help you work through any admissions requirements and answer questions about your new Program of Study. You will then receive advising from your new College Advisors for your new program of study.

  • Q: When are the LRCs open?
    A: Days and hours vary by campus. Call for changes in the schedules due to breaks or holidays.
    Beatrice: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    Lincoln: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
    Milford: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

    Q: What is the Library Catalog?
    A: The library catalog is a database listing all the printed books in each LRC, as well as eBooks, and magazines. You can use the library catalog to search for a specific book or books on the topic you are interested in. Click here to visit the library catalogs for Beatrice, Lincoln, or Milford.

    Am I able to access all LRC resources from off-campus?
    A: Off-campus access of LRC resources is limited to currently enrolled SCC students and staff. To access LRC resources, log into The Hub, then select “Library (LRC)” in The Hub menu.

    Q: How do I borrow library materials?
    A: A: A valid SCC student ID card is required to check out materials. Faculty and staff can also use their SCC IDs to check out materials. Replacement fees may be charged for lost or damaged materials.

    Q: How do I reach the front desk of each library?
    A: In Beatrice: 402-228-8224 or 800-233-5027.
    In Lincoln: 402-437-2585 or 800-642-4075.
    In Milford: 402-761-8245 or 800-933-7223.

    Q: I am not affiliated with SCC. May I borrow SCC materials?
    A: Staff and students from other Nebraska academic institutions may borrow SCC materials. Patrons from other institutions will need to show official state ID and agree to abide by SCC lending policies. Members of the public can also borrow books from SCC by showing official state ID and agreeing to abide by the lending policies.

    Q: How can I renew a book?
    A: Books can be renewed a number of ways. You can call the circulation desk of the LRC you checked the book out from and ask to renew the book. You can email the LRC with your name, student ID number, and the title of book you want to renew. You may also go to the LRC in person with the book and have the LRC staff at the front desk renew the book. It is best to contact the LRC you borrowed the book from for assistance. Beatrice: 402-228-8224 or 800-233-5027; Lincoln: 402-437-2585 or 800-642-4075; Milford: 402-761-8245 or 800-933-7223.

    Q: What should I do if I’m having trouble accessing online resources from off-campus?
    A: If you have problems with off-campus access of the SCC databases, contact your primary campus LRC for assistance. Contact LRC staff by phone, in person, or by email at scclrc@southeast.edu. Email is checked Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is not checked when SCC campuses are closed for holidays and breaks. Beatrice: 402-228-8224 or 800-233-5027; Lincoln: 402-437-2585 or 800-642-4075; Milford: 402-761-8245 or 800-933-7223.

    Q: How can I get help with my research?
    A: The LRC staff are available to assist with research. You can get help in person or schedule a virtual meeting by phone or email. Call one of the LRCs or email your request for assistance to scclrc@southeast.edu. Email is checked Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is not checked when SCC campuses are closed for holidays and breaks. Beatrice: 402-228-8224 or 800-233-5027; Lincoln: 402-437-2585 or 800-642-4075; Milford: 402-761-8245 or 800-933-7223.
    When you visit the LRC to conduct research, be sure to bring your assignment and any directions that you may have received from your instructor regarding the project. The staff will be able to assist you better if they know the guidelines for a particular project.

  • Q: What services do the Career Services provide?
    A: SCC’s Career Services offer a variety of services and programs to assist students, graduates and employers, including:

    Resources: Information regarding various career fields and the types of jobs available in these areas can be found in the Career Centers. Computers are available on each campus for creating resumes and cover letters, researching company websites and applying for jobs.

    Job Listings: All jobs (full-time, part-time, internships, seasonal/temporary, and volunteer) are made available on SCC JobConnect at https://www.collegecentral.com/southeast, for SCC current students, graduates and employers seeking to fill vacant positions. Registered employers can create and manage their own job listings and search for qualified SCC current students and graduates.

    Career Fairs: Career fairs are held throughout the year offering internships, full-time and part-time positions.

    On-Campus Interviews: Facilities are available for employers to conduct on-campus interviews for full-time employment and student presentations to upcoming graduates.

    Job Interview Training/Resume Development: Assistance is offered in writing and critiquing resumes and cover letters, job searches (to include Internet job searches), developing interviewing skills and practice interviews.

    ReferenceUSA: Searchable business database providing detailed information of more than 14 million U.S. businesses.

    Lifetime Career Assistance: Assistance in job searches is available to all SCC graduates. All jobs are made available on https://www.collegecentral.com/southeast/.

    Q: Who is eligible for Career services?
    A: Any currently enrolled student at SCC or anyone who has graduated from SCC is eligible to receive Career services.

    Q: Who do I contact for more information about Career services?
    A: You may contact any campus Career Services with your questions either in person, by phone or e-mail. Contact information for all offices is on the homepage of the Career Services website at https://www.collegecentral.com/southeast/, click on the “Contact SCC” tab.

    Q: As a currently enrolled student, how do I register to receive job opportunities?
    A: Currently enrolled SCC students interested in off-campus employment opportunities should register for a job seeker account at https://www.collegecentral.com/southeast/. Click “Create Account” under the login box. Complete the online registration form and submit. IMPORTANT: Use your 7-digit Student ID number for the User ID. If your Student ID is less than 7 digits, add leading zeros. Create your own password which is limited to 10 characters. Upon approval, you will receive a confirmation email. New accounts are approved Monday through Friday.

    Q: As an employer, how can I post a job opportunity at SCC?
    A: Employers interested in posting job opportunities for SCC students and graduates should register for an employer account at https://www.collegecentral.com/southeast/. Click on “Employers” on the home page and “Create Account” to get started. Complete the Employer Registration form and click on Register. You will receive a confirmation email. Post and manage job openings. Search for candidate resumes.

  • Q: What types of tests do you administer?
    A: The Testing Center administers the following exams: Next Generation ACCUPLACER®, HESI Nursing exams, Make-up tests, Spanish/German Placement tests, TABE Testing-Law Enforcement, CLEP tests, Microsoft MOS Exams, VUE Certification tests (Cisco, American College, GED®, plus many more), and proctored tests from other colleges and industries. Test Proctor fee’s may apply.

    Q: Why do I need to take a placement exam to get admitted to SCC?
    A: SCC uses placement exams such as the Next Generation ACCUPLACER®, ACT or SAT to determine a student’s present-day level of skill in reading, writing and mathematics and to place students into the appropriate classes. Every Program of Study at SCC requires a certain level of skill in these areas in order to graduate. SCC also will consider college transcripts in lieu of a placement exam, provided that the student has acceptable grades in college-level writing and math courses.

    Q: How do I sign up for an exam?
    A: Stop by or call to make an appointment. Please make sure to arrive at your scheduled time to take your exam. You must also bring a valid photo ID with your first and last name in order to be admitted into the Testing Center. You can contact the Testing Center on each campus by calling or stopping by. Beatrice, Kennedy Center, or call (402) 228-8242; Lincoln, Room B-10 or call (402) 437-2715; Milford, Assessment Office or call (402) 761-8202. Individuals can also utilize one of the 6 Learning Centers located in Falls City, Hebron, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Wahoo, or York. Each campus may have limited services available.

    Q: What is the Next Generation ACCUPLACER® exam?
    A: The Next Generation ACCUPLACER® assessment is created by the same company that administers the SAT. It is a placement exam that measures a student’s current level of skill in math, reading and writing. The test is administered on a computer, and it is untimed. For first-time test-takers and current high school students, there is no fee; retests are $15. A calculator is provided for specific areas of the math portion. Typically, the exam takes between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

    Q: For what do you use the results of the Next Generation ACCUPLACER® exam?
    A: The Next Generation ACCUPLACER® assessment allows the College to determine course placement in math, reading and writing skills. Every student who applies for admission to SCC is required to submit some form of information that the College can use to determine course placement. In a number of scenarios, the Next Generation ACCUPLACER® is the most appropriate and most readily available placement tool. Test scores from the ACT/SAT are also accepted for placement purposes.

    Q: Can I retake the Next Generation ACCUPLACER® assessment if I am not happy with my results?
    A: Yes. However, there is a $15 fee to take the test again. This fee is waived if the student is still in high school or if an SCC instructor is requesting that a student retest. A student may also be asked to wait 30 days before retesting in order to allow time to study and improve their skill level. SCC will use your highest valid scores that you attain in order to determine your course placement.

    Q: If I choose to retest, do I have to take the entire Next Generation ACCUPLACER® exam over again?
    A: No. A student can decide which area(s) in which to retest based on required placement levels. They are not required to retake the entire Next Generation ACCUPLACER® exam unless they want to.

    Q: Are there any study materials available for me to review before I take my Next Generation ACCUPLACER®?
    A: Students can visit https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/educator/next-generation to learn more about the test and view sample test questions. SCC also offers a Transitions Lab. This program helps students prepare for retest. You can contact them at scctransitions@southeast.edu.

    Q: How long are my scores valid?
    A: Your scores will be kept permanently. However, for admissions and course placement purposes, reading scores are only valid for five years. Math sores are valid for three years. The Next Generation ACCUPLACER® is intended to measure a student’s present-day skill level. Therefore, a student may be asked to retest if their scores are over the three- or five-year rule.

    Q: Can I “test out” of any classes at SCC?
    A: Yes. There are some courses that a student can receive credit for by successfully completing an exam for that subject. Students should contact the Testing Center directly to see which courses are available to be tested in and to discuss their options for earning credit this way. Most of these exams are offered through CollegeBoards CLEP® testing platform.