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 College of Technology an advising is limited to academic matters. Personal or therapeutic counseling is not provided; students needing such counseling will be referred to appropriate agencies.
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 resumes; 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.
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 PCT community are asked and encouraged to make donations, which are collected and donated to the hardworking charitable organization.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services promotes full participation and equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities. It provides accommodations and support services for students with documented disabilities, and educates the larger College community on disability related issues. It also ensures that the College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 2009 as amended. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Services as soon as possible after admission to the College.
Pacific Tech uses a learning management system (LMS) called Populi. Populi allows instructors to upload video version of class lectures, syllabi, eBook or .pdf versions of texts, or any other document, and create exams and other assignments, which are to be made accessible to students. The Populi software tracks students’ engagement with course materials, performance, grades, and attendance, and allows for direct interaction between students and between students and instructor. Populi is also used by administration as a Student Management System, tracking and storing all student records.
Pacific College of Technology is housed in a 34,200 square-foot building in DeKalb County, Atlanta, Georgia. The campus is conveniently located at the entrances to Interstate 85, about one minute from the entrances to Interstate 285, and within a five-minute walk from a bus route. The facilities contain more than 25 rooms for instruction, office space, library, common area, etc. as well as 133 parking spaces. They are operated in full compliance with federal, state, and local ordinances and regulations, including health, fire, and ADA requirements, allowing the college to provide a safe and healthy environment to support students’ learning.
Immigration counseling consists of providing international students with guidance on maintaining F-1 immigration status while attending Pacific Tech, processing F-1 immigration benefits, navigating College policy and understanding F-1 visa restrictions, ensuring College and student compliance with immigration policies, and providing educational tools, including workshops and tutorials.
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 Request, and its articulation agreement with Underwood University. In addition, the campus library has a collection of hard copy 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; Office of Administration 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 Administration or the academic director. 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.
Recruitment and Admissions
Recruitment and Admissions services connects future students with Pacific Tech and guides them through the application and enrollment process. It develops and delivers first-rate services for prospective and current students, parents, teachers, counselors, faculty and staff. Mindful of ethical responsibilities, the staff strive to recruit and enroll students who meet the College’s admission requirements and support them to succeed.
The Office of Student Services coordinates student activities, which may be convened on- or off-campus, and are used to supplement instruction in classes. Arrangement for these activities is made by the instructor and his or her students.
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 Program Director.