Academic Overview


For many young adults, college success is a big priority and also a source of significant anxiety and struggle. Everyone is going to experience it a little differently and the team at VCS wishes to honor that individuality by approaching it with students one-on-one. While many VCS students will engage in college courses during their enrollment, there are also those that will require some additional time and space for preparation before they step into the college environment.

VCS therapists and Student Success Advocates will help students to identify their goals and to take the appropriate steps toward successfully accomplishing them. The following services are available for those that are stepping into the college experience:

  • Application and registration assistance at the selected college(s)

  • Arrangement for meetings with the college’s academic advisor

  • Guidance in setting up additional classroom services offered for learning differences

  • Weekly group therapy session focused on the essentials of academic success and executive functioning

  • Tracking of academic goals and assignments through weekly checklists

  • Creation of an effective academic calendar including due dates, class schedules, study hours, and tutoring services

  • Supervised open study hours at the VCS office where computers, printer, desks, and white boards are all available

  • Creation of an Academic Success Plan involving both short-term and long-term goals

  • Arranging for campus tours and walk-throughs to learn about available resources

  • Weekly meeting to review online college portal for grades posted, student email updates, and upcoming assignments due

  • Addressing skills for successful management of mental health and substance abuse challenges in academic settings

  • Identifying certificate programs and career-building opportunities

  • Planning and preparation for continued academic support for the time following VCS enrollment

 


COLLEGE OPTIONS


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Salt lake Community college

VCS has worked closely with SLCC since the program’s inception in 2005. Students will have opportunities to be accompanied by their therapist and Student Success Advocate in meetings for academic advising, learning resources, and discussions with professors.

  • 1:20 teacher to student ratio, meaning students get personal attention from exceptional academic and vocational professionals.

  • Low tuition rates (in-state tuition for ALL students over the summer semester)

  • Campus less than a ¼ mile from VCS’s main office

  • Accredited by Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

  • Credits can be transferred to a 4-year college or university.

  • Numerous career/technical programs

  • Robust transfer services to prepare for new college experiences

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University of Utah

VCS students looking to attend a larger college are welcome to apply to the University of Utah (U of U). Students are also welcome to take classes through the U of U as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student without having to go through the rigors of a formal application process.

The U of U offers 77 undergraduate majors, over 70 minors and certificates, more than 40 teaching majors, and 95 major fields of study at the graduate level. Classes are typically capped at 40 students, making teacher-to-student ratios smaller than normal. The University of Utah is a traditional research university setting with a large campus and many extracurricular activities.

  • Nationally recognized Pac 12 school, ranked in the top 100 universities in the world

  • Research centered institution

  • 150 academic departments available

  • Hundreds of student social groups and organizations

  • Completed credits easily transfer to colleges and universities all over the country

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Westminster College

Westminster College, a small comprehensive liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, is a great option for VCS students. It is an intimate private university with strong emphasis on individual learning, a combination of liberal education and professional studies, and active real-world experiences. The college, founded in 1875, has a long history of non-researched based education. The Westminster campus is small, making it a good opportunity to build close relationships with teachers and other students.

  • 9:1 student to faculty ratio

  • More than 50 social clubs and organizations

  • Robust academic support and aid for students with learning differences

  • Offers 34 undergraduate degree programs

  • PhD level professors solely focused on teaching instead of private research