The Center for Student Excellence and Leadership
You don’t have to be a perfect student to be an excellent student.
The Center for Student Excellence and Leadership exists to nurture and support the academic excellence and creative work of CVCC students. It is committed to helping students gain the knowledge and skills they need to live a life of purpose. Students of integrity who are determined, motivated and committed to their goals may benefit from plans and initiatives the center has to offer academically, now and in the future. Whatever your degree choice or career plans, we support and encourage your desire to excel in the classroom!
You entered to learn. Exit to lead.
Through the leadership programs the center incorporates, students are challenged to discover the abilities they have to lead effectively in a rapidly changing world. The Student Leadership Academy, CVCC Diplomats Program and the free seminars provided by the Phi Theta Kappa advisors encourage students to be visible and active on campus, grow in their community service and social responsibility and develop the confidence to assume leaderships roles in and out of the classroom. The skills developed at CVCC will stay with you a lifetime. Whether you are a first semester student or graduation is a semester away, the Center for Student Excellence and Success has something for you!
Accelerated Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Plans
Complete your AA or AS degree in 12-15 months through our carefully guided, fast track plan for highly motivated, self-directed learners. Interview required to participate in these plans. Student must commit to a heavy course load every semester, including Intercession and/or summer semester classes. All students complete 29-30 hours of required courses that are commonly required in the freshmen and sophomore years at a UNC System university. Remaining credits are determined by the student’s Bachelor’s degree plan at their chosen university or other student goals. All students pursuing these plans will have a designated academic advisor/success coach and priority registration. Contact CVCC’s financial aid office as course load may affect eligibility for certain awards. Call or email the center for more information or to schedule an interview.
North Carolina Scholar of Global Distinction
The NC Scholar of Global Distinction Program is a partnership between community colleges and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill World View Center that develop and offer globally intensive courses and activities through which students can earn a global distinction credential.
Students who pursue the Global Distinction benefit by:
- investigation of the world beyond their immediate environment
- exploration of multi-cultural perspectives through research and respect
- learning to communicate idea effectively with diverse audiences, bridging geographic, linguistic, ideological and culture barriers
- recognizing their place in a global society
- reflecting on way to create positive change in the global community
Any current student pursuing an Associate or Associate in Applied Science degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 is eligible for the program. Because this is a verifiable transcript credential, students must complete a brief application so the advisor may keep accurate records of activities and maintain contact information for registration and event notices.
To earn a “Graduated with Global Distinction” on their transcript, students must:
- complete at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses
- participate in 8 international activities or dialogues, including in-person presentations, films, webinars, webcasts and other virtual activities
- gain 30 hours of global experience in domestic or foreign cultural experiences either virtually, in-person or other alternative study experiences
- complete and present a capstone presentation related to their global experience learning
Among the globally inherent courses already offered by CVCC on a regular basis include ART
111, ECO 252, ENG 242, HIS 111/112, HUM 120 and the foreign language options of Spanish, Chinese and French.
Be a credentialed Global Scholar! For more about the NC Scholar of Global Distinction
commitment or to receive a program application, please contact Debbie Austin, Executive Director, The Center for Student Excellence and Leadership at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4715 or email email@example.com.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is CVCC’s Honor Society for students who meet high academic standards. It is not a club. Known as the Beta Eta Delta Chapter, the society focuses on campus and community service, growing in leadership skills and fostering interpersonal relationships of its members. Students become eligible for PTK once they have completed 12 credits and obtained at cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Members are invited to join PTK at the end of each semester. The lifetime membership fee, paid to the national PTK organization, provides access to scholarships, career planning, leadership studies and many other opportunities. Upon graduation from CVCC, membership transfers to the Alpha Omega Chapter for alumni students. In addition, many universities award a scholarship for PTK members as part of their financial aid package.
Other CVCC Programs
Center hours are 7:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday -Thursday. Evening and virtual office hours are 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Monday-Thursday. Appointments are available upon request. Center hours may change due to meetings, travel or other staff commitments.
CVCC is closed on Fridays. Campus hours may vary near and during holidays.
For more information or to learn more about any of the initiatives of the Center for Student Excellence and Success, contact Debbie Austin, Executive Director by phone at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4715 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.