tOOLS AND RESOURCES TO HELP NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS

Ryan Marin 

Staff Writer

While many students may attend Broward College, many of them may not know of the vast resources that the college provides to help students. From your professional life to your personal life, these tools can help and benefit you. Due to Covid-19, most of, if not all these services are provided remotely.

You can schedule advising appointments with your academic advisor in BC Navigate, which is located on the myBC app when you log into the Broward College website. Your advisor is based on your current major, and if you are new to Broward College, you will receive an advisor after the New Student Orientation. 

Advisors help with selecting classes, deciding your major, planning your next move after you graduate and/or transferring from Broward College, and more. The school also provides financial aid advisors to help you with any struggles you may be having with FAFSA. You can access this by going to myBC and clicking advising appointments under the advising tab at the top of the screen. Then you are moved to a new screen where you will click the three lines on the left side of your screen, click appointments, and schedule an appointment.

The Academic Success Center is a place where students are provided certified tutors that work in both group and one-on-one environments. Tutors provide help in science, math, writing and more. All of this is provided to you at no extra cost. Simply create an account, pick which campus you are on, the subject you need help with and a time a tutor works for you. It is an incredible resource and should be used by every Broward College student. You can access the center by clicking the tab on the link in your myBC homepage.

Student Outreach Services, known as SOS, provides students with resources and helps with issues students may face such as food and housing insecurities, stress/mental health challenges and financial obstacles. 

They have programs to help students in need such as the food and essentials distribution program to provide food and hygiene to students in need and a webcam and laptop loaning program. 

The college also provides mental health services to students in need, as you can receive 6 free sessions with a therapist, 4 free sessions with a psychiatrist and additional sessions can be arranged on a payment sliding scale. You can apply for these different programs at this link: https://students.broward.edu/resources/seahawk-outreach/index.html

Broward College also provides access to health and wellness services for students in need. The college has fitness centers where they provide access to a variety of cardio machines and strength training machines and equipment. Students can work out at any of the fitness centers located on different campuses for free when the colleges re-opens. 

The college also has a vision clinic and a dental clinic where students can have routine checkups that are affordable. 

For more information on these resources, go to the resources tab on BC navigate and scroll down to the health and wellness page.

The college also has other programs such as a work study program, internship program, student life, career services, and more. It is impossible to list every resource, so if you want more information go to the resource tab on the Broward College website. These resources can help in a multitude of different ways, and hopefully students take advantage of these various programs.