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Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations. Their goal is to plan the right pathway to graduation by maximizing students' potential and ensuring success based on the student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student. Student success specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career. Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals. More information can be found on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Academic Support

Free academic help including drop-in tutoring, test preparation, and technology support available online and face-to-face.  More information is available on Commons (Student Services & Support). 

Technology Requirements

Students are supplied a iPad as part of their supplemental tool kit.  It is recommended that students have reliable internet access. 

405-301 Introduction to Auto Collision

This course runs within two weeks prior to the start of the first semester, and students will need to pass this course to continue in the program.

405-381 Auto Collision Mechanical and 405-352 Advanced Collision Repair

These courses are offered summer session only and are required for graduation. This program operates on a year-round basis; therefore, summer session attendance is required in addition to regular school year attendance. If you interrupt your program in any semester, you will be required to reapply to the program and be admitted on a space-available basis which may delay program completion.

405-340 Auto Collision Internship

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience skills and knowledge obtained in their program course work. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the training site and the CVTC Auto Collision program. This course is designed to help the student, instructor, and site supervisor to focus on major outcomes of the training and general readiness for employment in their chosen field. This course will be completed during the winter term between the first and second semesters of the Auto Collision program. Students choose 2 weeks out of the 3-week winter term to participate in two 1-week sessions (24 hours each). The internship is not paid and is offered in self-paced format.

442-315A Welding for Auto Collision

Auto Collision students must take 442-315A Welding for Auto Collision to meet ICAR certification requirements. Students will acquire basic welding skills on light gauge metals and other materials used in the automobile industry by using oxyacetylene welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and plastic welding. It is a hands-on self-paced learning environment to learn basic welding skills and safe welding practices.


Tools will be provided for student's use as part of the program, other than the supplemental tool and equipment items, a specific tool set is NOT required to start the program.  Due to space concerns, students will NOT be allowed to bring in their own tools or tool boxes.  Students will be assigned a tool box set and will be responsible for repair or replacement of any missing or damaged tools.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with tool vendors during the program to make tool purchases to use in the workforce. 

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students an opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to program curriculum. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experience, and courses completed at other institutions.  If a student wishes to attempt CPL for a course in progress, it is imperative that CPL is attempted within the first week of the class to be eligible for a tuition refund. More information can be found at

Financial Aid Consideration

Courses must be part of the student�s program to be eligible although some specific courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Students must follow their program requirements to be eligible for financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress of a 2.0 Term GPA, 2.0 Cumulative GPA, complete 67% of attempted credits each semester, and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted.

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities. We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities. Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Title IX Pregnancy and Postpartum

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Last Updated: February 22, 2024 @ 8:19 a.m.

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