Being Prepared for College/Establishing Clear and Realistic Goals

Prior to attending Cape Cod Community College, you can access many services and programs (stepping stones) to increase your chances of success on this Pathway. These may include:

Academic Advising

Advisors are here to provide you with the best possible advising that will guide you towards reaching your academic, career, transfer, and personal goals. All matriculated students are assigned to an academic advisor. Your advisor may be a faculty member from your program area, a member of the professional staff or you may be assigned to the Advising Center.

Advising & Counseling Center, Grossman Commons Building, Room 203-C, 774.330.4318

Adult Education Center

The Adult Education Center provides free educational services to individuals 16 years old or older on Cape Cod and the Islands to improve their reading, writing, listening, speaking, math, science, and social studies skills.

Hyannis Center, 508.362.2131 x5000

Adult Learner Advising Services

A program that offers opportunities to study new subjects and explore interests that students over 50 may never have had the opportunity to learn before.

Grossman Commons Building, Room 203-C, 774.330.4318 or
Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-3, 774.330.4311

Advanced Placement/CLEP

You can earn college credit and save time and money by successfully completing one or more CLEP examinations. Similarly, students who have successful scores on Advanced Placement Examinations may be granted college credit.

Grossman Commons Building, Room 204-C, 774.330.4543

Career Planning

The Career Planning office offers a variety of services and resources, such as career counseling, self-assessments, occupation research, job search advice, and career videos to assist you in defining and reaching your career goals.

Grossman Commons, Room 204, 774.330.4435

College Diversity Fairs

Cultural Diversity Fairs help the College and surrounding communities learn about and understand one another through food, games, dance, music, literature, story-telling, and art.

Admissions Office, Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-3, 774.330.4760

College Placement Test Preparation Workshops

Math and English Refresher Workshops are provided at no charge through the Advising and Counseling Office.

Grossman Commons Building, Room 203-C, 774.330.4318

Dual Enrollment

Qualified high school students can earn both high school and college credits through this program.

Admissions Office, Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-3, 774.330.4311

Financial Aid Workshops

You can receive help in filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office provides a computer for students to submit applications online.

Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-2, 774.330.4393

Open House

The annual Open House provides you with an in-depth look at academic programs, student services and activities, advising and transfer resources.

Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-3, 774.330.4310


Orientation is a comprehensive program that introduces the student to college life, student support services and an opportunity to attend educational and informative workshops on student success and the collegiate experience.

PACT (program for adult college transition)

A program that provides tutoring, workshops and academic courses for non-native English speakers interested in attending college.

MM Wilkens Hall, Room 205, 774.330.4995

Pathways Program

More attention. More options. More Pathways.
This program offers priority registration and personalized guidance through the enrollment process.

Nickerson Administration Building, Room G-3, 774.330.4311


Student Readiness Office

The Student Readiness Office administers the College's basic skills assessment to help you determine your appropriate course placements and offers additional resources such as learning styles workshops, learning and study skills inventories, and reading style inventories.

Grossman Commons Building, Room 204, 774.330.4543


Success Indicators for "Being Prepared for College/Establishing Clear and Realistic Goals"

You may measure your success on this pathway through the following:

  • Believing that a college education is possible.
  • Completing the admissions application, financial aid application, orientation.
  • Attending Math and English refresher workshops and then arranging for the College Placement Tests.
  • Meeting with an advisor to select courses prior to the start of classes.
  • Enrolling in college-level courses and/or courses that are appropriate based on current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Making an initial selection of educational and career interests.
  • Making a financial plan to attend college and complete courses.
  • Being aware of college credits earned elsewhere.
  • Transferring in college credits earned elsewhere.
  • Knowing college policies for progress