Many of the services noted below are accessible through LCC's Virtual Welcome Center as well as on campus.
As of Summer 2022, most new students will be assigned a care team consisting of two team members: an advisor and faculty mentor.
After completing their onboarding steps, new students meet with their advisor to ask questions, discuss career aspirations and paying for college, develop the first draft of a three-quarter education plan, and register for classes.
During students’ time at LCC, they continue to work with their advisor to build and adjust their academic plan, navigate the college, and get their quarterly advising holds released.
Once a student has met with an advisor and registered for classes, they are also assigned a faculty mentor. During their first quarter, students should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss their career pathway and transfer plans. Following their first quarter, they should continue working with their faculty mentor as they further plan for their time beyond LCC.
Students can find and contact their care team by logging onto Navigate at lowercolumbia.navigate.eab.com.
As members of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), LCC's sports programs are among the Northwest's finest. Men's team include basketball and baseball, and women's teams include soccer, volleyball, basketball, and fast pitch softball. LCC students (with Student ID) get in free to LCC home games. Schedules are available online or in the Student Activities Office.
Students can find new, used, and digital textbooks, along with reference materials, general supplies, art supplies, gifts, signature clothing and items, and so much more at the LCC Bookstore, available both in-store and online. A book buyback in-store event is held during finals week of each quarter offering students the option to sell back their used textbooks back to the store for cash. Feel free to check out the bookstore webpage for hours and upcoming events. The Bookstore is open to the public.
Located in the Student Center, Fork & Flame Cafe and Espresso Kiosk provide a varied menu for students, staff and the community, including breakfast all day, hot lunch specials, soups, sandwiches, grill items, snacks and beverages. Catering service available.
The Campus Services Department consists of many subdivisions that collectively work together to maintain a safe, healthy and attractive campus environment. Including parking, motor pool, custodial, grounds, maintenance, print shop, mail/shipping/receiving services, and copier services.
The Career Center has multiple resources to assist students, graduates and community members in exploring a career pathway, preparing for employment, and networking with employers. Career assessments are available to help students identify career pathways that best match their interests, skills, and abilities. Online career information resources provide details about job duties, education requirements, working conditions, wages and occupational demand for specific work fields.
Staff are available to help with career exploration, planning, and job search needs. Free workshops are provided on effective resume writing, marketing job skills to potential employers, portfolio development, and resources for dislocated workers and low-income adults.
Local employers and staff use our Center to recruit students, graduates, and community members. Job seekers can post resumes, find work-based learning opportunities, locate internships and search for full and part time jobs on and off campus.
We work in cooperation with area high schools to serve students 16-21 seeking to complete their high school diploma. Students not currently in school, behind in credits, or not thriving in traditional high school qualify for CEO. Students take high school courses in a self-paced, lab environment with a few direct instruction classes mixed in. We offer textbook-based, pencil and paper courses as well as online options. Instructors are available to help you every step of the way. The hours are flexible, so you can create a schedule that works for you. If you're eligible, you can also start working on a certificate or degree using the same college classes you're taking for your high school diploma. Tuition, books, tutoring, and individual career guidance are provided at no cost.
High school students can earn dual credit at both their high school and at Lower Columbia College without leaving high school. Dual credit applies to career and technical education (CTE) courses, which then transfer to college programs. Once you finish high school you can apply your credits to one of Lower Columbia College's professional-technical programs. Credits earned at Lower Columbia College will transfer to any Washington State two-year institution or college, and some four-year colleges.
Cashiering, located in the Admissions Building, is where you pay for tuition,, parking fines and transcript fees. Students can also pay tuition and most fees online through ctcLink. Payment options include cash, check, debit/credit card, Visa or MasterCard. LCC also has a tuition payment plan.
Licensed childcare for children one month through five years of age is available to LCC students, staff and faculty members. In addition to high quality childcare services, the LCC Early Learning Center offers a Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Program, and partners with the Longview School District for math and literacy assessments.
The Early Learning Center participates in the Washington State Quality Rating and Improvement System Early Achievers and is rated a level 4, specializing in child outcomes, interactions and environments, curriculum and staff supports, and family engagement and partnerships.
All age groups have weekly lesson plans and teachers complete monthly assessments. Daily activities are developmentally appropriate and based on each child's goals. Full-day and half-day rates are available. Private pay, Child Care Subsidy and Tribal Subsidies are accepted. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack is provided. The Early Learning Center operates on a year-round schedule and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
LCC maintains computing facilities equipped with the hardware and software required to support instructional programs and students. New students must obtain their Username and Password in order to access campus computers, library databases and their college email account. Wireless internet access is also available on campus to students with mobile devices.
Lower Columbia College provides counseling services for students, including personal, educational, and career counseling. Students can schedule an appointment with a counselor by contacting the One-Stop Center in the lobby of the Admissions Center or by phone.
A student with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations or assistance through LCC's Disability Support Services office. LCC is committed to providing support services to students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Disability Support Services coordinates services which may include reasonable accommodations, appropriate auxiliary aids, advising, admission, registration for classes, academic counseling, assistance with applying for financial aid, referrals to agencies, educational and vocational planning, even voter registration. Students are required to provide documentation of disability. To request services or for more information, visit the website, call, or stop by the office in the Admissions Center, Room 143.
LCC provides financial assistance and other support to help students meet their basic needs such as food, housing and utilities, transportation, child care, and other emergency needs. On campus support and referrals to community resources are available for students experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
Several types of aid are available to help students pay for college, including grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and student employment. This includes the Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant), which extends financial aid for more low to middle-income families in Washington state than ever before, providing free or low-cost college for eligible students.
There are also a number of special programs available to qualifying students. All students are encouraged to apply for aid, even those who don't think they will qualify for any need-based aid. United States citizens should apply for aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and students who are ineligible for federal aid due to immigration status should apply for the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). Be sure to pay attention to key dates and deadlines for financial aid.
With a balance of free weights, machines, and aerobic equipment, the LCC Fitness Center offers something for everyone. Sign up for a Weight Training, Super Circuit, Zumba or Pilates class to add some ‘positive’ stress to your hectic schedule.
LCC's Food for Thought food pantry works to reduce hunger within our campus community and to reduce the effects of food insecurity on student success. Food for Thought provides students with weekly fresh and non-perishable groceries, weekly prepared lunches, daily grab-and-go snacks, and personal care supplies.
Phone: (360) 442-2352
Located in Student Center (STC)
Head Start, Early Head Start(EHS) and Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) assist income eligible families in raising healthy children, in preparing children for future academic success, and in identifying pathways for family mobility.
We serve families in Cowlitz County whose income is at or below the Federal State Poverty Guideline. Applications are accepted year round. We offer classroom preschool experiences that operate 3-4 days a week at 3.5 hours a day or 5 days a week at 6 hours a day. We also offer a weekly home visit model as well as an infant/toddler program at R.A. Long High School for teen parents. All services are free for eligible families.
Phone: (360) 442-2800
Located in Head Start East and Home and Family Life (HSE, HFL). Off campus locations at Barnes Elementary, Broadway Learning Center, Castle Rock Elementary, Memorial Park Drive, South Kelso, and in the RA Long Annex.
LCC welcomes students from around the world and supports students who are interested in study abroad. The International Programs Office provides caring and friendly services and support to international students studying at LCC and participating in the active life of the campus and community.
The International Programs Office offers information and assistance with study abroad, international admissions, international student orientation, assessment, advising, registration, transcript evaluation, university transfer, activities, special events, housing, transportation, health insurance, employment, non-immigrant visa status, and learning about life in the United States.
The Learning Commons is a shared academic space within the LCC Library where Tutoring, eLearning, and Library staff and faculty collaborate to provide the best service and support possible to LCC students, faculty, staff, and the community. Students can make tutoring appointments, get help with Canvas, consult with librarians on research assignments, and check out materials and equipment. The library provides collections of print and electronic resources, computers, printers/copiers, Chromebooks, and group and individual study areas. The library's website provides access to tutorials, instant messaging with librarians, and online databases containing articles, journals, eBooks, audiobooks, and videos. Hours of operation are posted on the library webpage.
LCC now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BAS-TE) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management (BAS-OLTM). We have also partnered with a number of universities to provide other bachelor's and master's degree programs on the LCC campus and online. Resource staff are housed in the University Center to help you find the program that's right for you, including identifying which LCC programs and courses are the best fit with your goals.
The One-Stop Center supports students with getting started at LCC, answers general college questions, and helps with most financial aid concerns. The center coordinates new student advising, makes appointments with staff advisors, and can help you connect with your program advisor.
LCC uses the Canvas Learning Management System to support all types of instruction. We offer fully online classes offered at designated times, anytime, or a combination of the two. We also offer hybrid classes, which combine online and in-person instruction. Most instructors also use Canvas with their in-person courses as well. A variety of resources are available for our online learners, including the eLearning help page.
Contact the Payroll Office for any information regarding hiring paperwork for Work Study, Student Help and TANF positions, as well as employee earnings, direct deposit, address changes, and payroll deductions.
Phone: (360) 442-2220
Located in Administration (ADM)
New students receive information on registering for classes during New Student Orientation (NSO). Continuing students register for classes online in ctcLink after meeting with their faculty advisor to discuss their academic progress towards graduation.
Instructions for adding and dropping classes in ctcLink are posted on the ctcLink webpage.
Important tuition dates and deadlines are posted on LCC's Academic Calendar.
Running Start allows qualifying Washington State high school juniors and seniors to enroll into college level courses and earn college and high school credits at the same time. The program covers tuition costs for those who meet minimum academic requirements. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may also receive assistance with fees and books. Visit LCC's Running Start webpages, or call the Running Start Office to learn more.
Contact LCC Safety & Security at 2911 from a campus phone or (360) 442-2911 from any other phone. LCC security works closely with local law enforcement agencies. Dial 9.911 from a campus phone or 911 from any other phone first if you need immediate police, fire, medical, or other emergency response.
Students are encouraged to get involved with student life at LCC. Students who are socially involved make gains in general knowledge, intellectual skills, and tend to be more satisfied with their college experience through community connection. Involvement can occur at many different levels.
ASLCC, also known as student government, works to create an interactive, fun and welcoming campus environment for all students and community members. ASLCC student leaders are the voice of the students to the administration. They serve on several committees and work to make sure students are front and center in the decision-making process. The ASLCC Student Activities Board also plans yearly campus events and activities. Check out the ASLCC meeting schedule. All students, employees, and community members are welcome to attend ASLCC meetings. Contact ASLCC at (360) 442-2450 or find ASLCC officers' emails at lowercolumbia.edu/student-life/aslcc/officers.
Students can participate in a range of student clubs and organizations centered around interests, fields of study, or careers. Don’t see a club you like? The process for forming a new club is simple. Learn more on the Student Clubs, Organizations and Groups page.
LCC has a strong commitment to attracting, admitting and educating a broad population of students reflecting a diversity of intellectual interests, as well as representation from different cultures, races/ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, gender, socio-political perspectives, religious affiliations and sexual orientation/identities. We work to promote intellectual discourse, leadership and social justice among students, staff, faculty and our surrounding communities. Events have included, but are not limited to: Multicultural Grad Night, Lunar New Year, LCC Pride, speakers, performers, field trips, leadership opportunities, and conferences.
Test proctoring services are available for currently enrolled LCC students who need to take an instructor assigned test in a supervised environment.
An accurate placement assessment allows us to evaluate your math and English needs, and helps your advisor recommend the best courses to get you started on a path to your degree or certificate. Placement tests are given on a drop-in basis; no appointment is necessary, and it's free! Check the Testing Center's webpages for more information including practice materials.
Our Testing Center also offers a number of certification and employment exams for our students and community. Our tests include, but are not limited to, ASE, ATI TEAS, CLEP, CompTIA, GED, Kaplan, ParaPro, NES, NREMT, WEST-B, WorkKeys, and more. Test proctoring for non-LCC students and local business partners is also available.
Visit an educational planner to get help planning for transfer to a baccalaureate institution. Assistance is available to select a transfer college or university, and to complete admission procedures, financial aid applications, and transfer admission requirements. Transfer guides explaining course transfer equivalencies at different institutions are available.
If you are 16 or older, and would like to improve your English, math and computer skills to prepare for college or career, or earn your high school diploma or GED, Transitional Studies can help! Face-to-face, hybrid and online classes are only $25 per quarter and students can enroll and start anytime. Stop by VOC 159, call or email us for more information.
TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program which helps participants become more effective college students, graduate, and transfer to a baccalaureate institution. Students receive individualized assistance and academic advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, and have the opportunity to participate in cultural activities and visit four-year colleges and universities. Students whose parents do not have a bachelor's degree, are low-income, or have a documented disability qualify.
LCC students receive free individual and group tutoring in the Learning Commons as well as online through eTutoring. Peer tutors are current LCC students who provide help in a variety of subjects.
The Veterans Services Office is available to veterans and their family members to gain information about benefits and other resources. We have an active student club, the Veterans Alliance, which holds meetings twice a month where we gather to talk about benefits, current community information, and organize service projects throughout the year. All veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend.
LCC offers a variety of workforce education support programs, which offer support such as career and academic advising, academic support, connections to resources and public benefits such as food, unemployment, and childcare, and can help students pay for college. To find out more about workforce services, take a survey to see if you qualify for the program or other services. It's short, free and anonymous. Visit startnextquarter.org to get started.
In partnership with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Lower Columbia College offers opportunities for education and career development to low income-students who qualify to receive, or are currently receiving, federally issued basic food benefits. BFET can help you access college, train for a new career, prepare for employment, and maintain basic food benefits and child care assistance.
The Opportunity Grant Program can help students seeking a certificate or degree in a high demand career. Opportunity Grant provides individualized support services, including academic advising and career planning, along with funding for tuition and fees, books, or tools for up to 45 credits. Students must be a Washington State resident and in an eligible academic program to qualify.
Eligible students can receive a scholarship that assists with the cost of attending college (tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and some personal expenses), specialized support services from college staff, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant and State Work Study programs. Students must have been a former foster youth or unaccompanied homeless youth to qualify.
Worker retraining provides academic and employment support to dislocated and unemployed workers to help them gain additional training in their field or to get started on a new career. Students may receive funding to help pay for retraining tuition, books and fees or “jump-start” funding while waiting for financial aid approval. Students may qualify if they are in an eligible academic program and have been unemployed, underemployed, a Veteran, or a displaced homemaker within the last 48 months.
In partnership with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Workfirst assist students who are Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) recipients with academic and career advising, tuition assistance, work-study, participation reporting, work skills, and academic support.