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The date for Cardinal Kick-Off has been set for Thursday, September 15th! Cardinal Kick-Off will be a fun and engaging event welcoming new and returning students back to campus, providing an opportunity for students to take care of any last minute business. Let’s kick-off the new school year with a bang!

This year we will have 50 and 20-minute sessions throughout the day for different groups to present to students. This is a great opportunity for community services, academic departments, clubs and organizations, along with student services, to meet with students and showcase all they have to offer one last time before the school year starts!

These sessions could be a great recruitment opportunity for student organizations as well as a great way to spread the word about all of the great services our community has to offer.

We’ll also hold our traditional “Prep for Success Fair” that day. If your group is interested in presenting during one of these sessions, or would like a table during the “Prep for Success Fair,” contact Recruitment Specialist Andrew Santos at (360) 416-7936; there are plenty of open spots, but they are filling up quick!

Updated: 7/22/2016 1:14:47 PM


Parks and day hikes are well and good, but if you really want to reconnect with Mother Nature this summer, you’ve got to go camping.

For some, camping is a refreshing change: A chance to reset the mind and soul by roughin’ it for a few days. For others, the idea of living outside the realm of wifi and indoor plumbing is a terrifying prospect. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you identify with, it’s important to realize that wandering around in the wilderness can be dangerous … for the wilderness, that is.

Just like when planning a low-impact summer BBQ, it’s important to realize that most “camping stuff” you see in Big Box Stores is just low-quality junk designed to make camping feel like another day at home. This both defeats the purpose (it’s supposed to feel like nature, not home) and threatens the vitality of wilderness areas.

Whether you’re planning a weekend stay in a national park or setting out on a week-long backpacking trip, keep these tips for greener camping in mind:

1. Reusables Rule

Pitching a tent is no reason to throw all your eco-friendly habits out the window. Just because you’re going camping doesn’t mean you should spend a small fortune on disposable plates, cups, cutlery or napkins/towels. Pack unbreakable-but-washable versions of each, and bring along

a) a small basin/bucket, sponge and biodegradable soap; and
b) a breathable bag in which to toss cloth napkins and towels that are too dirty to reuse.

2. Non-Toxic Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Camping is awesome, but throw in a sunburn and a swarm of biting insects and it quickly becomes a nightmare. Venturing far from home might make you want to reach for the strong chemicals—but don’t! They’re toxic to the air, water and animals you’ll be visiting, as well as your own health. Instead try safer alternatives like Goddess Garden Sunscreen or make your own natural sunscreen and bring along one of these eight natural mosquito repellents.

3. Solar Lantern and Chargers

One of the first things novice campers usually notice is how much darker rural areas are at night. You could stock up on AA and D batteries to power your headlamps, flashlights and lanterns, or you could invest a little more in a lighting option that runs off solar power—like the LuminAID light. This solar powered, inflatable lamp packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern. You might also want to bring along a solar charger to keep your emergency phone and/or GPS powered up (i.e., your essentials, not a DVD player and mini-fridge).

4. Bulk Water and Refillable Water Bottles

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people unload a case (or two!) of bottled water at their camp site. This is not only silly and wasteful, it also creates more work since most parks require campers to pack out their trash. Instead, fill a large container (like those used for water coolers) or buy a couple of gallons from which you can refill your water bottle during the trip.

5. Know How to Go

What happens when nature calls on a camping trip? It’s important to know where and how to dispose of human waste on the trail. If you’re in an established campground, there’s likely an outhouse or composting toilet nearby. Use that. If you’re deeper into the wilderness, it’s not quite so easy. First, you’ll need to bring your own toilet paper. Second, you’ll need to find a secluded spot that’s at least 200 feet away from any other campsites or water sources. Third, you’ll need to dig a hole that’s at least 6 inches deep. After you’re done doing the deed, cover it back up. Lastly, bring along a paper bag in which to deposit the soiled toilet paper until you can find a proper receptacle. Do NOT leave it in the woods.

6. Leave Only Footprints, Take Only Pictures

The core of “Leave No Trace Camping” is the idea that no one should know you’ve been there after you’ve gone. This means no litter, no smoldering fire pits, no ripped up grass, crushed bushes or re-positioned boulders. It also means staying on the marked trail, never picking plants, flowers or berries, and never harming or disturbing wildlife–endangered or not. Learn more about the seven principles to leave no trace.

Updated: 7/21/2016 12:50:38 PM


The Student Grounds Coffee Shop offers various coffee blends, teas, fruit juices and Italian sodas, along with a great array of snacks, cookies, and sandwiches. Student Grounds features Tony's Cardinal Blend organic, fair trade coffees and teas! A great place to hang out with your friends or work on assignments!

During the holiday season you might even consider purchasing a Cardinal Blend Gift Pack for friends and family.

Monday thru Thursday
7:30 am to 1:30 pm

Southwest corner of main Cardinal Center building

Updated: 7/13/2016 1:36:41 PM



Students can drop by anytime during the scheduled hours. Tutors can help with most levels of math and some tutors can also help with science. Check with Jane Jansen in Room L-203A for availability.

Math Center L-221, Lewis Hall
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tutors can help with most levels of math. Some tutors can also help with chemistry, physics, ECON or other subjects. For additional information about the tutoring program, contact Jane Jansen at (360) 416-7852 or email her at

Updated: 7/12/2016 1:05:17 PM

Writing Center, L-203, Lewis Hall

The Writing Center is here to help any SVC student with writing for any class. Sign-up sheets are located in L-203 to reserve a 30-minute session, or drop by to see if the tutor is available during scheduled hours.

Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Tutoring is available for students in AESL classes and all international students in Ford Hall, F-205. For more information contact Elisabeth Hedman at or call her at 416-7046.


Students can drop by anytime during the scheduled hours. Tutors can help with most levels of math and some tutors can also help with science. Check with Jane Jansen in Room L-203A for availability.

Math Center L-221, Lewis Hall
Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Science tutoring arrangements for summer quarter are pending. For more information, please contact Jane Jansen at or call her at 416-7852.

Tutoring Center, Lewis Hall, L-203

Students can drop by anytime during the scheduled hours. Tutors can help with all levels of OFTEC, Microsoft 2010/13 and basic computer questions.

Monday and Wednesday
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


One-on-one tutoring in most subjects is available for students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. If you are a TRiO student in need of tutoring, stop by the TRiO office in Lewis Hall, L-201B, or call 416-7636 to make an appointment with a TRiO counselor.

For additional information about the tutoring program, contact Jane Jansen at (360) 416-7852 or email her at

Updated: 7/12/2016 12:56:59 PM

The Norwood Cole Library
Takes Part in Skagit Reads

The Norwood Cole Library at the Mount Vernon SVC campus is taking part in Skagit Reads. The book chosen for this year is “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.

In October and early November there will be activities such as book discussions, a film screening of the documentary “He Named Me Malala” and guest speakers at area libraries and at the Lincoln Theater. A web site for Skagit Reads is in development.

For more information contact the Public Services Librarian, Margret Mills.

Updated: 7/12/2016 12:56:27 PM


  1. All student vehicles must have a current parking sticker on their vehicle.
  2. Please display your parking permit on the lower driver side portion of your windshield. The permit number must be clearly visible and unobstructed.
  3. Parking permits are valid for one calendar school year starting in fall quarter (September).
  4. Student Parking Rules are enforced from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M. weekdays.
  5. Student parking is at the Far East and West ends of the campus.
  6. 24/7 no parking in disabled parking spaces without an official placard. The actual placard must be from the Department of Licensing.
  7. 24/7 no parking in Fire Lanes
  8. 24/7 do not park in any spot that is not specifically designated for parking
  9. 24/7 no parking at Electric Charging Stations if you don’t drive an electric vehicle
  10. Parking fines range from $10-$75.
  11. Before 4 P.M. students may not park in visitor’s parking- even if they don’t have class that day.
  12. Carpool parking permit is needed to park in carpool parking spaces. Each vehicle must have two or more passengers on board upon arrival at the college.
  13. Speed limit for everyone on campus is ten miles per hour.
  14. All vehicles are parked on college property at the owner’s risk. Skagit Valley College assumes no liability for theft or damage to vehicles while parked on college property. All valuables should be removed or stored out of sight.
  15. You will not be able to register, request transcripts or make schedule changes if you have outstanding fines.

If you have any questions regarding parking contact SVC security at (360) 416-7777

Updated: 7/12/2016 12:41:46 PM


This is a reminder that on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus smoking is allowed only inside vehicles OR in designated smoking shelters.

There are three designated smoking shelters on the Mount Vernon Campus:

  1. In the East Campus parking lot.
  2. Adjacent to the college motor pool, across from the boiler house.
  3. Far West end of Lewis Hall parking lot, across from the Lewis Hall building.

It is the intent of the College, as an educational institution, to follow state regulations and, as a long-range goal, to discourage smoking on the College campuses. The intent of this policy is to minimize the health hazards of those who choose not to smoke.

All tobacco products are prohibited on campus except in designated areas.

Violations of the smoking policy may be referred to the college security office (360-416-7777) for enforcement. Students and employees who violate this policy and the Washington Clean Indoor Air Act and state revisions are subject to reprimand and disciplinary proceedings according to appropriate policy.

Updated: 5/12/2016 2:19:30 PM


Need help with your job search and with career exploration? Career Services at Skagit Valley College is the place to visit!

Guidance is offered for job search, resumé and cover letter writing, job interviews and career exploration.

For more information contact Noemi Rodriguez at

Updated: 4/19/2016 1:04:50 PM


Beginning Spring Quarter, we’ll be using the Quarterly Class Schedule to remind you about important registration deadlines, program highlights, and steps to getting started. However, it won’t include full course schedule information.

But, thanks to web improvements and enhancements, find ALL your CLASS INFO online! The regularly updated schedule search will mean that you’ll find the most up-to-date details to plan your schedule.

Updated: 4/19/2016 1:03:37 PM


Do you have trouble logging in, understanding your computer or your email? Does Canvas leave you scratching your head? Contact S-O-S !!

S-O-S stands for Student Online Support.

Updated: 8/13/2015 1:05:02 PM
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