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  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: 11/24/2015 12:02:18 PM


Your Cardinal Café will be open today from 11 to 1:30 p.m. This is the last day we will be open this week so do not miss out on our amazing specials.

Along with the Coq au Vin and Chocolate Bouchons, we are also featuring a couple new items as a special:

Today only: $4.98
Bacalaitos (Salted Cod Fritters appetizer)
Arroz Con Pollo (Chicken and Rice Entrée)
Pastelillos (Quince Puff Pastry Dessert)

We will also be offering a barbeque pork Tartine today only.

If you been waiting to try out the café, then this is definitely the day to do so.

Also remember that we are happy to handle your to-go orders. 416-7608 or email at

Thank you for supporting the Skagit Valley College Culinary Program.

Updated: 11/24/2015 11:58:27 AM



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
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tutor Center L-203, Lewis Hall
Monday - Thursday
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 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: 11/23/2015 1:16:04 PM

Writing Center, L-321, Lewis Hall

The Writing Center is here to help any SVC student with writing for any class. Drop by L-321 or call for an appointment at 416-7855. Check us out at, or email us at

Monday thru Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Tutoring is available for students in AESL classes 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
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tutor Center L-203, Lewis Hall
Monday - Thursday
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Students can drop by anytime during scheduled hours. Tutors can help with most levels of Biology and Chemistry 121. Check the schedule in A-241 to find out which subjects a tutor can help with, or call Jane Jansen at 416-7852.

Angst Hall - A-241
Monday and Wednesday
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, F-110

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

10:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


One-on-one tutoring in most subjects is available for students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. This program is federally funded. Students must meet the eligibility requirements and are selected on a space available basis. Stop by Lewis Hall, L-201C, or call 416-7636 to find out more information.

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

Updated: 11/23/2015 1:06:09 PM


The library will have extended hours the weekend prior to finals. Students have made multiple requests for extended hours. Statistics of library usage will affect whether we can offer such hours in the future!

Updated: 11/23/2015 12:32:21 PM


Follow Cookie Monster's advice and feed your brain with scrumptious cookies so you will be ready for your finals next week. See you in the Cafeteria!

Updated: 11/20/2015 1:17:51 PM


Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

For more information please contact club advisors Kurt Dunbar or visit their website at

Updated: 11/20/2015 1:15:30 PM


  1. Students enter the courses they wish to take for the upcoming quarter.

  2. Students can then enter times they need to schedule around, such as work, study, daycare needs, athletic practice, etc.

  3. Every possible schedule is returned, enabling the student to maximize credit hours and find the perfect schedule, creating a schedule around commitments.

  4. Potential schedules can be compared side-by-side to find the perfect schedule.

Click here for a how-to guide.

If you have a SID and PIN you can log in and try it at under Registration Tools. Click on the Course Scheduler.

If you have any questions, contact

Updated: 11/20/2015 1:14:57 PM


Prep for Success Day is a welcome back open house event for students. Get yourself ready for the quarter—sign up for your parking or bus pass, buy your books, print your schedule, pick up your free planner, and find your classes! Stop by and enjoy free food, enter a drawing for prizes, and learn more about your campus while you prepare to begin classes on January 5. Mark your calendars now!

Updated: 11/18/2015 12:56:29 PM


On Thursday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. you will have the opportunity to meet Skagit Regional Health representatives for job interviews and employment applications.

The Career Center, located in Lewis Hall, L-113, will be able to get you prepared by helping you with your resumé, cover letter, application, and interview preparation.

For more information contact Noemi Rodriguez by calling her at (360) 416-7938. Her office is in Lewis Hall in Room L-113.

Updated: 11/17/2015 12:21:44 PM


Beginning at noon, get your FREE Goody Bag in the Cafeteria. The Goody Bag will get you through Finals Week!

Updated: 11/16/2015 1:33:12 PM
Easy Energy-Saving Habits (Free!)


Don't forget the basics. This simple stuff will save energy -- and money -- right now.

  1. Switch It Off
    • Turn Things Off When You're Done: A desktop computer running 24/7 can burn through $150 worth of electricity over five years, which is three times more than if it is put to sleep when unused. Make "switch it off when done" a smart household habit for all lights and devices, from computers to game consoles and TVs.
  2. Unplug
    • Seldom-used appliances: Unplug appliances like an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items. You may save around $600 on your utility bill over five years.
    • Try a Power Strip: Move electrical gear to a power strip so that you can easily switch off multiple devices at once when you're not using them, such as when asleep or away from home: Some "smart" power strips cut power to other devices automatically when a primary device is shut off, or when no one is in the room. As much as 23 percent of the electricity consumed in U.S. homes vanishes as "standby" or "always-on vampire power" feeding perpetually plugged-in electronics and appliances even when we're not actively using them. Many strips include "hot sockets" for devices like cell phone chargers to charge while other devices are turned off. Even when you think these products are off, their total "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
    • Set Computers to Sleep: Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use much lower power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, just search for "Power settings" in the start menu. Mac users, look for energy-saving settings under system preferences in the Apple menu.
    • Hibernate: Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch. This can reduce computer and monitor energy consumption by two-thirds. A typical computer and monitor system left on 24/7 can waste $40 a year in electricity.
    • Screensavers: Slideshows and other so-called "screensavers" represent another hidden predator: not only don't they "save" any energy, they actually increase your computer's energy consumption by making it work harder. Instead, configure the monitor settings to turn off after 10 to 15 minutes of inactivity.
    • Buyer's Tips: Desktop computers and monitors have access to a virtually endless energy supply through an electrical outlet and are therefore often not optimized for energy efficiency. But laptops/notebooks and tablets are designed to maximize their battery life, using only a fraction of the electricity of their desktop counterparts, so consider buying them instead. An iPad or Kindle Fire tablet will use roughly 35 times less energy annually than a decent desktop with 20-inch monitor, and 5 to 10 times less than a laptop.
    • Smart Labels: Always buy desktops, laptops, printers, and scanners (and all-in-one devices) with the ENERGY STAR® logo. If you want a computer, tablet, or printer with fewer toxic materials that can be easily disassembled for recycling, check EPEAT's list of registered products.
  3. Take Control of Temperature
    • Set Your Thermostat: In winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees or less during the daytime, and 55 degrees before going to sleep (or when you're away for the day). During the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees or more.
    • Use Sunlight Wisely: During the heating season, leave shades and blinds open on sunny days, but close them at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use or will be in use later in the day.
    • Set the Thermostat on Your Water Heater: Put your water heater thermostat between 120 and 130 degrees. Higher setpoints will increase your utility bill and could result in water that scalds your fingers.
  4. See the Light
    • Turn It Off: Don't forget to flick the switch when you leave a room. Remember this at the office, too. Turn out or dim the lights in unused conference rooms, and when you step out for lunch. Work by daylight when possible. A typical commercial building uses more energy for lighting than anything else.
    • LED Bulbs: A new LED (light-emitting diode) light bulb costs as little as $5 at Home Depot or WalMart. Thanks to its efficiency and long life, it will save more than $100 over its lifetime. LEDs are the way to go as they work great and use up to 85 percent less energy to deliver the same amount to light. Today's LED light bulbs come in virtually any shape, light level or flavor you can imagine. They reach full brightness instantly, dim, and direct the light exactly where you want it. And check to see whether your local utility offers a rebate, sometimes as high as $5 per bulb, to bring the cost of the bulb down to just a few bucks. For help in figuring out which light bulbs to buy, see NRDC's guide.
  5. Use Appliances Efficiently
    • Refrigerators: Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit; your freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the power-save switch if your fridge has one, and make sure the door seals tightly. You can check this by making sure that a dollar bill closed in between the door gaskets is difficult to pull out. If it slides easily between the gaskets, replace them.
    • Ovens: Don't preheat or "peek" inside the oven more than necessary, as it lets out all the heat, which can then increase the cooking time. Check the seal on the oven door, and use a microwave oven for cooking or reheating small items.
    • Dishwashers: You don't need to pre-wash dishes to get them clean. Simply scrape off the food and put the dish right into the dishwasher. Wash only full loads in your dishwasher, using short cycles for all but the dirtiest dishes. This saves water and the energy used to pump and heat it. Air-drying, if you have the time, can also reduce energy use.
    • Washing Machines: In your clothes washer, set the appropriate water level for the size of the load; wash in cold water when practical, and always rinse in cold. Wash your clothes in cold water and save up to 50 cents a load. Today's washers and detergents do a good job cleaning clothes in cold water and there is no reason to use hot water except for the dirtiest of loads. Select the highest spin speed available when washing clothes. High spin speeds on front-load washers remove a lot more moisture, reducing the time and energy needed to dry clothing. Next time you replace your clothes washer, buy a front-loading model as they save a lot of water and energy compared to older top-loading designs.
    • Dryers: Clothes dryers are one of the largest energy users in our homes and represent 2 percent of our nation's entire electricity consumption. While major appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and even clothes washers have undergone significant energy efficiency improvements during the past 20 years, unfortunately the amount of energy wasted by clothes dryers in the United States has received little attention. A typical electric clothes dryer often consumes as much energy annually as a new refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher combined. To help reduce your energy bill:
        • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each use.
        • Dry heavy and light fabrics separately and don't add wet items to a load that's already partly dry. If available, use the moisture sensor setting (often called Normal). But a clothesline is the most energy-efficient clothes dryer of all!
        • When shopping for a new washer or dryer look for one with the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR-labeled models will use up to 20 percent less energy and save consumers lots of money over the dryer's typical 15-year lifetime.
  6. Try TV Tricks
  7. Your TV will last about a decade, so buy an efficient one. Every TV carries a yellow EnergyGuide label displaying its annual electricity cost to operate and how it compares to similar-sized models. An ENERGY STAR logo means it uses less energy than similar models and will save you lots of money over its lifetime. For the very top models, see ENERGY STAR Most Efficient and the list at Top Ten USA.
    • Settings: Although today's flat-panel high-definition TVs use around 60 percent less energy than earlier models, some consume 20 more watts of power continuously after they're "turned off" because the Quick Start feature was selected. Consider disabling this option that powers up the TV's internet connection a few seconds faster, but causes you to pay a premium on your energy bill. Also, if the TV has an automatic brightness control (ABC) sensor, go into the menu and make sure it's enabled because the TV will automatically adjust the picture brightness to the level of light in the room. Since most TV viewing occurs at night, this can make a big difference.
    • Ultra High Definition TV (UHD): The latest TVs offer even greater screen resolution and are commonly marketed as 4K TV. Like many first-to-market products, several models were rushed to store shelves without being optimized for energy saving. So only buy models that meet ENERGY STAR Version 7 or your model might use up to twice as much energy as more efficient 4K TVs -- costing you at least $600 over its lifetime.
    • Choose Internet-Ready TV for Streaming Video: If you want to stream videos and use apps like Netflix or YouTube on your new TV, purchase an "Internet ready" model. If your TV is older or isn't a "Smart TV," consider buying a small add-on device like Apple TV or a Roku Box that use very low amounts of power. Avoid streaming video through game consoles like PlayStation® or Xbox because they can use up to 30 times more energy to play the same movie.
    • Sound Bars Make Sense: With TVs now so thin, there often isn't enough space to include a large speaker, which has led to the development of "sound bars" -- external speakers you place near your TV to provide high-quality audio to match your TV's great picture. The good news is ENERGY STAR-labeled sound bars are up to 78 percent more efficient than conventional models.
    • Cable Boxes: The pay-TV industry -- Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV, and many others -- has renewed an effort to cut the energy consumption of the set top boxes that allow you to access pay TV (cable). Despite recent industry efforts to bring down energy use, these devices continue to draw near full levels of power even when you think you've turned them "off." Ask your service provider for a box that meets the latest version of ENERGY STAR, Version 4.1, and unplug the set-top box in rooms where the TV is seldom used, such as a guest room or vacation house.
  8. Game Your Game Consoles
  9. Make sure new (and old) game consoles have their auto power-down feature enabled. Otherwise, your Xbox or Play Station continuously draw 60 to 150 watts of power, depending on the model, when a player forgets to turn it off. That's more than a new refrigerator's worth of electricity every year!
    • Power Down: If enabled, "power-down" automatically puts them to sleep where they draw just a trickle of power. Go into the console's settings menu and set it to turn off automatically after one hour or less of inactivity. If your family has the newest Xbox One, disable the "Instant On" option and select the "Energy Saving" option because at more than 12 watts around-the-clock, "Instant On" doubles the annual energy use of the console for little benefit. If you have the PlayStation 4, you can keep its "connected standby" option because it's not as wasteful.
    • Streaming Movies: The game console consumes 10 to 20 times more energy to stream a movie than an Internet-ready TV or a small media player such as Roku or Apple TV, which use 4 or fewer watts to do the same thing.
  10. Use an Electricity Monitor Meter
    • Measure Your Use: An electricity monitor meter, such as a Kill-a-Watt Meter, measures how much energy each gadget in your home uses, when on and when ostensibly turned off. It only costs about $20 but can provide many "ah ha!" moments. For example, the meter shows a "turned off" DVR set-top box from the cable or satellite company draws around 20 watts even though you're not watching or recording a show. When shopping for new service, make sure the set top box offered by a provider meets ENERGY STAR Version 4.1 because these models use around 30 percent less energy.
  11. Try the ENERGY STAR Home Advisor
    • Choose your house's symptoms and let the Home Doctor solve your energy ills. Whether you're starting a major home-improvement project or just looking for simple ways to save energy, this site is sure to help.

Updated: 11/10/2015 2:23:58 PM


Stressing out because of final exams and final projects? Sooth those tense muscles with a FREE relaxing massage in the Multipurpose Room.

Updated: 11/6/2015 1:25:36 PM


For more information about this great class, contact Nancy Anderson at

Updated: 11/4/2015 2:38:05 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: In the East Campus parking lot.

  1. Adjacent to the college motor pool, across from the boiler house.

  2. Far West end of Lewis Hall parking lot, across from the Lewis Hall building.

Policy on Smoking

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.

Procedure Relating to Smoking

  • 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: 10/29/2015 1:37:40 PM


Do you have a mobile device that needs a charge? The library has universal phone chargers that may be checked out. These are for library use only.

Updated: 10/27/2015 2:33:55 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: 10/20/2015 1:00:54 PM


HS21+ is a competency based high school completion program offered through Basic Skills programs at Washington State Community Colleges. At SVC, we started to offer our HS21+ program winter quarter 2015 with classes using the prefix HSC (for High School Completion). Anyone over age 21 can meet High School requirements through previous high school course work; work, military, and life experience; educational and professional development activities; and college coursework.

Students who are interested in pursuing a HS21+ Diploma enroll in a 6-10 credit HSC HS21+ Portfolio class where their competencies are assessed and an individual educational plan for completing any unmet requirements developed while they work on reading and writing skills. Students can complete requirements in Math, English (Reading/Writing), Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences through HSC classes in which curriculum is contextualized for those topics. They can also apply ABE, developmental English and Math and college level course work toward requirements.

HSC classes are also designed for students who want to prepare for GED Exams. Our ABE and HSC Instructors can help students determine if they should pursue the GED or HS21+.

Students who complete the HS21+ and desire a diploma will need to complete a request for degree form and have the awarded degree coded accordingly.

We are very excited about the HS21+ Diploma and think it will be an excellent option for many in our community seeking high school equivalency.

Students who are interested in HS21+ can contact Jean Markert in L127 in Mount Vernon or Jennifer Lawson at WIC.

Updated: 10/2/2015 12:57:05 PM


Did you know that escort service is available seven days a week for all SVC community? If you need an escort, call the Security Department and give your name, location, and destination. A security officer will be glad to meet you and walk you to your car or other campus destination. Due to the officer’s varying responsibilities, a short wait may be necessary before an officer arrives for your escort. To request an escort call SVC Security at (360) 416-7777.

Updated: 8/20/2015 1:01:11 PM


Please plan ahead for many exciting opportunities to study abroad! You can email for help with getting an application started.

More information about most of these programs can be found at

Updated: 8/20/2015 12:49:16 PM


Learn about SVC student events, clubs, and leadership. Get informed. Get connected. Head for!

Updated: 8/13/2015 1:12:41 PM


Did you lose any of your belongings on campus? Did you find something that is not yours and don’t know where to turn it in?

Lost and Found is located at the Security Office located across from the Book Store in the Cardinal Center. Call SVC Security 360-416-7777 or stop by the office.

Updated: 8/13/2015 1:08:41 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


As you stroll through Tollefson Plaza, between Angst and Lewis Halls, you will see a new addition. There are three Powersol™ solar charging sun shades. The Powersol™ solar panels provide energy to a smart charging battery hub, which can charge three USB devices at a time. Just plug in your phone or laptop or mobile device.

Updated: 8/13/2015 1:04:13 PM


Students—post textbooks you would like to sell! The Book Sale Bulletin Board is located in the Cardinal Center near the Multipurpose Room and staff lounge. Students are welcome to write or take a post.

Updated: 8/13/2015 12:36:43 PM


We are happy to announce that the library has notebook computers available for student checkout for one week at a time.

While you are in the library please take your SVC Student ID to the circulation desk to get barcoded and registered.

Updated: 8/13/2015 12:28:08 PM


All SVC students now have access to FREE online tutoring through the Western eTutoring Consortium!

Students can access eTutoring from any computer with an internet connection, even from home!

Subjects eTutors can help with include:

  • Writing
  • Math – Developmental through Calculus, and Statistics
  • Sciences – Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry,
  • Physics
  • Accounting, Economics
  • MS Office, Web Development
  • Spanish

eTutoring Services Include:

  • eWriting Lab: allows students to submit a draft to an eTutor, ask for specific feedback, and receive their work back with an eTutor’s response within 24-48 hours.
  • eChat: allows students to meet live with an eTutor in one-on-one tutoring sessions via a fully interactive, virtual online environment.
  • eQuestions: allows students to leave a specific question in any subject for an eTutor. They will receive a response within 48 hours (usually sooner).

How do you get started? Log on to eTutoring at:

You’ll find instructions for how to log on here!

This service is made possible through your Skagit Valley College Student Technology Fee.

Questions? Please contact:

Jane Jansen

Updated: 8/13/2015 12:21:30 PM
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