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Being A TTC Student

Take advantage of all that Trident Technical College has to offer so you can excel.

Being a TTC student means not only gaining skills in your academic program of study but also sharpening skills that will help you later in your career. There are opportunities to improve your electronic and verbal communication skills, develop leadership skills, and increase your problem-solving skills while taking courses. Don’t miss out!

Things You Need to Do

Take care of the items below and you will be well on your way to being college-ready!

  1. Get a Student ID Card.

    After you register for classes, get your Student ID card (no fee) in the Student Life office on Thornley Campus, in the Admissions office on Palmer Campus, in the Library (LRC) on Berkeley Campus and at Mount Pleasant Campus. With your student ID you can use the library facilities at Trident Technical College as well as other area colleges, including Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, The College of Charleston, and The Medical University of South Carolina. You can also receive student discounts at many stores and tricounty events.

  2. Use the student portal and email.

    The student portal is your information hub, the place to find everything you need to know about TTC. New students receive their login and password for in the letter from Admissions that acknowledges receipt of their application. In the portal, you can:

    • Access your student email.
    • Register for classes.
    • View important announcements, calendars, grades, financial information including balance due, and more.
    • Once you attend Orientation, you will also see a direct link to your advisor’s email.

Things You Need to Know

Counseling and Career Development - Career decision-making assistance and counseling help.

Counselors can help you:

  • Decide the type of job you want, or the program of study in which you should enroll.
  • Select a four-year college.
  • Cope with academic and personal problems.
  • With special services if you are a student with a disability.

Student Life - Activities for students occur throughout the year. Check the electronic calendar in and bulletin boards on campus for event info.

GPA - Students need to know how to calculate their Grade Point Average (GPA) because that is the way student progress is measured.

Student Organizations - More than 40 student organizations meet regularly at the college, many of which are related to the various majors at TTC. Several organizations are affiliated with professional organizations that students will belong to when they join the workforce.

College Terminology - Colleges have a unique language. Learn the terms you need to know to be successful at TTC.

Things You Are Responsible For

College records - Keep them up-to-date. Complete a Student Information Update form in Admissions or in an Orientation Center if you move or change phone numbers or names. Parents and spouses cannot do this for you. Your records are private and many record changes require a student's signature.

Contacting your academic advisor - It is important that you make an appointment to see your advisor. Contact your advisor for registration, program and transfer information. Additionally, academic advisors can refer you to a college office or department if you encounter any problems. You receive advisor information during Orientation. If you change your major, you must complete a Student Information Update form in the Admissions office or in Orientation. If you complete this form in the Admissions office, you must contact Orientation or use the My Profile option in to receive your new advisor information.

Attendance - Class attendance is very important in college. If you miss a class, you should ask a classmate what you missed and complete any work the instructor assigned as soon as possible. The instructor may refuse to accept late work or penalize you for work turned in late. Many times pop quizzes and/or class activities are counted toward your final grade and may not be made up.

Classroom courtesy - All students have the right to a distraction-free learning environment. You will be asked to turn off all electronic communication devices in classes and in many college offices. The only exception is for on-call emergency personnel (police, fire, EMS), who may be asked for employment verification.

Dates and deadlines - There are detailed academic calendars online and in On Course (printed registration publication). It is imperative that you keep up with the important deadlines for each term and adhere to them. The results of missing college deadlines can be low grades, reduced class schedules and missed opportunities.

Student ID Number - Use this number instead of your Social Security number on college documents. It can be viewed in TTC Express on the My Profile screen.

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