Porterville College

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Early Alert

What is Early Alert?

The Early Alert system is available to all faculty as a resource to refer their students to receive counseling services immediately. The Early Alert email referral sent by the instructor is automatically sent to the student, advisor, and counselor. The referral facilitates communication and encourages students to meet with their instructors and counseling staff in a timely manner. The program advisor makes the first contact with the student and refers to other programs and services based on the student needs. The advisor's main goal is to focus on the areas of concern indicated on the referral as a way to help students. The student then meets with the Early Alert counselor for a follow-up appointment if recommended by the advisor as a way to further provide support to students. The immediate counseling service and rapport built with the student creates a positive support system. 

When there is a focused goal and students feel connected, valued, and engaged they are much more likely to be successful. Porterville College is proud to ensure our students reach their highest potential by providing services such as the Early Alert program to assist students as they pursue their goals. 

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Advantages of Using Earl Alert 

  • Assists students in a timely manner.
  • Builds rapport between faculty and students. 
  • Informs students of their mid-term grades.
  • Provides academic, personal, transfer, and career counseling as needed.
  • Provides students with the tools necessary to be academically successful. 
  • Refers students to services on campus
  • Familiarizes students with on and off campus resources
  • Reduces the number of students on academic probation and disqualification
  • Improves retention rate and ultimately graduation rate

Assists Students in the Following Areas

  • Fully address the reason the student is struggling
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Note taking
  • Memory strategies
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Study Environment
  • Stress management
  • Acculturation to institution
  • Tutoring referral
  • Withdrawal dates
  • Matriculation
  • Review of transcript
  • Student Education Plan
  • Course planning for the following semester

How are students notified?

By email. All students are encouraged to check their PC email daily, as they will be alerted by participating faculty via email. Students are highly encouraged to contact the Counseling Center upon receiving a referral and schedule an appointment with the Early Alert Advisor who will develop a support plan to promote academic success through appropriate interventions and strategies. Students may also self-refer by scheduling an Early Alert appointment at the Counseling Center.

How do I make a referral?

  1. Go the Porterville College website at https://www.portervillecollege.edu/
  2. Click the “Inside PC” portal link
  3. Click the “Tools” drop down menu
  4. Select “Early Alert” and Click “Continue”
  5. Select the course and student(s) from the roster
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