Student Services Division
Dr. Cynthia Anthony, Dean of Students
The Student Services Division is
committed to helping each student at Lawson State
Community College achieve his/her goals. The
division assists students with admissions,
advisement, counseling services, registration,
orientation, academic support services, special
needs services, student activities, and career
planning. Professionally trained staff are
available to assist each student individually in
evaluating his or her potential for success as he or
she selects a program of study.
Student Services Information
Orientation / ORI 101
full-time and part-time degree seeking students and full-certificate
students are required to enroll in ORI101 during
their first semester at Lawson State Community College.
The Orientation Program is designed to provide information that will
aid a new student in his/her transition to college and stimulate an
excitement for learning. New students are introduced to college
policies, procedures, requirements, and services as well as
knowledge of the physical environment of the campus and the college
community. Services provided through the Orientation Program include
individualized counseling, monitoring of students’ progress to
ensure early identification of those having problems, individualized
assistance with academic and personal adjustment issues, and group
activities to address study/test-taking strategies and to provide
Students are encouraged to make wise use of all services made
available in the Office of Student Development Services. Every
student enrolled is assigned a faculty advisor. Students are
encouraged to discuss their plans, problems, and needs with their
faculty advisors or other members of the counseling staff.
Student health services
Lawson State Community College is committed to providing direct,
basic health care to all students following an assessment of illness
or injury by a licensed staff member.
Wellness is an integral component of our student health services.
Every effort is made to increase health awareness among students
with each contact, health pamphlets, health fairs, and films
relating to health issues (AIDS, alcohol, drugs, teenage pregnancy,
Health services are provided for all students on the first floor of
the Leon Kennedy Student Center. Whenever there is a medical
emergency, the student health nurse and security should be called.
The student health nurse is located on the first floor of the Leon
Kennedy Student Center.
The student’s parents, spouse, guardian or any other person
designated will be contacted as soon as possible to inform them of
the student’s condition and any other vital information needed.
Expenses incurred for care beyond that provided by Lawson State
Community College’s insurance provider is the responsibility of the
scholarship information -
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Services
at 205.929.6386 or 205.929.3423.
Lawson State Community College is dedicated to the total development
of the individual. Therefore, the variety of activities at Lawson
State represents a diversity of student interests. These activities
are under the direction of the Dean and staff in the Office of
Student Development Services.
All student organizations are open to students of this institution
who qualify for membership.
NO STUDENT MAY BE DENIED MEMBERSHIP TO ANY STUDENT ORGANIZATION BY
REASON OF RACE, RELIGION, SEX NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR HANDICAPPING
The governing body of the students is the Student Government
Association (SGA). The SGA is composed of officers elected by the
entire student body, the presidents of the freshman and sophomore
classes, the Inter-Club Council, and elected representatives from
AWS (American Welding Society)
A multi-faceted, non-profit organization whose major goal is
advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and
related joint disciplines. AWS has led the way in supporting
welding education and technology development to ensure a strong,
competitive, and comfortable way of life for America and its
people. Membership included a subscription to the Welding Journal,
the most current welding handbook, discounts on AWS technical
publications and educational programs, membership in a local AWS
Section, membership certificate, card and insignia, electronic
forums, and computer-based research.
American Dental Assistants Association
Offers students the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the
Alabama Dental Assistants Association and participate in
demonstration, essay, and poster contests sponsored by the
Birmingham Dental Assistants Society. The dental assistant class
elects officers each September. The president of the class serves
as the representative to the Executive Board of the Birmingham
Dental Assistants Society.
Afro-American History Club
Seeks to enlighten students about their Afro-American Heritage and
the contributions made to the American society.
Alpha Sigma Mu
An organization for Veterans. Each member must have a service
record with the armed forces of the United States. He or she also
must maintain a scholastic average of 2.5 throughout the membership
in the fraternity. Each year the fraternity gives a $200
scholarship to a graduating senior who is the child of a veteran. In
addition to other activities, Alpha Sigma Mu sponsors a book
exchange at the beginning of each semester and solicits the support
of all veterans on campus.
Alpha Theta Phi Library Society
An organization that promotes an interest among students in the
use of books and libraries. Membership is open to all interested
persons. The organization promotes activities during National
Library Week and sponsors literary programs during the year.
Association of Information Technology Professional
The professional association comprised of career minded
individuals who seek to expand their potential—employers, employees,
managers, programmers, and many others. The
organization seeks to provide avenues for all their members to be
teachers as well as students and to make contacts with other
members in the IT field, all in an effort to become more marketable
in rapidly changing, technological careers. The organization is
comprised of computer science students.
Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society
For the students who rank in the top 20 percentile in the
Business and Information Technologies Department. Member
institutions are accredited through the Association of Collegiate
Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP was established in
1988 as an accrediting body for business programs. An Associate
Degree Commission established standards in 1991 for accrediting
programs at two-year institutions. Kappa Beta Delta membership is
available exclusively to business students enrolled at schools
accredited by ACBSP.
Kappa Beta Delta’s purposes are to encourage and recognize
scholarship and accomplishment among students of business pursuing
associate degrees; and to encourage and promote personal and
professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable
service to humankind.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors
organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS
provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and
service opportunities and offers over half a million dollars in
scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to
scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting
their campus and local communities every day. NSCS is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George
Washington University in Washington, D.C. NSCS is a member of the
Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized
organization at over 300 campuses across the country.
Coordinates all clubs on the campus. The Council’s membership is
composed of all club presidents. This organization co-sponsors with
the Student Government Association, all activities, and identifies
ways to improve the club program.
Mu Beta Chi Phi
The science-mathematics club that seeks to broaden the
science-mathematics experiences of Lawson State Community College’s
science-mathematics students. Ideas and experiences are shared with
the College family and with other students and teachers. The Club’s
further purpose is to assist in developing greater awareness of the
academic areas and their relationship to daily life in the local
community. Through field trips, seminars, workshops, and special
assemblies, the club provides opportunity for active participation
of all its members.
Seeks to promote school spirit and provide more student involvement
in all school-sponsored athletic activities. Any student at Lawson
State can be a part of the Pep Squad.
Phi Beta Lambda
An organization sponsored by the Business and Information
Technologies Department. The objective is to develop strong,
aggressive leadership so that future businessmen and women may
participate more effectively in the business and community life of
which they are a part. Members learn to lead and participate in
group discussions, preside at meetings and conferences, work on
committee assignments, engage in group problem conferences, and work
in other activities that contribute to the development of desirable
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
PTK has as its objective to promote scholarships among students with
Students in Free Enterprise
A non-profit organization sponsored by individuals, foundations
and corporations. SIFE’s mission is to the performance of the
American economy by establishing and directing student-generated
free market educational programs at the colleges and universities to
bring America’s collegians and her citizens to a better
understanding of current economic issues and a greater appreciation
for the free enterprise system.
Student National Education Association
Seeks to acquaint the student with the objectives and goals of
education in the American society. During American Education Week,
this club sponsors special programs such as lectures, field trips of
educational interest, and a social hour for respected educators.
Membership in the SNEA is open to all students who plan to enter the
The Sophist Club
Sponsored by the Social Science Department and is open to
students who are in good standing with the institution and exhibit
the desire to enrich their knowledge through program of civic and
social growth by active participation in community projects.
Activities include field trips, tutorial programs, surveys,
municipal court attendance, and voter education.
Human Services Club
Seeks to strengthen students in their work to improve humanity
intellectually, morally, and religiously. Good citizenship and
perpetuation of the concept of human services are encouraged.
Student Nurses Association
Seeks to promote a spirit of citizenship, leadership and fellowship;
it encourages responsibility for maintaining the high ideals for the
Skills USA (VICA)
Seeks to promote progressive leadership in the field of
trade, industrial, and technical education that is competent,
aggressive, self-reliant, and cooperative. Skills USA (VICA) is a
national organization serving high school and college students and
professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled, and
service occupations, including health occupations.
SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
whose purpose is to serve the
professional enrichment needs of varied practitioners that make up
the manufacturing community. Membership includes access to SME’s
database of more that 15,000 papers, articles, and periodicals that
relate to the varied manufacturing disciplines; an opportunity to
network through conferences and seminars; recognition through
certification; employment and resume database assistance; and the
development of personal relationships through participation in the
Birmingham Area Senior Chapter activities.
Students are advised and encouraged to participate in annual
activities designed to set the cultural, spiritual, moral, and
academic tone of the institution.
Such activities include: SGA Election, Installation of SGA Officers
Convocations, Annual Christmas Musical, Afro-American History Month,
Career Day, Blue and Gold Week, Blood Drive, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebration, Vocational Education Week, Health Fair, Homecoming, Art
Exhibition, Honors Convocation, Graduate/Alumni Banquet, President’s
Brunch, and Commencement.
recreation and athletics
Lawson State is committed to providing quality intercollegiate and
intramural programs designed to foster the personal growth of each
student. These programs encourage individual and team achievement
and strive to enhance the academic success, social development, and
physical and emotional well being of each student. There are a
variety of athletics and recreational facilities available for
students. The Arthur Shores Fine Arts Building is equipped with a
modern fitness center, hardwood court gym, swimming pool, and locker
facilities. Students may participate in basketball, baseball,
volleyball, field and track, cross-country, tennis, golf and
student id cards
Student registration is not complete until an ID card is issued. ID
cards should be worn at all times and are required for using
equipment in the library; being admitted to social, cultural, and
athletic events; voting in student elections; etc. Lost or stolen
cards should be reported to the Student Development Services office
immediately. Students desiring an identification card should
contact the Business Office. A fee of $25 is assessed for the
second ID card.
a student has completed a course or a program of study at Lawson
State Community College, he or she becomes a member of the Lawson
State Community College’s Alumni Association.
The purpose of the association is to establish and maintain a
mutually beneficial relationship between the alumni and the College
and to work actively and effectively in advancing the interests of
Lawson State Community College, its faculty, students, alumni, and
Benefits of this membership include life-time career services and
job placement assistance, the use of College facilities such as the
bookstore, library, and physical education facilities, and
communication through various College publications.
Contact Information: Janice Orange,
Counselor and Coordinator of
Alumni Activities—205-929-6396 See
The primary purpose of academic advising is to support students in
their pursuit of meaningful educational programs that will assist
them in fulfilling goals. Academic advisement is provided for each
student at Lawson State Community College. Each student is expected
to meet with his/her academic advisor at least once each semester to
arrange a schedule of classes for the subsequent semester. Visits
with the academic advisor not only facilitate matching a student’s
interests, strengths, and goals with career needs, but also provides
the advisor an opportunity to become familiar with each student
enrolled in his/her program area. The advisor can also assist with
awareness of resources and opportunities that can enhance a
student’s chance of academic success.
Students are assigned to their advisors through the Office of
Admissions and Records with input from the department chairperson of
their respective program of study. Designated Student Services staff also provides academic advisement services.
counseling staff provides professional guidance and counseling
services. The guidance program is committed to the establishment of
an environment where a student is provided the opportunity to become
a responsible, self-directed learner and to maximize his/her
potential for growth. A student is provided information and support
in the achievement of realistic career and educational goals in
agreement with his/her expressed interests and abilities. It is
recommended that students meet with a counselor or advisor on a
regular basis to review degree plans and academic progress.
Some of the counseling services provided are personal counseling,
career and academic advisement, assessment (achievement, aptitude,
career, interest, personality, self-directed search, and valves
inventory), college transfer information, student activities
information, tutorial services, and academic placement.
Leon Kennedy Student Center, Room 221
college in the Alabama College System
shall require a comprehensive
assessment of students upon admission to the college and prior to
enrollment in associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs.
Students shall not be allowed to enroll for more than four credit
hours or eight weekly contact hours before being assessed with a
comprehensive assessment instrument.
All first-time students who enroll in associate degree, diploma, or
certificate programs and who enroll for more than four credit hours
or eight weekly contact hours per semester will be assessed through
the administration of the
COMPASS computerized assessment
instrument, and placed at the appropriate developmental level as
indicated by the assessment results. The following
the assessment requirement may apply for:
Students scoring 480 or above on the SAT verbal and 526 or above
on the SAT math, and 20 or above on the ACT English and math
provided they enroll in a System college within three years of
high school graduation.
who have an associate degree or higher.
Students who transfer degree-creditable college-level English or
mathematics courses with a grade of “C” or better.
Senior citizens, undeclared, and other non-award seeking majors
who are taking classes for vocational reasons only.
certain short certificate programs having no English or
Students who have completed required developmental coursework at
another Alabama College System institution within the last three
auditing English or mathematics courses.
Students who can provide documentation of COMPASS assessment
within the last three years; and transient students.
who are transient.
placement assessment coordinator,
Philana Suggs, SPACE Center, Leon Kennedy Student Center, second
floor, (205) 929- 6449. Click
here for the assessment administration schedule. See
for transfer students
Transfer students who have less than 24 semester hours on their
transcript and who have not taken reading, English, and mathematics
courses will be required to take the
placement test administered to
new students at Lawson State Community College.
Transfer students with greater than 24 semester hours on their
transcript and who have not taken transferable reading, English, and mathematics
courses will be required to take the battery of placement tests
administered to new students at Lawson State Community College.
act work keys service center
Lawson State Community College is licensed by American College
Testing (ACT) as an ACT WorkKeys Employment Center. The Center is a
comprehensive system for measuring, communicating, and improving the
common skills required for success in the workplace. It allows
these skills to be quantitatively assessed for both individual
persons and in actual jobs. Therefore, WorkKeys can correctly
identify individuals who have the basic skills required to be
successful in a given position or career. ACT’s rigorous approach
has guaranteed that the WorkKeys assessment and job profiling
systems are EEOC compliant and legally defensible.
Job profiling is the process of determining the basis skills that a
person needs to do a specific job successfully. An ACT trained and
licensed profiler is available on campus to perform this task. The
profiler meets with actual employees, subject matter experts, and
others involved in the job assignment. Together, the team develops
a list of tasks required to perform job assignments within a
Lawson State Community College students in career/technical programs
take the WorkKeys assessment during their first semester at the
college. If their assessment scores fall below the scores needed
for work in their field of study, they are encouraged to take
advantage of targeted instruction to build their skills while they
are enrolled at the College. KeyTrain software is available in
labs on both campuses and is used by students to practice skills
associated with the WorkKeys employment system. The software
provides review topics in each WorkKeys skill area and practice
problems similar to those on the actual WorkKeys assessment. It is
a fully interactive computer-based training system. The curriculum
is based on WorkKeys Targets for Instruction; thus
guaranteeing that all of the important skills measured in the
WorkKeys assessments are covered.
Students finishing career/technical programs with degrees or
certificates also take an exit WorkKeys assessment. Thus, in
addition to their technical competencies, they will have
documentation of their workplace skills.
Testing accommodations are available for students with documented
disabilities. Students needing accommodations must contact the
ADA Compliance Officer,
Philana Suggs, SPACE Center, Leon Kennedy Student Center, second
floor, (205) 929- 6449
map) or Ms.Renay Herndon, (205) 929-3419 (Bessemer
Job Placement and the Career Education Center function as a bridge
between the student’s academic preparation and the world of work.
The Center has numerous activities, including career counseling,
maintaining a career information library, receiving and publishing
job vacancy notices, arranging for prospective employers to visit
the campus, interviewing applicants, mailing students credentials to
prospective employers, and publicizing campus interviews. For
more information, contact
Dr. Kristie Rankin, (205) 929-3514.
The TRIO programs at Lawson State Community College are federally
funded by the United States Department of Education. The programs
identify qualified youth or adults who are low income and
first-generation college students. Participants are selected
according to their potential for academic success.
TRIO at LSCC is comprised of
Student Support Services.
The ultimate goal of each TRIO program is to assist participants in
postsecondary education. Each program has specific goals, objectives
and criteria for students served based on its respective grant
proposal approved by the Department of Education.
TRIO Program Expectations
are expected to provide the support and encouragement necessary for
the student to improve their class participation, attendance, and
grades. Students are expected to enter the program voluntarily and
to fully understand that it is a program intended to improve their
academic skills and to help identify their educational goals. It is
expected that students adhere to the following guidelines:
Maintain excellent school attendance.
Maintain grades to the best of their abilities
Maintain cooperative behavior with school personnel, program
staff, and fellow students.
Students are eligible if they:
Have completed the eighth grade.
Have a need for additional academic support in preparation for a
Have potential for success in postsecondary education.
Meet the United States Department of Education family income
guidelines and/or first generation college student.
How Much Does It Cost?
is no cost to the students enrolled in the program or to the family,
just the investment of time and enthusiasm.
further information regarding the TRIO programs at Lawson State
Community College, contact the TRIO program coordinator / director:
Ms. LaSharon Harris
of Student Support Services,
Bessemer Campus, Building A, Room 212
Mrs. Mattie Crawford,
Birmingham West Campus, Leon Kennedy Student Center, Room
Coordinator of Upward Bound