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Academic Assistance


Central Penn College is committed to providing all of our students with the support they need to be academically successful. Every student is valued, supported and engaged in the life of our college community. 

Academic Advisement Resources

  • Faculty Advisors – You are assigned to a faculty advisor who will assist in developing an educational plan that will guide you through your educational experience. You can locate your faculty advisor by logging into the student portal and locating the “Advisor” box on the first page. Virtual appointments are available for online students; when you contact your advisor, let them know if you prefer to meet virtually or on-campus.

  • Academic Roadmaps – Each program has an academic roadmap, which provides each student with an ideal schedule.  The ideal schedule provides the credits and sequencing of courses to help student efficiently and effectively register on time. 

Textbooks and Software

  • MBS Online Bookstore – Buy the assigned books and materials for your classes conveniently online from the MBS website.

  • IT Help Desk – Contact the Help Desk for assistance with: Blackboard, Microsoft Office, MyMail, student portal, and hardware/software. Help Desk services are available to all students via phone 1-866-291-4357 or email.

  • Office365 – As a student at Central Penn College, you have free access to Office 365.  Office 365 is a collection of Microsoft Office applications and productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud-based computing). Use 365 to access your email, calendar, the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as your cloud-based storage (OneDrive). Students can also download and install Microsoft Office onto up to five personal devices.  For more information and a brief video tutorial, visit the library's guide to Office 365.   

Online Resources

  • Blackboard Orientation Course – If you are not familiar with how to use Blackboard, you have access to a Blackboard Orientation course, which is available to students during their first term at Central Penn.  It includes the following: getting started in a Blackboard course, using discussion boards, submitting assignments, taking quizzes and tests, checking grades, and registering for courses.  Students are automatically enrolled upon admission. 

  • Writing and Math Bootcamps – These online courses are free to admitted students and can be enrolled in at any time during a student’s academic journey.  The courses are independent learning environments that will help students refresh their writing and math skills before taking a course or a placement exam.

  • Blackboard Community – The tabs running across the top of Blackboard contain essential information and resources for students.
    • Student Resources – This tab will connect you with a variety of online academic resources including an email directory for our academic leadership, information about contacting professors and student support services. 

    • Library – This tab will connect you with the library’s online resources including the book and movie catalog, online academic journals and databases, Ebrary, Films on Demand, program guides, APA templates, and chat window for contacting the librarians who are on staff. Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library also has a robust website.

    • The Learning Center – This tab allows students to schedule an appointment with one of our writing, math, accounting, business or information technology tutors.  You can make an appointment from this tab or by logging into the student portal and selecting The Learning Center tile.

    • Clubs and Activities – This tab keeps students informed about upcoming events, clubs and Student Government Association (SGA). All students are encouraged to participate in student clubs and the SGA; contact the Activities Director to learn more about opportunities for online students. Clubs and Activities also has a robust website. 

Life and Activities

  • Counseling Services – Appointments with credentialed counselors are available to all students in person or through e-counseling methods. You may seek counseling for a variety of reasons: stress, relationship concerns, time management, depression, anger issues, grief and loss, substance use/abuse, pregnancy, abuse (sexual, emotional, physical), family issues, life transition, etc. When it becomes too much to handle alone, please reach out for additional help through Counseling Services.

  • Clubs and Activities – The College provides a robust schedule of events and activities that support the student learning experience.  Many of these events and activities are sponsored by our student clubs and organizations.  You can learn more about our current offerings or suggest your own by going to the Clubs and Activities page on the website.