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News: LancerPoint Spotlight: PCC Technician Liz Wood

Before LancerPoint is fully implemented and its users can enjoy the broad range of useful features, there are numerous technical procedures that must be completed. PCC’s Elizabeth K. Wood is involved with such endeavors particularly through her role in preparing DegreeWorks—the upcoming degree audit, education planner, and pre-requisite checker.

Wood, the PCC curriculum, catalog, and pre-requisite technician, described DegreeWorks as “a program that students (and counselors) can use to track progress toward degrees and certificates.” The program, which is still in test mode and at this time only available for users involved in its development and use, is set to bring the first self-service educational plan program to PCC. “PCC has never had an Ed Plan program like this before that both counselors and students can use,” said Wood.

In addition to allowing students to view their completed/current units and print out an unofficial transcript, DegreeWorks will be introducing a new feature known as the “What If?” query. This feature will allow students to explore the possibility of changing majors by viewing required courses and a list of completed courses that could count toward the new major. By providing pertinent information to users, DegreeWorks will enable students to make a more informed decision in regards to changing their majors.

Counselors will be utilizing the program with advanced features such as waiving prerequisites and approving educational plans drafted by students. “It’s interactive this time between the student and a counselor,” said Wood, elaborating on one of the many benefits of the new system. Wood noted that DegreeWorks will first be made available to counselors after testing mode is complete, and then to students several months later. Whether the program is being used by a counselor seeking to make edits or a student considering alternative majors, DegreeWorks will soon be the go-to source for a variety of academic needs.

Wood is also involved with entering college curriculum into the LancerPoint system. To get a glimpse into the effort and work involved with this task, one need only consider a recent event that occurred in May: Following the last-minute discovery that the DegreeWorks pre-requisite checker would not be ready for the start of Summer 2013 registration, Wood and College Assistant Cynthia Sass had to enter the pre-requisite information for 89 courses into LancerPoint. Thanks to their prompt response, the pre-requisite data for summer courses were typed into LancerPoint in time for the first hour of registration—an accomplishment that subsequently earned Wood the inaugural Virtual LancerPoint Trophy bestowed by Mark Gutierrez, PCC director of enterprise applications services.

Preparing DegreeWorks and successfully inputting pre-requisite information for summer courses are but a sample of the achievements that Wood and her colleagues strive for each day. Stay tuned for more information in the following months regarding DegreeWorks and other LancerPoint-related developments brought to you by talented PCC staff members.

Release Date: 06/07/2013
Contact: Mark Gutierrez , Director Enterprise Applications
Phone: (626) 585-7123

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