15 November, 2016
LETTER TO STUDENTS REGISTERING FOR THE 2017 ACADEMIC YEAR
- WELCOME TO SOUTH WEST GAUTENG TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COLLEGE
I am delighted to welcome you on behalf of the College Council, Management and all the personnel of South West Gauteng Technical Vocational Education and Training College. As you can see our name has changed and it is a significant change! We have moved from being an FET college to being a TVET college! And the change is all about you and ensuring that we keep our fingers more on the pulse of the economy and to ensure that, we among other things, partner more with the economy and industry for your sake, as our primary customer and focus! But, we are still called by our popular abridged name: SWGC! And those who know us well, will continue the chant, ‘SWGC, PERIOD! ENOUGH SAID!’
It is not by accident that we have become one of the biggest colleges in the country! That is probably what has also attracted you to the college! We plan not to disappoint you!
Whether you will be starting, continuing and, or completing your studies at the college in 2017, that will make the year a profoundly special one to you personally. Make the most of your association with the college – like the many before you!
- REGISTERING IN 2016 FOR 2017
The government and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are serious about making TVET colleges learning institutions of first choice! This will be the fifth year in which the college will have been encouraging prospective students of the new academic year, to apply for registration at the college in November of the year before, in this case, 2016. In fact, by the end of November, 2016, more than half of the programmes were fully enrolled for 2017 meaning that the college would not register any students into these programmes in 2017 This is ‘business unusual’ – the way we want it!
The new key thing is that students first apply for registration at the college, submitting all necessary documents, which is followed by a selection process, which is solely based on results (merit) and the successful students are then invited to apply. In 2017 new students will also be applying for NSFAS online! Returning students who were supported by NSFAS who have passed will not need to reapply for NSFAS, as the bursary will automatically continue in the new year.
Repeating students whose attendance was poor and below 80% in 2016, will need to explain why their attendance was poor in 2016 before being admitted. They will not be automatically re-admitted.
When the college opens on 09 January, 2017, as an already enrolled student of the college, you will come to the college, any day between 09 and 13 January, 2017, be allocated a class, collect your textbooks and on 16 January, 2017 your classes WILL start!
On 16 January, 2017, classes WILL start – with no exception! The Department means Business. And we mean business, too!
We know you are joining this college in 2017 with a personal dream of your own. We want to help you to realize the dream, which brought you to this college. Ours is to make yours come true! To prove to you and have you prove to others that it is indeed cool2b@swgc! And to have you join the chant that says: SWGC, Period! Enough Said!
Your choice of this big college for the furthering of your education is one that you are not likely to regret. Regardless of the campus you have chosen, we guarantee you an education of a high quality and an environment, which is conducive for your learning and development. You will, in due course, be shown how to lodge a ‘non-compliance’ (complaint) if you should find any of our delivery or service to you not to be to your satisfaction. Use this facility to keep us on our toes!
Throughout your stay at this college, you will be treated with dignity and respect. This will happen, not as a favour, but rather as something that is owed to you both as a human being and as a student of this college! We ask (in fact, demand!) that you extend the same to all those that you will be coming into contact with whilst in the college, either as the personnel of the college, or as fellow students and indeed the members of the public who will be visiting the college!
A special feature of the college at the moment (and one that is peculiar only to this college!), which we are very excited with is the fact that, for four years in succession we have been sending our Top Ten Students and Top Educators on a fully-paid trip to the Netherlands, just for them being diligent and hardworking and making our Top Ten college-wide! Any student of the college can work towards this ‘once-in- a lifetime’ dream.
We have also seen our NC (V) Level 4 and N6 graduates being absorbed by industry and commerce in growing numbers. And the results of the college’s students have been improving in leaps and bounds for the past five years, so you are joining a well-lubricated train that is in motion!
- YOUR LEARNING REMAINS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY
Notwithstanding our commitment to your learning and the guarantee of a high quality education environment that we make to you, we cannot adequately emphasize the role that needs to be played by you in your own education!
In this regard, we wish to highlight the following imperatives: regular and punctual attendance of lectures; submission of assignments and set tasks; cooperation with your lecturers. In most of the college programmes, textbooks are now included in the fees, which means you are able to start working on your studies right away! Importantly, make sure you have applied for the DHET (NSFAS) bursary, if you qualify, whether you are enrolled for NC (V) or NATED, as long as you are not repeating a level. The bursary is allocated on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ since the money allocated is not enough to cover all deserving students.
TAKE NOTE THAT IT IS COMPULSORY FOR YOU TO ATTEND 80% OF YOUR LECTURES AND TO ACHIEVE ASUB- MINIMUM OF 40% IN ALL YOUR INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS TO BE ALLOWED TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATIONS! IF YOUR ATTENDANCE IS LESS THAN 80%, OR YOU HAVE FAILED OBTAIN A SUB- MINIMUM IF 40% IN YOUR ASSESSMENTS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WRITE THE EXAMINATION IN THAT SUBJECT!
Your lecturers are your most valuable education resource. They are very eager to see you succeeding. Use them!
In short, we implore you to play an active role in your learning!
- COMPULSORY ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR ALL NC(V) STUDENTS
Among the lessons learnt from our past experiences, is the fact that it is students who attend their lectures punctually and regularly, who pass their courses and that poor attendance of lectures invariably leads to failure. For this reason the college will, as highlighted above, be enforcing the Department policy and regulation which says students who excessively stay away from their lectures or from college with no valid reasons, will not be allowed to sit for the final exams! In fact, you must attend at least 80% of your lectures / classes to be allowed to sit for the exam! In previous years, some students disappeared from the college a few weeks or months after registering and only came back to write exams. Needless to say, these students failed, most of them, dismally!
Do all your assignments and assessment projects, including ISAT ICASS, etc. You will not be allowed into the final examinations without marks from these assessments! You must also obtain the minimum required percentages in these assessments since policy now dictates that, if your performance (marks) in these assessments is less than the required minimum, you will not be allowed to sit for the exams. Since, this is very important it will be explained further during your induction.
Over and above the above measures, the college has also introduced Academic Support Tuition Periods, focusing mostly on mathematical literacy and Communication, plus additional subject –related tuition. Attendance of these periods is compulsory for all students, where these are offered. The Academic Support intervention will also be supported by a computerized Learner Support System, called LearnScape which will be available at all campuses in the resource centres and, or other computer rooms.
All of this is being done to ensure your success with your studies! Do play your part!
- COMPUTER LITERACY FOR NATED (N-) ENGINEERING STUDENTS
In the last four years the college experimented with a Computer Literacy course for all full-time Engineering students enrolled for N-courses and unfortunately, the students themselves did not fully take advantage of this offering. Those who did made a success of it and optimized their employability prospects.
This will be continued with on an even larger scale in all Engineering campuses this year since computer literacy has become a critical necessity for people in all careers and, or professions. Engineering students doing N-courses must enquire at their campuses about this Computer Literacy course. A nominal fee of R 800,00 per trimester will be charged for this Computer Literacy Course, which will be offered once or twice a week mostly in the afternoon for the entire trimester.
Do bear in mind that the college’s programmes do not necessarily end at 15h00 like those of schools! You are at college, now!
- MATHS AND SCIENCE AND ENTRY INTO HIGHER EDUCATION.
Note that students wishing to proceed to Higher Education institutions after NC(V) Level 4 should strive to obtain passes of 60% in their Fundamental subjects and 70% in their Vocational subjects. In addition, such students are strongly encouraged to take Maths and Science and for Engineering NC(V)
- SRC ELECTIONS
Soon after the commencement of classes on 16 January, 2017, the process of having the college Students Representative Council (SRC) elected will resume. The date and process will be made known to all registered students in due course. The SRC is held in very high esteem at the college and we hereby make a plea to all students to view the SRC elections seriously and elect students who will help take the college forward and put learning first!
Once the SRC has been elected, give them your total support! After all, it is your SRC!
- DRUG AND WEAPONS FREE ZONES
The college and all its campuses are “drugs and weapons free” zones. An obligation is put on all those who become associated with the college to promote this principle and tradition in both word and deed. All of us have a responsibility to make college life a safe and pleasant experience for all – personnel and students!
- CAMPUS BASED INTERNET CAFES AND WIFI ACCESS
Among the extra ways in which the college supports your learning is the network of ‘free-to-use’ Internet cafes in the Resource Centres AND WIFI access at all campuses. You are encouraged to make use of the Internet café at your campus to surf the net to get more information about your subjects and to send and receive e-mails. Porn sites are strictly forbidden and students who are found visiting these sites in the college’s Resource Centres will be disciplined and banned from the Resource Centres.
Apart from the internet cafes, take time to visit the SMME /Entrepreneurship centres which have been established at most of our campuses to release the entrepreneur in you!
Report faulty computers and internet problems at these centres to your Campus Manager!
Welcome! May your stay and learning at South West Gauteng College be enjoyable and be further proof that it is indeed cool2b@swgc!
SWGC, Period! Enough Said! Join the chant!
Dan L Nkosi
Ps. IN 2015 the number of distinctions obtained by college students Increased to over 2000 and Ten Top Students of 2016 will be going to Holland in June, 2017– free of charge! Gratis! You can work hard and join those who will be going there in 2016!