Academic Resources

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office at Northwest Vista College is committed to providing quality academic advising services and information about available resources to support students in achieving their desired goal. We will guide students towards completion of a certificate and/or Associate degree and support their transition to a four year institution or the workforce.


Disability Support Services (Access Office)

Northwest Vista College is dedicated to creating opportunities for success for many different kinds of students. Some students may have disabilities that interfere with their ability to succeed in the classroom. The Access office offers services to help level the playing field and create opportunities for success for students with disabilities. Please call 210-486-4466 for information.

Disability Support

Learning Assistance Services & Centers [LASC]

Our goal is to help students develop their learning skills to help them take a proactive approach to their courses, discover their particular learning style, and develop their critical thinking skills, through our learning assistance services (i.e.coaching, mentoring, tutoring, etc). 


Centers for Academic Reading & English Support [CARES]

At CARES, our goal is to help students acquire the reading and writing skills they need to be successful in college and throughout their lives.


Faculty Language Advocates

This is a page where you can find professors who speak English and at least one other language! These faculty members can assist you in your classes and also speak these languages. Our faculty is diverse, and they want all of our students to succeed!

Faculty Language Advocates

Faculty-Student Mentors

The Faculty-Student Mentors are faculty members who are here to support students throughout their time at NVC and until they complete their goals with us, including their certificate/degree, transfer to a university, and/or finding employment.

Faculty-Student Mentors


Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is designed as a user-friendly resource to answer the most frequently asked questions students have about services, programs, expectations and procedures. It is intended to help you successfully transition to college life and become fully engaged in your college educational experience.

Student Handbook

Career Experience

Provides numerous opportunities for students to build career-related skills and connect with employers through events and experiential learning activities. Students benefit from faculty support and encouragement to pursue new hands-on experiences that align with their future career goals.

Career Experience

Math Tutoring & Advocacy Centers

Currently offering two types of labs for our students:

  • Math Advocacy Center for students wishing one-on-one tutoring.
  • Math Lab for Cooperative Learning for the student who would like a place to work on math and need tutors for a few questions.

Math Lab

Writing Across the Curriculum Lab [WAC]

The WAC Lab serves Northwest Vista College by providing writing tutoring for students in any class outside of the English department. We also provide resources and support for faculty who include writing assignments in their classes.


Speech Tutoring Lab

The Speech Lab offers many services to students enrolled in a Speech class or any other class requiring an individual or group presentation. We can help in the lab beginning with researching your assignment, organizing and outlining your information and practicing your delivery. We also offer help with PowerPoint Presentations.

Speech Lab

Online Tutoring

Northwest Vista College, in partnership with Brainfuse, offers all students (students taking face to face, hybrid, or online courses) 300 minutes (5 hours) of free online tutoring services per semester in the following subjects:

  • Math (including Statistics)
  • English (Writing, Reading, Speech)
  • Language Lab (Spanish)
  • Science (Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics)
  • Social Science (History and Government)
  • Business (Economics, Accounting, Finance)
  • Computers and Technology (Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Online Help

Open Computer Lab

The Student Open Computer Lab provides students with the latest technology resources and assistance needed to successfully complete class assignments and projects. The Student Open Computer Lab is a great place to come and do research related to your courses.

Open Lab


The Northwest Vista College Library supports the mission of the college by providing:

  • A comprehensive information literacy program that teaches students research skills for lifelong learning;
  • A diverse print and online collection that enhances the curriculum of the college;
  • a quality environment that is conducive to studying and learning.


Pre-Nursing Cohort

Looking for support in planning a career in nursing? Apply to join a group you can belong to that will support you as you prepare for nursing and/or medical school together.

Visit the Pre-Nursing Cohort Webpage

Information & Communication Technologies

The Information and Communication Technologies department services the technology needs of the Northwest Vista College. The Information and Communication Technologies department provide technology solutions and support for our students, faculty, staff and community.


Career and Transfer Services

Northwest Vista College Career and Transfer Services (CaTS) provides resources, guidance, and assistance with career exploration, career planning, academic advising, job preparation, and more.


Distance Learning

Distance Learning is an educational opportunity that offers a deadline-oriented learning experience similar in structure to a face-to-face on-campus class. Students and instructors interact through chat tools, email and discussion boards over the Internet and depending on the course assessments and assignments are all online. On average, students spend about 10 hours per week per course in preparation, participation, and homework time. Students may spend less or more time per week per course depending on when the course is taken and difficulty of the course.

Distance Learning

Canvas Quick Guide

This Canvas Quick Guide is for students who want to learn how to use Canvas. Please contact the Distance Learning Department at your college if you are new to online learning or would like more information on the Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN) course. The guide includes the following:

  • Features in Canvas
  • Navigating Canvas
  • Technical Information
  • Additional Student Resources
  • College Contacts and Resources

Quick Guide

Online Course Agreement

The National Council (NC) for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies. SARA allows institutions to provide online courses outside of their own state borders by seeking and maintaining state approvals via a streamlined process. 

NC-SARA (Online Course Agreement)

Connect 2 Compete

The Alamo Colleges District is working with Connect2Compete, a national nonprofit, to provide students and employees low-cost computers and free or low cost Internet service, along with the hardware and the digital skills to effectively and safely use the Internet. Depending on home location, you may qualify for fast free service or a discounted high-speed Internet data plan. Low-cost computers are also being offered.


Dual Credit (High School Program)H

Northwest Vista College’s Dual Credit Program allows eligible high school students to earn college credit for high school courses in which they are currently enrolled while completing their high school requirements. In order for students to participate in the program, the high schools must be approved to offer dual credit courses. Dual Credit is different from AP credit.

Dual Credit

Project Math Paths [PMP]

As math remains the largest obstacle to student success, persistence, and completion, Project Math Paths (PMP) endeavors to improve NVC’s three-year graduation rate, through a streamlined enrollment, advising, and placement process, as well as through the acceleration of students through the math core, by eliminating developmental math course hours.


Search for Classes

On the Search for Classes page, you can search for scheduled courses by: 1) Select a Term from the pull-down (such as Fall 2019) and 2) Select a class from the Subject listing (or hold down CTRL to select more than one) and then click Search Classes for a listing of all available sessions.

Search for Classes


Universal Access Student Resources

Free or Low-Cost Textbooks and Instructional Materials that provide teaching, learning, and/or research resources in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person.

Click Here for More Information

Veteran Advocates (V2V)

NVC Veteran Advocates (V2V) provide students who are military members (current & former) with information, resources, and advocacy to help them succeed in higher education.

Visit the V2V Webpage



Northwest Vista College's bookstore is located conveniently in the CCC building and offers students a one-stop shop for textbooks, supplies, and technology needed for the various classes at Northwest Vista. You can also shop online!

Visit the Bookstore