Pathfinder Den | OCTC

Pathfinder Den

The Pathfinder Den is located on the Lower Level of the Campus Center Building, Room 100;  Main Campus, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 

The Pathfinder Den offers assistance with academic advising, class registration, academic support through our Success Coaches, assistance with exploring career options, and help with transfer plans to a four year college/university. 

Pathfinder Den
270-686-4683
octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu 

Meeting with an academic advisor is extremely important to ensure you are taking the best classes toward your academic and career goals.  Advisors are assigned to students based on their academic plan in our Student Self Service system.  

If you think your major is listed incorrectly in your student information talk to one of our advisors for assistance or email us at octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu 

Registration for Summer and Fall classes begins on March 1st (each spring).

Registration for the Spring Semester begins on October 1st (each fall).

Check  your "Student Center" in your Student Self-Service (through MY Path) to see who your official advisor is.  If you need help feel free to email us at octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu or call us at 270-686-4683.

Appointments are recommended for meeting with your advisor.  The Pathfinder Den can schedule a meeting with you in these formats:

  • In-person
  • Phone call
  • Virtual meeting (Microsoft Teams).

Success coaches will support you in navigating your academic needs, as well providing you the tools to be successful at OCTC!  We know there is more to you than being a “student” – you have a number of roles, responsibilities, and goals outside of school that are equally important to your college journey.  Our success coach team can assist you with important issues related to your college experience by focusing on your individual needs and goals.  Coaching sessions can help you adjust to the challenges of higher education, gain a better understanding of campus resources, and develop plans for academic and social development.

 

What are the benefits of working with a success coach?

Coaches will help you develop an individualized plan for academic, professional, and personal success.  The purpose of this plan is to:

  • Set informed goals for your success
  • Create concrete action steps which will identify the specific support services available to assist you
  • Allow for continued discussion about your progress

Success coaches can also help you with the following:

  • Discovering what your goals and interests are inside and outside of school
  • Developing time management strategies
  • Identifying and understanding campus resources
  • Enhancing organizational skills
  • Developing learning strategies

To reach out to a success coach, contact octc.pathfinderden@kctcs.edu

 

 

If your career goal includes the possibility of a four-year /bachelor's degree we can help! The sooner you meet with an advisor to discuss your long term goals the better prepared you will be.  

Most four-year majors have classes/pre-requisites that you need to take before you transfer to the university.  We can help you determine the best classes for your Associate of Arts or Science at OCTC that will also satisfy requirements for your bachelor's degree.  Every university is a little different in what they require; let us help you plan for your four-year college and major.

During the Fall and Spring semesters many area universities are available for individual appointments. They can provide you information on their college, majors, transfer admissions, scholarships, and more.  Many of these transfer  counselors can review your coursework at OCTC and let you know how your classes will transfer to your particular major. 

See this link for detailed information on area colleges and their Transfer Services:

Four Year College Transfer Information

If you are not sure of your major or career you are NOT alone!  We can help; most students will change their mind at least one time. The sooner you know what career area interests you the sooner we can assist you with your long term goals. 

Contact Katie.Ballard@kctcs.edu for help with career planning. Katie will schedule an individual appointment with you. 

We use the following licensed career website, Sigi 3. Please contact Katie directly for an appointment and/or access to this career site. 

This site has hundreds of job titles and career information.  They also have detailed assessments on:

  • Interests
  • Work Values
  • Personality Traits
  • Skills 

By completing the assessments you will see careers that may be good options for you based on the above areas.   

Pathfinder Pantry

Located on the lower level of the Campus Center (CC 107), the Pathfinder Pantry is open to any OCTC student experiencing food insecurity or hunger.  There are no qualifications for access to the pantry other than being an OCTC student. 

What will you find at the Pathfinder Pantry?

  • Multi-use items:  Pasta, Sauce, Condiments, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Rice, Beans, Cereal
  • Single-use items:  Tuna, Ramen, Canned Vegetables, Mac N Cheese, Instant Sides
  • Ready to Eat:  Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups, Crackers, Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars
  • Cool Zone:  Rotating Cold and Perishable Foods
  • Frozen Zone:  Individual Meals, Meat, Veggies
  • Personal Care:  Shampoo, Deodorant, Dental Essentials, Feminine Products, Skin Care

Donations and Ways to Help

We accept:

  • Non-perishable canned and boxed foods
  • New/Unopened personal care and hygiene products

We use monetary donations to keep our shelves full.  If you are interested in making a monetary donation, please contact Cadie Underwood in our OCTC Foundation (cadie.underwood@kctcs.edu or 270-686-4663) and she’ll be happy to speak with you!