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2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life



SVC’s intercollegiate athletic program provides students with the opportunity to participate in athletic competition. Students have the opportunity to enjoy the challenge of physical competition and to learn cooperation, self-awareness, and self-confidence.

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges (NWAC) and is represented by men’s teams in basketball, tennis, baseball, golf, and soccer, and by women’s teams in basketball, soccer, tennis, softball, volleyball, and golf.

Athletic scholarships are available for all varsity sports under the guidelines of the NWAC. Check out the Athletics website for more information.

Fine & Performing Arts

Student Programs offers you a variety of opportunities to become involved outside of the classroom. Participation in these activities is an important part of your life as a student here at SVC. SVC sponsors a variety of music, theater, and visual art events and productions. Frequent concerts, musicals, and recitals enrich campus life and give students performance experience. Guest artists also visit and perform regularly.

The Art Gallery is located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. It is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by emerging and established artists. SVC’s Art Gallery supports and promotes visual culture to enhance creativity and community dialogue by serving as a conduit for expression through the visual arts. An active play production program under the direction of the Drama department provides opportunities for students to participate in every phase of production, including acting, directing, and designing. The Phillip Tarro Theatre is a versatile 200-seat theater. Larger performances are held in McIntyre Hall, our 650-seat theatre equipped with the finest quality professional sound and lighting equipment.

Cardinal Bookstore

Mount Vernon: 360.416.7728
Whidbey Island: 360.679.5313

The Cardinal Bookstore has locations on both Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses. Course materials for San Juan Center courses are available through either location.

The bookstore stocks a wide variety of items, including required and optional course textbooks and materials - both new and used - as well as course supplies, uniforms, Skagit Valley College insignia items and school supplies. At the end of each quarter, the bookstore offers a textbook buy-back service.

The bookstore web site www.cardinalbookstore.com can be used to purchase textbooks as well as to look up textbook information and pricing. These services can also be accessed through the online registration process.

Both bookstore locations remain open in the evenings on selected days during the first week of the quarter.

Clubs & Organizations

Mount Vernon: 360.416.7611
Whidbey Island: 360.679.5303

Involvement in a student club or organization may be one of the most rewarding and educational experiences you have while attending SVC. Clubs and organizations provide meaningful and fun experiences that will build your resumé and enhance your leadership skills and your connections with other students, faculty, and staff. Student clubs and organizations provide an environment where students can build and cultivate friendships, find common interests, help the community, and engage in planning, organizing, and implementing programming initiatives.

All clubs and student organizations must function under the sanction of the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College (ASSVC) and are chartered by the ASSVC. A current list of SVC’s active clubs and student organizations is available on the Center for Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community canvas page. For more information, visit the Clubs and Programs page on the SVC website.

Wellness Resource Center & Food Pantry

Mount Vernon: 360.416.7923
Whidbey Island: 360.679.5303
Student Life Office, C-190A, Knutzen Cardinal Center, Mount Vernon Campus; 116 Old Main, Whidbey Island Campus

Housed in the Wellness Resource Center (WRC), on the Mount Vernon Campus and in Student Life on the Whidbey Island Campus is a food pantry that provides for SVC students experiencing food insecurity. Students needing food for themselves and others they support financially can inquire about the option for a “food box” that they can pick up from the WRC.

The Washington Basic Food Program (Basic Food) helps low-income individuals and families have a more nutritious diet by adding Basic Food benefits to your household’s income.

Basic Food is Washington’s name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Basic Food benefits are federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

WAC 388-414-0001 Am I eligible for benefits through the Washington Basic Food Program?

See USDA Food and Nutrition Service website for a list of the tribes and their points of contact in Washington State that participate in the federal Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR or “commodities”). Individuals receiving FDPIR commodities from these tribal organizations are ineligible to receive Basic Food.

The WRC can provide you with first-aid supplies, and a wide assortment of informational pamphlets and brochures. The office also offers programming, and co-sponsors a variety of events to heighten awareness of issues regarding health and well-being.


Many low-cost student health insurance programs are available to you: 

Additional resources

SVC is dedicated to providing a drug- and alcohol-free environment for students, faculty, and staff. Referrals to the Counseling Center, Disability Access Services, and community agencies or private providers are made for a variety of student health needs.

Additional Health Insurance information is available: Visit the Student Life website or the Student Life Office.

Research and Assessment

The fundamental mission of the Institutional Research (IR) Office is to provide central information and analytical support for college planning, management, and assessment activities to help Skagit Valley College fulfill its mission. In this capacity, IR assumes primary responsibility for analyzing and interpreting data about the performance of the college; analyzing and interpreting data about the environment of the college; transforming data into information that supports college planning, policy making, decision making, and assessment; and communicating institutional information to the college community.

The Office also conducts studies and gathers information for specific ad hoc analysis. Ad hoc information is prepared for institutional questionnaires, specialized accreditation reviews, and decision support.

Use the following links to access our surveys:

KSVR 91.7 FM /KSVU 90.1 FM Radio


KSVR-91.7 FM and KSVU-90.1 FM are a combination of student- operated and community-operated, non-commercial, educational, community/campus radio stations. The mission for the stations is to provide informational public service to the community and opportunities for locally-produced programs including news and music. KSVR presents a diverse format, including English and Spanish languages. If you would like experience with radio as a career, public service, or recreational activity, contact any station representatives in Reeves Hall.



As an SVC student, you will have a variety of athletic events in which to participate and numerous opportunities to enjoy watching college games. The Dave DuVall Pavilion on the Mount Vernon Campus hosts intercollegiate basketball and volleyball, and is used for PE courses and many other activities. Soccer, baseball, and tennis are among the other sports in which SVC fields competitive teams. Facilities are also available for student recreational use, including covered tennis courts, a fitness center, playing fields, and running/walking trails.

On the Whidbey Island Campus, a fitness center is available to students. There is a modest quarterly fee to use the fitness centers at both Mount Vernon Campus and Whidbey Island Campus.

Regional Culture

Skagit Valley College is located in three counties of northwest Washington. Skagit County stretches from the high peaks of the Cascade mountain range to the edge of Puget Sound. Island and San Juan counties are comprised of islands surrounded by the beautiful waters of Puget Sound. The region has a strong farming tradition, including production of tulips for cut flowers and bulbs.

The Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses are served by bus service, giving frequent transportation to neighboring towns and commercial centers.

One hour south is Seattle, a diverse, beautiful, and cosmopolitan city with a metropolitan area of 3.3 million people. It is often listed among the most desirable cities in America. Vancouver, B.C. is a 90-minute drive to the north. Its metropolitan area has a population of 2.1 million people from nations all over the world. Both Seattle and Vancouver have a rich array of cultural offerings.

Student Government & Program Board

Mount Vernon: 360.416.7611
Whidbey Island: 360.679.5303

The Associated Students of Skagit Valley College (ASSVC) represents you as a student of the college. You are a member of ASSVC if you are a student enrolled in classes. Through the ASSVC and its legislative body, which you help to elect, students govern themselves, share in policy-making within the administrative structure of the college, and organize programs and events. Students may participate with faculty, staff, and administrators in determining college policy by serving on college governance committees. ASSVC participation requires an average of ten (10) hours of work per week

The Program Boards at SVC are groups of students operating under the guidance of Student Life staff with a goal of providing quality entertainment, cultural enrichment, and educational programming for the college and the community. If you are currently enrolled or are planning to enroll at SVC, you may be eligible to be a Program Board member. Program Board members’ participation requires an average of ten (10) hours of work per week. As a member of the Program Board, you are responsible for planning, initiating, coordinating, and officiating all events.

Involvement in ASSVC and the Program Board provide opportunities for students to learn about campus wide and state initiatives regarding higher education and helps students understand the democratic decision-making process. Students who hold these positions are exposed to experiences that help fine-tune their leadership skills. For more information regarding these leadership positions, please contact the Student Life Office.

Student Newspaper

Mount Vernon: 360.416.7862
Whidbey Island: 360.679.5303

Student newspapers provide for the discussion of important student concerns, and for informing the college community of events and activities.

The Cardinal newspaper is the student-owned newspaper at the Mount Vernon Campus. As a participant on the student newspaper staff, you can learn and practice news gathering, interviewing and writing skills, editing and proofreading, selling and creating display advertising, taking and processing photographs, using a scanner, and learning page design and layout.

The Cardinal has an editor and assistant positions. The Cardinal Newspaper accepts student submissions, regardless of involvement with the program, although not all submissions may be selected for printing due to space considerations.

At the Whidbey Island Campus, the Journalism Club provides monthly newsletters and papers to their college peers. They interview students, faculty, and staff on campus concerns. They also inform students of local, national, and global issues so that students are up-to-date with the news. This is done through club volunteer work servicw. If interested in participatingm please contact the Student Life Office at the Whidbey Island Campus.