It’s LIBRARY quiz time! (10/01/14)

How well do you know about the AWESOME services offered by the SCC LIBRARY?  Let’s find out…

Question 1: You are assigned your first research paper in EngWr 300 and you need help with citing sources. You want to do this correctly because you are NOT about to get yourself in trouble for plagiarism! Who can you talk to?

a. A Financial Aid staff member.
b. A nurse from Health Services.
c. A librarian at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.

Question 2: You forgot your College Success textbook at home and you were planning to review two chapters before your quiz in an hour. What can you do?

a. Wait in the quad until you see one of your classmates and then ask to borrow the book.
b. Check out the book on reserve at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
c. Drive back home and grab the book…and hope that there is enough time to find a parking spot and make it to class on time.

Question 3: This is your first semester at Sacramento City College and you want to learn how to use the Library. How can you do this?

a. Attend a 50-minute Library Orientation where you can take a tour, learn about how to locate books, and get information on the various databases.
b. Go to the College Store and buy a 50-page manual on how to use the Library.
c. Walk up and down every aisle and memorize each book on the shelf.

(Here are the correct answers: Question 1: C, Question 2: B, and Question 3: A)

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Weekly Post #6 (09/29/14)

One of the most memorable events at Sacramento City College is GRADUATION day.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing – and hearing! – your family and friends cheer you on as you walk across the stage in your cap and gown.  For many students, this is an end to a remarkable educational journey at SCC that required a lot of sacrifice, dedication, and hard work.  But it also marks the beginning of a new adventure – whether the next step is to transfer to a university or to jump into the work field.

Each year, hundreds of students are awarded an Associate Degree for successfully completing graduation requirements.  Being a college graduate is a huge accomplishment and it is truly a celebration at SCC!

As a new student, understanding degree requirements may get confusing, especially if you are not aware of the differences between general education, major, and elective courses.  Additionally, many students don’t realize that earning an Associate Degree does not mean that they are ready to transfer to a university.  (And, students who complete transfer requirements do not always qualify for an Associate Degree.)

If you are planning to transfer to a university (which we hope that you consider!), it is important to know which courses are UC or CSU transferable, when application deadlines are, and admission criteria for impacted majors.  Depending on your major and transfer campus, admission may be based on a competitive GPA.

The best way to learn about graduation and transfer requirements is to meet with a COUNSELOR. Counselors can be your biggest supporters in helping you achieve your educational goals.  They are available to help with academic, personal, and career goals.

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“Math Pump” & “Pass that Class” (posted 09/25/14)

Math Pump
Are you planning to retake the math assessment test? 

If so, sign up to join Math Pump – SCC’s math assessment review!  In Math Pump, you will use the “MyFoundationsLab” diagnostic, get personal assistance from a math instructor and student tutors, and review before retaking the math assessment!

Math Pump will meet on the following Fridays: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14.  The math assessment will be given on Friday, November 14th.

To sign up, send an email to petcanv@scc.losrios.edu with your name, student ID number, and phone number.  Space is limited to 30 students and attendance at all workshops is required.

Math Pump will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Business Building 103.  Get ready and get pumped for the math assessment test!

Pass that Class
Are you currently enrolled in Math 100 (Math 103/104) or Math 120 (Math 123/124) and need help to be successful?

If so, sign up for Pass that Class to get extra time with a tutor and to learn study skills!  This program will run from October 3rd to December 5th.

Pass that Class will be meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Business Building 143.  You only need to attend Pass that Class for two hours every week!

If you are interested in participating in Pass that Class, send an email to petcanv@scc.losrios.edu with your name, class enrolled, and student ID number.  Sign up by October 1st!

Your counselor is waiting for YOU! (posted 9/24/14)

Remember the end of last semester when you stood in line outside the Counseling Office only to discover that all of the “quick question” slots were filled and that the next appointment wasn’t until 2 weeks away?

You vowed that you would never put yourself in that situation again…EVER!

So, where have you been?!?!  Your counselor is waiting for you!

If you haven’t met with a counselor, this is the BEST TIME to do so!  In a couple of months, the Spring 2015 schedule will be available and you will find yourself in the same situation that you were trying to avoid in the first place.

SCC counselors are here to assist you with understanding the path you will take to reach your educational goal.  They want you to take the right classes, in the right sequence, and at the right time!

Click below for tips on how to…

Classroom Behaviors: Stop Messing Around! (posted 09/17/14)

Imagine that you are in class trying to listen to an important lecture and all you hear is gum-smacking, soda-slurping, and pencil-tapping from other students around you.

Annoying, huh?

Unfortunately, turning around in your seat to give your classmates a dirty look won’t help – especially when they’re too busy to look up from texting!

As a college student, there are expectations from your professors and fellow classmates that you will behave in (and out!) of the classroom.  It’s not just about raising your hand or arriving to class on time; it’s also about being respectful, polite, and taking your education seriously.  No one wants to sit next to the person who is constantly falling asleep in class or taking selfies.

So, what exactly are unacceptable classroom behaviors?  Click on the box below to read more…

New Students: Do NOT lose your priority registration! (posted 09/09/14)

Did you know that all new students are required to complete the “Steps to Success?”  The three steps include: 1) Orientation, 2) Assessment, and 3) iSEP.  If you do NOT complete these three steps, you will lose your Priority 1 enrollment.  This means that you will be placed in “open enrollment” AFTER all students have enrolled in classes.

In order to keep Priority 1 enrollment, you must complete all three steps BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2014:

Orientation:  Complete the Los Rios online orientation to learn information about student support services, college terms, rights and responsibilities, academic expectations, and enrollment fees.

Assessment:  Complete the Math and English or ESL (English as a Second Language) assessments.  Visit the Assessment Center website for the test schedule, study guides, and instructions.

iSEP:  Meet with a counselor for help with selecting the right classes and to complete an iSEP.  An iSEP (student education plan) is your “roadmap” to keep you on track toward your goals.

These three steps are tracked on your eServices account, so log in to check if you are missing any of the requirements.  Click on the tab that says “Steps to Success” and look for this box at the top of the page:

As you complete each requirement, a checkmark will be placed in the box.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1.  If you do not complete these requirements by November 1, 2014, you can still attend any of the Los Rios colleges; however, you will lost your Priority 1 enrollment.

2.  These requirements are for NEW STUDENTS only.  Students who were enrolled in Los Rios before February 1, 2014 do NOT have to complete the “Steps to Success.”  (But, of course, it’s helpful to do them anyways!)

Important information about Financial Aid (posted 09/04/14)

The first disbursement for Financial Aid was on Friday, August 29th.  To have received your grant, your entire Financial Aid file must be complete.  This means that all of your required documents were received on time and processed.

If you did receive your Financial Aid disbursement, please remember that your grant is to help you purchase textbooks and supplies so that you can succeed in your classes.  You probably have homework to do this weekend and having your textbooks will definitely keep you on track!

So, before you withdraw funds with your OneCard, there are a few important things to remeber about financial aid.  For example, financial aid is based on ACADEMIC SUCCESS!  This means that you must complete each semester with a satisfactory GPA (2.00 GPA or higher) and with satisfactory progress (complete at least 75% of your courses).

If you are unsure of your Financial Aid status or need help with understanding the different forms, log onto “My City Aid” or visit the Financial Aid Lab in Business Building 153.

Drop/Add dates (posted 08/29/14)

For full semester courses, here are the drop/add dates:

September 5 – Last day to drop classes to qualify for a refund

September 7 – Last day to officially enroll

September 7 – Last day to drop a class without a notation on your record

September 26 – Last day to petition for Pass/No Pass

Click here for a full list of dates, including full semester and short term classes.

 

What’s your seven digits? (posted 08/26/14)

How many times today have you been asked for your “seven digits”?

NO, NO, NO – not your phone number, but your Student ID Number!!!

Throughout the semester – especially when you visit Counseling, Admissions, and Financial Aid – you will be asked to verify your student ID number.  Yes, we know that you are NOT a number and that you DO have a name, but the ID number is one way to verify that you are part of the Los Rios Community College District.

As an SCC student, it is important to get your Student Access Card.  The Student Access Card is one of the most important forms of identification that you will need to request information, to borrow books from the library, to make copies at the printing stations on campus, and to use regional transit – including the light rail and bus.

To get your Student Access Card and your regional transit pass, you must have a valid photo ID (No, your Facebook profile picture will not work!), be currently enrolled in classes (No, being number 7 on the wait list does not count!), and not have any outstanding balance due on your account (No, an “IOU” will not be accepted!).

Student Access Cards are currently being issued and, once you get your card, you can start using it right away!  Click here to find out when, how, and where you can get your Student Access Card.

And, lastly, SMILE for the camera!