Attend a college event! (10/28/14)

On any given day at Sacramento City College, there is an event (or two!) that you are invited to attend for FREE!

This can be a study skills workshop from the Tutoring and Learning Skills Center, an application workshop from the Transfer Center, a performance in the Cultural Awareness Center, or music in the quad sponsored by Student Leadership and Development.

Of course we don’t want you to miss class to enjoy these events, but take a look at the college calendar to find out what’s coming next!

Remember, attending a college event is a great way to learn about campus resources and to meet new people!  Click here to view the SCC Events Calendar!

Weekly Post #10 (10/27/14)

As a college student, your biggest focus is your academic success.  After all, you are here to create a future that includes the completion of a college degree and the start of an exciting career!

But, aside from academics, one of the best things about college is meeting new people.  And, sometimes, the people that you meet become lifelong friends that support you, encourage you, and motivate you to do your absolute best!

These are the friends who will check on you if you miss class, will remind you about the big assignment that is due, and will meet you at the library when you need a study partner for the next exam.  Most importantly, they will be the ones in the audience cheering the loudest when you walk across the stage in your cap and gown!

So, aside from doing well academically and preparing for your future career, having a positive and balanced social life on campus is just as important.  Plus, it’s always nice to know who your classmates are and to spot familiar faces when you walk across the quad, sit in the cafeteria, or spend time in the library.

At Sacramento City College, there are lots of great opportunities for you to meet your peers and to participate in various activities on campus.  Throughout the semester, there are many events that students can attend for free – whether it is watching a special film or documentary, listening to a guest lecturer, participating in a cultural event, or joining a student club.

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Meet with your professor! (10/22/14)

Imagine this scenario…

Your College Success professor has assigned a presentation and your topic is “utilizing support services on campus.”  As you gather information, you have questions about how to organize your presentation and whether or not you are following the instructions correctly.  Unfortunately, your class doesn’t meet again until next week and you want to finish your outline this weekend.

Question:  What do you do?

Answer:  Meet with your professor during office hours!

Earlier this semester when your professors extended an invitation for you and your classmates to meet during office hours, they weren’t kidding!  Your professors set aside this time every week so that you can ask questions about homework, get feedback on assignments, or get information that you may have missed during a lecture.

Unfortunately, many students pass up the opportunity to meet with their professors because they are embarrassed about discussing their progress, think that their professors are too busy, or are too nervous to ask questions.  But, in reality, your professors are there to help you succeed.  They want you to ask questions so that you understand the topics that are discussed in your classes.

Get an INTERNSHIP! (10/15/14)

Are you getting ready to complete a certificate or earn an AA/AS degree this academic year?

If so, it’s time for you to start thinking about an INTERNSHIP!

As a college student, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the job market is to gain hands-on training within your major.  By getting involved in an INTERNSHIP, you are learning what it takes and what it’s like to work in a particular career.

Regardless of what you’ve heard, interns are highly valued in the workplace.  You are NOT going to be asked to pick up coffee for the entire office, you will NOT be asked to pick up your supervisor’s children from school, and you will NOT be scheduled to work 10-hour days!  The staff and faculty in the Work Experience and Internship Office at SCC will make sure of that!

By starting the internship process NOW, you will have plenty of time to work on your resume and cover letter.

Visit the Work Experience and Internship Office inside the Counseling Department in Rodda North.

So you want to take the assessments…again! (10/08/14)

The assessment process helps to identify your current skills in the areas of Math, English, and/or English as a Second Language.

So, even though you may have taken Calculus in high school and passed with an “A+++++” grade, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you qualify for Calculus in college today…especially if you had taken that Calculus course 7 years ago. (Well, unless Calculus is part of your everyday life or you solve derivatives and hyperbolic functions for fun, then there is a chance that you could qualify for Math 400!)

Here are some tips to remember when taking the assessments:

Review the study guides available online. It is helpful to know ahead of time the type of questions or problems you will be asked to solve. While the study guides may not be the exact replica of the assessments, it will give you pretty good idea of what to expect. Also, don’t review the study guide 10 minutes before you take the assessments. Give yourself some time to actually answer the questions and to solve the math problems.

Placing into a transfer-level class, such as English Writing 300, does NOT mean that you have completed your writing requirement or that you are exempt from taking a writing course! In order to meet graduation and/or transfer requirements, you still have to successfully complete the required Math, English, and/or ESL courses.

Remember this: you will NOT fail! You will not fail because the assessments are not based on “pass” or “fail” scoring. Your score will simply determine the appropriate level that you are ready for. (NOTE: There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with placement into the first level. SCC has many resources – such as the Math Lab and Writing Center – to support your success in these subjects.)

Last thing to remember:  Your assessment results do NOT determine your success at SCC.  Your motivation, hard work, and focus will be important to your success.  Just because you do not place at the level that you want to be or think that you should be at, this doesn’t mean that you will not achieve your goals.  Be patient with your learning process, plan ahead, and ask for help!

Your counselor is waiting for YOU! (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!

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New Students: Do NOT lose your priority registration! (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!)