Weekly Post #1 (posted 08/27/14)

What to do next now that the first week is (almost!) over

You did it!  (And we knew that you could!)

You woke up early every morning to find a parking spot, you made it to all of your classes on time, and you waited in the long lines of Counseling, Admissions, and the College Store to take care of business!

Now you get to do it all over again for the next 15 weeks!  And, though that may seem like such a L-O-N-G time from now, it will actually go by pretty quickly.

Surviving the first week of the semester takes a lot of courage, patience, and determination:  courage because starting college can be overwhelming, patience because trying to add a class or find an open seat can be frustrating, and determination because – above all else – you are not going to let anything get in the way of your success!

Whether you are new to SCC or a continuing student, there are certain things that will need to be done.  Many of these things need immediate attention - like getting officially added into your classes – and some you can do in the next week - like attending a Library orientation.  But, don’t wait too long because you will soon be busy with homework assignments, preparing for exams, and reading your textbooks.

Click the link below to read more…

 

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!

SOS – Students Obtaining Success (posted 08/21/14)

When you arrive to Sacramento City College for the start of the Fall 2014 semester, you may be asking yourself a lot of questions:  “Where is Lillard Hall?“, “How do I buy a parking permit?“, “Where can I print my class schedule?“, and “Where is the nearest bathroom?!?!?”

If you have a quick question, there is no reason for you to stand in the long lines at the Admissions counter or at the Counseling office - especially if you have to run to class in the next 5 minutes.

If you need help, just look for an SOS Welcome Table outside the bookstore, near the cafeteria entrance, and at the Rodda Hall breezeway.  At one of the many SOS Welcome Tables, you will be greeted by friendly staff, faculty, and administrators who will help you get to where you need to go!  If you need a campus map, an add/drop slip, or a list of student support services, those will be available for you at an SOS Welcome Table.

Sacramento City College cares about your success and there will be volunteers at each SOS Welcome Table to help you!  If you are not near an SOS Welcome Table, look for any SCC staff, faculty, or administrator to assist you.  You can easily find one of us with our name tag on!

The SOS Welcome Tables will be available for the first three days of the semester.  Afterwards, you are always welcome – and encouraged! - to utilize the many support services available on campus.

Do I really start school on a SATURDAY? (posted 08/13/14)

August 2014Yes, the semester officially begins on a Saturday…but not necessarily for you!

If you signed up for a class that meets on Saturdays, then you will start school on Saturday, August 23rd.

But, if you signed up for a class that meets on another day of the week – such as Monday or Tuesday – then you show up on that day…not on Saturday.

Helpful tip:  Since the campus will be open on Saturday, August 23rd, it might help to visit SCC to locate student parking, to find your classrooms, and to purchase your textbooks!  Also, some departments may be open that day – including Admissions and Counseling – so check their websites.

How to read your class schedule (posted 08/11/14)

copy of class schedule

Here is a breakdown of important things you need to know about your class schedule…

Course:  The name of the course will be listed on the very top of the box.  The sample schedule above shows the class as “Hist 311 – US Hist since 1865.”

Status: Either you are ENROLLED in a class or WAITING.  Being “enrolled” means that you are officially on the class roster and “waiting” means that you are on the wait list.  Either way, you still need to SHOW UP on the first day.

Waitlist Position: If you are on the wait list, check your number…you may have moved up since you first got on the wait list!  Even if you are #16 (as seen above), there is still a chance that you may be given a permission number by the instructor and allowed to add the class.

Units: This number could vary depending on the class that you are enrolled in.  For example, a science class with a lecture and lab could be 5 units while a fitness course could be 1 unit.  This class is 3 units.

Class number: You will need this class number when searching for your textbook on the College Store website.  For example, Hist 311 is offered in different sections and taught by different instructors.  This 5-digit number will tell you specifically which textbook(s) are needed for this particular course.

Days & Times: Most classes meet twice a week, but there are courses that meet three times a week or meet every day.  This will tell you the days of the week that you will be meeting…and, yes, some students will be taking classes on the weekends.  This will also tell you the start and end times of the class.  Make sure that you know whether your class is in the “AM” (morning!) or the PM (afternoon or evening!).  If you are taking an online course, make sure that you attend the mandatory orienation.  You can find more information about the orientation on your instructor’s website or in the class schedule online.

Room: Make sure you know WHERE your class is located, especially if it’s at the main campus or not!  We offer many great classes at the outreach centers which are located in Davis and West Sacramento.  If your schedule shows “Davis Cntr” or “West Sac,” then your class is NOT at the “Main” campus.  Before the semester begins, take a look at the campus map (or visit the campus in person) to find out where your classes are located.

Instructor: All of your classes will be taught by an instructor!  Yes, even if the class is online, there is still an instructor who will teach and guide you throughout the semester.  Sometimes, you will find “TBA” (To Be Announced) listed on your schedule, but, don’t worry, there will be an instructor assigned to your class by the first day of the semester.

Start/End Date: A semester at SCC is 16 weeks long.  There are some classes (such as Computer Information Science) that are offered as “short-term” classes and lasts for only 8 weeks.  If you have a short-term class, make sure you know if it is during the “1st 8 weeks” or the “2nd 8 weeks.”

SIDE NOTES:

1.  Hist 311 has a prerequisite of completion of EngWr 101 or ESLW 320 or placement through the assessment.  Even though your class schedule will not list the prerequisite, this information can be found in the class schedule and SCC catalog.  Your instructor will ask for a prerequisite verification during the first week of the semester.

2.  Yes, the semester begins on a SATURDAY, but you only have to show up if you have a Saturday class.  If not, then show up on Monday or Tuesday when your first class begins.

3.  If you DO NOT see your class schedule when you log into your eServices account, check if you have been dropped.  You may have been dropped from all classes if you did not pay your enrollment fees within the 14-day period.

Have you paid your enrollment fees?

Pay to StayIt was there 14 days ago in eServices…the perfect schedule of courses that allowed you to be on campus in the morning with plenty of time to head to work in the afternoon.

And then suddenly all of your classes are GONE!  You were dropped from 12 units of courses because you forgot to pay your fees.   Aargh!

Once you enroll into your classes, you have a 14-day period to pay your fees either online or in person.  If not, you will be dropped from all enrolled courses.

And here’s another thing to remember:  The 14-day period no longer applies once the semester begins.  Once the semester has started, enrollment fees are due the day of enrollment. This is true even if you are enrolling in a late-start class or from a wait list.

For students who qualify for the BOG (Board of Governors fee waiver), tuition will be waived, but there is still a small fee for the transit pass.  The transit pass fee ranges from $2.77 to $16.62 depending on the number of units enrolled.

The BOG fee waiver must be submitted every year…it is not approved automatically even if you qualified for it in previous years.  This means that you can be dropped from classes if you have not received approval of your fee waiver within the 14-day period.  If you have submitted your fee waiver and are unsure of the status, visit the Financial Aid Lab in Business Building 153 for assistance.

Unfortunately, making a payment or qualifying for the fee wavier doesn’t get your schedule back.  Once you are dropped from classes you will have to re-enroll into the same classes with the hopes that they are still open or get on wait lists.

For more information, visit the Fees and Payment link.

Oh wait…I’m on the wait list?!

The Fall 2014 semester doesn’t start until two months from now and, although there is still time to enroll into classes, the unthinkable has happened…the classes that YOU WANTED are all filled up!

So, now what?  Get your name on the wait list!

Putting your name on the wait list doesn’t mean that you are officially enrolled, but it does mean that if other students drop the course, then – depending on where you are on the list - there is a possibility that you may be added into the class.

Here is how it works…

If a class is already full, then students can place their names on the wait list if the limit hasn’t been reached.  Some wait lists allow up to 10 students to add their names and other wait lists allow up to 20 students to add their names.  (NOTE:  If a wait list is full today, that doesn’t mean that a spot won’t open up tomorrow.)  It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to log onto eServices EVERYDAY.  (If you can log onto Facebook a dozen times a day, you can certainly log onto eServices!)  You never know what can happen…in the last hour, someone may have dropped from a wait list leaving that one last spot open just for you!

Getting your name on a wait list doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the class, but, unfortunately, some students will be dropped for non-payment of fees, not meeting prerequisites, or because they simply changed their schedules.  If you are #2 on the wait list, you have a good chance of getting added into the class.  If you are #20, don’t lose hope…you still need to show up on the first day.  What if the first 10 students on the wait list don’t show up and permission numbers are being given out?  If you do not show up and your name is called from the wait list, the professor will continue onto the next student.

Wherever you are on the wait list, it is IMPORTANT that you continue to monitor your status!  If you are #2 on the wait list and three students suddenly drop, then you are in.  Once you are in, you NEED TO PAY TO STAY!  Unfortunately, no one is going to send you a text message that you have to pay…you just need to remember!

But, whether you are #2 or #20, you should still plan to attend class on the first day!  By the end of the first week, you should have a better idea whether or not you will be added into the class.   

Need to meet with a counselor?

The counselors at Sacramento City College can be one of your biggest supporters on campus.  They are available to help you identify your short-term and long-term goals, to help you create a student education plan (iSEP), and to help you match your career goal to a major.

During the registration period, you will find that the Counseling Department is one of the MOST HAPPENING places on campus!  Students are waiting in the lobby for help with course selections, SAP appeals, graduation requirements, transfer applications, transcript evaluations, prerequisite verifications, and information on special majors or programs.  You will also see these students with a coveted “pink slip” in their hands.  Getting a “pink slip” means that your name is on the counseling list for the day!

So, how exactly do you meet with a counselor?  Click on the article below to find out the answer: