Weekly Update: what you need2know

That moment you realize: 1) Study sheets are never allowed during testing and 2) Testing has changed.Did you know that the assessment re-testing policy changed last October 2015?

These changes apply to all students in Los Rios regardless of which assessment test they plan to take – including English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Math.

Here are some important things to remember with the retesting changes:

Students can retest ONE TIME in the Los Rios District after 30 days of the original assessment test date.  This means that students cannot take the assessment tests multiple times at ARC, CRC, FLC, and SCC.

Students can only retest if they have NOT yet started the course sequence.  For example, if a student completes Math 34 (started the course sequence for Math), the student cannot go to the Assessment Office to re-test.  The student will be referred to pursue the “Course Challenge Process” through appropriate department.

If a student’s assessment has expired and the student has NOT started a course sequence in Math, English, or ESL, the student can retake the assessment test in those subjects.

If a student has started the course sequence and received a substandard grade (“D”, “F”, “I”, or “W”), the student has the option to re-enroll into the course that was started based on the previous assessment placement.  (NOTE: Be aware of the repeat policy!)  The other option is to enroll into a course at a lower level than the course attempted.

If a student receives a “W” in any Math, English, and/or ESL course, this counts towards starting the course sequence.  For this reason, it is important to be aware of deadlines to drop classes without any notation on your record.

And, remember, before you do any testing, review the study guides available on the Assessment website.

Quote: Never let a single soul tell you that you can't be exactly who you are.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 in your classes become your lifelong friends even after the semester is over.

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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Quote: There's nothing better than a good person. They can change your whole day. They can change your whole life.MYTH BUSTER: So, tell the truth…how did you imagine your first college professor to be?  Were you expecting someone intimidating and unapproachable?

You were proven wrong, weren’t you?!?!

As you may have experienced already, SCC has the most down-to-earth, personable, outgoing, and enthusiastic professors who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Hey…you might even think that they are C-O-O-L!  Some of your professors are probably on social media, take selfies, and use hashtags. #sccprofessorsarecool

(NOTE:  Even if your professors are active members of social media, it does NOT mean that you should search their names to “friend” or “follow” them!)

THE REAL DEAL: Your professors at Sacramento City College care about your learning experiences and want you to do your best. They strive to keep their classrooms as a positive environment where students and professors are able to engage in insightful, challenging, and meaningful discussions.  And, get this, many professors are actually former SCC students who have been down your same path and have chosen to return to their former campus to inspire students!

Whether you are a new or continuing student, there are certain behaviors, mannerisms, and actions that your professors expect from you in college. Some things are quite obvious – like do all your homework and attend class on time – but, surprisingly, many forget that college is a place where maturity, respect, and courtesy are expected from each student.

The four pages below include strategies and tips directly from your professors at Sacramento City College. Each comment that was forwarded was thoughtfully written with the best intentions to help students succeed in the classroom!

As one professor stated “College is a gift to yourself. Immerse yourself in learning, take it all in, and appreciate the time you have to come to school. It’s one of the only activities in life that is all about you.”

Thank you to all the faculty that participated in this activity!

Professors’ Tips #1      Professors’ Tips #2      Professors’ Tips #3      Professors’ Tips #4

slideshow of male student holding signs: steps to success, orientation, assessment, isep education planDid 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 and be placed in OPEN enrollment.  This means that while continuing students have Priority 1 enrollment from May 1st to May 12th for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters, you will need to wait until Open enrollment on May 23rd to enroll.  (Yes – there will still be classes available, but they may not be your first pick of days and times.)

In order to keep Priority 1 enrollment, you must complete all three steps BY APRIL 1, 2017:

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:

eServices screenshot: assessment and student ed plan are checked

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

To return to Priority 1 enrollment for the following semester, you will need to complete all three steps.  (You will continue to stay in OPEN enrollment until these steps are completed.)


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!)

Quote: It's not where you go, it's who you meet along the way.Around the 8th week of the semester, a fascinating phenomenon occurs on campus…

All of a sudden, the Tutoring Center seems a little more crowded than usual, students are forming lines outside of their professors’ offices to discuss their grades, and classes seemed to be filled with classmates whom you haven’t seen in weeks.

So, what’s going on around here?!?!?

The answer is this:  it’s time for MIDTERMS!

Once we hit the midterm (and, yes, it’s here already!), students get a wake-up call that it’s time to get focused, busy, and back on track.

For some students, this means making drastic changes with their study behaviors in order to successfully complete the second half of the semester.  It means no more missing classes, no more incomplete assignments, and no more distractions with social networking or the internet! 

But there is some great news despite the “midterm madness” going on.  For many students, midterms is the time to shine!  It’s the time to show your professors that you have diligently read your textbooks, completed your homework, and participated in study groups with the end result of acing those midterms!

While not every class that you take will require a midterm, it doesn’t mean that you can sit back and relax.  This is an ideal time to re-evaluate your goals, to prioritize what is important to you, and to strategize on how you are going to finish the next 8 weeks.  (Yes, after this week, there are only 8 more weeks left!)

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counselor meeting with student in his officeImagine 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.
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Image of panther and quote: Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.Do you remember the first week of the semester when your adrenaline was pumping from the excitement of starting college?

You had everything planned out…you cut back on your work hours to focus on school, you organized your room to provide an ideal study environment, and you refrained (or at least gave it a good effort!) from social media until your homework was done!

If you still feel this way, then good for you!  Keep up the great work!

If you don’t feel this way, then it’s time to get back on track.  You’ve been recruited to the Need2Know Boot Camp!

In this boot camp, you are your own trainer, your own coach, your own drill sergeant because, when it comes down to it, motivation has to come from WITHIN yourself.  Sure, you can have your family, friends, co-workers, counselors, professors, and classmates cheering you on, but there is only so much that others can do to build your confidence.  You have to believe in yourself first!

Boot camp starts now!

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NOW (yes, NOW!) is the BEST time to meet with a counselor! We’re almost at the halfway point and, once the new schedules become available online, the Counseling Department will be even busier.

If you haven’t met with a counselor and need to update your educational plan, stop by Rodda North 147 to schedule an appointment.

sign that says "Welcome to Counseling" and "Check in here."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?!?!  Counselors have been waiting for you!

If you haven’t met with a counselor, this is the best time to do so.  Once the Summer and Fall 2017 schedules become available, the Counseling Office becomes the most happening place on campus.

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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Yellow box: Prepare for your counseling appointment!