Category Archives: Counseling News

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Alejandra Duran, Yesenia Velazco and Julio Zamarripa never expected to go to college, much less work at one.

The three friends, each the first in their family to attend college, met at Sacramento City College through the Puente Project. Puente’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented Mexican-American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn their college degrees, and return to their communities as mentors to future generations.

As the youngest of five siblings, Alejandra struggled with choosing to go to college over the cultural expectation that she would stay home and help with the family.

“That was hard for me because I’m very selfless, so I wanted to stay home, but I knew I had to get out of my comfort zone in order to grow,” Alejandra said.

“I was not thinking about college at all,” said Yesenia, who only signed up for SCC classes because a high school friend didn’t want to do it alone. “I knew I loved school and I knew I loved learning. But as a first generation student, I didn’t know how to get into college or what kind of resources were available.”

Having all transferred to UC Riverside and now with their undergraduate degrees in hand, they find themselves working in similar positions at different UC campuses, assisting new students through the admissions process. Alejandra is at UC Merced, Yesenia at UC Riverside, and Julio is at UC Santa Barbara.

Recently, they returned to SCC to participate in a transfer workshop representing the universities where they work. For the reunited friends, being back on campus brought back fond memories.

“As we were passing by the cafeteria, we were saying, ‘Remember we used to sit in that corner?’ That was our hangout spot two years ago,” Julio recalled.

This fall, Alejandra and Yesenia started the graduate program in career counseling at Sacramento State and Julio began working toward his master’s in educational counseling at the University of Laverne. However, for these friends, SCC will always be a place to call home.

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Counseling will be closed on June 18 to facilitate a temporary relocation and will reopen on June 19 in the following locations:

  • Counseling and Transfer, STS 214
  • Puente and Umoja, TEC 101
  • Career Center and Work Experience, TEC 200
  • Counseling Dean’s Office, TEC 102
  • Health Center, use side entrance of RHN 147 (no location change)
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Attention incoming freshman for fall 2018!

Join the SCC Panther Experience and register now for City 101, our summer bridge program!

Each 4-day session is limited to 50 students and runs Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost to participate!

Make new friends, learn study tips and feel prepared for college. This is a great opportunity to get to know the Sac City campus and get a head start to your college success.


  • Graduating from high school in June
  • Planning to attend SCC in fall 2018
  • Complete your English placement assessment

Choose the session you want to attend and register online.

  • June 26-June 28
  • July 9-July 12
  • July 16-July19
  • July 23-July 26
  • July 30-August 2

Questions? Email:

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Are you a new student at SCC?

If so, you are invited to attend Freshmen Welcome 2017.

Wednesday, August 9 or Thursday, August 10 8:30 – 12:30 pm

Check-in begins at 8:30 am in front of the SCC Student Center

Freshmen Welcome is a great opportunity to meet your peers, to learn strategies for college success, and to connect to the campus community. Register & join us for exciting workshops to help you prepare for your first semester at Sacramento City College. There’s also a free barbecue!

Register here for our Freshmen Welcome!

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Students must have a current iSEP (Individual Student Education Plan) on file in order to receive their full financial aid award.

If you are a student, be sure to check in with counselors regularly to assess your iSEP, help you stay on track and update your plan if needed. Counseling appointments can be scheduled online.

Although a course may not qualify for financial aid, it can still be invaluable to your academic success. Talk to a counselor and reach out to your professors and other academic advisers to ensure you are taking the right courses — take charge of your education!

The BOG FEE waiver (called California College Promise Grant as of Fall 2017) is not affected by course eligibility. If a student has been awarded a BOG Fee Waiver, it will cover the enrollment for all courses, even those not required for the student’s major. However, the student’s total financial aid award may be reduced.

More information about financial aid course eligibility is available online.