Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
January 2012

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Announcements and Reminders
  • Admissions and Records Updates
  • Financial Aid Updates
  • EOPS & CARE/CalWORKs News
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Employment Services News
  • Early Childhood Career Advancement Academy
  • Bookstore News
  • Student Life Activities
  • Transfer Center News
  • Counseling Support Services

  • Happy New Year and welcome to the spring 2012 semester!

    To help you plan for the upcoming semester, please take a few minutes to read about some important dates and exciting opportunities coming up this month.

    Important Dates

    • January 21: Saturday classes begin
    • January 23: Weekday classes begin
    • January 21 - February 3: Late enrollment, space available basis on WebAdvisor with late add code; in person with signature of instructor or late add code
    • February 3: Last day to add semester-length courses
    • February 3: Last day to drop semester-length courses & be eligible for refund

    For more important campus dates, as well as to view all LMC athletics game listings, visit the campus calendar online.

    Announcements and Reminders

    LMC is on the move!
    The Financial Aid Office and Employment Services have moved into their temporary office locations on campus. The Student Life Office has also moved into their new home. For more information and maps, please read about it further along in this newsletter.

    Campus parking grace period
    The spring semester parking permit grace period ends soon. Beginning Monday, January 30, citations will be issued, so be sure to have a parking permit displayed prominently on your vehicle. Illegal parking in red zones or handicapped parking spaces, as well as other parking-related violations are enforced at all times. For more information on parking policies, visit the Parking and Transportation page on the LMC website. Purchase parking permits online through WebAdvisor.

    InSite email
    go to insite
    Do you have InSite email? Yes, you do!
    As a student at Los Medanos College, you have access to InSite email where you can access tons of online storage, shared calendars, blogging tools, and more. Additional information regarding the benefits of InSite email can be found on our website. Be sure to check your InSite email page daily, your one-stop source for LMC news.

    DSPS reminder
    Now is the time to schedule a counseling appointment with a DSPS counselor to discuss your current schedule and review your accommodations for the semester. Be sure to see a DSPS counselor twice each semester; we recommend once at the beginning of the semester and again before priority registration. Stop by the DSPS office or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3133 to schedule your counseling appointment.

    Safety reminders

    • Never leave any items of value in your car or otherwise unattended on campus
    • If you need to leave a room, office, or classroom, take your belongings with you or ask a friend or colleague to hold or watch them for you, even if you are only going to be gone for a minute
    • Do not leave items of value out in plain view. This includes items such as bags, purses, laptops, wallets, etc. Whether in your vehicle, the library, a classroom, the cafeteria or a lab area, secure items of value so they are not left out in the open
    • Always be aware of your surroundings
    • If you notice anything or anyone suspicious, contact Police Services for assistance 925-439-2181, ext. 3333 (emergency), or ext. 3228 (non-emergency)

    Class cancellations online
    Want to reduce stress and frustration?

    The online Daily Class Cancellations webpage provides a solution to the frustration of rushing to the college — only to find that your class has been cancelled! Why not bookmark this page for daily check-ins?

    Admissions and Records Updates

    Adding classes to your schedule
    Don't let that precious add code or add slip go to waste! The last day to add a full-term class is February 3 and you must be enrolled in all of your semester-length classes by that date. If you have an add code, avoid last-minute stress and register now! A list of open classes can be found online.

    Early graduation application for summer 2012
    Are you planning to complete your classes and graduate in summer 2012? Take advantage of the early graduation application and receive a priority registration appointment for summer registration. Students can utilize this early registration appointment one time. Applications are accepted from January 17 through February 29. Further information and an Early Graduation Application for Priority Registration Appointment form can be found on the A&R webpage.

    Course Repetition Policy change
    Beginning with registration for spring 2012, students who have earned a grade of D, F, NC or NP (substandard grade) or received a W (withdraw) in a course that is normally not repeatable may repeat the course no more than two times, for a total of three attempts to earn a better grade. Students will receive notification when enrolling for the second time that they will only have one more attempt after this to pass the course. Students will be blocked from registration in the course and be required to submit a petition if attempting to enroll for the third time. Students are urged to manage course load, be aware of the number of enrollments for a specific course, carefully consider dropping courses, and understand all deadlines. In addition, students are urged to take advantage of tutoring and other support services to achieve successful completion of all courses. If you are unclear if your class is repeatable or not repeatable, please refer to the college catalog. If you need further assistance, see a college counselor.

    Order official transcripts online
    Did you know you can order and pay for your transcripts online through WebAdvisor? No more waiting in line to request an official transcript!

    You may also check WebAdvisor to track the status of your request and see when your transcript was mailed. Both rush transcripts and regular transcripts can be ordered online. Express service transcripts must be ordered in person. For information on ordering transcripts, visit our webpage.

    Financial Aid Updates

    we are moving
    Relocation of Financial Aid Office
    The Financial Aid Office has relocated. Our new, temporary location is in the Public Safety Building (PS2) just northwest of the LMC Cafeteria (outside and left). This is due to the upcoming remodeling of the entire Student Services area in the College Complex, scheduled to begin early next year.

    Board of Governor's Fee Waiver
    Need to apply for a fee waiver? BOGFW applications for academic year 2011 - 2012 can be accessed and submitted online.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress workshops
    The suspension workshop dates for spring 2012 are posted on the Financial Aid website.

    General financial aid workshop
    The Financial Aid workshop dates for spring 2012 are now posted on the Financial Aid website.

    Financial Aid Lab hours
    We offer assistance with PIN numbers, new or renewal FAFSA, new e-mail access, adding school codes, and WebAdvisor for Financial Aid purposes. Lab hours: Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.;Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. For more information or questions, call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Get ready
    Get ready! Get set! Go!
    Are you ready to do your FAFSA for the next academic year? The 2012-2013 FAFSA form is now available. Apply for FAFSA online. It's EASY! The online FAFSA is available in English and Spanish, and has step-by-step instructions for you to follow. Make sure you have everything you need to complete your FAFSA. If you need assistance, please come to one of our financial aid labs or one of the financial aid general workshops!

    Cal Grant deadline: March 2
    March 2 is the State of California deadline to apply for the Cal Grant. If you have not been awarded a Cal Grant already, you must complete both of these requirements:

    • A 2012-2013 FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed with the Federal processor by the March 2 deadline.
    • You must ensure that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2.

    Do you know what the Chaffee grant is?
    If you are or were in foster care, you may be eligible for a Chaffee Grant of up to $5,000 a year in addition to any other federal or state aid. To qualify for the Chaffee grant, you must be enrolled at least half time and maintain good grades. A Social Security number is not required. More information about the Chaffee Grant can be found online.

    EOPS & CARE/CalWORKs News

    EOPS Program
    Due to overwhelming popularity and reductions in the state budget, EOPS has reached its capacity for new students and has closed its application process for spring 2012.

    Students in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) benefit from services such as: calculator loans, transportation support, personalized and academic counseling, as well as peer networking and support, supplemental book vouchers, and priority registration. For more information about eligibility, benefits, and the fall 2012 application process, visit the EOPS webpage.

    CARE Program
    CARE Program
    The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program is still recruiting current EOPS students for spring 2012. Space is limited but, if admitted, students will benefit from services such as: monthly meal tickets for on-campus dining, automotive repair assistance, educational support grant, childcare assistance, and developmental workshops.

    CalWORKS Program
    The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is still recruiting current LMC students for spring 2012. CalWORKs exists to provide vocational/educational training programs and academic support that increases work-readiness and self sufficiency. Students enrolled in CalWORKs benefit from receiving services such as: book vouchers, transportation assistance, work-study placements, educational supplies, and job skills development workshops. To be eligible for CalWORKs, you must be an LMC student currently enrolled in TANF/CalWORKs (personally receiving cash aid).

    For more information about CARE/CalWORKS program eligibility, benefits, and spring 2012 application deadlines, visit the CARE/CalWORKS webpage.

    Orientation & Information Workshops - Spring 2012
    The LMC Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program will partner with the California Work Opportunity and Resources for Kids (CalWORKs) program to conduct joint orientations this spring 2012 semester for returning and prospective students.

    CARE/CalWORKS students:

    • January 17 (Tuesday), 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., SC-225 (Science Building)
    • January 23 (Monday), 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., L-109 (Library Community Room)
    • January 24 (Tuesday), 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, L-109 (Library Community Room)

    For more information regarding the workshops, please contact Robin Harrison at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3114 or Catherine Fonseca, ext. 3154.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    Apply Now
    LMC Foundation Scholarship
    The 2012 - 2013 LMC Foundation Scholarship Application is now available online. All LMC students, continuing or transferring next term, are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit an application for the LMC Foundation Scholarship is February 8. All required documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440. For a complete list of the LMC Foundation Scholarships available, including outside scholarships, visit the Scholarship Office webpage.

    Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund: $8,000
    The 2012 Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship undergraduate scholarship application is now available. The deadline to submit an application for the 2012 Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship is February 6. All required documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440.

    Diablo Vista Retired Teachers (DVRT) Scholarship: Two-year scholarships, each $3,000
    To qualify for a DVRT scholarship you must be:

    • a U.S. citizen
    • currently enrolled full-time at Los Medanos College or Diablo Valley College
    • eligible for transfer to an upper division program in a four-year accredited institution
    • expecting to enroll full-time in an undergraduate program at a four-year institution and carry a full schedule leading to a degree
    • able to provide evidence of financial need, if requested

    The deadline to submit an application for the DVRT Scholarship is February 10. All required documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440.

    Shell Process Technology Scholarship
    Shell is currently offering $2,200 scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in or are planning to enroll in LMC's Process, Electrical and/or Instrumentation Technology two-year degree programs. The deadline to submit an application for the Shell Process Technology Scholarship is February 29. All required documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440.

    Employment Services News

    Employment Services Office relocation
    The Employment Services Office has relocated. We now share the same building with Financial Aid. Our new, temporary location is in the Public Safety Building (PS2) just northwest of the LMC Cafeteria (outside and left). This is due to the upcoming remodeling of the entire Student Services area in the College Complex, scheduled to begin early next year.

    Need help with your job search?
    It's a new year, and here's another tool for your job search tool box!

    Check out Intern Central, the national internship board. Intern Central is comprised of internship opportunities from tens of thousands of unique sources, including the nation's major job boards - Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, etc., as well as national and local newspapers, associations and company websites. On Intern Central, you can search for internships locally, regionally, state-wide, nationally and even internationally. Simply log into your College Central Network (CCN) account and start searching! Also, check out the jobs posted exclusively for Los Medanos College.

    Employment Services wants to provide you with superior job placement assistance, so please contact us and report any problems with CCN or Intern Central, and let us know of any additional services you would like the Employment Services Office to provide through CCN.

    Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)
    Interested in earning college credit for what you learn on your job?

    Check out LMC's Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) program online and sign up for a CWEE orientation. Returning work experience students do not need to attend an orientation. Please contact the Office of Instruction at (925) 439-2181, x3214 for registration instructions.

    Free Tax Preparation Assistance
    Claim your tax refund today — it's fast and it's FREE!

    Opportunity Junction is again offering free tax preparation assistance beginning January 27. To make an appointment or obtain more information, visit the Opportunity Junction website.

    Early Childhood Career Advancement Academy

    start a career in teaching

    Interested in working as an Assistant Teacher?

    Become qualified for employment as an Assistant Teacher in one semester at no cost to you!

    There is no cost for students accepted into the program. The California Community College Chancellor's Office covers the cost of student fees, books, materials, parking, etc.

    The program is designed to serve:

    • low income adults
    • ages 18 - 30
    • below college-level basic skills (math and English)
    *Students who do not meet the above qualifications will only be considered on a space-available basis.

    If you would like more Information on this exciting new program, visit the Early Childhood Career Advancement Academy online, e-mail David Wahl or call him at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3214.
    Enrollment in this program is limited to 25 students, so complete the Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher CAA application today!

    Bookstore News

    Bookstore hours:
    Extended hours (1/21 - 2/3/12):

    • Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday (1/21 & 1/28 only) 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Regular hours (resuming February 4):

    • Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Spring 2012 textbooks
    Spring textbooks will be available for purchase or rent in the store and you will be able to purchase books online beginning January 17.

    Textbook buyback
    The next scheduled Textbook Buyback will be February 8 & 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Textbook rental program
    Did you know you can save money by renting your textbooks? Take advantage of the Textbook Rental Program. Over 100 titles are eligible for rental this semester. The bookstore has many copies of each title, with a total of over 1,000 books available for rent. Books can only be rented at the main Pittsburg campus bookstore. A valid credit card (VISA/MC), picture ID, student ID # and e-mail address are required. Visit the bookstore today for details on this popular, money-saving program!

    For book information and to purchase books online, visit the Bookstore website. You can also check out our Facebook page to keep up-to-date on all the latest store information as well as secret sales and other fun stuff!

    Buying books at the Brentwood Center?
    Textbooks for Brentwood Center classes will be available for purchase at the Brentwood Center from January 18 - 31 during the following hours:

    • Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday - Closed

    Acceptable payment methods at Brentwood store are cash, VISA, and MasterCard. NOTE: The Brentwood Center only stocks books for Brentwood classes, and does not have rental texts or process buybacks. Students who have scholarships or other support for textbooks must purchase books at the main campus bookstore in Pittsburg.

    Last day for refunds/exchanges
    The last day for spring 2012 refunds and exchanges on purchases and rentals is Monday, January 30 with the current semester receipt and books in original condition. All exchanges and refunds must be done at the main Pittsburg Bookstore.

    Student Life Activities

    we are moving
    Office move
    The Student Life Office has moved!
    Come visit us in our new home, the GA building, located in a separate building near the Child Study Center on the north side of the campus.

    Student Activity Fee
    Beginning this spring semester, a $5.00/semester (fall & spring only) student activity fee will be charged to students during registration. The Student Activity Fee will allow Los Medanos College Associated Student Senate (student government) to provide scholarships, leadership opportunities, cultural programs, and other co-curricular programs for college students. Benefits of the activity fee will mean continued sponsorship in campus activities such as Mustang Madness, Textbook Reserve Program, Academic Competition, and scholarships.

    Students may request a refund of the fee by submitting the Student Activity Fee Refund Form by the refund deadline. The refund form can be found online or you may obtain one at the Student Life or Admissions and Records Office.

    fun activities

    Mustangs got spring fever!
    Join us beginning Monday, January 23 for a week of festive activities to welcome our new and continuing students back to LMC! More information on the events can be found on the Student Life Activities & Events webpage. These events are sponsored by the Office of Student Life and LMCAS.

    UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium
    The UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 4, 7:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Cal Student Leadership Symposium is an annual student leadership conference at UC Berkeley dedicated to bringing together and inspiring student leaders in our community. Through workshops and networking opportunities, Leadership Symposium attendees are connected with essential tools to be agents of positive social change and leaders on campuses and in their communities. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so register today! Registration deadline: Friday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. For a registration packet, visit the UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium online.

    Join the LMC Student Government!
    The LMC Associated Students (LMCAS) has positions open for student government senators. Join the student government and help plan fun events, provide valuable services to students and, most importantly, be the "voice" of your student body. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays, 1:00 -3:00 p.m., in Library Conference Room 2 (L-106). Application deadline: Monday, February 27, 5:00 p.m. LMCAS applications for the spring semester are now available online.

    Inter Club Council Meetings
    The first ICC meeting of the spring semester is Monday, January 23, 3:00 -4:00 p.m. in Library Conference Room 2 (L-106).

    Club Leader Orientations
    Club leader orientations will be held in the Library Conference Room #2 (L-106), 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

    • January 25 (Wednesday)
    • January 27 (Friday)
    • February 1 (Wednesday)
    • February 3 (Friday)
    • February 8 (Wednesday)
    • February 10 (Friday)

    Blood Drive
    Student Life & Blood Centers of the Pacific will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Thursday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room (L-109). For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, contact the Student Life Office at 925-439-2181, ext. 3266 or sign up online, click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC.

    HMSRV 049: Social Justice Leadership Seminar, 1 unit
    HMSRV 049 is a class focused on student leadership topics and social justice issues. The course is an introductory class to social identities, privilege, and oppression and how they manifest on individual, group, and community levels. The class will explore where privilege and oppression comes from, why it exists, and how it impacts our lives and our society. This course is a short-term, one month class that meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 - 1:20 p.m., February 14 - March 22.

    Transfer Center News

    New Transfer Center Coordinator
    The Transfer Center at LMC has a new coordinator! Tara Dale Sanders comes to the Center from CSU, Chico. She is eager to help you reach your transfer goals. Why not stop by the Transfer Center today to let her know how she can assist you?

    CSU East Bay extends application deadline for fall 2012
    Upper-division transfer students may apply to CSU, East Bay until March 1 for the fall 2012 semester. More information on applying to CSU East Bay can be found on their website. This extension may end early if more applications are received than planned for, so apply now.

    tours University tours
    The Transfer Center sponsors visits to four-year universities each semester in order to allow students to become more familiar with the different campuses and what each campus can offer in terms of academics, as well as student life. Transportation is provided and it's FREE. Check with the Transfer Center for future university tours that will be offered or visit the Transfer Center online.

    University rep visits
    Representatives from 4-year colleges and universities visit the Transfer Center throughout the semester. For more information, visit the Transfer Center or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3124 to schedule an appointment.

    Counseling Support Services

    Confidential Student Assistance Program
    Need help managing life's affairs?

    Did you know as an LMC student you have access to professional counseling services off campus? Eligible students enrolled in six or more units are entitled to 5 counseling sessions per benefit period (July 1 - June 30). The college district has partnered with Managed Health Network (MHN) who is able to connect you with trained professionals that can help you with clinical or legal counseling, financial, child care/elder care consultations, organizing life's affairs, as well as federal tax payer consultation and representation service. Sessions are entirely confidential and are conducted both in person and by telephone.

    A complete copy of the free Confidential Student Assistance Program brochure can be obtained from the Student Services department on campus or you can read the brochure online. To access your counseling sessions, contact Managed Health Network (MHN) at (800) 227-1060, TDD (800) 327-0801, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

    get advice online

    Need advice?

    Ask anytime, anywhere with e-advising! E-advising can provide you with the following services:

    • Information regarding LMC classes, programs, and services
    • Transferability and articulation agreements for LMC courses
    • General academic advisement
    • Pre-requisites, co-requisites, and course content information
    • Certificate, degree, and transfer requirements
    • General education options
    • Referrals to campus and community resources
    • College procedures and academic policies
    • Admission and registration information

    For more information on e-advising and/or to use this service, visit Counseling Services online.
    The following services are available in person only:
    • Transcript evaluations
    • Verification of graduation, certificate, or transfer eligibility status
    • Review grades
    • Student educational plans
    • Review placement test scores or grades
    • Personal or career counseling

    To obtain these services and others not available online, students are encouraged to schedule a phone or an in-person counseling appointment by calling (925) 439-2181, ext. 3334.

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