Los Medanos CollegeFebruary 2014

Now that you're settled into your classes, it's time take a look around and see what else is going on at LMC.  Student Life has a number of exciting announcements, including Black History Month presentations and activities that have already begun and continue through February.  Brentwood Center's services and activities continue to expand, with a university tour leaving from Brentwood in March. 


The LMC website and Blackboard will be down for maintenance on the morning of Sunday, February 23. See the article "Website Down February 23" for more information.


Read on to learn about important dates, alerts, workshops, and more exciting and enriching activities coming soon. 

 Important Dates   
  • February 14-17 -- Presidents' Birthday holidays, college closed
  • February 23 -- LMC website, Blackboard and InSite down from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (anticipated timing)
  • February 28 -- Last day to submit early Summer 2014 graduation application to receive early registration appointment for Summer 2014
  • March 3 -- Last day to apply for Spring 2014 graduation
  • March 3 -- First day to submit early Fall 2014 graduation application to receive early registration appointment for Fall 2014
  • March 17-22 -- Spring Break, no classes

  More important dates      


WebDownWebsite Down February 23 

The LMC website will be down for maintenance on Sunday, February 23 from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 noon. During that time, Blackboard and InSite will be unavailable. However, you will be able to  access 
Desire2Learn (D2L) directly at https://D2L.4cd.edu without going through the LMC website.
Admissions Updates


Graduation Updates

Fall 2013

Diplomas for students who applied and completed academic requirements in Fall 2013 will be mailed no later than February 15. If you are expecting to receive a diploma, make sure your address is correct in WebAdvisor.


Spring 2014

If you are planning to complete your degree or certificate in Spring 2014, the deadline to apply for graduation is March 1. Be sure to see your counselor to make sure you are ready to graduate. You can also run "Program Evaluation" in WebAdvisor to check your progress.


Early Graduation Application

Did you know you can apply for graduation one semester early and receive an earlier registration appointment for your last semester at LMC? That early registration appointment will give you a much better chance of getting into the last classes you need for graduation. For complete information about the Early Graduation Application, visit  the Graduation Policies webpage. 


For Summer 2014: If you plan to complete your certificate or degree requirements in Summer 2014, you may submit an Early Graduation Application through February 28 and receive an early registration appointment for summer. If you want to walk in the Spring 2014 commencement ceremony, an additional form will be available in mid-April. Watch the website for more details.


For Fall 2014: If you plan to complete your certificate or degree requirements in Fall 2014, you may submit your Early Graduation Application beginning March 3, 2014 and receive an early registration appointment for fall. Students completing academic requirements in the fall will not participate in the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony.


Changes to Enrollment Priorities Effective Fall 2014

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has approved changes that establish system-wide enrollment priorities designed to ensure that classes are available for students seeking job training, degree attainment or transfer, and to reward students who make progress toward their educational goals. New students who have completed college orientation, assessment and developed educational plans, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units (not including units in basic English and Math or English as a Second Language), will have priority over students who do not meet these criteria.


As a result of the new regulations, students on probation and/or dismissal for two or more consecutive semesters or who have completed 100 or more degree-applicable units within the district will not be eligible for priority enrollment. If you have been on probation for two or more consecutive semesters or have completed 100 or more degree applicable units at the time of Fall 2014 registration, you will lose your priority enrollment status.

 Financial Aid News

Get Ready! Get Set! Go!  

Are you ready to do your FAFSA for the next academic year? The 2014-2015 FAFSA form is available now. Priority deadline is March 2.  Apply online at FAFSA.ed.gov.


Cal Grant GPA Requirement

The deadline to file for the Cal Grant award is March 2. Download and print the appropriate Cal Grant GPA Verification form.


What is the Chafee Grant?

If you are or were in foster care, you may be eligible for a Chafee Grant of up to $5000 a year in addition to any other federal or state aid.  To qualify for the Chafee Grant, you must be enrolled at least half time and maintain good grades.  A Social Security number is not required.  More information about the Chafee Grant


Financial Aid Awareness Day

Tuesday, March 4 is Financial Aid Awareness Day in the outside quad from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Stop by and pick up a packet full of information about all financial aid programs available to LMC students.


 Career Enhancement Workshop Series  



Seats Still Available!

Space is still available the Career Enhancement workshop series sponsored by the Career Center. Workshops will be held on Fridays from February 21 through March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room CC3-336. The focus of the series is on career development, exploration and preparation.


Topics to be covered are:


February 21Career Development & Work Ethics
February 28Communication
March 7Conflict Resolution
March 14Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing Techniques


Register on the Career Center home page by February 19. Seating is limited to 40 students, so don't delay! Students who attend all four sessions will be eligible to participate in a raffle for various gift cards.  


Don't pass up this unique opportunity to develop and enhance your career skills! For further information, call Reginald Turner at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3110 or  email rturner@losmedanos.edu.


 Student Life Events 


Black history month events Black History Month Activities

Please join Los Medanos College in celebrating Black History Month. This year, several staff and faculty are offering presentations on cultural issues, historical events, and leadership.  There will also be transfer workshops, and film screenings. Check out the Student Life Activities & Events page for more information. Sponsored by the Black Faculty & Staff Association, LMCAS, the Student Life Office, the Transfer Center and the Umoja Scholars Program.


March in March

Join LMCAS and the Student Senate of California Community Colleges for the annual March in March rally for student needs on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Sacramento.  LMCAS will begin sign registration soon; check the LMCAS Activity Page for more information.   Show our legislators that you care -- march for your education!  


Latina Leadership Network Conference

The 27th Annual Latina Leadership Network Conference (LLN) is geared towards Latinas in the California Community College system, including students, educators, staff, administrators, and trustees.  Their dedication brings together diverse individuals to promote higher education and the professional development of women.  This year the conference will be held at the Newark site of Ohlone College on March 28 and 29. Student Life and the HSI Exito grant will be sponsoring students to attend.  See the Student Life Activities & Events page for more information.


Join the LMC Student Government!
The Los Medanos College 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 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in L-105. Applications for the spring semester are now available online. Application deadline: Monday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.  


Inter-Club Council Meetings

ICC is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus. All clubs can be represented on ICC, which promotes engagement in community and college activities. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays 3:00-4:00 p.m. in L-106. 


 Brentwood Center News

Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held at the Brentwood Center on Thursday, February 13 from  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A sign up sheet is located at information table in the Brentwood Center main hallway. You may also sign up online at  www.bloodheroes.com, click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = LMCBrentwood.



Parking Update

Free parking is available in the lot facing the Brentwood Center stretching all the way over to Brentwood Boulevard, as well as directly behind the center.  Parking is prohibited in the spaces surrounding the Sand Creek Business Center immediately to the west of the Brentwood Campus.  If you have any questions regarding parking at the Brentwood Center, please call (925) 513-1625 or visit the Brentwood Center office.




Counseling and Transfer Rep Appointments

Academic counseling and CSU East Bay representative appointments are now available at the Brentwood Center.  Now is the time to get assistance with educational plans and transfer information.  Call (925) 513-1625 or visit during our business hours to schedule an appointment. 


University of Nevada, Reno Tour 

The LMC Transfer Center is sponsoring a tour of the University of Nevada, Reno, departing  from the Brentwood Center on Friday, March 7. Get more information and register on the Transfer Center Tours web page.


Brentwood Center Business Hours

  • Monday - Thursday,  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Plenty of Short-Term Classes Still Available!

Want to jump forward faster in your college career? Still need a class or two to fill out your schedule? No problem! LMC still has plenty of short-term classes open and starting later in the semester.  Check out the complete list and get 'em now!
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