Need Support?
Need assistance but don't know where to find it -- or even if it's offered?  LMC has many services for students that you may not be aware of, or may have forgotten about but could use now.  In this issue, you will find a complete list of student support services available to students at the Pittsburg campus and the Brentwood Center. 

Read on for this and all the important news, updates and events you'll want to be aware of before fall semester draws to a close. 

Important Dates  
  • December 9 -- Spring 2016 new and returning student registration begins, by appointment
  • December 12-18 -- Fall 2015 Final Exams, see schedule
  • December 18-- Last day of Fall 2015 instruction
  • December 21 -- College closes at 5:00 p.m.
  • December 22-January 3 -- Winter Recess, college closed
  • January 11 -- Spring 2016 walk-in registration
  • January 12 -- Spring 2016 special admit/concurrent high school student registration begins
  • January 15 -- First day to submit early Summer 2016 graduation application to receive early Summer 2016 registration appointment
  • January 18 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday holiday, college closed
  • January 22 -- First day of Spring 2016 classes

More important dates 

Study Slam!
Study slam graphic Come eat pizza and snacks while studying with the Center for Academic Support staff on Wednesday, December 9 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Get reading and writing assistance from more consultants than ever before! Prepare for finals with our awesome peer tutors! Just drop in -- no appointment necessary! Flyer
Check Wait Lists over Winter Break!
If you are on any wait lists for Spring 2016 classes, be sure to check your InSite email frequently throughout Winter Break for notification of permission to enroll. The waitlist runs throughout the holiday break and gives you 3 calendar days to enroll in the class once you have been given permission. If the waitlist is full, keep checking back for available spaces. 
Financial Aid News

Cash Course  
Could you use help managing your money? From day-to-day expenses to bills, rent, tuition, repayment of loans, and entertainment, it can feel like money is always tight. Even with the help of financial aid and a part-time job, money can come and go in the blink of an eye. It's time to take control of your financial future and make your money count! Los Medanos College has partnered with CashCourse to provide students with free financial literary resources! Create a free account on CashCourse to start learning! See more information on the Financial Aid Resources web page.
Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG)
The Full Time Student Success Grant (FTSSG) provides supplemental aid to community college Cal Grant B recipients who are enrolled full time. The intent of this grant is to support student persistence, retention and success by providing additional assistance for students to attend full time and complete their programs. Cal Grant B recipients who meet all Cal Grant eligibility requirements and who are enrolled in 12 units or more each term will automatically receive the FTSSG.

Important FAFSA Information 
The 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application will be available beginning January 1, 2016. To avoid delays in processing your FAFSA, you should create an FSA ID now if you have not yet done so. If you are a dependent student, your parent will need to create an FSA ID, as well.  Because the FSA ID serves as a legal signature, you and your parent cannot share an FSA ID.  For security reasons, you and your parent must use different email addresses when creating FSA IDs.

The Department of Education has changed the log-in procedure for the FAFSA. If you find it a challenge to complete your FAFSA application using the new User ID and Password, information about how to navigate this new process is available on the Federal Student Aid website. You may also drop in to the Financial Aid Lab during lab hours or visit the new Financial Aid Office at the Brentwood Center for assistance.
Scholarship News

Now is the time to apply for scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.  If you are planning to continue at LMC or transfer to a 4-year university in Fall 2016, don't miss out! Check out the the LMC Scholarships web page to see the scholarship opportunities available to LMC students. Here are some highlights:
  • Los Medanos College Foundation Scholarships - awards vary from $250 to $2500. Deadline: February 11, 2016
  • STEM Scholarship - awards up to $5,000; Deadline: February 11, 2016
  • Kennedy King Transfer Scholarship - $10,000 awards; Deadline: February 5, 2016
  • Spotlight on You Vocational/Career Technology Scholarship - Awards up to $3,000. Deadline: March 29, 2016
  • Sandi Lou Back to School Scholarship - awards up to $2,500. Deadline: March 29, 2016
  • Jack Kent Cooke-Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - awards up to $30,000. Deadline: December 15, 2015
These are just a few of the scholarship opportunities that are available to LMC students. For a complete list of scholarships and application instruction, visit the Scholarships website.

Scholarship Application Workshops  
Application workshops for LMC Foundation Scholarships and the Kennedy King Transfer Scholarship are available at the Pittsburg campus and the Brentwood campus. Two new Kennedy King Application Workshops have just been added, one on Monday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. and the other on Friday, December 18 at 12:00 noon. Both workshops will be held in SS4-412. Workshop schedule 
Bookstore News
Textbook Buyback
Pittsburg campus
Monday - Thursday, December 14 - 17 -- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18 -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Brentwood Center
Tuesday - Thursday, December 15 - 17 -- 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Important: Be sure to bring all CDs, DVDs and other supplemental materials that were purchased with your textbooks.

Textbook Rentals
Fall 2015 textbook rentals are due back to the LMC Bookstore at the Pittsburg campus no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18.
Bookstore Hours
Monday - Thursday,  7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

On Monday, December 21 the bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Spring Textbooks
Spring 2016 textbooks will be available for purchase at the Pittsburg campus and online at www.lmcbookstore.net on Monday, January 11.  

Brentwood Center News
Bookstore Merchandise Sale
The Bookstore will hold a merchandise sale at the Brentwood Center on Wednesday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You'll find a fabulous array of LMC merchandise -- hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, scarves and more! Stock up on LMC gear for yourself or your friends and family!  Stop by the Brentwood Center office for a preview of some of the great items that will be on sale.

Holiday Angel Tree
As in years past, students, employees and the local community are participating in LMC Brentwood Center's Holiday Angel Tree project supporting children served by the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) in Brentwood. We are collecting new unwrapped toys, gifts, and gift cards for children age 5 - 14. Please drop off your items at the Brentwood Center Student Services Office through Thursday, December 17. Contact Sharen McLean at 925-473-6902 for more information about the donation process. For information about the Village Community Resource Center and all the services they provide, visit VCRC.

New Services at the Brentwood Center
images of studentsCalWorks
A CalWORKS representative is now at the Brentwood Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Catherine Fonseca at (925) 473-7482 or email Catherine at cfonseca@losmedanos.edu.

An EOP&S/Care Representative can be found at the Brentwood Center on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Robin Harrison at (925) 473-7481 or email Robin at rharrison@losmedanos.edu.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Services are now offered every day at the Brentwood Center!   Financial Aid Assistant, Phyllis Molina, is available at the Brentwood Center to meet with students individually to provide financial aid assistance.  Feel free to stop by during the designated office hours to ask general questions about financial aid, check your application status and/or submit outstanding forms and documents. You can also reach Phyllis by phone at (925) 473-6917 or email at pmolina@losmedanos.edu.

Financial Aid Hours
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 

Scholarship Application Workshop
Want to know more about scholarships?  Attend the Scholarship Application Workshop on Wednesday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. in BRT 9 to learn about scholarship opportunities and how to apply for them.  For a list of available scholarships, applications and eligibility criteria, visit the Scholarships website.

Textbook Buyback  
Stop by the Brentwood Center from December 15 to 17 and sell your textbooks back to the bookstore. The buyback will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.  
servicesStudent Support Services

Wondering where to go for help?  
Here is a list of support services offered at LMC.  Services are offered at both the Pittsburg campus and the Brentwood Center, except where noted.  More information about student support services, along a link to the website for each individual service, can be found on the Student Services website and the Brentwood Center Student Services webpage.
  • Admissions and Records
  • Assessment
  • Bookstore
  • CalWorks
  • Career Services
  • Child care (Pittsburg only)
  • Computer Lab
  • Counseling, academic and personal
  • DSP&S (Disabled Students Programs & Services)
  • Employment Center (Pittsburg only)
  • EOPS/CARE (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services)
  • Financial Aid
  • Math Tutoring Lab & Testing Center
  • Q*Spot - LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Library 
  • Police Services/Lost & Found
  • Scholarships
  • Student Life
  • Student Retention & Support Services
  • Transfer Programs & Services
  • Tutoring Services (Center for Academic Support)
  • Welcome Desk/Welcome Center
An Evening with John Singleton
John Singleton Producer, director and screenwriter, John Singleton, will appear at the California Theatre in Pittsburg on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. Some of his works are "Boyz N the Hood", "Baby Boy", Higher Learning" and "Poetic Justice". Tickets are $30 and may be purchased on the California Theatre website.