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1 Welcome to New Student Orientation
The College for me! Welcome to New Student Orientation Introductions: Presenter Welcome to the GCC New Student Orientation. Congratulations on taking the first step toward achieving your academic, career , and personal goals. My name is _______________ (introduce co-presenter if applicable) and I will be providing information that will make your transition to GCC a little more successful. I am a big believer that a little information can go a long way—that certainly applies to the info we will be sharing with you today. Research clearly shows that orientation programs increase the retention and success rates of students. In fact, about half of the nation’s colleges and universities require a semester-long orientation class. We can’t possibly duplicate all that information in the next hour and a half but we will get you off to a good start, and point you to sources of information and resources for you to follow-up with. We encourage you to take some notes but we recommend that you devote most of you focus on listening and asking questions. The notes for this presentation are available at______________ for your convenience in following up with the information in toda’ys session.

2 Locate Your Bookmark Today’s NSO PowerPoint can be accessed on the link on your bookmark; Circle the link on your bookmark now! Be prepared to take additional notes when asked by your presenter.

3 Our Mission Glendale Community College prepares students for further higher education, employment and advancement, and successful participation in a global society. NO NEED TO READ in entirety. We are very proud of our mission: In today’s program you will learn more about our programs and services and our commitment to helping you meet your goals

4 College Environment GCC is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and educationally productive environment for students, employees and visitors. Nondiscrimination Policy: GCC will not discriminate, nor tolerate discrimination, nor will it tolerate sexual harassment, as well as harassment and intimidation on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information. (General Catalog page 6)

5 Know your Rights & Responsibilities
Refer to your General Catalog & Student Handbook for more details. Drug & Alcohol-free College (pg.333) Academic misconduct (pg.339) Student Conduct Code (pg.340) Technology resources standards (pg.329) Sexual Harassment Policy (pg.322) Discrimination Complaint procedures (pg.318)

6 Breatheeasy Tobacco Free ~ Smoke Free
Maricopa Breatheeasy is a healthy-living initiative sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges. Its goal is to provide information and support to Maricopa students, faculty members and staff in support of the elimination of tobacco products from all District property. Effective July 1, 2012, all District property is smoke- and tobacco-free, extending the smoke-free environment of our buildings to the boundaries of District property.

7 It pays to be successful in college!
College pays in many ways: Knowledge gained, friends, social outlets, networking, career opportunities, and earning capacity. This graph shows the median household income in accordance with the householder's educational attainment. (The data only applies to household with a householder over the age of twenty-five) Another notable point: People without a degree are approximately 2-3 times more likely to be unemployed than those with a degree.

8 Three Convenient Locations
Self explanatory CommUniversity----GCC to offer Gen. Ed., Small Business, Fire Science, and Elementary Ed. courses beginning this Fall 09. CommUniversity 15950 W. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ  (Bell & Litchfield Roads) GCC 6000 W. Olive Ave. GCC North 5727 W. Happy Valley Rd.

9 History of GCC Home of the Gauchos Established in 1965
2nd largest of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges 319,000+ students have completed programs 34,000 students take classes each year “GCC is part of the Maricopa Community College District which is nationally and internationally respected as a leader in Higher Education. We have a long distinguished history at GCC and you, along with the approximately 34,000 students who attend GCC annually, are a continuing part of this legacy. Enrolling at GCC is a great choice!! TALKING POINTS: (No need to discuss all) The Arts: Award winning Art Magazine (The Traveler), Jazz Band, Marching band, and various other instrumental and vocal ensembles, theater performance….. Sports: Nationally ranked NJCAA programs, 205 national football champions. Academics: Fire and Police Academies, GCC Psi Beta Student Wins National Prize, Partnerships with local Universities including seamless transfer programs Other distinctions: National champion Forensics Team, Over $1 million dollars in scholarships available to GCC students, recently recognized as Technology driven-most “wired” colleges in country

10 Diversity Over 120 international students from 50 different countries
“As you can see from the graphs, GCC students come from a wide range of backgrounds—We are proud that everyone “belongs” at GCC. A diverse learning environment is a rich learning environment… Over 120 international students from 50 different countries 59% of students are under 25 years old 56% of our students plan to transfer to a 4 year institution 21% work towards occupational programs

11 GCC Students Excel! High Student Satisfaction Community Partnerships
National & International Recognition Famous Alumni: Alice Cooper, Phillippi Sparks, Kent Dana, Paul Lo Duca & AZ Governor Janice Brewer The quality of education at GCC is reflected by the success and satisfaction of our students…… On a recent Academic Profile Test, which measured reading, writing, critical thinking and math skills, GCC student mean score of 451 exceeds the 444 means score of sophomores at 123 comprehensive colleges and universities that offer post graduate programs. It is higher than the 443 mean score for sophomore taking the test at 34 two year colleges nationwide, this places GCC in the top 3 percent of these schools. You have made an excellent choice by coming to GCC Quality education: Small classes, no teaching assistants, teaching and student focused (not research focused) Value: Much lower than the national average for college tuition; a fraction of the State University tuition (Approximately $800/semester VS. Approximately $3000/ sem. At the university.) -Compared as the Harvard/Yale of community college systems

12 GCC Offerings Associate Degrees link Transfer Pathways
AA ABUS AS AAS AGS Transfer Pathways ASU Maricopa Partnership (MAPP) NAU Connection Occupational Certificates Personal Interest Classes GED Testing (GCC-North) There is something for everyone at GCC…. Associate degrees are “two year” degrees that require a minimum of 60 credits although some may require as many as 80+ credits. As you can see we offer many types of educational opportunities. Regardless of whether you are Harvard-bound, seeking occupational degree, or wishing to take courses for personal interest—there are courses and programs for all interests at GCC. Associate degrees are “two year” degrees that require a minimum of 60 credits to complete. Briefly explain the difference Transfer Partnership Pathways are designed in cooperation with the State Universities in Arizona to ensure seamless transferability to a Bachelor-level program. Occupational degrees prepare you for entry into a field and were traditionally designed for very limited transferability but currently some have become very transferrable. An Occupational Certificate is like a “piece” of an occupational degree---it allows you to acquire an occupational focus quickly. Personal interest… GED Testing….

13 Student Success Partnership
Student Responsibility Utilize Student Services Communicate Needs Commit to Growth GCC Responsibility Access to Programs Quality Service Professionalism Provide Learning Opportunities Self Explanatory

14 Taking Charge of Your Success
Make Connections Instructors Students Campus Resources Develop Success Skills Independent Learning Study Skills Time Management Create a Plan Career Major Educational Planning Success in college has much more to do with you “taking charge of your success” than with your “natural talents and abilities” Unfortunately there are many bright students with tremendous potential who will not complete their college goals because they are not personally committed to the skills and responsibilities required in college We would like to briefly introduce you to three key requirements for your long-term college success. There is much more to being a successful college student but if you can start with this foundation, and commit to you continued growth, you will be off to great start. College is an environment that everyone can be successful in if they take charge of their success!

15 Making Connections with Professors
In Class Attendance matters Initiate contact with your professor Class participation Understand the Syllabus Be self-motivated Outside of Class Office Hours Use your own personal references as an instructor

16 Making Connections with Students
Classmates Share notes Form study groups Carpool Students-at-large (NSO Leaders) Clubs / extracurricular activities LINK Club Fair dates: February 5 & 6, 2013 Calendar of Events LINK GCC Unplugged

17 Find Friends. Find Resources. Find Success!
GCC Unplugged Find Friends. Find Resources. Find Success! Great as a social networking tool and for resources such as… on the link and show them Remember the old adage: “’s who you know…” Log In | GCC Unplugged 17

18 ~ Ice Breaker Know Your Neighbors

19 Making Connections with Campus Services and Resources
General Catalog and Student Handbook Policies, Guidelines, Program & Course Information, and much more… Key Policies at: link GCC Home Page Click on the links and show them…. The general catalog has every thing you need to know about GCC: policies, guidelines, description, etc….. ***This relates to District-wide NSO learning outcomes – Locate and state where to find college deadlines, calendars, and policies (including but not limited to Students Rights and Responsibilities. Go to key link of key policies Show them how to find the catalog from homepage--Current students to Academics to Catalog (right side of screen)

20 Making Connections: Key Dates & Events
Academic Calendar LINK Calendar of Events Final Exam Schedule Priority Registration Appointment Cards: 1/28/13 for Summer / Fall 2013 Priority (Early) Registration is 3/25 – 3/29 Veterans: 3/22 Honors: 3/21 Open Registration: 4/01 Click on to the Academic calendar link……on the right side of the screen open the links for the calendar of events and the final exam schedule ***This relates to District-wide NSO learning outcomes – Locate and state where to find college deadlines, calendars, and policies (including but not limited to Students Rights and Responsibilities. Write these key dates on your bookmark now!

21 Services at your fingertips…
Register for classes/Change schedule Obtain Transcripts View your grades Make a payment Financial Aid, and much more… My.maricopa Student Center Reference Guide (download) ***Relates to district-wide learning outcome: “list three tasks that can be completed through self-service at The link takes you to My.Maricopa ---- Also show them the icon on the home page – I want them to see the easy way to find My.Maricopa…. (Note: that this was also covered in the Advisement/Registration sessions for I start smart students)

22 Your eGCC Account Software: Word, PowerPoint, Excel Internet Access
Web Space Encourage students to activate their accounts during the first week This can be done by taking their ID to the High Tech centers or the library Refer them to the online tutorial GCC Online Tutorials

23 Your Please Note: All official college will be sent to your student account. Many of these s are highly critical and may affect your enrollment and/or financial aid. You are highly urged to check your student regularly and/or forward your student to your personal account. Includes Google Docs, an online suite of office productivity applications featuring word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. You can collaborate with others on the same documents in real time. Documents are saved online and have access to them at any time, no matter what computer you use.

24 Your address is your MEID (the combination of letters and numbers you use to access the student information Your password is the password you use with your MEID to access your account in the Student Information System. To use the system, go to or access it at your “Student Center” ( If you have problems with the system or need support, please go to

25 GCC Technology Resources: Online Orientation link
“All of your tech questions answered in one place” This orientation is divided into five sections. Below, is a brief listing of each section. OVERVIEW - Navigation tips and account retrieval options. eGCC - GCC supported technology resources - open labs, wireless access and server storage space. MCCCD - District supported technology resources -, student and Blackboard. HELP - Contacts, guides, online tutorials and more. RESOURCE INDEX - A comprehensive resource guide. Resource links are categorized by provider (GCC or MCCCD) and technology.

26 Enrollment Center MAP Advisement LINK Financial Aid LINK
Admissions & Records LINK Cashier LINK Payment plan link Student ID Cards LINK Briefly discuss and Click on the links and show them…. Key points for each area: Advisement: show them the “Quick reference advising tools for students” Financial Aid: A & R: Cashier: Vets: Student ID: 26

27 Student Services Helping You Reach Your Goals
Provides outreach and support to minority community Enrollment Assistance Hoop of Learning for Native American Students Placement Testing Program Specific Tests (Automotive, Fire Science) Multicultural Affairs MAP LINK Testing Services MAP LINK Follow links Accommodations for students with disabilities Access to assistive technology Support for international students Referral to off campus resources for international students International Student Center MAP LINK Disability Services MAP LINK

28 Student Services Veterans Center
Comprehensive “one-stop” service to Veterans Academic support including: Advisement Class Registration Degree Planning Financial benefit requests Tuition and book deferment options…and more. Veterans Center MAP LINK

29 Technology Resources Maximizing Technology in Your Education
Remind students that these locations are where they will activate their eGCC accounts High Tech Centers LINK Activate eGCC Account Computer Access Instructional Support John F. Prince Library & Media Center MAP LINK Research Assistance Books & Media Web Resources Research Guides

30 Campus Resources Helping You Get Involved
Lost & Found Escorts Emergency Situation link Suspicious Activity Public Safety MAP LINK Student Government Student Clubs Scholarship Assistance Health Insurance Plans Apartment information Refer to links. Go to Emergency situation link Pool, gym & classes Exercise Plans First session free As little as $25.00 per month Student Life MAP LINK Fitness Center MAP LINK

31 Tutoring + Enhancing Your Academic Success
Center for Learning -CL Bldg Free tutoring, study skills, computer lab, & non-credit ESL classes The Math Solution – MA Bldg Free, drop-in tutoring for math students Writing Center – HT-2 In-person or online writing critique Departmental Tutoring Ask your instructor about department tutoring Let them know how expensive private tutoring, and University tutoring can be ($30 - $50 per hour)

32 Develop Success Skills
Independent Learning Study Skills Time Management

33 Independent Learning The “classroom outside of the classroom”
Requires you to be committed and responsible for your motivation, and your success

34 Effective Study Skills
Read your text book Take notes / Review notes Enroll in a “Success Class” CPD150 Strategies for College Success AAA115 Creating College Success Study 2-3 hours per week per credit

35 Time Management Attendance is Important 12 credit + Full Time
Create a Schedule hours per week in class hours per week studying = hours per week commitment Calculate the number of hours you should plan to study and write this on your bookmark now Activity: Ask student to do the math: Calculate how many credits they are enrolled in times 2-3 hour. Question: How many of them are planning to work full time and enroll full time (12 credits or more)? Ask them if they are prepared to have two full time jobs.

36 Create a Plan Clarify your Career Goals Identify a Major
Educational Planning

37 The Importance of a Career Plan
Students without a career plan, should meet with a career counselor before the end of their first year of college. Students with a career & educational plan are more motivated, finish sooner, spend less money on school, and enter the employment world quicker. Your career choices are as important as the choice regarding who to marry: Both choices will impact health, happiness, and finances 72% surveyed indicated that they wish they would have spent more time exploring career options, barely half indicated they were happy in their career

38 Wanted: The Perfect Career for Me
Undecided Major? Undecided Career Goals? Counseling & Career Services will help you: Conduct Self-Assessment Investigate Career Options Develop a Career Plan Market Yourself Commit to Lifelong Learning Discuss the career assessments etc…

39 Counseling & Career Services MAP LINK
Career Counseling Career Exploration Career Planning Mentoring Personal Counseling Internships Job Opportunities Refer to link

40 Career Services link Computer Lab/Career Library
Career Market Information Job Search, Interviewing, and Resume Workshops Employment Opportunities Internships (Career Work Experience) Career Expo/Job Fair On-campus Employer Recruitments Re-Entry Resources

41 Maricopa Career Network
Job Search Access – 24/7 Maricopa Career Network Post your resume Search for jobs Apply for jobs Career Services

42 Identify a Major “It’s O.K. to start off undecided
…but don’t stay undecided.” Challenges: Not every career has a corresponding major Some Careers have several majors that are options Clarifying your career goals helps you choose a relevant major--- Choosing a major facilitates educational planning!

43 Educational Planning Tips for Creating an Educational Plan
Identify career goal and research school options Meet with a Academic Advisor Obtain the appropriate academic check sheet Set goals, monitor progress and make changes if necessary Create a “balanced plan” Develop a passion for education and positive attitude Seek extra-curricular activities to support your goals This was covered in the Advisement/ Registration session for I Start Smart students

44 Academic Advisement Assistance from Advisors: Academic Planning
Course Selection Degree Requirements Check Sheets Provide Signature (some courses) Seek Advisement early, follow-up during “off peak” hours and obtain priority registration This was covered in the Advisement/ Registration session for I Start Smart students

45 Check Sheet What Is It? A Guide Plan of action Record of progress
Remember: Save your check sheet Bring it to advisement sessions Available online: link This was covered in the Advisement/ Registration session for I Start Smart students Remind them to focus on general ed courses while they are undecided about a major. If they are decided, a balance of gen. eds. And courses specific to their major is O.K. but the Gen Eds. Are more likely to apply if they change majors.

46 Pursuing a Degree in Nursing?
Pre-Nursing Information Sessions Check Nursing website Go to link Current information regarding prerequisites Details of program application and requirements Opportunity to ask questions Conveniently located in Nursing Building (NU 104)

47 Be prepared for your first day!
You are not officially registered until you have paid for tuition---know the “due date” & refund policy LINK Visit campus before the start date; find your classes! Arrive early – parking can be an issue! Know your class schedule! Check it at least the day before your first class. If a “Class Canceled or Relocated” sign appears on your classroom door READ it—it may not be your class that was canceled or relocated.

48 Be prepared for your first day! (continued)
Obtain an I.D. in the Enrollment Center Activate your eGCC account ASAP. LINK Please Note: Students are often dropped if absent on the first day. Buy Your text books early to avoid the lines and to find discounted used books. Order and buy online. Rentals available. Always save the receipt! MAP LINK Create a positive attitude about going to college!

49 Prepare for long-term success!
Some of you here today have already begun benefiting from the iStartSmart Program. This program is designed to help set you up for long term success here at GCC and beyond by providing a comprehensive foundation of college success skills. You should sign up if you are a new college student

50 iStartSmart Completion of a Student Success Course is a requirement for iStartSmart However, all students interested in creating a foundation for success are encouraged to sign up for Student Success Course. CPD150 Strategies for College Success - 3 cr. CPD/AAA115 Creating College Success - 1 Cr You will learn: Effective Study Skills Note taking Personal motivation Time Management Goal setting Campus resources Much more…

51 Commit today to earn more tomorrow
Commit today to earn more tomorrow! C4 is an organization designed to help community college students complete their associate degree. Students who complete their associate degree will: Earn as much as $8,000 more per year Encounter fewer barriers in transferring to senior colleges Get ahead of the game by sticking out to employers, scholarship officials and transfer recruiters Be prepared to transfer or start a career C4 is actively working to raise awareness of the benefits of completing your degree. For more information and resources, visit Sign your C4 contract now and commit to complete! ~ Omicron Lambda Chapter – Phi Theta Kappa

52 Brief financial aid session to follow.

53 Are You Ready? Questions?
Thank you for choosing GCC! We are here to support your success.

54 We would like to hear from you…
Please turn in your evaluations… NSO facilitated tours are now available.

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