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1 The College for me! Welcome to New Student Orientation Introductions: Presenter

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.

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!

8 Three Convenient Locations GCC 6000 W. Olive Ave. GCC North 5727 W. Happy Valley Rd. CommUniversity W. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ (Bell & Litchfield Roads)

9 History of GCC  Home of the Gauchos  Established in 1965  2 nd largest of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges  319,000+ students have completed programs  34,000 students take classes each year

10 Diversity  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

12 GCC Offerings  Associate Degrees linklink  AA  ABUS  AS  AAS  AGS  Transfer Pathways  ASU Maricopa Partnership (MAPP) ASU Maricopa Partnership (MAPP)  NAU Connection NAU Connection  Occupational Certificates  Personal Interest Classes  GED Testing (GCC-North)

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

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

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 

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

17 GCC Unplugged Find Friends. Find Resources. Find Success! Log In | GCC Unplugged

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: linklink  GCC Home Page –

20 Making Connections: Key Dates & Events  Academic Calendar LINKLINK  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 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) (download)

22 Your eGCC Account  Software: Word, PowerPoint, Excel  Internet Access  Web Space  GCC Online Tutorials

23 Your 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. 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.

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 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 MAP  Advisement LINK LINK  Financial Aid LINK LINK  Admissions & Records LINK LINK  Cashier LINK LINK  Payment plan linklink  Student ID Cards LINK LINK

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

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

29 Technology Resources Maximizing Technology in Your Education High Tech Centers LINK LINK  Activate eGCC Account  Computer Access  Instructional Support John F. Prince Library & Media Center MAP LINK MAPLINK  Research Assistance  Books & Media  Web Resources  Research Guides

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

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

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 12 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

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.

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

39 Counseling & Career Services MAP LINK MAPLINK  Career Counseling  Career Exploration  Career Planning  Mentoring  Personal Counseling  Internships  Job Opportunities

40 Career Services link 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 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

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

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: linklink

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

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 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 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 MAPLINK  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! 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 Financial Aid 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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