Presentation on theme: "Welcome to New Student Orientation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome to New Student Orientation The College for me!Welcome to New Student OrientationIntroductions:PresenterWelcome 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 BookmarkToday’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 MissionGlendale 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 EnvironmentGCC 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 explanatoryCommUniversity----GCC to offer Gen. Ed., Small Business, Fire Science, and Elementary Ed. courses beginning this Fall 09.CommUniversity15950 W. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ (Bell & Litchfield Roads)GCC6000 W. Olive Ave.GCC North5727 W. Happy Valley Rd.
9 History of GCC Home of the Gauchos Established in 1965 2nd largest of 10 Maricopa Community Colleges319,000+ students have completed programs34,000 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 programsOther 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 countries59% of students are under 25 years old56% of our students plan to transfer to a 4 year institution21% work towards occupational programs
11 GCC Students Excel! High Student Satisfaction Community Partnerships National & International RecognitionFamous Alumni:Alice Cooper, Phillippi Sparks,Kent Dana, Paul Lo Duca &AZ Governor Janice BrewerThe 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 theseschools.You have made an excellent choice by coming to GCCQuality 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 AAABUSASAASAGSTransfer PathwaysASU Maricopa Partnership (MAPP)NAU ConnectionOccupational CertificatesPersonal Interest ClassesGED 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 differenceTransfer 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 ResponsibilityUtilize Student ServicesCommunicate NeedsCommit to GrowthGCC ResponsibilityAccess to ProgramsQuality ServiceProfessionalismProvide Learning OpportunitiesSelf Explanatory
14 Taking Charge of Your Success Make ConnectionsInstructorsStudentsCampus ResourcesDevelop Success SkillsIndependent LearningStudy SkillsTime ManagementCreate a PlanCareerMajorEducational PlanningSuccess 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 collegeWe 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 ClassAttendance mattersInitiate contact with your professorClass participationUnderstand the SyllabusBe self-motivatedOutside of ClassOffice HoursUse your own personal references as an instructor
16 Making Connections with Students ClassmatesShare notesForm study groupsCarpoolStudents-at-large (NSO Leaders)Clubs / extracurricular activities LINKClub Fair dates: February 5 & 6, 2013Calendar of Events LINKGCC Unplugged
17 Find Friends. Find Resources. Find Success! GCC UnpluggedFind Friends. Find Resources. Find Success!Great as a social networking tool and for resources such as…..click on the link and show themRemember the old adage: “..it’s who you know…”Log In | GCC Unplugged17
19 Making Connections with Campus Services and Resources General Catalog and Student HandbookPolicies, Guidelines, Program & Course Information, and much more… Key Policies at: linkGCC Home PageClick 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 policiesShow 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 LINKCalendar of EventsFinal Exam SchedulePriority Registration Appointment Cards:1/28/13 for Summer / Fall 2013Priority (Early) Registration is 3/25 – 3/29Veterans: 3/22Honors: 3/21Open Registration: 4/01Click 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 scheduleObtain TranscriptsView your gradesMake a paymentFinancial 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 my.maricopa.eduThe 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 SpaceEncourage students to activate their accounts during the first weekThis can be done by taking their ID to the High Tech centers or the libraryRefer them to the online tutorialGCC Online Tutorials
23 YourPlease 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 informationYour password is the password you use with your MEID to access your account in the Student Information System.To use the system, go toor access it at your “Student Center” (my.maricopa.edu)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 - My.Maricopa.edu, 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 LINKCashier LINKPayment plan linkStudent ID Cards LINKBriefly 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 communityEnrollment AssistanceHoop of Learning for Native American StudentsPlacement TestingProgram Specific Tests(Automotive, Fire Science)Multicultural Affairs MAP LINKTesting Services MAP LINKFollow linksAccommodations for students with disabilitiesAccess to assistive technologySupport for international studentsReferral to off campus resources for international studentsInternational Student Center MAP LINKDisability Services MAP LINK
28 Student Services Veterans Center Comprehensive “one-stop” service to VeteransAcademic support including:AdvisementClass RegistrationDegree PlanningFinancial benefit requestsTuition and book deferment options…and more.Veterans CenterMAP LINK
29 Technology Resources Maximizing Technology in Your Education Remind students that these locations are where they will activate their eGCC accountsHigh Tech Centers LINKActivate eGCC AccountComputer AccessInstructional SupportJohn F. Prince Library & Media Center MAP LINKResearch AssistanceBooks & MediaWeb ResourcesResearch Guides
30 Campus Resources Helping You Get Involved Lost & FoundEscortsEmergency Situation linkSuspicious ActivityPublic Safety MAP LINKStudent GovernmentStudent ClubsScholarship AssistanceHealth Insurance PlansApartment informationRefer to links.Go to Emergency situation linkPool, gym & classesExercise PlansFirst session freeAs little as $25.00 per monthStudent Life MAP LINKFitness Center MAP LINK
31 Tutoring + Enhancing Your Academic Success Center for Learning -CL BldgFree tutoring, study skills, computer lab, & non-credit ESL classesThe Math Solution – MA BldgFree, drop-in tutoring for math studentsWriting Center – HT-2In-person or online writing critiqueDepartmental TutoringAsk your instructor about department tutoringLet them know how expensive private tutoring, and University tutoring can be ($30 - $50 per hour)
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 bookTake notes / Review notesEnroll in a “Success Class”CPD150 Strategies for College SuccessAAA115 Creating College SuccessStudy 2-3 hours per week per credit
35 Time Management Attendance is Important 12 credit + Full Time Create a Schedulehours per week in classhours per week studying= hours per week commitmentCalculate the number of hours you should plan to study and write this on your bookmark nowActivity: 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 finances72% 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-AssessmentInvestigate Career OptionsDevelop a Career PlanMarket YourselfCommit to Lifelong LearningDiscuss the career assessments etc…
39 Counseling & Career Services MAP LINK Career CounselingCareer ExplorationCareer PlanningMentoringPersonal CounselingInternshipsJob OpportunitiesRefer to link
40 Career Services link Computer Lab/Career Library Career Market InformationJob Search, Interviewing, andResume WorkshopsEmployment OpportunitiesInternships (Career Work Experience)Career Expo/Job FairOn-campus Employer RecruitmentsRe-Entry Resources
41 Maricopa Career Network Job Search Access – 24/7Maricopa Career NetworkPost your resumeSearch for jobsApply for jobsCareer 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 majorSome Careers have several majors that are optionsClarifying 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 optionsMeet with a Academic AdvisorObtain the appropriate academic check sheetSet goals, monitor progress and make changes if necessaryCreate a “balanced plan”Develop a passion for education and positive attitudeSeek extra-curricular activities to support your goalsThis was covered in the Advisement/ Registration session for I Start Smart students
44 Academic Advisement Assistance from Advisors: Academic Planning Course SelectionDegree RequirementsCheck SheetsProvide Signature (some courses)Seek Advisement early, follow-upduring “off peak” hours and obtainpriority registrationThis 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 sheetBring it to advisement sessionsAvailable online: linkThis was covered in the Advisement/ Registration session for I Start Smart studentsRemind 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 SessionsCheck Nursing websiteGo to linkCurrent information regarding prerequisitesDetails of program application and requirementsOpportunity to ask questionsConveniently 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 LINKVisit 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 CenterActivate your eGCC account ASAP. LINKPlease 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 LINKCreate 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 iStartSmartCompletion 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 CrYou will learn:Effective Study SkillsNote takingPersonal motivationTime ManagementGoal settingCampus resourcesMuch 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 yearEncounter fewer barriers in transferring to senior collegesGet ahead of the game by sticking out to employers, scholarship officials and transfer recruitersBe prepared to transfer or start a careerC4 is actively working to raise awareness of the benefits of completing your degree. For more information and resources, visitSign your C4 contract now and commit to complete!~ Omicron Lambda Chapter – Phi Theta Kappa