Dr. Schilling’s Welcome Message

Welcome to Cypress College! We have just completed our 50th anniversary celebration and are already looking ahead to the next 50 years as one of California’s premier community colleges. We are so happy that you have joined us.

Many of you are coming to college for the first time, and may even be the first in your family to attend college. Some of you may be returning to our college, or finding your way back after a long absence. We understand that this is big step and navigating your way as a college student while balancing your life, family, and finances can often feel intimidating. I want to assure you that not only have you made a good choice to attend Cypress College, but we are here to help you succeed. With 73 academic degrees and 176 certificate options to choose from, we are here to help you find a pathway best suited for your own academic and career goals.

Like many of you, I am also a new member of the campus community and am discovering a welcoming environment that is focused on achievement and success. I want to remind you that college success is a journey of self-discovery, underscored by deep learning and skills building. Learning may feel scary and uncomfortable at times, earmarked by moments of great discovery and enlightenment. Do not be afraid of the challenge; that’s how you know you are growing!

You are not expected to know everything on Day One, but you can maximize your experience here by visiting our many student support services, including our counseling and guidance services, tutoring and study skills classes, and by making an appointment to meet with financial aid and student health representatives. This catalog is your guide to accessing our support services and we hope you will refer to it often. And remember, our outstanding faculty are committed to helping you succeed, so please embrace their guidance and expertise, attend instructor office hours, and never feel that any question is too small to receive an answer. In short, you matter to us and we want to hear from you!

You’ll notice a lot of construction going on this year with a new science, engineering, and math building and a state-of-the-art Veterans Resource Center. We are proud of our efforts to bring Cypress College closer to a neutral carbon footprint and supporting our community by being good stewards of our environment. You hope you will find our campus a clean, safe, and inviting place in which to study, learn, and engage with other students.

In closing, I want to say to all students, new and returning, that we are so pleased you have chosen to become a Cypress Charger. We invite you to keep current with all our events and student activities by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You are joining a rich history of previous students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have been part of this special place we call Cypress College. Once a Charger, forever a Charger.

We wish you a great year of academic and personal success!

JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.


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