Application, Registration Remain Open For Cypress College’s Fall Semester

Don’t miss your chance to study at Cypress College for the upcoming fall semester. Applications are available and registration for courses is underway and open for all students, including those who have changed their plans to attend a university this fall.

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Classes begin August 24, and registration is now open. Prospective students are invited to visit www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/apply-now to apply. Returning students are invited to view the schedule of classes at www.cypresscollege.edu/schedule-of-classes-and-college-catalog.

Cypress College notified students in May that instruction would continue to be remote in the fall semester to allow for the greatest level of preparation possible for students as well as faculty and staff. All our services, activities, and premier support will continue to be provided via our virtual services all semester. Welcome to the #1 community college in California, according to the 2020 Best Community Colleges in Niche.com.

For more information about Cypress College, visit www.cypresscollege.edu.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-campus California Community College system. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all of Cypress Colleges and services are offered remotely. Students can access support services online at cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.

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“Drive-Up WiFi” Program Launched by Cypress College to Facilitate Student Internet Access

In an effort to provide students with reliable, high-speed internet access — and in keeping with social-distancing directives issued by county, state, and national officials — Cypress College is launching “Drive-Up WiFi” available to all enrolled students.

Wireless access will be available to students in Lot #1 on a first-come, first-served basis. Access is for registered Cypress College students with valid login credentials. Access to Lot #1 will be available to students on weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. until the end of the last scheduled class on that particular day of the week (typically 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m., Friday).

Students must remain in their cars while using the college’s network and adhere to all current public health directives, including social distancing. In congruence with social-distancing restrictions, the college will not accommodate pedestrians or cyclists; in addition, no restroom or other facilities will be made available. Students will park in every-other parking stall to enhance social-distancing protocols.

To use the WiFi, students will enter the college, and Lot 1, at the main entrance (Valley View Street and Cypress College West) and exit onto Orange Avenue. A valid Cypress College parking pass is required to access the college and Lot 1. Additional restrictions and requirements are designated on the college’s website.

Cypress College President, JoAnna Schilling, expressed her pride at the many ways the college community has stepped up to address student needs.

“The resilience our students have demonstrated during this health emergency has been inspirational, but the need for support is great,” Dr. Schilling said. “Hearing the challenges our students are facing is heartbreaking, but we are grateful to our staff for their personal and professional contributions to our students. We are also thankful for donations made to the Cypress College emergency-assistance campaign.”

Cypress College last held in-person instruction on March 12 before entering a three-day pause to convert instruction to remote methods in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. At roughly the same time, the college launched a survey of students to determine their technology needs for continuing their studies remotely. With more than 3,300 responses, Cypress College students indicated overwhelmingly they had access to necessary technology — 92.4% of respondents stated they had access to a computer, 88% noted they have reliable internet access, and an additional 30% indicated they did not have a private space at home to conduct their class work. Students who did not have these resources were invited to request assistance.

With data collected from the survey, the college has loaned approximately three dozen laptops and Chromebooks to students. The “Drive-Up WiFi” program comes in addition to helping connect students to free and low-cost internet opportunities in the commercial marketplace. The Cypress College Foundation has also launched an emergency-assistance campaign to help students: who have lost a job or experienced income loss; buy/borrow computers for home use; obtain access to reliable home internet; and purchase books for online classes. So far, the Foundation has provided 24 emergency grants, totaling $12,000. Donations can be made at cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 56 university-transfer majors, 176 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 73 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 115-campus California Community College system. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

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Commit2Cypress and Take Advantage of Free Tuition Through Pledge and Promise

Join us at Commit2Cypress on Thursday, April 30 at 4:30-8 p.m. to learn more about and sign your contract for the fall 2020 North Orange Promise or AUHSD Pledge granting free tuition to all qualifying first-time college students for their first two years!

Meet representatives from support programs and services on campus, interact with deans and professors from the college’s academic programs, and attend sessions on topics most relevant to new college students and parents.

RSVP here!

WebStar, myGateway Down for Scheduled Maintenance

District Information Services is performing their year-end scheduled maintenance starting Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 12 a.m. and ending December 29, 2019 at 10 p.m.

During this time period, all systems and services will be unavailable including the following:

  • Banner
  • Degree Works
  • myGateway
  • SSO (including Canvas access)
  • Student Email
  • WebStar
  • Tableau
  • ClockWork

As a reminder, the campus is closed from December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Campus Safety will be available during that time for emergencies.

Participate in the Installation of “Hostile Terrain” Exhibit

Seventy student and faculty volunteers are needed to assist with the installation of the “Hostile Terrain” exhibit. The installation will take place September 17 and 18 in the Cypress College Theater from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thirty-minute time slots are available for each group of 30 individuals.

Please contact Nicole Smith at nicole@hostileterrain94.com or Ranmalee Perera  at rperera@noce.edu if you or your class is interested in participating and to schedule a time.

About

As of today, we have record of 3,116 people who have died, largely from dehydration and hyperthermia, while attempting this journey through Arizona. For this exhibition, we are asking volunteers to hand-write the toe tags of each body recovered from the Arizona/Mexico border. We will then construct a wall map of the border, onto which the tags will be placed in the exact location the individuals were found.

Student, Faculty, and Community Participation

Tables will be set up in the lobby of the Cypress College Theater. Volunteers fill out tags under the guidance of Director, Dr. Jason De León.

Click on the sign-up page here for a 30 minute time slots.

Walk-ins welcome although for a large group a scheduled time slot is highly recommended.

To view the promotional video, click here.

On-Campus Child Care Services are Back

This semester, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cypress and Anaheim, and North Orange Continuing Education, Cypress College is offering free on-campus child care services for all enrolled students while accessing services on campus like counseling appointments, tutoring sessions, and studying in the L/LRC. These services are also available to students taking NOCE classes.

To assist students with school-age children, Boys and Girls Club offers services throughout the semester Monday–Thursday in NOCE (Bldg 18), Room 117 from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. Children are offered help with their homework, or can engage in games and arts and crafts.

For more information, please contact the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress at (714) 527-2697 ext. 200 or email information@bgccypress.org.

2018 TPG Fair Prepares Students for University Transfer, Graduation

Be prepared for graduation and learn about your transfer options at this semester’s TPG Fair!

Are you thinking about graduating, but aren’t sure if you’re ready? Do you want to transfer, but aren’t sure where you want to study? The Transfer Pre-Graduation Fair (TPG Fair) is for you!

Admissions & Records and the Transfer Center have teamed up to give students the opportunity to prepare for graduation and learn about their transfer options.

Speak with representatives from more than 40 public and private colleges and universities, get your graduation questions answered, pre-order graduation items, and more!

Free food will be available with completion of a TPG Fair Charger Card and there will be an opportunity to win prizes!

Campuses Attending This Year’s TPG Fair

  • Academy of Art University
  • American Jewish University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Biola University
  • Brandman University
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • California Baptist University
  • Cambridge College
  • Chapman University
  • Charles Drew University
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU Fullerton
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Northridge
  • CSU San Marcos
  • CSU San Marcos
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • FIDM
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Holy Names University
  • Hope International University
  • Humboldt State University
  • La Sierra University
  • Loma Linda University
  • National University
  • Roseman University
  • Trinity Law School
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • Union Institute & University (Los Angeles)
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Webster University
  • Western Governors University

Classes Still Available for Fall 2018

Fall semester classes start Monday, August 20, but classes are still available and you can register without an add code until Sunday, August 19, at 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to look at the open class list online. There are still a number of classes available that may fit your needs, and closed classes may have a waitlist option available.

If you are on a waitlist, please remember that waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code.

Register for classes by:

  • Logging into myGateway and clicking on “Add or Drop Classes” in Registration Tools; or
  • Stopping by the Counseling Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (Building 19) for help selecting classes that fit into your student educational plan.

The following is a partial list of classes that are still available:

AC/R – Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

  • AC/R 100 C – Principles of Thermodynamics/Heat Transfer
  • AC/R 265 C – Project Management

ACCT – Accounting

  • ACCT 202 C – Cost Accounting

ACR – Automotive Collision Repair

  • ACR 009 C – Refinishing Technician III
  • ACR 013 C – Computerized Auto Damage Appraisal
  • ACR 040 C – Structural Alignment Repair
  • ACR 060 C – Collision Repair Management

ANTH – Anthropology

  • ANTH 208 C – Anthropology of Death
  • ANTH 210 C – Intro to Forensic Anthropology
  • ANTH 225 C – Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America
  • ANTH 308 C – Anthropology of Death for Mortuary Science

ART – Art

  • ART 114 C – Modern Art History
  • ART 155 C – Art Open Laboratory
  • ART 174 C – Jewelry Design

ASTR – Astronomy

  • ASTR 116 C – Introduction to Astronomy

ATC – Aviation and Travel Careers

  • ATC 160 C – UAV-UAS Basic
  • ATC 161 C – UAV-UAS Basic Simulator
  • ATC 162 C – UAV-UAS Basic Flight
  • ATC 261 C – UAV-UAS Advanced Simulator
  • ATC 262 C – UAV-UAS Advanced Flight

CIS – Computer Information Systems

  • CIS 121 C – Adobe PDF Document Management
  • CIS 189 C – Administrating and Configuring Windows Server Directory Services
  • CIS 191 C – Administrating and Configuring Windows Server Network Infrastructure
  • CIS 231 C – Cisco Networking 2
  • CIS 260 C – Game Concepts Development

COMM – Communication Studies

  • COMM 138 C – Forensics

COUN – Counseling and Guidance

  • COUN 073 C – Computer Access I
  • COUN 140 C – Educational Planning

CTRP – Court Reporting

  • CTRP 030 C – CR Beginning Practice Lab
  • CTRP 031 C – CR Intermediate Practice Lab
  • CTRP 035 C – Advanced Practice Lab

DANC – Dance

  • DANC 101 C – Multicultural Dance in the US
  • DANC 108 C – Modern Dance II
  • DANC 111 C – Jazz Dance I
  • DANC 112 C – Jazz Dance II
  • DANC 113 C – Tap Dance I
  • DANC 114 C – Tap Dance II
  • DANC 117 C – Modern Dance III
  • DANC 130 C – Afro-Caribbean Dance
  • DANC 141 C – Performance Class I

ENGL – English

  • ENGL 096 C – College Reading Strategies
  • ENGL 100 C – College Writing
  • ENGL 102 C – Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 108 C – Writing the Personal Statement
  • ENGL 110 C – Humanities: Ancient & Medieval
  • ENGL 137 C – College Study Strategies

ENGR – Engineering

  • ENGR 205 C – Advanced 3D Solid Modeling and Simulation

ESL – English as a Second Language

  • ESL 051 C – Intermediate Pronunciation
  • ESL 062 C – Advanced ESL Grammar 1
  • ESL 064 C – Advanced Academic Oral Skills NNS

ETHS – Ethnic Studies

  • ETHS 150 C – Intro to Chicana-o Studies
  • ETHS 151 C – Chicana-o History I
  • ETHS 235 C – American Social Justice Movements

FREN – French

  • FREN 102 C – Elementary French II
  • FREN 200 C – Conversational French
  • FREN 203 C – Intermediate French III

GEOG – Geography

  • GEOG 100 C – World Geography
  • GEOG 232 C – GIS: Analysis and Modeling

GEOL – Geology

  • GEOL 100 C – Physical Geology
  • GEOL 125 C – Natural Disasters
  • GEOL 130 C – Intro to Oceanography
  • GEOL 190 C – Environmental Geology

HIST – History

  • HIST 111 C – Western Civilizations II
  • HIST 142 C – History of Latin America I
  • HIST 160 C – Asian Civilizations I
  • HIST 171 C – History of the U.S. II

HUSR – Human Services

  • HUSR 215 C – Introduction to Family Studies
  • HUSR 221 C – Crisis Intervention & Referral
  • HUSR 224 C – Self-Esteem Strategies
  • HUSR 271 C – Society and Victimization
  • HUSR 295 C – Cross-Cultural Criminology

JAPN – Japanese

  • JAPN 102 C – Elementary Japanese II
  • JAPN 200 C – Conversational Japanese
  • JAPN 204 C – Intermediate Japanese IV

JOUR – Journalism

  • JOUR 101 C – Reporting and Writing
  • JOUR 225 C – Student Media Practicum I
  • JOUR 226 C – Student Media Practicum II

KIN – Kinesiology

  • KIN 114 C – Springboard Diving
  • KIN 116 C – Swim for Fitness
  • KIN 135 C – Step Aerobics
  • KIN 198 C – Athletic Weight Training
  • KIN 199 C – Conditioning for Athletes
  • KIN 240 C – Sports Officiating
  • KIN 242 C – Theory of Coaching Baseball
  • KIN 249 C – Sport and United States Society
  • KIN 284 C – Contemporary Personal Health

MAD – Media Arts Design

  • MAD 107 C – Motion Graphics I
  • MAD 112 C – Electronic Illustration-Mac
  • MAD 113 C – Electronic Illustration-Win
  • MAD 114 C – Electronic Illustration II-Mac
  • MAD 115 C – Electronic Illustration II-Win
  • MAD 120 C – 3D Modeling-Mac
  • MAD 134 C – Digital Imaging-Mac
  • MAD 135 C – Digital Imaging-Windows
  • MAD 182 C – Cinematography
  • MAD 183 C – Preproduction for TV-Vid-Film
  • MAD 207 C – Projection Mapping/Live Entertainment

MGT – Management

  • MGT 261 C – Small Business Management

MKT – Marketing

  • MKT 103 C – Principles of Advertising
  • MKT 208 C – Principles of Selling
  • MKT 222 C – Principles of Marketing

MUS – Music

  • MUS 203 C – Theory III
  • MUS 204 C – Musicianship III

PHIL – Philosophy / Religious Studies

  • PHIL 100 C – Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 101 C – Intro to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 160 C – Introduction to Ethics

POSC – Political Science

  • POSC 100 C – United States Government

SOC – Sociology

  • SOC 102 C – Social Problems
  • SOC 275 C – Marriage and Family

SPAN – Spanish

  • SPAN 201 C – Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
  • SPAN 203 C – Intermediate Spanish III

THEA – Theatre Arts

  • THEA 108 C – Stage and Screenwriting
  • THEA 147 C – Stage Makeup

For the full list of open classes, as well as details on the classes listed above, please visit myGateway.

Student Activities, International Students Relocate During Construction

The construction of the new SEM building, new Veterans Resource Center, and the renovation of the Student Activities Center is scheduled to begin in December of 2018. As a result, the Student Activities Center and International Students Program have relocated to the second floor of Gym 2. Student Activities is in room 210 and International Students Program is in room 204. Please check back for updates.

Circle Drive Affected Friday for 5K Race

The Cypress College Veterans Organization is holding its 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk in partnership with non-profit veterans organization Save the Brave on Friday, April 27. All of the proceeds will go toward assisting student veterans with scholarships, emergency grants, and camaraderie-building events.

The race will take participants throughout campus, including Circle Drive. Please note:

  • Circle Drive and parking lots will remain open during the event, but entrance and exit closures will begin at 10:30 a.m.;
  • the Valley View entrance will remain open throughout the day;
  • the Holder entrance/exit will be closed until 12:30 p.m.;
  • the Orange entrance will be closed until 12:30 p.m., but vehicles may still use the exit.

Participants will be on Circle Drive for approximately one hour starting at 11 a.m. They will be instructed to remain in the left (inside) lane. Vehicles should drive in the right (outside) lane; there will be signs along Circle Drive reminding drivers of this. Please be mindful of runners and drive carefully on campus.

Volunteers wearing bright green vests will direct traffic and be out to ensure everyone’s safety. Please follow their directions.

President Schilling’s Board Report for April 24, 2018

Presented by Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D.
on April 24, 2018

The college has been in thoroughly engaged in “end-of the-semester” events and we are enjoying seeing our students succeed and flourish. Here’s a recap of the many things going on:

College Events

  • Last Tuesday, Cypress hosted the third annual YomHaShoah. We welcomed 500 attendees and had four holocaust survivors, and a 98-year old GI who fought in WWII and participated in the liberation of the concentration camps. In addition, we commemorated the addition of Dr. Henry Nahoum to our Holocaust Memorial Gallery on the same day. Dr. Nahoum’s daughter, Bonnie Nahoum-Jaros, a former Santa Ana music professor, also sang during the YomHaShoah event. Thank you to professors Clifford Lester and David Halahmy for this moving event, and to Marc Posner for his assistance putting this together. We also appreciate Dr. Marshall and Trustees Rodarte, Dunsheath, and McClanahan for joining us.
  • Our women’s softball team won their fourth consecutive OEC Title and the 16th in the last 17th titles. This is the 23rd Conference Title under retiring Coach Brad Pickler. Playoffs begin this Saturday with a home against El Camino College. Go Chargers!
  • Cypress College art students presented scholarly research at ART+POLITICS, the 2nd Annual Community College Art History Conference that took place at the UC Riverside ARTSblock on Saturday, April 14. Students Sandra Alvarado and Randy Cruz presented on “White Westernized Walls” and “The Marginalization of People of Color in Film” respectively. Out of only six students chosen to present, two were from Cypress. Our thanks to art professors Janet Owen-Driggs, and Ed Giardina for making this opportunity possible for our students. We are #CYProud of Randy and Sandra!
  • We enjoyed hosting Coffee with the Chancellor on April 19. Dr. Marshall shared her budget presentation, and we discussed campus safety, the CBT report, and how the District can support the college. We appreciate having this opportunity to discuss ideas and issues with our Chancellor, and appreciate that Trustee McClanahan also joined her for this visit.
  • On Wednesday, April 18 our Professional Development committee hosted Janet Zadina, an expert on Brain studies, and how this can form our understanding of teaching and learning. Dr. Zadina spoke to a full house on how students learn, retain, and understand information. It was a fascinating look at how to improve the ways we share information, and an awareness we could all benefit from.
  • Tuesday, April 24, Cypress College will be adding our fourth Peace Pole. This project, inspired by English Professor Ambika Talwar, is to promote peace on campus and provide daily reminders to be kind to one another. We believe this fits in well with our core values of Inclusiveness and Collegiality and thank Ambika for her advocacy for promoting peace across our campus.
  • Our Engineering and Beyond symposium was held this Friday, April 20. Four graduates from our STEM programs who are either continuing their education and/or working in their field, were here to speak with our STEM2 students, share their journey and advice, and help provide inspiration to our current students. We appreciate Yanet Garcia and her innovative ways of providing opportunities for our students.

In an effort to get more student feedback, our Guided Pathways retention group is sponsoring the “Question of the Week” at our Student Table Talks. Last week the question was “what is great about Cypress and what can be improved?” Students added comments to the table poster board and then we will be capturing this to provide feedback for our strategic conversations. We love this idea and thank Treisa Cassens for this innovative way to get student feedback.

  • Our annual Sex Day, initiated and led by Psychology faculty member Susan Johnson, was held on Wednesday, April 18. Students participated in games focused on promoting a healthy sexual awareness, and emphasizing the importance of good health and self-esteem.
  • On Saturday, April 21, Dr. Schilling and Dean Paul De Dios attended the Latina Leadership Network conference to honor Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce as she received the prestigious LLN Madrina Award for her 22 years of service to the Cypress College Puente Program and tireless support of her students and developing future Latina leaders. Eight Puente students were in attendance and spoke about their excitement at seeing so many powerful female leaders
  • On April 25. Cypress College will be sponsoring its spring Parents Night, welcoming prospective students and their parents to the college. In addition to attending Parents Night, Dr. Schilling will also be giving the keynote speech at the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress.

In closing, it is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Charlene “Char” Felos, retired Cypress College ceramics professor, who had worked so tirelessly for Cypress College, the education of students, and the fine arts community. Char died at her home in Huntington Beach on April 15 at the age of 75. She began her career at Cypress College in 1969 and became art department chair in 1987. She retired in 2003 after 34 years of service with the district.

That’s the Board Report from Cypress College. Buen Cypress!

Cast Your Ballots for A.S. Officers

Elections for positions on the Associated Students Council for the 2018-2019 school year are April 16, 18, and 19 (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Pond, so be sure to cast your vote!

You must be a current Cypress College student to be eligible to vote. Please present your Cypress College student ID with current A.S. sticker, or a printed copy of your spring 2018 class schedule with photo ID.

President

Robert Mounce


I believe I am the most qualified because I have the most experience. I have served as elected Executive Vice President as well as appointed Vice President of Student Organizations. I have worked with campus clubs as well as campus staff. I have been working with Associated Students for two years. I believe I offer a leadership role, as well as making AS more efficient if I were elected.

My main goals and objectives for the upcoming term would be first to make Associated Students more efficient as well as make Associated Students’ presence on campus more visible as well as make students know of their resources that they have on campus.

I would try to change events to become more smoothly as well as advertise them a month before the actual event. I would change the way students speak up with a monthly table of changes students would want to change as well as other ideas they have and execute them to best of our ability.

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Executive Vice President

Gricelda Weed

Mission Statement: To uphold equitable academic excellence, increase diversity and inclusion through a collaborative student council.

I believe I’m the most qualified for the Executive Vice President position on the Associated Students Council due to my well rounded knowledge and experience of student government. Most importantly, the understanding of the constitution and by-laws, which I currently uphold as Vice President of Public Relations. I have experience in collaborative leadership roles; I thrive in high impact positions that focus on the greater good of students. Previously, I have fulfilled the role of Associated Students Senator, which allowed me to serve as a student representative in shared governance and district levels. I aspire to represent Cypress College with the utmost integrity.

My main goals and objectives, if I’m elected, will be to advise the President of Associated Students in collaboration with our student council, upholding the constitution and by-laws, promoting the importance of student voice and representation in academia. It is my goal to continue Associated Students’ hard work and dedication. I would like to implement a collaboration with our Cypress College divisions, programs, clubs and organizations in order to achieve an informed student body at Cypress College.

In my opinion, I believe Associated Students needs to focus more attention on community outreach. If elected, it is one of my goals to create a social action initiative at the Cypress College Swap-meet with intentions of reaching the underserved community. I envision Cypress College Associated Students serving our local community with career development resources, testimonies of first generation students, and information highlighting the accessibility of pursuing a higher education. Another focus should be, Associated Students partnering with the Cypress College bookstore, in order to create a progressive brand representative of being a Premier Community College. Thereby, creating a committee to provide collaborative opportunities for the student council to share feedback and take part in ordering a variety of promotional merchandise showcasing Charger Pride!

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Vice President of External and Internal Affairs

Diondre Hollingsworth

I have served one year on the associated student executive board as vice president of campus and District affairs. With the merging of that position and vice president of external Affairs I believe I am the best equipped to handle the merged responsibilities of those positions for this next year. I believe AS can improve its efficiency in gathering student body metrics and representing the student opinion here on campus. By chairing the associated student subcommittee of internal and external affairs I will maintain adequate student representation in all shared governance faculty meetings and represent our school at the state level for statewide policy.

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Vice President of Fiscal Affairs

Angiel Mendieta

I have been the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs for over three semesters : appointed by the A.S Council in spring 2017 and than elected by the student body for 2017-2018. I have the experience and knowledge as the VP of Fiscal Affairs to be given a chance by the student body to be re-elected.

My goals are to help the A.S. Council as well as the student body know where their money is going to and to who. To be able to use all the funds properly and make sure that the students are being given what they deserve from purchasing their A.S. Stickers. I also want to keep learning from this position on how to do my job better and be able to achieve these goals I’ve set out. The students are giving each year the council the trust to run A.S properly and I want to keep that trust by performing to the best of my abilities.

A.S needs to focus on being more inclusive with other students. I would start by inviting more students to our open business meetings and taking my time to explain how A.S. runs. I would also work for the council to have more efficient communication to improve the task at hand. Lastly, the A.S. council needs better communication with the Inner Club Council. I will work closely with the VP of Student Organizations and the club representatives through monthly workshops and attend ICC meetings to have better communications with club members.

Monica Santana

I am the most qualified person for this office because I have complete knowledge and understanding of what Associated Students represents and what we have to offer as an organization for the student body. I have 6 semesters of A.S experience including 4 semesters of being Executive Secretary on the A.S executive board. I am no longer able to serve in that position because I have met the maximum amount of terms there is to one position. I am fully capable of excelling as Vice President of Fiscal Affairs since that position has the most communication with Executive Secretary and I know what VP of Fiscal Affairs requires and the type of responsibilities and deadlines I need to meet.

My main goals and objectives are to be efficient, on time, and responsible. VP of Fiscal Affairs requires meeting weekly deadlines and keeping up with weekly requested funds and my main goal is to make sure I am on top of the purchase requisitions and make sure clubs and A.S events get their funds in a timely fashion without worrying about not getting the funds in time. Another goal of mine is to be on top of the A.S. budget as much as possible to refrain from overspending so we will not have to worry about not having enough funds to spend for any particular event or outing. Another goal of mine is to have this position communicate strongly with clubs.

I believe A.S. needs to focus more attention on trying to reduce the costs of certain A.S events by budgeting ourselves beforehand so we request almost the exact amount we will use instead of estimating and not knowing till adding all the receipts up how much we actually spent on that particular event and realizing we probably could of spent the funds more wisely. That will lead to accurate and efficient annual budget updates since we will know exactly how much we spend on each A.S event. I will help improve that by keeping up to date with the funds requested and help any officer out with calculating the expenses of events before they are requested. A.S also needs to remind and let clubs know beforehand every academic year that there are club grants available for them every semester since many clubs I have talked to do not even know there are grants available for them. I will improve that by talking to each active club or club president individually and explain the process of obtaining club grants and what they can and cannot spend their funds on.

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Vice President of Public Relations

Elise Cunanan

I believe I am most qualified for this position because I have been on the AS council for 2 semesters and believe that I have the communication, collaborative, creative, and critical thinking skills to complete the responsibilities of this position. In the past few weeks I have made posters for High School Senior Day and other events that have helped prepare me for this position. I enjoy creating, designing and writing which is something this position has to offer. The opportunity of this position is a great chance for me to get more involved in AS and Cypress College.

I am hoping to achieve getting more involved in AS, getting more active on social media publicity and displaying my creative abilities through the position. I also hope to achieve being more capable of bringing more changes and improvements that can help the school to the AS council and be more in touch with other instructors and staff about AS on campus. In addition I would like to improve my communication and speaking skills so I can grow as a person and have more

One thing that I feel AS needs to improve more on is its involvement in social media and I would like to see the AS instagram page up and running again. I would also like to see them be more in touch with not only our clubs but also with the programs as well such as the Teacher Prep Program, Stem program, Honors program, etc. I also think that we should make the school more aware and involved as to who we are and what we do as an AS council.

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Senator

Brandy Hoffart

I am committed to Associated Students and possess strong leadership skills and want to make a monumental impact as a Senator. Serving as a Senator will give me an opportunity to grow and advance in Associated Students. I know particular issues that need to be addressed in order to create a better campus environment. As an appointed Senator I will represent you, the Cypress College student body, and advocate concerning important student policies including political issues. I will report and provide important recommendations to the Associated Student Council regarding pressing student related campus policies and political issues. I will also serve on the Campus and District Affairs Committee and participate in the Associated Students Public Relations Committee.

Associated Students needs to focus its attention on student outreach and resources available to students. We have a food bank on campus and I would like to see and assist in creating more student beneficiary programs similar to it. The food bank needs more funding because they are low on supplies and there is a high demand for food assistance on campus.

Christine


I believe I am the most qualified person running for the office of Senator not solely based on my qualifications, but greatly so based on my heart for the position. I am passionate about standing up to the face of injustice and saying enough. I desire more than anything to provide each and every Cypress student with a voice on their college campus and in front of the state legislators. In high school I served as a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club on campus for two years allowing me to build valuable leadership skills and learn how to create and maintain positive team relationships. Furthermore, I am highly organized, a characteristic further developed having worked as the head of the Termite Department for a pest control company. During my time working with the company, I oversaw the scheduling of employees, customer relations, updating our filing systems, and creating initiatives for improving customer satisfaction. These experiences have prepared me for the position of Senator, where I intend to use all my gained skills for the benefit of the Cypress student; so your voice is heard.

My main goals and objectives if elected as Senator are very student focused. I would like to present more opportunities for direct voicing of the students through various means such as: taking surveys to gather student opinion, hosting panels where students can inform faculty directly of their expectations for classes and faculty members, and hosting panels oriented towards eliminating any prejudices, no matter how big or small, that exist on our campus and orienting us instead towards reconciliation.

I believe A.S. needs to focus more on the promotion of A.S. itself as many students are unaware of the many resources and opportunities for voicing their opinions, let alone the existence of A.S. To improve upon this I will push for A.S. members to appear in classes at least once a month to provide a quick explanation of who we are and the opportunities available for students.

Presten Jimenez

I think I am the most qualified for this position because I have first hand experience of restarting a club and running a club. Being president of the Creative Guild gave me the knowledge of what smaller clubs need in order to grow in the right direction. When I first became president there were only 3 people, now the club has grown to 15 people. Along with this I have learned the different styles of leadership, planning an agenda, following an agenda, and organizing events.

My main goals if I were to be elected for this position would be to help with the growth of smaller clubs, make the presence of clubs more known across campus, and to plan and organize more events specifically for the clubs. I have made a suggestions list for people who have smaller clubs or want to start a club. In this suggestions list there is advice on how to get your name out there, how to best represent your club, panning an agenda, and other advice from my personal experience. I also plan to have information about the clubs at Cypress posted on the boards around campus which will make it more accessible along with having that information posted in the student activities center. If a club wins club of month along with having their name, meeting times, and small passage about their club on the website, I want to also post it on the boards for students to see. I believe that there are not enough events on campus dedicated to bringing the clubs exposure during the middle or end of the semester. This is typically the time when clubs start to lose their members. I have already helped organize the club art exhibit that will happen on the 23rd and 24th of April.

I think A.S. needs to focus their attention more on the perspectives of the students rather than viewing things through the eyes of having a role in our student government. Along with this I think A.S. needs to put more of an effort to put their faces out there. Meaning that many people are unaware that there is a student government on campus. I think if we walked the halls during holidays or stressful times such as midterms and final and gave back to the student it would help increase our presence. While doing this we can ask students what concerns or suggestion that they have. This will allow A.S. to connect with the students more and put a smile on their face when they recieve a little treat.

Timothy


I think I am the most qualified because I have a heart for people and really care about helping others

My main goal is to talk to everyone I see in campus and ask them if they have any problems with the school and what AS a can do to improve things.

AS needs to focus more attention on bringing more school spirit. I will make sure more people are involved

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Activities Coordinator

Kyla Salas

Kyla Salas is my name and change is my game! I am a first year student running for Activities Coordinator to serve YOU.

In High School I specialized in Speech and Debate and was also a three year Executive Board Member and President of the Cypress Future Business Leaders of America Team, all the while balancing Honors and AP Classes.

Currently I am studying Computer Science and Engineering and participating in the STEM Program. Furthermore, as an advocate for mental health, I plan to create an awareness day that provides a FREE THERAPY SESSION for students. Besides this main platform of MH advocacy, I plan to bring the student body together through fun and productive activities around campus for a more welcoming environment.

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Executive Secretary

Jeremiyah White

I feel I would be the most qualified for the position of Executive Secretary because I have had previous experience in a senator position in the creative guild; a club we have on campus. I have also been in JROTC and held an office position for two years.

My goals are to perform at my absolute best and help the A.S council achieve the goals set out to help the student body.

In my opinion I feel that AS should improve on making ourselves visible on campus. One of the things I have noticed is many of the students that attend the college are unaware that a student government exists. I would assist in help the recruitment for our organization as well as assist making ourselves known in the best way I can.

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Student Trustee

Maria Isabel Alvarez

I, Maria Isabel Alvarez, strongly believe I am the most qualified to serve as the Student Trustee next year because I obtain a fierce passion to want to make change for the students. Since I have attended Cypress College, I have been in student government serving for the students. I am currently the Associated Student President. I couldn’t be any prouder of my team and I. During my presidency, we got things done! We brought forward new ideas like the solar powered charging stations, accomplished new milestones for the student body by expanding the awareness of our food pantry on campus and working with local companies. We also revamped the relationship the student government has with their student body by standing in solidarity together in the #NeverAgainMovement or supporting our Dreamers by creating DACA forum. I also upheld the position of Vice President of Campus Activities. I organized all events on campus and outreach events as in welcome back, club rush, sex day, and finals fuel. Through sitting in shared governance meetings, to serving hot dogs, passing out free scantrons on the week of finals and seeing the smiles on the student’s faces, I have seen the need for an active student government council.

Currently as my Presidency comes to an end, I can’t help but think, “ Man, I have some great ideas for the student body still left.” I believe if I was elected Student Trustee, I would be able to accomplish these goals faster and more efficiently. I want to build a relationship with OCTA and have Cypress College Students ride for free with just their student ID. I want add to the syllabus criteria and make it mandatory for teachers to go over the fastest exit ways, location of fire extinguishers, and what to do incase of an active shooter. Safety and Student Success are my main concerns. I have had the pleasure with creating relationships with students,club members, faculty, personal, and classified. I hope to utilize all my knowledge, resources, and connections to do an amazing job as Trustee.

Confidence must be restored in student government where students feel they can come to the the council and express their needs. I value student’s opinions, ideas, and concerns when making ANY decision. I also have an open ear and honor minority groups in a way that is fair and just for all groups and all the students as a whole to feel heard. I am familiar with this institution and I am ready to begin making change for the betterment of our campus, our community, and our future. My strength is definitely student interaction with education. I am well rounded organized and a heck of a multi tasker. I am also a business major who will be innovative and get things done in an outstanding matter. I am determined to excel all expectations and be a memorable Student Trustee. To do that, I want to continue to provide my knowledge ideas and experiences to continue contributing to our campus and Student government as Student Trustee.

Daniel Sebastian

I believe I am the most qualified for this position of student trustee, mainly because I already have a year of experience doing this positon, & this past year I have drastically changed the way this position presents itself. I have changed it from it being a position of mystery; to being an open. For example, changing it by being free for discussions and hearing the general concerns and voices of our students & trying my best to present the popular interest of students to the Trustees of Cypress & Fullerton. Also I have a genuine interest in helping our fellow students & assisting the student body grow whenever possible. If anyone ever needs a helping hand I am always there when I can. Having a year of experience behind my belt means that I can do this position even more efficiently than last year, I’ve learned the twists and turns there are to being in this leadership position. So by having me in office I can guarantee that we can all continue to grow as students and make changes for the better; together.

My main objectives and goals for this up coming year is to be more connected. By that I mean; having more public discussions with our A.S Government & students to find out what they think needs to change on our campus, or also what are things we appreciate about campus. This would be a main objective, to improve the quality of student life on our campus.

I believe that A.S. needs to work on getting people more involved in advocacy and getting people to join the government council. I will try to address this problem by talking to more students around campus & getting them excited to come join & see what we’re all about.

Lot 5 Expansion to Facilitate New SEM Building

Update, January 17, 2018: The parking lot expansion project is underway and should be completed by June. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward with the project.

To prepare for construction of our new Science, Engineering, and Math Building (scheduled for Spring 2019), we are ready to proceed with the expansion of Parking Lot 5. This construction work will take place during the upcoming spring semester.

Below is the proposed layout for the Parking Lot 5 expansion. When completed, the work will provide an additional 252 spaces. This will more than offset the 200 spaces that will potentially be displaced from Parking Lot 7 during the SEM construction. Once the work is completed, the total number of stalls in Lot #5 will more than double to 453 (201 existing  plus 252 new).

Also of interest, modifications in Lot #9 have increased staff parking by 34 spaces, which are located just north of the Humanities Building and the SEM Building.

Lot 5 Expansion

The dark black parking spaces in the illustration indicate the expanded parking areas in Lot #5. The grey spaces indicate the current spaces in the area (above). The full campus map (below) is highlighted to show the project area detailed above.

Resources to Help You Power Through the End of the Semester

Does the quickly approaching end of the semester have you stressed? We know that this point in the semester can be very hectic, with papers and projects coming due, and finals rapidly approaching. We want to see you succeed, so we’ve rounded up resources at the college to help you survive (and thrive) these last two weeks. The L/LRC even has extended hours to help you succeed!

Academics: Support at the Library & Learning Resource Center

  • Resources for research: Books, periodicals, and article databases are available through the Library,  which you can find here. Librarians are also available to assist you in your research. Not near a computer? They have an app! You can also text a librarian—simply text “Cypress” to 66746.
  • Computers: Both the Library and Learning Resource Center have desktop computers, and the library has laptops that you can check out as well.
  • Math Learning Center: Need help with a problem in math, stats, or physics? Go here! They have tutors available for questions, as well as computers for online math work.
  • English Success Center: Having problems with a specific part of a paper, or need formatting assistance? They can help, and have computers available for research and writing as well.
  • Individual tutoring: It is available in several subjects, including English. Tutors can work with you on research papers. See how to make an appointment. Not on campus? Online tutoring is available! Click here for details.
  • Extended Hours at the L/LRC:
    • Monday, December 4- Thursday, December 7, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    • Friday, December 8, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Monday, December 11- Wednesday, December 13, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Supplies and Food: Associated Students Finals Fuel

  • Supplies: The Associated Students will have those items vital for your exams- They will be handing out Scantrons, Blue Books, and pencils!
  • Food: A.S. will have snacks as well, so you can grab a quick bite to keep you fueled!
  • Finals Fuel will be Tuesday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 13 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside the Student Activities Center.

Stress Relief: Resources through the L/LRC

  • Relax your mind filling out coloring books and playing board games from Monday, December 4 through Thursday, December 7.
  • De-Stress with Service Dogs: Feeling a little frazzled? Stop by the tent in front of the L/LRC Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to take a moment to relax and enjoy some time playing and cuddling with some service dogs.

Scholarship Applications For 2018 Available Now

Every year, the Cypress College Foundation releases two different scholarship applications: the Cypress College Foundation Scholarship and the Bernard Osher Scholarship for Community College Students.

The 2018 scholarship application forms are now available. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. Please note, submitting applications early for the Bernard Osher Scholarship is strongly recommended; priority is placed on the submission date.

Applications are available in the Foundation Office, the Financial Aid Office, and online.

Supporting Our Students During the Holidays & Throughout the Year

At Cypress College, we are dedicated to helping all of our students in all ways that we can year-round, and we understand situations may be difficult, especially around the holiday season. We encourage the entire campus community to join us in supporting our students in need through the following Cypress College programs and services.

Associated Students Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Every year, A.S. distributes food baskets with a large turkey, stuffing, and many other Thanksgiving goods to students in need of some help around the holiday. Donations are accepted at the Student Activities Center (SAC) and large, decorated boxes around campus starting November 1.

Boxes are located in:

Admissions and Records on the first floor near the Campanile entrance;
Business on the first floor in between both entrance doors;
CCCPLX in the middle of the third floor;
Fine Arts in the center of the first floor;
Gym II next to the division offices;
Health Science second floor near the nurse’s office;
Humanities first floor near both entrances;
the Library/Learning Resource Center near the first floor entrance;
NOCE (formerly SCE) near the building entrance;
SEM near the first floor staircase; and
Tech Ed I on the second floor inside the counselor’s room.

Baskets will be distributed November 20 and 21. Know of a student in need? Submit a nomination at the SAC!

Food Bank Donations

The Cypress College Food Bank, launched Spring 2017 and with an upcoming Grand Opening the second week of November, needs your help keeping its shelves stocked. Please considering donating canned goods, snacks and cereals, and other non-perishable items.

The following are items in high demand:

  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Pasts and pasta sauce
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Granola bars
  • Cereals
  • Snacks
  • Individual apple sauce
  • Mac and cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Soups

Thank you for helping to make the Food Bank such a huge success!

CARE Adopt-A-Family Program

The CARE Adopt-A-Family program provides low-income and single-parent CARE families with gifts and necessities during the holidays. During last year’s inaugural season, faculty and staff adopted 34 families.

Individuals, groups, or departments can participate in this joyous and gratifying event. Sponsors are provided with the description of their “adoptee family” along with a copy of the family’s Wish List of requested items ranging from groceries and clothing to gift certificates and toys. Participation is encouraged at a level comfortable for you.

For those who would like to participate, fill out the sponsor form by Friday, November 3 and return to cbarrios@cypresscollege.edu. Sponsors will receive a description of their adoptee family and a copy of the family’s wish list by Wednesday, November 8 along with further details regarding the program process.

DSS Holiday Fundraiser

Support the college’s students with disabilities by participating in Disability Support Service’s annual See’s Candies fundraiser. Send a box to friends, colleagues, family, or a Cypress College veteran (just check the “VRC” box on the order form)! Simply complete the linked form and drop if off with Summer Justice in the DSS Office (CCCPLX-100) by Friday, November 3.

 

2017 TPGFair Prepares Students for Graduation, University Transfer

Interested in transferring, but don’t know to where? Think you’re about ready to graduate, but need to make sure? The Transfer Center and Admissions and Records are teaming up to give students the opportunity to learn about their transfer options and prepare for graduation in this semester’s all-in-one TPG Fair! Speak with representatives from more than 45 public and private colleges and universities, get your graduation questions answered, pre-order graduation items, and more!

Free food will be available with completion of a TPG Fair Passport and there will be an opportunity to win prizes!

CAMPUSES ATTENDING

  • Academy of the Art University
  • Antioch University Los Angeles
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Biola University
  • Brandman University
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • California Baptist University
  • California Southern University
  • Chapman University
  • Charles Drew University
  • Concordia University
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU East Bay
  • CSU Fullerton
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Long Beach Business Department
  • CSU Northridge
  • CSU Sacramento
  • CSU San Marcos
  • DeVry University
  • Drexel University
  • Embry-Riddle University
  • Hope International University
  • La Sierra University
  • Laguna College of Art and Design
  • Loma Linda University
  • National University
  • New York Film Academy
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • San Diego Christian College
  • Sonoma State University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Merced
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the West
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Whittier College

Parking Lot Closures For Repairs and Re-Striping

Campus parking lots will be closed on a rolling basis for the next three weeks due to asphalt repairs and re-striping.

All-Day Closures

  • Friday 7/28 – Lot 1
  • Monday 7/31 and Tuesday 8/1 – Lot 2 and Lot 3
  • Wednesday 8/2 – Lot 6
  • Thursday 8/3 and Friday 8/4 – Lot 4
  • Monday 8/7 and Tuesday 8/8 – Lot 5
  • Wednesday 8/9 and Thursday 8/10 – Lot 7
  • Friday 8/11 through Friday 8/18 – Lot 8

 

Welcome to Fall 17 Semester Central!

New myGateway
Register for Classes
Getting to Class
Parking Registration & Where to Park
Student Resources
Frequently Asked Questions




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New myGateway

This summer, the North Orange County Community College District launched the updated and modernized myGateway platform for all students, faculty, and staff at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education (formerly the School of Continuing Education).

A number of myGateway users have reported login and other issues. If you are experiencing problems, including login or PIN resets, contact the District Information Services Helpdesk at  ishelpdesk@nocccd.edu or (714) 808-4849. For quick help, please refer to the District-provided below:

myGateway Help Guide

Register for Classes

Need to fill out your schedule, or forgot to waitlist and want to know if that class you were hoping to take opened up? Check out the Fall 2017 Open Class list.

You can register for classes up to the first day of school, Monday, August 28. Be sure to attend the first class meeting! Professors are obligated to drop students who do not attend the first class. If your class does not meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend the first Monday of the semester — just the first day of the class.

Getting to Class

Click here for a map of the campus.

Parking Registration and Where to Park

After you’ve paid your all of your fees, please activate your parking permit in myGateway. Remember, your license plate is your parking permit.

Note: You may have two vehicles registered to your account, but only one vehicle may be active at a time. Please be sure the vehicle you are parking on campus is the active vehicle in your account.

If you’re a new student and unsure how to register or change your active vehicle, please refer to this guide with screenshots and tips to help you through the process.

For returning students, if you’re unsure how to renew your permit or change your active vehicle, please refer to this guide with screenshots and tips to help you through the process.

Lot 1 for:

  • the Business Building
  • CCCPLX 216 (College Complex Lecture Hall)
  • administrative offices, including the Foundation Office
  • the Theater
  • the Bookstore
  • the Student Center
  • the Student Activities Center

Lot 4 for:

  • Tech Ed 1
  • Tech Ed 2
  • Tech Ed 3
  • the School of Continuing Education Building
  • Gym 2

Lot 5 for:

  • Gym 1
  • Gym 2
  • the Library/Learning Resource Center

Lot 7 for:

  • the Library/Learning Resource Center
  • the Science, Engineering, and Math Building
  • the Humanities Building or Lecture Halls

Lot 9 (all student parking) for:

  • the Humanities Building or Lecture Halls
  • the Fine Arts Building
  • the Theater
  • the Science, Engineering, and Math Building

Please Note: Lot 2 and Lot 8 are faculty/staff parking only. Lot 3 is designated for dental lab patients.

Student Resources

Be sure to purchase your textbooks and school supplies at the on-campus Bookstore! You can even order your books online and pick them up in store.

Get involved with the campus community, find your passion, and make new friends!

Associated Students
Clubs
Student Activities

Learn more about programs to get you moving in the right direction and jumpstart your success like EOPS, Honors, Legacy, Puente, and (STEM)2!

If you require disability-related accommondations and/or services during the Fall semester, visit Disability Support Services (DSS) in CCCPLX 100 or call (714) 484-7014.

Disability Support Services
EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services)
Special Programs
Study Abroad

Be sure to take advantage of our library and tutoring services for a successful semester!

English Success Center
Library

Math Learning Center
Smart Thinking (Online Tutoring)
Tutoring

Many Cypress College students transfer to a four-year university, or find employment right after receiving their degree or certificate. Make sure you’re on the right track by visiting counselors who will help you plan your path.

Career Planning Center
Counseling
Cranium Cafe (Online Counseling)
Transfer Center

Looking for other resources to make sure you’re starting off on the right track physically and mentally?

Campus Map
Health Center
Online Workshops

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a new student and need some help getting oriented. Where do I go first?

The Student Center (Building 19) should be your first stop when you have questions. It houses Admissions & Records, where you’d go for questions pertaining to enrollment and registration, transcripts, name and address changes, etc.; the Bursar, to pay fees; the Counseling Center, to make appointments and meet with a counselor; the Career Planning Center, to figure out your long-term path and assist with employment; and the Transfer Center, to assist with preparing to transfer to a four-year university.

New students are highly encouraged to attend New Student Welcome Night on the Friday before classes begin (Aug. 25). There you’ll have an opportunity to meet your division dean and faculty members, ask questions of current and former Cypress College students, tour your division of interest, and learn about all the student and academic support services the college has to offer. It’s also an opportunity to beat the first-week-of-school crowds to pay fees and purchase textbooks, pay for a student ID card and Associated Students sticker (for great discounts and benefits on and off campus!), and pay for a parking permit.

Student Ambassadors are also on campus to help you with any questions you may have throughout the semester. Visit them at the Welcome Center in the Student Center at the first counter next to Admissions & Records.

I’m having a problem logging in to myGateway. Who do I contact?

Please contact Admissions & Records regarding any problems with myGateway. They can be reached by phone at (714) 484-7346.

How much is a semester parking pass at Cypress College, and how do I register my vehicle?

A semester parking pass costs $35.00 for an automobile and $20 for a motorcycle. Cypress College has an automated parking system that does not require a physical parking pass or decal. This link provides a step-by-step guide showing how to register your vehicle.

Note: This semester, there is a two-week grace period for permit enforcement at the beginning of the semester (Aug. 28-Sept. 10). All other parking violations will be enforced during this grace period.

For other parking-related questions, see the Parking FAQ.

I want to add a class, but had to go on the waitlist. 

If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from cypresscollege.edu and nocccd.edu.

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

I need help paying for textbooks. What assistance does Cypress College offer?

There are a number of ways Cypress College helps you to be as prepared for class as possible. The Bookstore offers a textbook rental program for a number of classes offering savings up to 80%. Check to see if your course textbook is included.

The Cypress College Foundation may be able to assist you with purchasing textbooks by providing a book loan. Visit the office on the 3rd Floor of College Complex in CCCPLX 301 starting the first week of school. Call (714) 484-7126 for more information.

Finally, stop by the EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs & Services) Office to find out if you qualify for their book service program. Call (714) 484-7368 for more information.

Does Cypress College offer scholarships?

Yes, the Cypress College Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students; however, the application period for the 2017-2018 school year has already passed. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available towards the end of the Fall 2017 semester online and in the Foundation Office on the 3rd Floor of College Complex in CCCPLX 301.

The Foundation Office also keeps a binder of external scholarships for students to look through year-round.

For more information, please call (714) 484-7126.

Have a specific question not addressed here? Check out our Contact Us page or Campus Directory to get in touch with someone who can help!

Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes Available Online, in Bookstore

The Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes is now available online and for sale in the Bookstore. Classes begin the week of August 28. The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes is also available.

The fall schedule cover features alumna Danila Mendez (Class of 2016), a Business and Accounting Transfer Major now studying at UCI. Mendez, a single mother, said that her Cypress College professors recognized her potential before she did.

Fall 2017 Class Schedule Cover

“When I first enrolled I just wanted to get an accounting certificate to hopefully better my pay as a basic accounts receivable clerk,” she said. “[A]ll the professors … genuinely care about their students and the quality of education they provide. They have all unknowingly inspired me to be a better version of myself.”

View the schedule below or with the following links:

End Your Semester Strong: Resources to Help You

Does the quickly approaching end of the semester have you stressed? We know that this point in the semester can be very hectic, with papers and projects coming due, and finals rapidly approaching. We want to see you succeed, so we’ve rounded up resources at the College to help you survive (and thrive) these last two weeks. The LLRC even has extended hours to help you succeed!

Academics: Support at the Library & Learning Resource Center

    • Resources for research: Books, periodicals, and article databases are available through the Library,  which you can find here. Librarians are also available to assist you in your research. Not near a computer? They have an app! You can also text a librarian—simply text “Cypress” to 66746.
    • Computers: Both the Library and Learning Resource Center have desktop computers, and the library has laptops that you can check out as well.
    • Math Learning Center: Need help with a problem in math, stats, or physics? Go here! They have tutors available for questions, as well as computers for online math work.
    • English Success Center: Having problems with a specific part of a paper, or need formatting assistance? They can help, and have computers available for research and writing as well.
    • Individual tutoring: It is available in several subjects, including English. Tutors can work with you on research papers.  See how to make an appointment. Not on campus? Online tutoring is available! Click here for details.

Supplies and Food: Associated Students Finals Fuel

  • Supplies: The Associated Students will have those items vital for your exams- They will be handing out Scantrons, Blue Books, and pencils!
  • Food: A.S. will have snacks as well, so you can grab a quick bite to keep you fueled!
  • Finals Fuel will be Monday, May 22nd & Tuesday, May 23rd from 11:30 am- 1:00 p.m. outside the Student Activities Center.

Stress Relief: Resources through the Student Health Center and LLRC

  • Health Journeys Online Resources: Download tools to help reduce stress and get you through finals here.  These resources have been made available by the Student Health Center via the CCCCO.
  • Chill Zone: Relax your mind doing puzzles, filling out coloring books, or making buttons!
  • Guided meditation: Stop by the second floor classroom in the LLRC on Tuesday, May 16 or Thursday, May 18 from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Raffle: The LLRC will give out colored pencils, coloring books, and more to help relieve stress, Thursday, May 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • After-hours cart: At the College, in the evening hours, there will be a self-serve cart full of items to help alleviate stress.

Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes Now Available

The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes is now available online and for sale in the Bookstore. Classes begin the week of June 12. All instruction is completed by August 13.

View the schedule below or with the following links:

Improve Study and Job Skills with Free Online Workshops

Need to brush up on your time management skills? Want to learn how social media could be affecting your marketability and how to address it? The Career Services Center is offering a series of free online workshops to help students succeed in class and beyond.

Workshop topics include:

  • Time Management
  • Social Media Reputation
  • Goal Setting
  • Procrastination
  • Resume Tips
  • Study Strategies
  • Determining the Right Major for You

Other workshops covering interview techniques, writing cover letters, and networking are coming soon.

Workshops offer quizzes, slide decks, handouts, and evaluation forms. An attendance verification can be provided for students assigned to take a workshop for extra credit.

To learn more and access the online workshops, visit the Career Services Center Online Workshops page.

Parking Enforcement Begins Monday, February 6

Enforcement of valid parking permits begins on Monday, February 6. Below is important information to help you be prepared. At Cypress College your license plate is your parking permit. If you attend classes elsewhere in the NOCCCD, at Fullerton College or the Anaheim Campus, your license plate is also your parking permit there.

Important information about parking

  • All fees MUST be paid in full to access the “Cypress Parking System” AND activate your virtual parking permit
  • To register your vehicle, simply login to myGateway and click on the “Cypress Parking System” link in the “Registration Tools” section of your “Student” and “Registration” tabs
  • Students MUST select and submit a permit for the Spring semester. An email confirmation message will be sent to you upon successful completion of the permit process.
  • Students MUST check that their vehicle(s) information is correctly input into the system. An email confirmation message will be sent to you upon successful completion of any changes.

Special instructions for parking at Fullerton or Anaheim

  • Cypress College students parking at Fullerton College CANNOT park in structure at Lemon St./Chapman Ave. The Fullerton Police Department enforces parking in that parking structure and does not have access to our system to validate your license plate as your parking permit
  • All students with a valid Spring semester virtual permit for Cypress College can ALSO park at both Fullerton College and Anaheim Campuses in student designated spaces.

For questions about parking, and for assistance, contact Campus Safety in their office (adjacent to Lot #1) or at (714) 484-7387.

Spring 2017 Cypress College Parking Permit Information

At Cypress College, your license plate is your parking permit.

Activate Your Parking Permit

Once you’ve paid all your fees in full, simply activate this new permit in myGateway by entering your plate number. That’s it. If you’re changing cars for the day (or a period of time), simply login and input the temporary plate.

Important Information About Parking

  • Students must have all fees paid in full, including parking to obtain a valid semester permit
  • Students must check that their vehicle(s) information is correctly input into the system via myGateway
  • Students must select the Spring semester when activating the virtual permit

Special Instructions for Parking at Fullerton or Anaheim

  • All students with a valid Spring semester virtual permit can park at both Fullerton College and Anaheim campuses in addition to Cypress College.
  • Cypress College students parking at Fullerton College CANNOT park in structure at Lemon St./Chapman Ave. The Fullerton Police Department enforces parking in that parking structure and does not have access to our system.

No More Lines

To register your vehicle, simply login to myGateway. The “Cypress College Parking” link is in the “Registration Tools” section of your “Student” tab. All fees must be paid in full to activate parking privileges.

Classes Still Open for Spring Semester

Looking to fill your schedule for the Spring semester at Cypress College? There are multiple classes still available, in various fields of study.

One of our available classes is GEOG 230C, Introduction to GIS. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a growing field with high-paying jobs. Employment is expected to grow 29% through 2022 (much faster than the average for all occupations, according to O*NET online.

Interested in business? CIS 109, E-Business Applications, is open for enrollment. This course introduces the technological infrastructure needed for implementing e-business solutions. It also discusses the software components necessary to implement such applications. A major component of the course will be hands-on projects of evaluating e-business tools and application software. The last day to add is February 12. For more open Business & CIS classes, click here.

Get one of your General Education requirements out of the way with Political Science 100C, CRN 20441. The class will focus on how government policies and politics affect our personal lives and what can be done about it. Topics include skyrocketing tuition, equal access to quality education, ending environmental destruction, law enforcement and race/ethnic relations and more. The class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:50 to 3:15 p.m.

Other open classes include World Theater History I (THEA 102C), Scene Painting (THEA 146 C), Afro-Caribbean Dance (DANC 130), Pilates Mat Work (DANC 102C), Play Analysis (THEA 101C), and Tap Dance I/II (DANC 113C/DANC 114 C). To see the full list of open classes, view the class schedule in myGateway.

The Cypress College 2017 Spring Class Schedule is available here.

Early Semester Deadlines to Remember

It’s an exciting time with the beginning of the spring semester! Your success is our first priority and we know the start of the semester can be very hectic. Here are important upcoming dates for February to add to your calendars.

We encourage you to speak to a counselor if you are thinking of adding or dropping classes. Counseling information can be found here.

February 6

  • Last day to file course audit requests
  • Campus Security begins issuing parking tickets for failing to display parking permits

February 12

  • Last day to add classes
  • Last day to drop classes without a “W” and qualify for refunds
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Graduation
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Vocational Certificates

February 17-20

  • Campus is CLOSED for Presidents’ Holidays

February 24

  • Last day to file pass/no pass grading options forms

March 2

  • FAFSA/Dream Act applications due

All registration, adds and drops are completed online through myGateway.

FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops Available

The Financial Aid Office will be hosting several one-on-one FAFSA/Dream Act workshops in February and March. These workshops are designed to help students and/or parents complete and submit the 2017-18 FAFSA/Dream Act application before the March 2 deadline. As you all know, submitting the FAFSA/Dream Act application before the deadline is required for all students if they want to gain access to Federal and/or State financial assistance to pay for college.

The students and/or parents can walk in anytime during the drop-in hours with no appointment needed.

Location

Learning Resource Center, Room 130

What to Bring

Dependent Student

• Your and your parent(s) 2015 Tax Returns & 2015 W2s and/or 1099s
• FSA ID login information (you may create one at fsaid.ed.gov)
• Student ID card

Independent Student

• Your (and spouse’s, if married) 2015 Tax Return & 2015 W2s and/or 1099s
• FSA ID login information (you may create one at fsaid.ed.gov)
• Student ID card

Workshop Dates & Times

• Tuesday, 2/7/17: 11am-3pm
• Thursday, 2/16/17: 3pm-7pm
• Wednesday, 2/22/17: 11am-3pm
• Wednesday, 3/1/17: 3pm-7pm

For more information about financial aid, visit our Financial Aid page.
To see more Cypress College events, click here.

How to Locate Your Final Grades

A few students have asked about where to locate final semester grades in the myGateway portal.

Here are the steps:

  1. Login to myGateway
  2. Click the “WebStar” icon at the upper right
  3. Click on “Student Records” link or tab
  4. Click on the “Final Grades” link

2017 Scholarship Applications Available Now

Each year, the Cypress College Foundation releases two different scholarship applications: The Bernard Osher Scholarship for Community College students and the Cypress College Foundation Scholarship.

The application forms for the 2017 scholarships are available now. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Financial Aid Office. However, it is strongly recommended that applications for the Bernard Osher Scholarship be submitted early, as priority is placed on the submission date.

Applications are available in the Foundation Office, the Financial Aid Office, and online.

Get Involved

Cypress College has a variety of programs and other opportunities available to help you succeed here and get you to where you want to go. Several of these are taking applications now or are otherwise available for you to get involved. These include learning communities, support in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and leadership opportunities in the Associated Students.


Puente Program

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Puente provides students skills and information needed to succeed while exploring Latino culture, through linked classes (English 60/Counseling 150 in Fall and English 100/Counseling 160 in Spring). Outside classes, community, and peer mentors work with Puente students to offer guidance, support, and encouragement. Puentistas also tour university and college campuses, and explore cultural experiences, (such as this picture at Olivera St. in Los Angeles).

Apply: Email tmponce@cypresscollege.edu


Legacy Program

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Legacy is another Cypress learning community, providing students with a strong academic program and motivational support that promotes transfer to four-year institutions.  Legacy also has a English 60/Counseling 150 and English 100/Counseling 160 cycle, with an emphasis on the African-American experience in the United States. The program offers a variety of valuable resources and experiences to Legacy students.

Apply: Email rrhymes@cypresscollege.edu


(STEM)2

STEM (2) students tour SpaceX, March 2016.

STEM (2) students tour SpaceX, March 2016.

The  Sciences

The (STEM)2 program is designed to help students reach their potential by creating unique career, educational, scholarship and transfer opportunities that  aid future successes in the vital fields of science, technology engineering and mathematics. These include peer mentoring, one-on-one counseling sessions, workshops & guest speakers, summer research opportunities, and scholarships.

 

Apply: Click here for the (STEM)2 website


Associated Students

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The Associated Students is the student government at the College, sponsoring events and activities on campus, advocating for students at the campus, district, and state level, and administering student funded programs. They currently have open positions on the AS Council for Senators, who work primarily on advocacy, and Activities Coordinators, who focus mostly on events on campus.

Join: Email dokawa@cypresscollege.edu


For the Puente and Legacy Programs, act quickly! As these programs involve classes that have started this week, you will need to connect quickly with these programs if you want to join. The deadline for (STEM)2 has been extended to September 2. Programs such as these are what help our students transfer to universities such as Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, Cal, and USC, so give yourself a leg up and get involved today!

Tips for a Great Start to the Fall 2016 Semester

Cypress College Hosts High School Senior Day

Cypress College classes begin on Monday, August 22. To welcome you back and help get your academic year off to a great start, here is some helpful information:

YOUR FIRST DAY:
On the first day of classes, please plan to arrive early. Parking can be congested and you’ll also want to be certain to arrive on time for your classes. It is very important not to miss the first class meeting since faculty are obligated to drop students who fail to show up on the first day. Also, please note that if your class is not scheduled to meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend on the first Monday of the semester — just the first day of the class.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP:
Our Student Ambassadors will be out in force to help you get answers and find your way. Speaking of help, new students are advised to attend New Student Welcome Night on Friday, August 19.

PARKING GRACE PERIOD:
There is a one-week grace period for parking-permit enforcement at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. This grace period extends from August 22-27, 2016. Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

CHANGES TO PARKING PERMITS AND STUDENT ID CARDS:
We’re on a mission to eliminate unnecessary lines so you don’t have to stand around waiting. New this semester is an automated parking permit. Instead of placing a physical decal inside your car, simply register your license plate when you register for classes and purchase parking.

We’ve also eliminated the little sticker validating your ID card. Instead of standing in line for a sticker, your existing student I.D. card is activated when you enroll. Simply scan in at the Library and other academic and student support areas. If you need a new or replacement I.D. card, visit the Photo I.D. center in the Student Center. You can even purchase your card right there, instead of standing in a separate line.

We will no longer mail I.D./semester stickers or parking permits since — well, since — that’s no longer necessary. If you’ve purchased an Associated Students benefits sticker, that can be picked up at Student Activities after August 16.

NOTE: If you’re visiting the Student Center or Student Activities Center prior to the start of classes, please be aware that construction near the pond has limited access. If you’re headed to the Student Center (say for an I.D. card), it’s best to park in Lot #1; meanwhile, if you’re headed to Student Activities (for your benefits sticker), Lots #4, 5, or 7 are better options.

“SCHEDULE BILL” PRINTOUT
When you’re logged into myGateway next time, it’s a good idea to print out your “schedule bill,” (or make an electronic copy of it to keep in your phone). This form lists your classes, their locations, times, and other important information. The “schedule bill” also helps Cypress College employees help you find your way.

PETITIONING, WAITLISTS, AND AUTHORIZATION CODES:
If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from cypresscollege.edu and nocccd.edu.

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

PARDON OUR DUST:
The first phase of our major energy-efficiency project is just wrapping up (and the second phase is beginning). That means we have some fences on campus. Work in the pond area is nearing completion. Here is the current access map. Please check back for updates.

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Get a Jump on Fall 2016 at New Student Welcome Night

New Student Welcome Night takes place on Friday, August 19, from 3-6:30 p.m. The event is designed for students to complete important tasks prior to the start of the semester on Monday, August 22, 2016. Important success-oriented information will also be shared with participants at 4 p.m. Speaking of success, be sure to check out our Tips for a Great Start to the Fall 2016 Semester.

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Complete the following checklist before the
Welcome Night program begins and receive your
“FAST TRACK STAMP” for food line privileges!

Go to the Admissions & Records Office to:

❏ Pay your registration fees in full – online or in Line “B.”
❏ Pay online only for parking and register your vehicle.
❏ Pay for AS and /or ID card online or in Line “B.”
❏ Pick up your AS and/or ID carc (if purchased). You must show picture ID and your Schedule Bill (receipt of registered classes).
❏ Take your ID photo and pick up your Photo ID card (if purchased) at the photo booth

You must show a picture ID, your Schedule Bill, and your ID card.

Admissions & Records Office
First floor of the Student Center, Building 19
Summer Hours (closed Fridays through August 12): 8 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th
Regular Hours (week of August 15-19): 8am-6pm M-Th, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri

Please see the attached flyer for much more information. Take special note to complete the checklist on page 2 at Admissions & Records BEFORE the event to receive a FAST TRACK stamp for food line privileges!

FREE Parking in Lot 1. Arrive early as parking is limited!

For information to to ask questions, please contact Lark Crumpler at (714)484-7347, or visit the Student Ambassadors at the Welcome Center!

No Lines! License Plates Replace Physical Parking Permits

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Cypress College eliminated parking permits — so you won’t have to wait in line or by the mailbox. Ever again. That’s because your license plate is your permit.

Just as before, students will purchase parking when registering for classes. Once all fees are paid in full, simply activate this new permit in myGateway by entering your plate number. That’s it. If you’re changing cars for the day (or a period of time), simply login and input the temporary plate.

More information is available at http://parking.cypresscollege.edu.

In myGateway, simply look for the “Cypress Parking System” link under “Registration Tools” and follow the directions to enter the information.

Cypress Parking System

All fees, including parking, must be paid in full to register your vehicle in the parking system. As an alternative, one-day visitor permits can be purchased online and/or at kiosk locations on the Cypress College campus.

Parking permits are valid across all NOCCCD locations so students from Fullerton College and School of Education who attend classes at Cypress College also need to register their vehicles.

All NOCCCD employees can register their vehicles at the same site.

Visitors will also use the system for guest parking and day-use permits, meaning trips to a cash-only vending machine are no longer necessary. Purchase and registration can even be completed via mobile phone from the parking lot. Signs provide QR links to the website.

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2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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This Thursday April 28th, please join us from 11-2pm on: “Peace over Violence” – the Sexual Assault & Awareness Event occurring in the pond/bridge area. This is an important opportunity to raise awareness and start conversations about sexual assault, domestic violence, date rape, bystander intervention and stalking.

The “Clothesline Project” will be featured and is a means of allowing students to show support and share their stories on a T-shirt- that is pinned on a clothesline and draped around the pond area. The colors represent different types of abuse and it is a powerful presentation. This project is presented by CSP-Community Service Programs who provide free victims assistance.

The other community agencies who will be tabling at the event provide amazing support and services to our students/staff. The other agencies attending will be: OC Behavioral Health Services, Didi Hirsch, Action Consultants, and WTLC/Women’s Transitional Living Center. 

Please share this information with students and staff- the agencies love to talk with our campus community members!

Hope to see you there…

Photos of last year’s SAAM activities online here.

Join the next Puente Familia!

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What is Puente? 
The Puente Project was originally founded in 1981 by Co-Directors, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath, at Chabot College in Hayward, California. The program mission was to increase the number of Mexican American and Latino community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. As an outgrowth of its success as a community college program, Puente was awarded funding in 1993 to replicate the program in 19 California high schools.

Today, the mission of the Puente Program is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities. Puente’s objective is to assist these individuals to earn degrees and to return to the community as leaders and mentors to succeeding generations. Puente is open to all students.

How does it work?
Three main components work together to prepare Puente students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

ENGLISH COMPONENT. Puente students work closely with their Puente counselor to improve study skills, explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals. Students also tour university and college campuses, and attend an annual Puente Transfer and Motivational Conference.

Puente students conversed with professors of the UCSB Chicano Studies Department.

Academic and professional mentorship.

MENTORING COMPONENT. Each Puente student is matched from the business or professional community. Mentors share their personal, academic, and career experiences with students and provide a window into “real life” work environments. The network of trained Puente mentors provides many resources for the Puente students.

In addition to the mentors from the business and professional community, the Cypress College Puente Program also provides an opportunity for students to work with peer mentors. Peer mentors are former Puente students who have successfully completed the Puente Program and are still working on accumulating their transfer credits. These peer mentors offer guidance, support and encouragement to the current Puente class members. The peer mentors help extend the feeling of familia from one generation of Puente students to the next.

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Puente, Homeboy Industries, MetroLink

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES. In addition to the three main components, Puente students also participate in a number of special activities, including the Mentor-Student Dinner, Family and Friend Potluck Dinner, and the Graduation Dinner. Puente also coordinates other social and cultural activities such as field trips to local museums, bookstores, and theaters. The objective of the program is the encourage Puente students to introduce themselves to the many educational, cultural and social opportunities in the area.

View stories and photo galleries of Puente special activities:

In 2015-16, Puente visited 11 institutions of higher-education throughout California from up north at Berkeley to down south at UC San Diego, and went to 5 theater performances in Orange County and Los Angeles. They also gathered for bonfires on the beach and weekend meals at the homes of faculty.

What do I need to be a Puente student?
Any student who is qualified to take English 60 (according to the Cypress College English placement test) and has not taken Counseling 150. Those students who are willing to make a year-long commitment to the program may submit and information sheet. Prospective students must be willing to make a commitment to support and attend the many additional activities and events sponsored by the program. Prospective students should also be particularly interested in Mexican-American/Latino culture as the class material and literature draws heavily from those sources.

Puente Program, Class of 2015-16

Puente Program, Class of 2015-16

What are the benefits? 
Puente can be particularly helpful to those who are first-generation college students. Learning how to negotiate the college system can be a difficult and sometimes frustrating task. Puente works to give students the skills and information they need to succeed: writing skills, study skills, academic planning, financial aid information, career planning, personal counseling, etc. Each year, the most outstanding Puente student in the class is awarded the Lupe Mosqueda Scholarship as recognition for his/her academic achievement. Even after students graduate from the program, Puente continues to offer the support and encouragement students need to complete their community college education.

Consequently, many Puente students succeed academically and are recognized as leaders and scholars in their field. They go on to graduate from four-year colleges and universities. They belong to a statewide network of leaders and professionals. They achieve their goals.

View the stories of Stephanie Garcia and Amalia Sanchez – 2015 #CYProud Cypress Puente Graduates!

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Stephanie, #CYProud & Puente Cypress Graduate, Class of 2015. Accepted to both UC Davis and CSULB.

How do I learn more about the program?

Information orientation sessions will be held for the fall program. During the orientation sessions, students will get an overview of the program and will have the opportunity to meet a mentor, talk with former Puente students, ask any questions they may have, and learn the details of the registration and assessment process.

PLEASE NOTE!
All students who are interested in the program must attend an orientation session to understand the full extent of the Puente Program commitment. Puente openings occur only once a year in the fall semester, and the class is limited to 30 students. Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis as they qualify by placement for the class. To assure a spot in the upcoming Puente class, it is important to attend an orientation in order to understand this registration process. If you are unable to make an orientation but have an interest in the program, contact one of the coordinators listed below:

Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce
Puente Counselor
Puente Co-Coordinator and Humanities Counselor
(714) 484.7180
Office: Student Center, 2nd fl., Rm. 211

Kathryn T. Sonne
Honors Program Director
Professor of English
Puente English Instructor
(714) 484.5035
Office: Student Center, 2nd fl., Rm. 2016

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Stephanie, #CYProud & Puente Cypress Graduate, Class of 2015. Accepted to both UC Davis and CSULB.

#Puente #PuenteProgram #CypressCollege

New Extended Student Service Office Hours for Spring Semester 2016

We understand that many of you have to balance college responsibilities with work and family, and that mornings and afternoons can be difficult to schedule time for on-campus appointments. We hope that will no longer be a problem.  As of February 1, 2016 several offices will extend their hours for spring. Student services like Admissions and Records, EOPS, Counseling, and Financial Aid will now stay open into the early evening. Individual office hours vary so please refer to the new spring schedule here.

 

We hope these extra hours will help more of you access the great resources we have on-campus.

If you have any questions, please give us a ring at the Office of Campus Communications at (714) 484-7006, or send us an email at info@cypresscollege.edu

Get Help Paying for College: Free FAFSA & Dream Act Workshops in February

Could you use help paying for college? Most students do.

Let us help you get the funding you need. Throughout the month of February, the Cypress College Office of Financial Aid is hosting four free FAFSA / Dream Act Workshops in the Library Learning Resource Center (Rm. 130, 9am-5pm | February 16, 18, 22, and 24). More information can be found here.

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Nearly 2/3rds of Cypress College students qualify for some form of financial aid: fee waivers (that cover all tuition expenses), grants and scholarships (that don’t have to be paid back), work study programs (to exchange work for money), and low-interest loans (that do have to paid back). Many students qualify for a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver or other assistance specifically for California community colleges.

Submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application is the most important thing you can do to get financial assistance to pay for college. The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine students’ eligibility for federal student aid. Each year, the federal government awards approximately $150 billion in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to help millions of students pay for college. In addition, the State of California uses the Dream Act Application to determine students’ eligibility for the BOG fee waiver and competitive Cal Grant.

We highly encourage you to take advantage of these special one-on-one workshop sessions to get your application in on-time and filled out correctly. 2016-17 FAFSA and CA Dream Act Applications are DUE March 2, 2016.

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To find out more about financial aid options, please visit icanaffordcollege.com brought to you by the California Community Colleges.

#CypressCollege #FinancialAid #FAFSA #CADreamAct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus Closed for Winter Holiday, Re-Opens January 4

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Cypress College is closed for the winter holiday. The campus re-opens on Monday, January 4.

During the winter break, students should have access to services such as myGateway and the campus Facebook page.

Classes for the spring semester begin on Monday, February 1, 2016.

From all of us at Cypress College, we wish you joy in the holidays you celebrate, happiness with your loved ones, and relaxation.

Spring 2016 Graduation Applications

Dear Students ~ For some of you Spring 2016 will be your final semester at Cypress College and I wanted to let you know the Spring 2016 deadline to submit Certificate and/or Associate Degree applications has been extended to Friday, 29 January 2016, 5 PM.

Following the completion of your studies here you will move on to start your careers or transfer to four-year colleges or universities.  Whether you are nearing completion of a certificate or finishing up the requirements for an associate degree you must first apply for graduation:

·         Certificate Application
·         Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
·         Emphasis/Departmental Associate Degree
·         Occupational Associate Degree

Please be sure to submit your application as early as possible.  It is strongly advised that you meet with a counselor before finalizing your Spring 2016 course schedule to make sure all of your requirements have been met.  Counselors are available to see you on a walk-in basis Monday-Thursday 8 AM-6 pm and Friday, 8 AM to 11:30 AM in the Counseling Center until 18 December 2015 and 4-29 January 2016.

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Both the Admissions and Records office and Counseling Center look forward to serving you soon.

 

 

STEM(2) Applications Due Dec.18th

Are you a Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics major? If so, then you should consider applying to Cypress College’s STEM(2) program. The application period for spring is open through December 18th. Program benefits include paid summer research opportunities, one-on-one counseling guidance, transport support to any four-year university, networking with industry professionals, priority admission to Cal State Fullerton, STEM career workshops, scholarships, conferences and much more.

For a bit of insight into the program and four-year pathways view the following series of STEM(2) graduate stories:

Alexandra San Pablo, Geocivil Engineering – UC Berkeley Transfer (#CYProud, 2015 graduate)
Valeria Gonzalez, Electrical Engineering –  Cal State Fullerton (#CYProud, 2015 graduate)
Jonathan Le, Biochemistry  – UCLA Transfer (#CYProud, 2015 graduate)

To apply, visit www.stem2cypress.com Applications are due Friday, December 18th.

SPRING 2016 RECRUITMENT POSTER

Join our 2016 #STEM cohort!

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The Middle East & Beyond – Two Highly Recommended Courses for Spring 2016

“Mathematics, astronomy and medicine; those are three of the many disciplines that would not exist in their present form without the contributions of Muslim scholars and thinkers throughout the centuries. We in the West don’t often remember that.”—Aaron Schachter, Anchor, BBC “The World” 

Enhance your understanding of current events and intercultural exchange through the study of Middle Eastern history (Professor David Halahmy) and Arabic literature (Professor Randa Wabe). Cypress College is pleased to offer two highly-demanded, exceptionally-taught courses that will help you make better sense of today’s interconnected social, political, and religious landscape. Both of these fill fast, so register soon to ensure a seat.

CC Arabic Literature PosterMiddleEast[2]If you’re interested in the Middle East, Arabic literature, and/or Islamic studies, we recommend a few resources:
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan.
– Also, an enlightening conversation with Professor Aslan – Islam’s Reformation.
Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists by Michael Morgan.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – an excellent book that traces the lives of two Afghani women from the Soviet invasion to the rise of the Taliban.
The Middle East, a History by Ochsenwald and Fisher.
– And finally, Fordham University’s “Internet Jewish History Sourcebook” and Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Selected Sources: Islam.

For a complete listing of Cypress College’s English and History courses, please view the 2016 Spring Schedule of Classes. You can also find a printed version of the schedule for sale ($2) in the Campus Bookstore. Current students can locate their starting registration times in myGateway. Registration begins November 23, 2015. Classes begin February 1, 2016. Happy registering!

#CypressCollege #Spring2016

 

 

Students: Finals Survival Resources

Does the end of the semester have you tearing your hair out? We know that Finals Week can be super stressful- There’s always a math problem that you can’t quite understand, a paragraph in a paper giving you trouble, or that moment of panic when you realize you haven’t purchased a Scantron for your exam that starts in five minutes.

No worries – We’ve rounded up resources available at Cypress to help you get through the week …

Academic help available at the Learning Resource Center

What: The Learning Resource Center has …

  • Study space
  • Computers
  • Math Learning Center: Need help with a problem in math, stats, or physics? Have a question about a concept? Go here! They also have computers for online math work.
  • English Success Center: Having problems with a specific part of a paper, or need formatting assistance? They can help, and have computers available for research and writing as well.
  • Individual tutoring available in several different subjects. See here on how to make an appointment.

Where: Located on the first floor of the LLRC building.

When: Open extended hours through Wednesday! These extended hours include the English and Math Centers, as well as some individual tutors.

LRC Extended Hours

 

Food and supplies from the Associated Students

Finals FuelAS will be giving out Finals Fuel supplies Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday they will have food and coffee as well. After 3 pm all four days, college staff will provide supplies on the first floor of the LLRC building.

Best wishes for your final papers, projects, presentations, and exams! Faculty, staff, and the administration hope you do well, and can celebrate like these students when it’s all over 😉

Celebrating after Finals

2016 Scholarship Applications Now Available

The Cypress College Foundation today released the application form for the 2016 scholarships. Applications are due February 17, 2016 — although priority for the Osher Scholarship is placed on the submission date of qualified applications. All applications are submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

The applications are located in the Foundation Office, in the Financial Aid Office, and online.

“Jobs not Jails” / PUENTE & Homeboy Industries – a Day in East L.A.

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East L.A. is a mix of contrasts and fusion: sleek locales and pueblo panaderias, Eastern art and Mexican murals, mariachi and Morrissey.

Its vibe is current, hip. So much so, in fact, that its notorious past feels much more distant than it actually is (at least to this L.A. local). In the mid-80’s & 90’s East Los Angeles was known as one of the more dangerous areas around – home to some of the nation’s most formidable gangs.

But “drive-bys,” rival tagging, and acute violence feel of the past, ever more distant memories for greater numbers of Angelenos. Today, Olvera Street is vibrant; Union Station bustling; China Town livelier than ever. Even the graffiti has shifted – locals are enhancing the area’s sense of cultural integrity and pride via street art. There’s vibrancy in the air. And overall it feels safe – at least during the day. That’s a big change from years prior.

DiadelosMuertos(Dia de los Muertos festival, Olvera Street)
The area’s recent revitalization is thanks in part to the dedicated daily work of a few visionary leaders, community members and mission-driven organizations.

One of the most celebrated and renowned of these is Homeboy Industries. Founded in 1986 by the legendary Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy helped transform the larger community of East Los Angeles (and beyond) by focusing on individual lives and what actually matters – providing people opportunities for advancement. In other words, “Jobs not Jails” – as Homeboy’s mission states.

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On Thursday, October 29th our Cypress College Puente Program had the honor of meeting Father Boyle in-person and touring his extraordinary organization.

The day was both uplifting and solemn. Former gang members shared their deeply personal stories with our Puente group in a guided walk-through of Homeboy’s facilities –introducing students to the services and people that helped them turn their lives around. Our guide, Francisco, was one of the youngest C.A. residents ever to be tried as an adult for armed robbery. At the age of 12 he was locked away in a high-security prison in Northern California. When he was released decades later, he found himself in a new era. He had never driven a car, used a cell-phone, or accessed the Internet. With a face covered in tattoos, his painful past was literally laid out for all to judge. He wanted – needed – a new start to life, but didn’t know how or where to begin. His saving grace was a recollection that Father Boyle had visited him as a young boy in his first days of incarceration. He looked him up, discovered Homeboy Industries, and found his path to opportunity.

(Francisco’s story captured our full attention)

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For individuals like our guide, Homeboy’s free services really do change lives. Francisco took advantage of Homeboy’s tattoo removal, life skills classes and education services – eventually obtaining his high school diploma. He then moved on to work in Homeboy’s case management department. Now he is in college – on path to receiving a Masters degree in drug and alcohol addiction counseling.

Individual opportunity eventually changes a community’s fortune. That’s part of what’s happened in East Los Angeles as a result of organizations such as Homeboy and visionaries like Father Boyle. It was a remarkable opportunity to hear and view this first-hand.

(Puentistas, 2015 – with Homeboy Industries Founder Father Greg Boyle and Obed Silva)
Puentistas with Father Boyle and Obed Silva

Following this morning tour, Puente students met-up with former Cypress College English Professor, Obed Silva, who now teaches Literature at East L.A. College. Aside from being an exceptional young teaching talent, Obed has an incredible personal story much in-line with those we heard at Homeboy. In fact, the Los Angeles Times featured Obed in a beautiful piece a few years back. The story is very much worth a read.

During the second-half of the day, Puentistas explored the area’s Chicano past with a stroll down Olvera Street. We stood at the site where the Rosas family founded Los Angeles in 1789, visited the oldest standing house in the city, dined on homemade corn tortilla tacos and Chinese food, and experienced the high-speed Amtrak and Metro lines connecting Downtown Fullerton to Union Station. (On an aside, both public transportation systems are phenomenal – clean, easy-to-use and full of many interesting people. In fact, Puente leaders Therese Mosqueda-Ponce and Kathryn Sonne connected with a University of Irvine professor interested in collaborating with our Puente program 🙂

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The day was memorable; time well spent with a special organization and special people. It was also an uplifting reminder of L.A.’s multi-cultural past, the power of individuals to effect positive social change, and the hope of a fruitful, shared future.

The full album of our “Puente Day in L.A.” can be found here.

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Metro

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The day culminated at the Anaheim Metro Station – beautiful architecture close to home.
#Puente #CypressCollege

Legacy Program Attends Umoja Conference

The Legacy Program is one of the various ways that the College helps students reach their dreams of college success. With an emphasis on the African American experience in the United States, the program focuses on assisting educationally underrepresented populations of students. Legacy combines a  strong and focused academic curriculum with counseling, mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities. Recently, students and faculty from the program joined with their sister program at Fullerton College, the Umoja Community, to attend the statewide Umoja Community Conference.

Cypress and Fullerton College faculty conference attendees:

Legacy and Fullerton faculty

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a statewide community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of students with an emphasis on the African American experience.

Legacy students showing pride in their program:

Legacy shirts

The conference ran from November 6-7 in Oakland with the theme Our Students Matter: Cultural Democracy; Equity As Action, and featured breakout sessions, a College Fair, and guest speakers. At a time of great national discussion of diversity and equity, the Umoja Conference brought together the voices of students, presenters, and other participants to “…explore equity as a verb, an act of doing.”

Legacy student conference attendees:Legacy conference attendees

Programs such as Legacy have helped the College attain several very notable recent recognitions.

In 2015 these include:
#3 in C.A. | Ranked Top Three California Community Colleges (Schools.com)
#3 in the Region | Ranked Top Three in Greater Los Angeles & Orange County for Student Transfer and Graduation Rates (EdSmart.org)
2/3ds of the Class of 2015 qualified for transfer to a UC or CSU institution.

Thank you to Legacy Program students and faculty for your active participation in discussing these important issues.

15 High Growth Careers for Introverts

#Majors2Careers | How do you recharge? Is it by spending some time alone? Does being around people for long periods of time – particularly large crowds – drain you of energy? Do you need downtime after socializing? If you tend to say yes, your general personality probably gravitates more toward Introversion, in company with anywhere between 30-50% of people worldwide.

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(Infographic via CNN)

First defined as a core psychological type by Carl Jung in 1921, introverts feel energized when they spend time alone. Research suggests that extroverts may have a slightly different mix of brain chemistry than introverts, and a distinct neural pathway for processing stimuli. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum, you probably have some inclination as to where you lie.

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(Infographic via CNN)

With introverts in mind, we’ve created a short list of the 15 fastest growing occupations based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics that might match your natural energy style. In addition to having above-average projected growth (+15%) through 2022, the careers listed have been filtered to include only those with a median annual salary of $50K and above (we all know California is an expensive place to live). Some of these you’ll find in the 15 best jobs for extroverts list as well since they also allow for plenty time to interact with people and groups.

Keep in mind that any career, even one with a very bright future, must be suitable for you based on your unique values, interests, aptitudes, personality type, feelings about the job duties and evaluation of the overall work environment. The Career Planning Center can help you thoroughly determine your best majors and career options via a number of personality and interest assessments. More on that here.

To discover additional career options that line-up with your unique personality and interests, please join us this Tuesday November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will also be available all day (9am-4pm) for one-on-one advice, workshops and majors / career guidance.  In addition, there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including ipads, ipods, self-assessments, a Linkedin professional photo booth, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Graduate Degree

1. Orthotist and Prosthetist
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $62,970 in 2013.
What they do: Orthotists and prosthetists, commonly called O & P professionals, design and fit patients for medical supportive devices including artificial limbs. They must earn a master’s degree and complete a one year residency program before they can practice. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

2. Audiologist
Employment Growth: 34%
Average Annual Salary: $71,170 in 2012
What they do: Audiologists diagnose hearing problems and balance disorders. They then treat these issues after determining their causes and their impact on the patients. To become an audiologist, one must earn a Doctor of Audiology degree (AuD). A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

3. Anesthesiologist
Employment Growth: 20%
Average Annual Salary: $232,830 in 2012
What they do: Anesthesiologists are physicians who specialize in providing pain relief for patients, and they usually work in hospital or surgical outpatient settings. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

4. Architect
Employment Growth: 17%
Average Annual Salary: $94,000 in 2013.
What they do: An architect is a person who plans, designs, and oversees the construction of buildings. The Mathematics and Physics Departments at Cypress can be a great help for you getting started in transfer studies for this field.

Bachelor’s Degree

5. Information Security Analyst
Employment Growth: 37%
Average Annual Salary: $88,590 in 2013.
What they do: Information security analysts help companies and organizations protect their computer networks from intrusions. They investigate violations if they occur. The MathematicsPhysics, and Computer Science Departments at Cypress can be a great help for you getting started in transfer studies for Computer Science or Programming. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

6. BioMedical Engineer
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $88,670 in 2013.
What they do: Biomedical engineers first analyze and then solve problems having to do with biology and medicine. This includes designing, developing and evaluating devices such as artificial organs, prostheses and instruments. They also create procedures, such as medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

7. Market Research Analyst
Employment Growth: 32%
Average Annual Salary: $60,800 in 2013.
What they do: Market research analysts conduct research and analyze data in order to help companies determine what products and services to sell, how much to charge for them and where and how to sell them. While some professionals in this field have degrees in market research, many come from a diversity of academic backgrounds. Cypress has many strong programs that can help get you started in this field, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in Business AdministrationCommunication StudiesMathematicsPsychology, and Sociology.

8. Geographer
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $74,750 in 2013.
What they do: Geographers do research about the physical characteristics, as well as the inhabitants, of a particular region of the earth. They work for governments and businesses who use this information to plan for the building of highways and homes, respond to disasters and implement marketing strategies. Cypress has an excellent Geography Department that can get you started in this field, including an AA-T in Geography.

9. Operations Research Analyst
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $74,630 in 2013.
What they do: After identifying problems businesses are having, operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to solve them. They help set prices, schedule production and allocate resources. Analysts typically have degrees in technical or quantitative fields, such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 Program available to students in these majors.

10. Actuaries
Employment Growth: 26%
Average Annual Salary: $94,340 in 2013.
What they do: Actuaries, after determining the risk of events occurring, help their employers minimize their associated costs. They use statistical analysis, as well as modeling and database software. Actuaries need a bachelor’s degree, typically in mathematics, actuarial science, statistics, or other analytical fields. A good start at Cypress is in STEM studies leading to transfer, and coursework from the Business and Computer Information Systems Division and Economics Department may be needed as well.

11. Computer and Information Systems Manager
Employment Growth: 15%
Average Annual Salary: $132,570
What they do: These workers help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals. The Science, Engineering, and Math or Business and Computer Information Systems divisions have strong programs to you getting started in transfer studies for Computer Science or Information Systems. 

Associate Degree or Certificate

12. Ultrasound Technician
Employment Growth: 44%
Average Annual Salary: $65,210 in 2011.
What they do: Ultrasound technicians help diagnose patients’ illnesses by using special equipment that emits sound waves. The great Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Cypress can launch you into this career.

13. Cardiovascular Technologist
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $51,020 in 2011.
What they do: Cardiovascular technologists use invasive and non-invasive procedures to help doctors diagnose and treat coronary and vascular problems. While Cypress does not have a program in this field, coursework in in STEM studies might help meet prerequisite requirements for those at other institutions.

14.  Respiratory Therapists
Employment Growth: 28%
Average Annual Salary: $55,250 in 2013.
What they do: Respiratory therapists, in consultation with doctors, develop treatment plans for patients who have breathing or cardiopulmonary problems. While Cypress does not have a program in this field, coursework in in STEM studies might help meet prerequisite requirements for those at other institutions.

15. Radiologic Technicians
Employment Growth: 28%
Average Annual Salary: $55,120 in 2011.
What they do: Radiologic technicians use special imaging equipment, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and mammograms, to diagnose injuries and diseases. Cypress has a strong Radiologic Technology Program that can get you into this field.

On a sidenote, it’s important to mention that personality type is not necessarily a fixed characteristic. We all grow and change throughout life so that an inherent quality can be modified with effort (acquired quality). Also, most of us are natural situational ambiverts, depending on any one situation we can adapt our personality characteristics.

Keep in mind – There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. —Carl G. Jung

#Majors2Careers (Please join us this Tuesday, November 17th!)

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15 High-Growth Careers for Extroverts

#Majors2Careers | How do you recharge? Is it by being social? Do you feel energized and inspired when you’re with a group? If you tend to say yes, your general personality probably gravitates more toward extroversion, in company with anywhere between 50-70% of people worldwide.

introverts_01

(Infographic via CNN)

First defined as a core psychological type by Carl Jung in 1921, extroverts feel energized with others and seek out group situations. Research suggests that extroverts may have a slightly different mix of brain chemistry than introverts, and a more direct neural pathway for processing stimuli. While most people fall somewhere in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum, you probably have some inclination as to where you lie.

introverts_03

(Infographic via CNN)

With extroverts in mind, we’ve created a short list of the 15 fastest growing occupations based on the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics that might match your natural energy style. In addition to having above-average projected growth (+15%) through 2022, the careers listed have been filtered to include only those with a median annual salary of $50K and above (we all know California is an expensive place to live). Some of these you’ll find in the 15 best jobs for introverts list as well since they also allow for time to recharge from interaction and reflect.

Keep in mind that any career, even one with a very bright future, must be suitable for you based on your unique values, interests, aptitudes, personality type, feelings about the job duties and evaluation of the overall work environment. The Career Planning Center can help you thoroughly determine your best majors and career options via a number of personality and interest assessments. More on that here.

For the time being, please join us join us this Tuesday November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase to discover additional career options that may line-up with your personality and interests. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will also be available all day (9am-4pm) for one-on-one advice, workshops and majors / career guidance.  In addition, there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including ipads, ipods, self-assessments, a Linkedin professional photo booth, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Graduate Degree

1. Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists
Employment Growth: 53%
Average Annual Salary: $80,330 in 2013
What they do: I-O Psychologists solve workplace problems by applying psychological principles to them. A masters degree is required. A good place to start is with an Associate Degree for Transfer in Psychology. Cypress has a strong program.

2. Genetic Counselor
Employment Growth: 41%
Average Annual Salary: $63,590 in 2013.
What they do: Genetic counselors analyze the risk an individual or couple has of conceiving a child who has a genetic disorder or birth defect. To work in this field, one needs at least a master’s degree in genetics or genetic counseling. Many genetic counselors have a PhD. Cypress can get you started with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.

3. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teacher
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $85,030 in 2013.
What they do: Postsecondary health specialties teachers instruct high school graduates in a variety of health-related courses, including laboratory technology, therapy, dentistry and veterinary science. One typically needs a doctorate degree to work in this occupation but at some institutions a master’s degree will suffice. All of Cypress’ Health Science programs are very strong in these fields.

4. Physical Therapists
Employment Growth: 36%
Average Annual Salary: $81,030 in 2012.
What they do: Physical therapists (PTs) work with people who have disabling conditions or who have been in accidents. They provide treatment that restores their patients’ functions, improves their mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or limits permanent physical disabilities. Their training includes earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. An AA-T in Kinesiology can give you a good start. Cypress has a strong program.

5. Postsecondary Nursing Instructor
Employment Growth: 35%
Average Annual Salary: $65,940 in 2013
What they do: Postsecondary nursing instructors teach patient care to nursing students. They work in the classroom and in clinical settings. To do this, one needs at least a master’s degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.

6. Nurse Practitioner
Employment Growth: 34%
Average Annual Salary: $92,670 in 2013
What they do: Nurse practitioners provide primary healthcare to patients. One must earn a master’s degree after first getting a degree in nursing. Cypress has one of the strongest nursing programs in the state.

7. Marriage and Family Therapists
Employment Growth: 29%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2013
What they do: Marriage and family therapists work with clients who have psychiatric disorders including anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and substance abuse. They work with families, couples and individuals, taking into consideration the effect of relationships on these disorders and vice versa. One needs a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in order to practice this profession. A good place to start at Cypress can be studies to transfer in Liberal Studies or one of the Social Sciences, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in Psychology or Sociology.

8. Orthodontist
Employment Growth: 16%
Average Annual Salary: $196,270
What they do: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance. A doctorate in dentistry with a specialization in orthodontics is required; expect 4 years of undergrad / 4 years of dental school + 2 to 3 years of orthodontic speciality school. A good place to start is with transfer studies in one of the STEM disciplines. The College has a very supportive (STEM)2 program.

Bachelor’s Degree

9. Event Planner
Employment Growth: 33%
Average Annual Salary: $50,000 in 2015
What they do: Event planners coordinate conventions, business meetings, trade shows, private parties and other events. They arrange for venues, catering, decorations and entertainment. Business Administration or Communication Studies at Cypress, including Associate Degrees for Transfer in both disciplines, can get you off to a great start in this field.

10. Content Strategist 
Employment Growth: 32%
Average Annual Salary: $80,000 in 2015
What they do: Content strategists are strong communicators. They are responsible for creating a unified message for their organization. A masters degree in communications, marketing, business, or public relations is generally preferred. Cypress can help get you into this field with studies to transfer in Business Administration, Communication Studies, or Communications/Journalism.

11. Personal Financial Advisor
Employment Growth: 27%
Average Annual Salary: $75,320 in 2013
What they do: Personal financial advisors assist people with investment decisions. They help their clients plan for short and long term financial goals. A good place to start is the Business Division at Cypress, including the AS-T in Business Administration.

Associate Degree or Certificate 


12. Physical Therapists Assistant
Employment Growth: 46%
Average Annual Salary: $51,040 in 2013
What they do: Physical therapist assistants (PTAs), under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, treat patients by helping them perform exercises, administering electric stimulation and using message and stretching. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.


13. Ultrasound Technician
Employment Growth: 44%
Average Annual Salary: $65,210 in 2011
What they do: Ultrasound technicians help diagnose patients’ illnesses by using special equipment that emits sound waves.
 The great Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Cypress can launch you into this career.

14. Occupational Therapy Assistant
Employment Growth: 43%
Average Annual Salary: $52,040 in 2013
What they do: Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), under occupational therapists’ supervision, help clients regain the ability to perform daily living and work activities. While Cypress does not have a specific program in this field, an AA-T in Kinesiology can help you get started.


15. Dental Hygienist
Employment Growth: 38%
Average Annual Salary: $69,280 in 2013
What they do: Dental hygienists provide preventative dental care and teach patients how to maintain good oral health. They typically work in dentists’ offices. Cypress has a strong Dental Hygiene program that can get you into the field.

On a sidenote, it’s important to mention that personality type is not necessarily a fixed characteristic. We all grow and change throughout life so that an inherent quality can be modified with effort (acquired quality). Also, most of us are natural situational ambiverts, depending on any one situation we can adapt our personality characteristics.

Keep in mind:  There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. —Carl G. Jung

#Majors2Careers (Please join us this Tuesday, November 17th!)

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Are You in the Right Major for YOU?

#Majors2Careers | If you’ve reflected on the following three questions: What Am I good at? What am I passionate about? And, what do I like to do? (More on this here). You might then ask yourself – Am I in the right major for me?

So, are you? This can be a tough question to ask, but the good news is there are a lot of resources to help you answer it… and perhaps more objectively than we’re naturally inclined.

We recommend two straightforward tests, both of which are available in the Career Planning Center. The first is the Myers Briggs Type Inventory, or MBTI. This is arguably the most popular personal assessment in the world. It has countless forums, tumblrs, fan clubs, and dating sites devoted to its determination of personality type. It’s also widely used for management purposes in many companies and organizations. The second is the Strong Inventory Assessment, which – though less known, is a great way of evaluating your natural strengths and potential majors/career paths. While neither of these is 100% determinative, both are fantastic tools that you should check out. And both are available in the Career Planning Center year-round.

1) So, what’s my personality type?

This question is Myers Briggs territory. According to the MBTI, there are four dimensions of personality, which make for 16 unique personality types. Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert? A Sensor or Intuitive? A Feeler or Thinker? A Perceiver or Judger? Each dimension is rated on a scale of 1-100, which reflects individual preferences for different ways of thinking and acting. Put all your letters together from each color category (below). Any idea what your combination may be? Strong E, slight N, strong F, strong J? To be more exact, you can take the actual Myers Briggs Assessment in the Career Planning Center. OR you can win one of many raffled assessments TUESDAY, November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase (4th Floor CCCPLX, 9am-4pm).

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Here’s a brief overview of each of the 16 MBTI types:

Pragmatists
– Pragmatists love their work when they can use logical systems to produce tangible results. The following MBTI types fall under this category.

ESTJ“The Administrators” / People with ESTJ preferences like to organize projects, operations, procedures, and people and then act to get things done. ESTJ’s are decisive, logical and direct. They are are often the guardians of organizations and are the people whom others often turn to when an answer is needed and a decision is to me made. They make up 11% of the population. Key attributes: Natural leaders; like to be in charge; value security and tradition; hard-working and dependable; roughly objective; thorough. Careers that may appeal to ESTJ’s include: accounting, analytics, consulting, administration, management. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ISTJ – “The Crafters” / People with ISTP preferences carefully observe what is going on around them. Then, when the need arises, they move quickly to get to the core of a problem and solve it with the greatest efficiency and least effort. They make up 9% of the population. Key attributes: love to discover how things work, lean best hands-on, excellent ability to apply logic and reason to solve problems, uninterested in abstract theories unless they can quickly apply them, laid-back coolness. Careers that may appeal to ISTJ’s include: engineering, architecture, dentistry, mechanic, physical therapy. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ESTP – “The Promoters” / People with ESTP preferences are energetic, active problem solvers, responding creative to challenging situations. They seldom let rules or standard procedures interfere, finding new ways to use existing systems. They make up 8% of the population. Key attributes: action-oriented, active, adaptable, inventive, resourceful, live in the moment. Careers that may appeal to ESTP’s include: engineering, interactive game development, finance. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ISTP – “The Inspectors” / The ISTJ personality type is characterized by integrity, practical logic and dedication to duty. They are a vital core to many organizations that uphold traditions as well rules and standards. ISTP’s make up about 13% of the general population. Key attributes: hard working, values tradition, loyal, dislike abstract thinking, natural leaders, prefer to work alone, observant, classy. Careers that may appeal to ISTJ’s include: management, inspection, quality control, military, law, architecture and administration. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

Theorist Personality Types – Theorists love their work when they can come up with innovative new ideas and inventions. The following MBTI types fall under this category.

ENTP – “The Executives” / People with ENTJ preferences are natural leaders and organization builders. They conceptualize and theorize readily and translate possibilities into plans to achieve short and long-term objectives. Key attributes: strategic visionaries, highly value knowledge, driven to turn theories into plans, strong-willed, natural leaders, self-confident, decisive, question authority. Careers that may appeal include: business management, start-up ventures, corporate team trainers, marketing managers, personal financial planners, environmental and chemical engineers. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

INTJ – “The Masterminds” / People with INTJ preferences have a clear vision of future possibilities coupled with the drive and organization to implement their ideas. They love complex challenges and readily synthesize complicated theoretical and abstract matters. Key attributes: absorb theoretical and complex material; driven to create order and structure, see the big-picture; bored with daily routine; reserved nature. Careers that may appeal include:  To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ENTP – “The Commanders” / ENTPs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind common goals. Key attributes: efficient, energetic, strategic thinkers, charismatic, dominant, inspiring. Careers that may appeal include: corporate management, entrepreneurism, finance, consulting. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

INTP – “The Free Thinkers” / INTP’s are inventive and creative, with a unique perspective and vigorous intellect. Key attributes: love theory and abstract ideas; value knowledge and competence; independent and possibly eccentric; future-oriented; non-conformist. Careers that may appeal include: the sciences, academia / teaching, architecture; logician; legal mediator; engineer; strategic planner.  To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

Caretaker Personality Types – Caretakers love their work when they can do practical things to help others. The following MBTI types fall under this category.

ESFJ – “The Providers” / People with ESPF preferences like to organize people and situations, and work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. They are conscientious and loyal, following through even in small matters, and they want others to be the same. Key attributes: value security and stability; find importance in being in a group; organized; loyal; enjoy interacting with people, creating order, structure and schedules. Careers that may appeal include: marketing executive, customer relations manager; eco-tourism specialist, pharmacist / pharmacy technician. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ISFJ – “The Protectors” / ISFJ’s are true altruits, meeting kindness with kindness in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe with enthusiasm and generosity. Combining the best of tradition and the desire to do good, ISFJ’s make up nearly 13% of the population. Key attributes: excellent memory, attention to detail, in-tune with surrondings, dependable, responsibilities taken seriously, difficult to dislike. Careers that may appeal include: academica, medicine, charitable social work, manager, broker, home economist. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ESFP – “The Entertainers” / If anyone is to be found spontaneously breaking into song and dance, it is the ESFP personality type. ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment, and want everyone else to feel that way, too. No other personality type is as generous with their time and energy as ESFPs when it comes to encouraging others, and no other personality type does it with such irresistible style. Key attributes: sociable, bold, creative, excellent people skills, practical. Careers that may appeal include: entertainer,counselor, social worker, personal coach, and consultants who improve employee or customer satisfaction. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ISFP – “The Composers” / ISFP’s live in the present with a quiet sense of joyfulness; they want time to experience each moment. They prize the freedom to follow their own course, have their own space, and set their own time frame, and they give the same freedom and tolerance to others. Key attributes: awareness of environment, enjoy a slower pace, free-spirited, original, modest, optimistic. Careers that may appeal include: landscape architecture, design, pharmacist, physical therapist, translator / interpreter, firefighter. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

Empath Personality Types – Empaths love their work when they can improve other people’s lives and make the world a more beautiful place. The following MBTI types fall under this category.

ENFJ – “Inspiring Guides” / People with ENFJ preferences are highly attuned to others, using empathy to quickly understand emotional needs, motivations and concerns. Their focus is on supporting others and encouraging their growth. Key attributes: humble and grounded sense of humour, uplift others to reach full potential, comfortable to be around, unique, excellent public speakers. Careers that may appeal include: communications director, diplomat, coach, dental hygienist, manager, optometrist, occupational therapist. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

INFJ – “The Counselors” / People with INFJ preferences have a gift for intuitively understanding complex meanings and human relationships. They see the world in different terms than most. In their own discreet manner, they are constantly questioning what others accept as convention. Key attributes: idealistic, highly principled, complex and deep, natural leaders, service-oriented. Careers that may appeal include: mediator / conflict resolver, communications, architect, doctor, educational software developer. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

ENFP – “The Advocates” / For ENFP’s, life is a creative adventure full of exciting possibilities. ENFP’s are keenly perceptive about people and insightful about the present and future. THey experience a wide range of feeling and intense emotions. Key attributes: able to stretch new limits, open new worlds of ideas and realities, open-minded, unique, great people skills. Careers that may appeal include: entertainment, customer relations manager, bilingual education teacher, legal mediator. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

INFP – “The Healers” / People with INFP preferences have an inner core of values that guides their interactions and decisions. They want to be involved in work that contributes to further their own growth and inver development and those of others – to have purpose beyond a paycheck. Key attributes: strong value system; warmly interested in others, service-oriented, creative and inspirational, flexible and laid-back. Careers that may appeal include: college professor, grant coordinator, health technician, diversity manager, corporate team trainer. To learn more and find the Majors that best match with you come to the Majors2Careers Showcase Tuesday, November 17th, 9am-4pm.

To discover your 4-letters, take the actual MBTI assessment. You can find it year-round in the Career Planning Center. OR… you can win a FREE official MBTI assessment Tuesday, Nov 17th at the Majors2Careers Fair! (View flyer below) In addition to this great prize, there are lots of other freebies for those who attend, including IPad & Ipod raffles and a Linkedin Photo Booth.

2) What are my natural strengths?

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This question is addressed with the Holland Interest Hexagon or Strong Interest Inventory (SII) Assessment – based off John Holland’s Theory of Interest Types (RIASEC). It pairs very well with the MBTI, and is available for a small price of $5 in the Career Planning Center for $5 USD. OR… again, you can win be one of many winners of a FREE Strong Inventory Assessment this Tuesday, November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase. Just show-up (4th Floor, CCCPLX) and enter your name in the raffle.

Hope to see you there!

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#Majors2Careers / More on the event here

Spring 2016 Class Schedule Available

Cypress College’s Schedule of Classes for Spring 2016 is now available in a variety of formats online and for sale in the campus Bookstore. Current students can locate their starting registration times in myGateway. Registration begins November 23, 2015.

In addition to the flip-book version above, the schedule of classes can also be downloaded as a traditional pdf file.

Classes begin the week of February 1, 2016. Late-start courses begin the weeks of February 16 and April 4, 2016.

Commencement will be held on May 27, 2016, and the semester officially ends the next day.

During the Spring 2016 semester, the college will hold spring recess from March 21-27, with the campus closed completely on Friday, March 25, 2016. The campus is also closed February 12-15, 2016, for the Presidents’ Holidays. Additional important dates are included on Page 1 of the class schedule.

Majors2Careers Overview

#Majors2Careers | Please join us Tuesday, November 17th for the Majors2Careers Showcase! Faculty and staff from across the divisions will offer career guidance and major workshops in an all-day interactive event. An extra plus – there will be lots of FREE giveaways, including…

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iPads : )

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iPods 🙂

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a Linked-in Photo Booth / professional photographer to make you look your most competent best online : )

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Self-Assessment Tests (MBTIs / Strong Inventory & more).
(Infographic via Careertopia)

Hope to see you there! Tuesday, November 17th – CCCPLX 4th Floor, 9am-4pm.
Also, worth a view: “Three Career Questions to Ask Yourself Now…
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3 Career Questions to Ask Yourself Now

Friday, September 6, 2013. All photographs by Jason Berry. © 2013 Cypress College

#Majors2Careers | You’ve been working hard – class, books, papers, projects… But have you thought about where all of this is leading? What can you imagine yourself doing day-in, day-out after you graduate?

That’s a big question. And who really knows for certain nowadays? There are so many unconventional career paths and so many career shifts along the way. So let’s break things up a bit. Here are three questions with a few subpoints that you might spend a moment or two reflecting on before you, say, take another accounting class that you’re not too thrilled about.
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1. What am I good at?
** To help you answer this question, take out a piece of paper and jot down a few points related to the following:
– What skills have helped you thrive?
– What made you stand out as a child?
– What compliments do you tend to ignore? (These are your unique strengths; build on them!)

2. What am I passionate about?
– What issues interest you?
– What do you like working with, i.e. people, machines, data, animals, ideas, etc?

3. What do I like to do?
– Time flows when we’re in a “zone.” What activities make you lose track of time?
– What makes you feel strong?

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These are important questions to start thinking about now while you’re a student, rather than years into a field that just isn’t right for you. There are careers out there that are! Really. And there are resources and tools to help you figure out which line up best for you given your unique personality, background, interests, and goals. In fact, you’re at one of the very best places to help you do so, and to move you on to your most fulfilling path.

Find out more in-person Tuesday, November 17th at the Majors2Careers Showcase. Faculty and staff from across the divisions will highlight many of these questions and offer guidance and workshops in an all-day interactive event. An extra plus – there will be lots of FREE giveaways: Ipads, assessment tests, and more. Plus-plus(!), a Linked-in Photo Booth / professional photographer will be on-hand to make you look your most competent best online. See also: Are You in the Right Major for YOU? / 15 High-Growth Careers for Introverts / 15 High Growth Careers for Extroverts / Majors2Careers Overview.

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Hope to see you there!

#Majors2Careers brought to you by the Cypress College Career Planning Center

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Transfer Facts to Know

Transfer Stats 2015Are you planning to transfer? If so, you’re at a great place to that end. Cypress College is recognized as one of CA’s very best community colleges; a feeder school to top local, state, and national four-year institutions. Of the 112 California Community Colleges, we’re ranked third in the region for our overall transfer and graduation rates (and third in the state for the totality of student success metrics). In fact, nearly 2/3rds of our Class of 2015 graduates certified for transfer to a Cal State and/or UC. Why is Cypress a solid post-secondary choice for so many?

Several reasons: 

1) Clear, simple and guaranteed transfer pathways
It’s now easier than ever to transfer to a Cal State or UC from a community college in two-years. Here’s what you need to know to transition:

For CSU’s: Earn priority admission to the California State University system with junior standing once you earn an Associate Degree for Transfer in the Arts or Sciences (AA-T or AS-T). This joint transfer program with the CSU offers students a clear and simple path to move from Cypress to a Cal State. Simply complete 60 transferable units here (transfer credit courses indicated with an asterix in the course catalog), then complete another 60 at a Cal State to receive your bachelor’s degree. Speak with your counselor for planning purposes, and visit ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com. Throughout fall semester, the Transfer Center hosts CSU Application Workshops. Learn more and sign-up 30 days days in advance here. More information on the CSU application filing period below.

For UC’s: Select UC campuses offer Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG). This program provides guaranteed admission to a specific university, provided you meet certain conditions. TAGs are available for the following schools: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz. Start your planning with a counselor early, and attend a TAG Workshop. To RSVP and more visit our Transfer Center UC page. For honors scholars looking to transfer to UCLA or Berkeley, additional support is available via the TAP – Transfer Alliance – programs. For UCLA, info is available here. For Cal, info is available here.

In addition to TAG, the UC’s have also recently (July 2015) launched a new academic roadmap for California Community College students who plan to apply for transfer to UC campuses. The Transfer Pathways, created by UC faculty, outline a single set of courses that will prepare transfer students for a particular major at any of the university’s nine undergraduate campuses, and help students graduate from UC within two years after their transfer. The new pathways initially will cover 10 of UC’s most popular majors: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, chemistry, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, physics and sociology. The university plans to create pathways for another 11 majors later in 2015. More information on the Transfer Pathways initiative here.

2) Rising Four-Year Tuition Costs.
Smart = savvy. Especially when it comes to finances. Why spend $60,000+ on your first two years of college when you can get the same – if not better! (student : faculty ratios) education at Cypress? Students who do their first two years at Cypress College before transferring to a CSU save at least $40,000; this increases to upwards of $60,000 for a UC.

3) Compelling data. 
Stats show that California Community College transfers outperform native 4-year college students, especially in the STEM disciplines. For example, nearly half of all UC grads in the sciences, math, technology and engineering fields are CCC transfers. That speaks highly to the calibre of our faculty and the quality of our students’ academic preparedness and overall experience.  For more about Cypress’ esteemed STEM program visit their page here.

4) College Options.
If UCLA is your #1, why are you going to pay upwards of $100,000 for another option? You don’t have to settle, you can transfer. Lots of students do.

5) Superb faculty, low student-to-professor ratio, better general education base
Our faculty know the best because they’re from the best… and many started at Cypress College. Cal Tech, Pasadena Art Center, UCLA, USC, Bowdoin College, Cornell University, the list of alma mater goes on…. Many are also esteemed industry experts, highly respected in their chosen fields. Most important, with a passion for teaching (research secondary), students are always first.

In Ambers’ words:
2015 Outstanding Graduate of the Year Amber Stoebe (CSUF, Kinesiology) speaks to several of these factors: “Coming to Cypress was honestly the best decision I could have made. I had a high GPA in high school, but didn’t want to go straight to a 4-year university when I was still unsure of my major and career. I didn’t want my parents to spend a lot of money at a large college when I could get the same education — if not better! — at a community college. I was confident my senior year that Cypress was my school of choice.”
More about Amber’s story, path and plans here.

Kinesiology major Amber Stoebe is Cypress College's Outstanding Graduate for 2015.

Kinesiology major Amber Stoebe is Cypress College’s Outstanding Graduate for 2015.

Stephanie Garcia (CYProud, 2015 Graduate; Puente Student and Transfer Center Student Hourly)
Accepted into CSULB and UC Davis. More about Stephanie here.

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CSU & UC Application Filing Periods

CSU Filing Period / Term –
Fall Semester / Quarter 2016: Oct 1-Nov 30, 2015
Winter Quarter 2016: June 1-30, 2015
Spring Semester / Quarter 2016: August 1-31, 2015
(Not all CSU’s will be accepting Spring apps)

UC Application Filing Period / Term –
(All UC Campuses except Berkeley & Merced)
Fall Quarter 2016: Nov 1-30, 2015
Winter Quarter 2016: July 1-31, 2015
Spring Quarter 2016: Oct 1-31, 2015

Berkeley & Merced Filing Period –
Fall Semester 2016: November 1-30, 2015

Visit the Transfer Center to sign up for workshops, stay connected to the calendar and more!

 

Headed to an Out-of-State University? Attend Upcoming College Fair

If you’re thinking about continuing your education at an out-of-state university, join the Transfer Center for the San Diego National College Fair on Sunday, October 4. More than 400 colleges and universities from across the United States are participating in the fair.

The Transfer Center is organizing a bus ride to San Diego. Interested students should sign-up at the Transfer Center  as soon as possible. A $5 cash reservation fee is required when making the RSVP. The fee will be refunded when at check-in at the time of the trip. Students participating in the trip will check-in 9:30 a.m. on October 4. The bus leaves promptly at 10 a.m. and is returning at 6 p.m. Seating is limited.

The Cypress College Transfer Center is located on the second floor of the Student Center. The staff can be reached at (714) 484-7129, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-noon.

Transfer Center: Week of 9/14

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Monday, 9/14:
UCLA Advisory Appointments
in Transfer Center
9am-3pm

Tuesday, 9/15:
UCI Advisory Appointment
in Transfer Center
10am-2pm

Grand Canyon University
Table Visit (in front of CCPLX)
9:30am-12:30pm

Wednesday, 9/16:
Trinity Law School
Table Visit (in front of CCPLX)
10am-1pm

Thursday, 9/17:
TAG Workshop
in Transfer Center
Transfer Admission Guarantee workshop for:
UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara & UC Santa Cruz
Learn how to guarantee yourself admission into the UC system.
3-4pm

Southern California University of Health Science
Table Visit (in front of CCPLX)
10am-1pm

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To reserve an appointment, schedule with the transfer center: (714).484.7129.
View the full September Transfer Center Calendar here.
For more information on the Transfer Center visit them online or in person at the Student Center, 2nd Floor.

#GettingOriented

LRC: Math Learning Center

The LRC Math Learning Center (MLC) is here to help you succeed! And don’t be fooled by the name. Tutoring services aren’t just limited to math. Faculty and subject-expert staff are available all day, every weekday for the entirety of your STEM study needs. Bio, Chem, Physics, Calc – you name it, they are at your assistance, happy to help.

In addition to tutoring services, the LRC also offers supplementary technology and resources for your use. Take advantage of the computers, textbooks, solution manuals and video lectures on-hand.

And of course, all services are free of charge!

This fall, simply drop-in or schedule an appointment during these hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 10am – 3pm

In addition, the Math Center offers daily workshops on basic refresher material and advanced topics.
View the fall workshop schedule here.
View the fall workshop poster here.

To schedule an appointment, please call:  714.484.71512

For more information, visit the MLC online or in-person: they are located on the first floor of the Library’s Learning Resource Center, Room 127. For more info on LRC services, please visit their site.

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Book Help!

Textbooks are expensive – we know! Need help? Here are a few resources both on and off campus. Please share the knowledge wealth if you know of others…

The Cypress College Foundation provides interest-free book loans to students with at least three units. Information in the Foundation Office, on the 3rd Floor of the Cypress College Complex. Students must fill out a book loan application, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and have completed at least 3 units.
More: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/foundation

The Library has a lot of reserved textbooks on copy for use.
Library Hours for Fall Semester (August 24th – December 12th):
Mon-Thursday, 8am-9pm
Friday, 8am-1pm
Sat, Sun, Holidays – Closed
More:  http://library.cypresscollege.edu/

Our very own Cypress College Facebook page has a lot of students posting their textbooks from prior semesters. Check out the visitor post section on the lower left-hand corner of the page. More: https://www.facebook.com/cypresscollege

Amazon & Half.com are solid for low-price finds. Speak with your professors about using a slightly older edition of the class text. If okay, you’ll save. Make sure the seller has excellent reviews, especially for delivery estimates. While you’re waiting for your book orders to arrive you can access the library’s reserved copies. Additional sites include: StudentRate, Chegg, Abe Books, Alibris, Textbooks.com, Cheapest Textbooks, Valore Textbooks and ECampus.

Good luck #GettingOriented

FAQ: Tips for a Great Start to the Fall Semester

Cypress College Hosts High School Senior Day

Cypress College classes begin on Monday, August 24. To welcome you back and help get your semester off to a great start, here is some helpful information:

YOUR FIRST DAY:
On the first day of classes, please plan to arrive early. Parking can be congested and you’ll also want to be certain to arrive on time for your classes. It is very important not to miss the first class meeting. Also, please note that if your class is not scheduled to meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend on the first Monday of the semester.

We’re Here to Help

Our new Student Ambassadors will be out in force to help you get answers and find your way.

PARKING GRACE PERIOD

There is a two-week grace period for parking-permit enforcement at the start of the Fall 2015 semester. This grace period extends from August 24 through September 8, 2015. Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

PARKING PERMITS AND STUDENT ID CARDS:
Students who have already purchased a parking permit and/or a Student ID card will receive these items in the mail. If you do not receive them by the end of the first week, you will want to pick the items up in Line B, on the first floor of the Student Center. To have your photo ID made, you will need to bring the semester sticker, your “schedule bill” printout, and a valid picture ID to the Photo ID center, which is also on the first floor of the Student Center.

PETITIONING, WAITLISTS, AND AUTHORIZATION CODES:
If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from cypresscollege.edu and nocccd.edu.

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

Fall Course Availability

You can view course specifics and additional info here: https://mg.nocccd.edu/misc/schedule/

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Media Arts Design

Intro to Computer Graphics, Mac, Fridays, 9 -11:05am / CRN 14577
Intro to Computer Graphics, Windows, Fridays, 9-11:05am / CRN 14578
Digital Video Production, Tuesdays, 11:20-2:30pm / CRN 13840
Electronic Paint / MAC (Illustrator), Wednesdays, 8:15-10:20am / CRN 12376
Electronic Paint / MAC (Illustrator), Wednesdays, 8:15-10:20am / CRN 12376
Electronic Paint / Win (Illustrator), Wednesdays, 8:15-10:20am / CRN 11769
Digital Imaging / MAC (Photoshop), Tuesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 11769
Digital Imaging / Win (Photoshop), Tuesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 11770

Intermediate Animation / MAC (Illustrator), Tuesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 14343
Intermediate Animation / Win (Illustrator), Tuesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 14344
Advanced Animation / Win, 6-8:05pm / CRN – 13846
Advanced Animation / Mac, 6-8:05pm / CRN – 13845
Wedding and Event Photography, Wednesdays, 6-8:05pm / CRN – 13850
Beginning Single Camera Production, Tuesdays, 11:20-2:30pm / CRN – 11766
Film Noir Genre, Online / CRN – 13957
Computer Graphics Studio, Arranged Hours / CRN – 12379
Preproduction for Filmmakers, Wednesdays, 2:40-5:50pm / CRN – 13848
Digital Video Explorations / CRN – 13850

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Physical Education

PE 234 C – Contemporary Personal Health
(Perfect for the Health Sciences major)
Wednesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 10757
Tuesdays, 9:45-11:10am / CRN – 11318
Mondays, 11:20-12:45pm / CRN – 12416
Wednesdays, 8-9:25am / CRN – 14537
Thursdays, 6-9pm / CRN – 12520

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PE 231 C – Elementary School Movement
(Fulfills the cultural diversity requirement for graduation)
Tuesdays, 11:30am – 2pm / CRN – 10764

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PE 244 C – Human Performance
(Perfect for those interested in elementary teaching careers)
Tuesdays, 11:20am – 12:45pm / CRN – 10762

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PE 250 C – Sport & United States Society
(Perfect for those interested in sports medicine, kinesiology, or athletic training careers.)
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm / CRN – 11062

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Language Arts

English 102 – Introduction to Literature
6:00 to 10:15 pm, Mondays
6:00 to 10:15 pm, Tuesdays

English 110 – Humanities: Ancient & Medieval
10:40 am to 12:05 pm, Mondays

English 125 – the Film
6:00 to 9:10 pm, Tuesdays

English 208 – Asian American Literature
Online, (9/17 Start)

English 239 – Survey-Children’s Literature
1:00 to 2:25 pm, Tues/Thurs

Japanese 203
3:00 to 5:05 pm, Tues/Thurs

Spanish 203
1:35 to 3:40 pm, Tues/Thurs

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Career Technical Education

AC/R 120 C – Piping Practice/Tools & Safety, CRNs 10444 and 10443
ATC 223 C – Cruise Line Sales & Operations, CRN 14099
ATC 270 C – Airline Operations, CRNs 12988 and 12987
ATC 271 C – Airport Operations, CRN 14509
ATC 274 C – Passenger Services & Safety, CRN 12279
ACR 040 C – Structural Alignment Repair, CRN 10379
ACR 060 C – Collision Repair Management, CRN 10381
AT 106 C – Automotive Electrical II, CRN 12287
EST 100 C – Renewable & Sustainable Energy, CRN 14492
EST 130 C – Solar Photovoltaics-Install, CRN 14494
HRC 145 C – The Art of Garde Manger, CRN 10259
HRC 230 C – Hotel Management, CRN 10262
HRC 246 C – Pastry Arts, CRN 12348
HRC 255 C – American Regional Cuisine, CRN 12262
AJ 110AC – Criminal Law, CRN 14097
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Counseling

COUN 150 C  (CRNs:  12410, 11706, 14414)
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Social Sciences

GEOG 230C Introduction to GIS, CRN 12572, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., TTh
GEOG 230C Introduction to GIS, CRN 13970, 6:30-9:00 p.m. MW
ANTH 225C, Cultures of Mesoamerica, CRN 11756, 12:15-1:40 p.m. TTh
PHIL 100C Honors Intro to Philosophy, CRN 13904, 12:15-1:40 p.m. MW
PHIL 110C, Religions of the East, CRN 10620, 1:50-3:15 p.m. MW
PHIL 160C, Intro to Ethics, CRN 10623, 9:05-10:30 a.m., TTh
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Dance

Dance 106/116  – CRN: 12317
Dance 108/117 – CRN: 11641
Dance 112 – CRN: 12326
Dance 130 – CRN: 11646
Dance 136 – CRN: 11647
Dance 139 – CRN: 11649
Dance 202 – CRN: 13882
Dance 205 – CRN: 13883

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Music

Music 103/4 – CRN: 14524
Music 131 – CRN: 11731
Music 152 – CRN: 11732
Music 156 – CRN: 13867
Music 157 – CRN: 11733
Music 175/276 – CRN: 11734

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Science, Engineering, Mathematics

Statistics / CRN#10077

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Full schedule available at: https://mg.nocccd.edu/misc/schedule/

Cypress College Publishes 2015-2016 Catalog

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Cypress College has published its 2015-2016 College Catalog.

The Cypress College Catalog provides important information about the courses and programs offered at the College. In addition, the catalog is the official source of information for transfer, graduation, and certificate requirements, as well as campus policies.

The Catalog includes:

  • Academic Policies
  • Admission/Registration
  • Course Descriptions
  • Graduation/Educational Options
  • And much more

For complete information including current dates and course listings, please use the Catalog in conjunction with the current Schedule of Classes.

 

Campus Closed July 2 for Independence Day

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Cypress College will be closed on Thursday, July 2, in observance of Independence Day. The campus is closed on Fridays during the summer. Classes and service will resume on Monday, July 6. Have a safe and festive holiday.

myGateway Offline June 30-July 1

As part of the process to close out the fiscal year, myGateway will be shutdown on Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. Full services is expected to be restored at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1.

Summer Classes Begin Weeks of June 15, 22

Cypress College’s most-robust summer session in several years is about to begin in earnest. While some classes have already started, the bulk of the summer class schedule begins during the weeks of June 15 and June 22. Summer classes offer full credit and are completed by August 16. Nearly 100 classes have been added since last year’s summer session.

Both electronic and print versions of the schedule of classes are available. More information about the application process and enrolling in Cypress College classes is available in the schedule. The electronic document can be downloaded directly from: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/2015-Cypress-College-Summer-Schedule.pdf or viewed below.

Classes are available in: Business; Career/Technical Education; Counseling; Fine Arts; Health Science; Language Arts; Physical Education; Science, Engineering, and Mathematics; and Social Science.

While classes are filling up, capacity remains in several courses — including many that are ideal for university students who are home during summer break. Some of the courses with space available are listed below. A real-time, searchable class schedule is available in myGateway.

 

Course CRN Time Days Dates
Note: Click the CRN for additional details, including current space available, about each class.
ART 100C – Fundamentals of Art CRN 30817 11:15 a.m.-1:40 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
ART 120C – Two-Dimensional Design CRN 30685 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-8/3
COUN 140C – Educational Planning CRN 30762 6:00-7:30 p.m. MTWTh 7/13-7/20
DANC 101C – Multicultural Dance in the US CRN 30697 11:15 a.m.-1:40 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
DANC 140C – Summer Dance Festival CRN 30698 11:00 a.m.-4:10 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
ECON 105C – Economics CRN 30604 6:30-9:20 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
ENGL 103C – Critical Reasoning and Writing CRN 30721 11:15 a.m.-2:05 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
HIST 171C – History of the U.S. II CRN 30283 6:30-9:20 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
LIB 100C – Introduction to Research CRN 30645 Online 6/15-7/19
MAD 192C – Great Directors of Cinema CRN 30646 8:30-10:55 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
MATH 41 – Combined Algebra I and I CRN 30820 3:30-7:45 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-8/3
MATH 142C – Trigonometry CRN 30819 8:00-11:20 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
MATH 150AC – Calculus I CRN 30827 9-11:50 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-8/3
MGT 211C – Writing for Business CRN 30822 6:30-9:20 p.m. MTWTh 6/15-7/15
MM 105C – Intro to Media Aesthetics CRN 30617 Online 6/22-7/26
MUS 116C – Music Appreciation CRN 30647 8:30-10:55 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
MUS 119C – History of Rock Music CRN 30684 8:30-10:55 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
MUS 119C – History of Rock Music CRN 30648 1:00-3:25 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
PHIL 160C – Philosophy & Religious Studies CRN 30764 11:15 a.m.-2:05 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
PSY 101C – Introduction to Psychology CRN 30305 8-10:50 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
PSY 131C – Cross-Cultural Psychology CRN 30616 8-10:50 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
PSY 120C – Human Sexuality CRN 30613 6:30-9:20 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
SOC 101C – Introduction to Sociology CRN 30328 6:30-9:20 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
SOC 275C – Marriage and Family CRN 30767 11:15 a.m.-2:05 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/22
SPAN 101C – Elementary Spanish I CRN 30401 6:10-9:30 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-8/4
THEA 100C – Introduction to Theater CRN 30649 8:30-10:55 a.m. MTWTh 6/22-7/27
THEA 235C – Experimental Theater CRN 30699 6:00-9:45 p.m. MTWTh 6/22-8/6

 

Campus Closed on Fridays During Summer

Cypress College has shifted to its summer schedule, which means the campus is closed on Fridays. This practice continues through August 14, 2015.

Fall 2015 Class Schedule Now Online

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Cypress College’s fall class schedule is now available online. The print version is expected to arrive and be on sale in the Bookstore later this month.

Instruction for fall begins the week of August 24. Late-start courses begin the week of September 8, and Second “Half-Semester” classes begin the week of October 19.

Featured on the cover of the schedule is the work of Ron Harvey, a photography student and life-long learner. He is a scholarship recipient and well-known student whose love of the campus is evident in his photography.

The schedule of classes for summer is also available online and for purchase. Summer classes begin the week of June 15.

More information about the application process and enrolling in Cypress College classes is available in the class schedule.

The electronic document can be downloaded directly from: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/2015-Cypress-College-Fall-Schedule.pdf.

Summer Class Schedule Now Online; In Print Soon

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Cypress College’s summer class schedule is now available online. The print version is expected to arrive and be on sale in the Bookstore in the coming week.

Instruction for summer begins the week of June 15. Summer classes end by August 16.

More information about the application process and enrolling in Cypress College classes is available in the schedule.

The electronic document can be downloaded directly from: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/2015-Cypress-College-Summer-Schedule.pdf.

Information for Graduates, Class of 2015

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Graduation
2015
MAY 22, 6 p.m.

 

Download the graduation brochure

Visit Graduation Central

A Message from Cypress College’s
President Dr. Bob Simpson

Cypress College is a place where very special things happen. Graduation is the pinnacle of achievement for our college community and represents our most special activity. It is my honor to salute your success as a member of the Class of 2015. Each of you has completed this portion of your educational journey marked with sacrifices, academic and personal growth, and ultimately, excellence. UCLA Coach John Wooden, who is known for The Pyramid of Success, said: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” I believe that the most special aspect of Cypress College is that each of you — our students — illustrate such success by demonstrating what is possible through your achievement in the classroom. You accepted the challenge to sacrifice, and to do the necessary work, while maintaining balance in your lives, whether you were able to pursue your studies full-time or took a longer route by combining work and family responsibilities. As you consider all the opportunities that are opening up to you, do not forget that — even during these difficult economic times — you excelled in your commitment and persistence, and it was your determination that led to the achievement of your goals and dreams. I sincerely believe that you are now equipped to build upon this foundation, to go out into the world, to accept any challenge and do whatever is necessary to achieve your continuing dreams. On May 22, as you approach the stage to accept your degree, you can have peace of mind that you have rightfully earned the respect of your family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Like you, I am a product of California’s system of public education, to which I owe a debt of gratitude and give credit for the success I have had in my life. It is important to remember that what now distinguishes you is the effort you have made and your commitment to your future. Being faithful to that vision will continue to guide your path. It is truly an honor for me to once again congratulate you on your
achievement.

Commencement 2015
YOUR BIG DAY!

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 22, 2015. The ceremony will be held in the front of the college in Gateway Plaza.

Schedule of events
5:00 p.m. Gathering in the theater
6:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins

Reception – immediately following ceremony

The ceremony will feature faculty, special guests, and various speakers

Please plan to attend a reception for graduates, family and friends, as well as faculty and staff, immediately after the ceremony. Refreshments will be served compliments of the Associated Students.

CAPS and GOWNS

Caps and Gowns are required for the ceremony.

The commencement caps and gowns will be available for distribution at the Student Activities Center, located south of the pond in the center of campus, on the following dates and times:

11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NOTE: You will be purchasing your cap & gown for $25 at the campus Bookstore. Checks, money orders, cash, and credit cards (Visa and/or Mastercard only) are accepted. A purchase/pick-up card was enclosed in a mailer sent to graduates’ homes; please take this card with you to the campus Bookstore for payment, then come to the Student Activities Center for pick-up

Please be dressed in your cap and gown by 5:00 p.m. DO NOT BRING A HANDBAG or BACKPACK! (There is no one to watch your personal items. You can leave them with a family member.) You will be given final instructions for the line-up at that time, and you will be handed a 3 x 5 card to print your name on. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand the card to the reader so your name can be announced, and then you will be presented with your diploma cover.

No Assigned Seats
There is no assigned seating for students taking part in commencement. You’ll be able to sit next to special friends who are graduating with you.

GUESTS

Your family and friends are welcome at Commencement 2015. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Your guests should park in lots 1 and 9 (easiest access to the Commencement Ceremony). The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. It will last approximately 1.5 hours. Food will be sold, flowers, balloons, graduation memorabilia, etc., will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony (under the tent). Please show respect for the graduates – no bullhorns please.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
and
CLASS RINGS

available for purchase through
JOSTENS
Website: www.jostens.com

Order forms are available in the Bookstore:
Monday – Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Generic Graduation Announcements are available for purchase in the Bookstore.

DIPLOMA

You will not receive your actual diploma on commencement evening. Instead, you will receive your diploma cover as you cross the stage. The Admissions and Records Office will send you your diploma after verification that all requirements have been met.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Audience members are requested to remain seated during the ceremony.

Photographs can be taken in the plaza after the ceremony. Students will have their photos taken as they graduate by a professional photographer from Grad Images. Cypress College President, Bob Simpson, will also be available for photos with students after the ceremony.

Proofs of photos will be sent to students soon after graduation. Promotional photos taken by college staff will be posted on the Web at https://www.cypresscollege.edu

For information on caps and gowns, and the graduation ceremony contact Student Activities Center @ 714-484-7199
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For all other information regarding graduation requirements, etc., contact the Admissions & Records Office at 714-484-7433

North Orange County Community College District
Board of Trustees:
Jeffrey P. Brown
Barbara Dunsheath
Leonard Lahtinen
Molly McClanahan
Donna Miller
M. Tony Ontiveros
Jacueline Rodarte
Student Trustee, Cypress College
Student Trustee, Fullerton College
Fred Williams, CPA, Interim Chancellor
Dr. Bob Simpson, President, Cypress College
 
The North Orange County Community College District, in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. The District is also committed to maintaining campuses that are free of harassment, drugs and alcohol. A copy of the District’s full policy on non-discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault treatment and counseling, and maintenance of a drug-free environment is available in the District Human Resources Office.

Spring Break Begins March 30; Classes Resume April 6

Today marks the beginning of spring break at Cypress College. Instruction on the spring semester resumes on Monday, April 6.

Non-instructional areas of the campus are open for service this week, Monday through Thursday. The college is closed on Friday for the spring holiday.

Here are some additional key dates for the rest of term:

  • Monday, April 20 — Coffee with Trustees and the Chancellor, CCCPLX-414, 3-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 — Last day to drop classes with a “W”
  • Friday, May 22 — Commencement, Gateway Plaza, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 23 — Last day of the spring semester

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Spring Transfer Fair Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The spring Transfer Fair will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. The event will take place under the piazza between the Cypress College Complex and Theater Arts buildings. Representatives from several universities will be in attendance.

Following the Transfer Fair, three workshops will be presented:

  • Transferring to a UC — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-406
  • Law School, How to Workshop — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-407
  • Next Steps for Transferring to CSUF Workshop — 2-3 p.m., CCCPLX-414

Two area universities are also offering representative appointments:

  • Chapman University — 1-3 p.m. in the Transfer Center
  • Cal Poly Pomona — 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Transfer Center

Please contact the Transfer Center at (714) 484-7129 to schedule an appointment with a university representative. To sign-up for a workshop, visit www.CypressCollegeTransferCenterWorkshops.eventbrite.com.

 

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Don't Forget to File FAFSA by March 2 for Priority Consideration

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FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

Dear Cypress College Student:

Don’t forget to apply for Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 school year. January 1, 2015 was the first day you could apply for aid for the 2014-2015 school year. You should apply for financial aid by March 2, 2015 for priority consideration for need-based grants, work-study opportunities or federally guaranteed student loans if you plan on continuing your education in a California College or University next Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.

Students are applying for financial aid in record numbers. It is critical that you get your application submitted by March 2, 2015 so our office can determine your eligibility and offer you a maximum award if you qualify.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. Please visit the financial aid office website at https://www.cypresscollege.edu/admissions/financialAid to apply for aid now.

Additionally, the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website offers valuable information and tools for students who need help paying for college or plan on transferring to higher cost colleges and university next year. Limited funded programs are available to those who meet the March 2, California priority application deadline. Apply now so you can be eligible for the maximum amount of Federal Student Aid possible.

The Financial Aid Office (1st Floor, CCCPLX) has several computers available for you to use as you complete your FAFSA. Friendly financial aid staff can also assist if questions arise. We recommend that you visit our office for help with the FAFSA application. Our hours are: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm; Friday 8am-Noon.

Please always remember to check you MyGateway messages for important reminders and notifications from the Financial Aid Office.

Sincerely,

Cypress College Financial Aid Office

Campus Closed for Presidents' Day Weekend

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The Cypress College campus is closed on Friday, February 13, and Monday, February 16, to observe Presidents’ Day weekend. The campus will re-open on Tuesday, February 17. The complete list of official campus holidays is available in the class schedule, the college catalog, and on the NOCCCD Academic Calendar.

Health Center Offers Measles-Immunity Check; OC Health Care Agency Updates Status

Cypress College’s Health Center offers a blood test to check immunity related to the measles. Measles has been in the news following local outbreaks in recent weeks.

In response to the outbreak, the Orange County Health Care Agency has provided information that clearly defines who may need a vaccination booster. The only screening for childhood-diseases vaccinations conducted at Cypress College is done for students in Health Science programs.

According to the Health Center and the Health Care Agency, measles is a problem related to unvaccinated children in the US and the increase in global travel to parts of the world where measles has never been eradicated:

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is contagious from approximately 4 days before the rash appears through 4 days after the rash appears. Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to preventing outbreaks of disease in our community.

Cypress College’s Health Center will test immunity levels of students. Two screenings are available: measles only, for $10; or a full test for all childhood diseases (known as IgG) for $25. The OC Public Health Agency in Santa Ana offers the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination to community members for an injection fee of approximately $20.

From the Orange County Health Care Agency:

Measles has now been confirmed in 23 Orange County (OC) residents, signaling ongoing transmission in the community and at the Disneyland Parks. Additional cases are expected in Orange County. For more information on clinical presentation, infection control, reporting, and testing, please see our previous alert dated January 21, 2015, available at www.ochealthinfo.com/measles.

The Cypress College Health Center can be reached at (714) 484-7361. Information about the center and its services is also available on the web at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/services/healthcenter.

This photograph, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, shows the skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. Source: http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/details.asp?pid=3168

This photograph, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, shows the skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. Source: http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/details.asp?pid=3168.

First Financial Aid Disbursement on Friday, January 30

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The first financial aid disbursement for spring 2015 is on Friday, January 30.

Students are advised to check their myGateway account to verify their eligibility.

The Financial Aid Office calculates the units students are enrolled in on the last day to add classes each semester to determine eligibility for
state and federal financial aid. The last day to add classes each semester is referred to as the “FREEZE DATE” in the Financial Aid Office. This semester’s freeze date is February 9.

Full disbursement information is available at https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Spring2015DisbursementChart.pdf.

Tips to Start the Spring Semester at Cypress College

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Cypress College’s spring semester has begun, with classes getting underway this morning.

To help students get off to a great start this semester, here are some helpful tips, and links to more detail. Students can also find help on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE:

The single-most-important piece of information is don’t miss the first class meeting. This has always been important. It’s even more important given the high demand for classes we’re experiencing.

WAITLISTS AND PETITIONING:

If you’re on a waitlist, it expires at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist.

Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process.

So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

FINDING CLASSES:

There’s a feature on our website called “Find Classes.” The guide is intended to help you successfully find — and enroll in — courses.

“Find Classes” offers an FAQ, definitions, and instructions (along with screen captures) on how to effectively use the searchable class schedule.

As you use this version of the schedule, be sure to click on the CRNs in the search results. Doing so will provide more detail about the course — including important prerequisite, corequisite, and advisory information. For instance, did you know that any student can enroll in a Dental Assisting course, but will be dropped if you’re not an applicant of that program?

Since you don’t want to be dropped, this is something to pay attention to.

Cypress College offers a number of interesting and new courses. One of them is our “CC Tank” (think “Shark Tank”) social media class, CIS 120. This course provides complete coverage of using the Internet and related technologies including an in-depth coverage of the business of social media and marketing within social media networks.

As classes get start, we’ll post some with space available to our Facebook page and to our @Cypress Online blog.

PARKING:

There is a one-week grace period for parking from January 26-31, 2015. Students may park in student spaces without a permit.

A valid parking permit is required beginning February 2, 2015.

Please Note: Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

PAYING FEES:

Fees are due upon registration.

There’s a short grace period to permit registration online and payment in person or by mail.

Delaying payment — even if it’s waiting for financial aid — could result in being dropped from all of your classes.

GETTING HELP:

Of course, if you need help with the registration process, of if you’re stuck somewhere in MyGateway, we’ve got friendly staff who can help you out.

Here are some other tips:

mini logo used as a bulletMany questions are answered in our schedule of classes. You can view the class schedule and even use Acrobat’s search feature to find the answer to what you’re looking for. The document contains a list of offices, their locations and phone numbers.

mini logo used as a bulletWant to know where you’re going before you get on campus or even how to get here? View the current map or download a printable version. This page also contains driving directions to the college from the various freeway around the campus.

mini logo used as a bulletMyGateway asks for an “add authorization code” if a class is full. Each instructor is given a list of authorization codes that they may provide to students if they are able to accommodate more people in their class. How (and if) they are used and distributed is completely up to the faculty member. To get into the class, it’s most likely that you’ll need to attend the first class meeting. Show up early and let the instructor know that you’re interested in adding the class if at all possible.

Campus Closed Through January 2 for Winter Holiday

Happy holidays from Cypress College. Campus photo by student Timothy Leary; snow and ice used under creative commons license from Flickr.

Happy holidays from Cypress College. Campus photo by student Timothy Lowrey; snow and ice used under creative commons license from Flickr.

Cypress College is closed through January 2, 2015 for the annual winter holiday break.

myGateway will remain available other than during its maintenance period of Dec. 25-31.

Posting of grades will resume when the college re-0pens. Grades are due from faculty by January 5, but posting to myGateway requires manual intervention of Admissions and Records staff, so no additions will be added until January 2.

Whatever you celebrate — Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice, or anything else — we hope you enjoy the time with family and friends. We’ll see you in January.

[Updated] myGateway Offline December 25-31

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The myGateway portal will be completely offline December 25-31 for necessary maintenance. The system is used for a variety of purposes, including registration, student records, and information sharing.

The outage will allow the IT staff of the North Orange County Community College District the opportunity to conduct needed scheduled work to Banner, myGateway and all of its supporting systems between the current semester and the start of the spring 2015 term.

Waitlist notifications will be suspended from December 20 through January 5, so that waitlisted students are not adversely affected.

The outage also should not negatively impact students seeking fall 2014 grades. Grades not entered into the system prior to the start of the College’s holiday period — the campus is closed December 24-January 1 — will not be available until the campus reopens. Monday, January 5, is the deadline for instructors to submit grades.

NOTE: This article was updated on December 22. The initial down period was anticipated to run December 27, 28, and 29. The other details remain the same.

Scholarship Applications Now Available Online and On Campus

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Cypress College’s 2015 scholarship applications are now available both on the campus website and on campus. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — though it is strongly recommended that applicants for the Bernard Osher Scholarship submit that separate application as soon as possible.

The Cypress College Foundation today is releasing two scholarship application forms. The first is for all scholarships administered through the Foundation, with awards generally ranging between $250 and $1,000. These scholarships will be awarded at the college’s annual ceremony, which will take place on May 11, 2015. Most scholarship funds are held until fall enrollment is verified and distributed after the fall drop-date has passed.

The Bernard Osher Scholarship award is made partially based on the date and time that the application is received. It can be submitted at any point in advance of the deadline, however typically all Osher awards are made prior to the Feb. 18 deadline.

Applicants are urged to closely read all instructions carefully. This years application forms incorporate changes from previous years.

The forms can be completed in Adobe Acrobat (though it is not required to do so). All submissions must be made to the Cypress College Financial Aid Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No electronic submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship Applications:

 

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'Finals Fuel' Available at A.S., Library/Learning Resource Center

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“Finals Fuel” is here.

The program of the Associated Students provides Scantron forms, a pencil, etc., to students with a valid and current A.S. sticker for the fall 2014 semester. The boost for finals is available in the Student Activities Center, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and at the Library, from 5-8 p.m., today, tomorrow and Thursday.

At the Student Activities, snacks, coffee, and water will also be provided. The Library location will have Scantrons, pencils, and snacks.

The Associated Students and Cypress College wish you well on your finals.

LRC Extends Hours Until 11 p.m. as Fall Semester Nears an End

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The Learning Resource Center will be open and staffed for night-owl students through December 10.

To assist students with their end of the semester study needs, the Learning Resource Center will have extended hours through Wednesday, December 10. LRC services will be available each week day until 11 p.m.

Members of the Associated Students will provide snacks and supplies in the LRC lobby. The LRC is located on the first floor of the Library/Learning Resource Center Building.

The library is also offering “open lab” hours for students working on research papers. Librarians will provide assistance with term paper research as well as the formatting of citations in accord with MLA or APA standards. This service is available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, December 8 through Wednesday, December 10, in LLRC-245.

Instruction for the fall semester concludes on Saturday, December 13. The College will be open for service through Tuesday, December 23 before closing for the winter holiday break from December 24 through January 1. The campus re-opens on Friday, January 2, 2015. Classes begin on Monday, January 26.

Cypress College Closed Monday to Observe Veterans Day

Photo credit: VA.gov.

Photo credit: VA.gov.

 

Cypress College will be closed on MONDAY, November 10, 2014, in observance of Veterans Day. Classes will be in session on Tuesday. Cypress College holidays are listed in the official academic calendar inside the College catalog and on the District website.

Spring 2015 Class Schedule Preview Now Available

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A preview version of the Spring 2015 Class Schedule is now available. We anticipate the print document will be completed and ready for purchase at the Bookstore in the next two weeks. You can view the schedule at this link: http://news.cypresscollege.edu/Documents/2015_CC_spring_schedule.pdf.

Transfer Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 14

The Transfer Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., between the Fine Arts and Cypress College Complex buildings.

Additional information — including workshops and representative appointments — is available at https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/transferCenter/SCHEC%20Transfer%20DaysFair-Oct%2014th.pdf.

The Transfer Center is located in the Student Center and can be reached by phone at (714) 484-7129.

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STEM Hosting UC/CSU Admissions Workshop

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Cypress College’s STEM2 Program is hosting a CSU and UC admissions workshop on Friday, September 26. Two university representatives will be on campus to speak to Cypress College students about the admissions process for the California State University and the University of California systems. The workshop takes place in Humanities 131, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It is open and free to all students.

Interested students can register online for the STEM workshop. This workshop will focus on the Admissions process for the UC and CSU System. In addition, a university outreach representative from CSU Fullerton and a UC Irvine evaluation counselor will provide specific information on their campuses.

The (STEM)2 program is designed to help students reach their potential by creating unique career, educational, scholarship and transfer opportunities to foster future successes in the vital fields of science, technology engineering and mathematics.

For additional information, visit the STEM2 website or contact Program Director Yanet Garcia via email or at (714) 484-7149.

Great California ShakeOut on October 16

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Cypress College will be participating in the California Great Shakeout on October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.  There will also be an evening earthquake exercise at 7:30 p.m.  This fall the drill will not include evacuation of buildings.

Participation is not optional for anyone on campus during the drill. Please mark your calendar and do not schedule tests, or interviews during the drill.

Currently, 9.4 million people are enrolled to participate in The Great California ShakeOut, the largest emergency-preparedness drill in the world.

The spring emergency drill is being planned for and coordinated with Cypress Police Department for Thursday February 26, 2015.

SmartThinking Offers Online Tutoring for Cypress College Students

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Students, did you know you can get 24/7 tutoring for your classes? Cypress College students have access to SmartThinking which is an online tutoring service. You can get help with math, science, accounting, and English classes. The best part is its FREE to you as a Cypress College student.

The L/LRC also has free in person tutoring, the English Success Center and the Math Learning Center. All these are located in the L/LRC and are aimed at helping you to succeed here at Cypress. Come drop-in, have a chat and see how we can help you.

Before you get stressed out about resources for a paper or assignment, please contact the library. The library offers online reference help through live chat, email or text messaging. Someone is available to help you at all times the library is open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Just ask us for help with locating college level resources (journals, books, etc) and how to cite what you find for your research papers and other assignments. Just go to the Cypress College Library home page and click on the red “Questions? Ask!” button.

Financial Aid Petition Deadline is September 26

The deadline to submit a Financial Aid petition for the Fall 2014 semester is September 26, 2014.  You have the right to submit a petition if:

  • You were disqualified for financial aid because you did not meet the conditions set forth in the Satisfactory Academic Policy statement you signed when you completed your file
  • You believe your circumstances warrant a review of your financial aid eligibility

If you wish to exercise your right to petition, please carefully read the information below:

SAP Policy Information:

https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/SAPPolicyForm1415.pdf

Please be aware that a disqualified status will still allow you to receive the California Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) if you were eligible. Therefore, if you receive the BOGW, your enrollment fees will continue to be waived regardless of your financial aid disqualification status at this time since the BOGW does not have Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING A PETITION (Deadline to Turn in Petition is Sept. 26, 2014)

Please carefully read the information about financial aid disqualification found at the following link:

Financial Aid Warning and Disqualification Overview

https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/FAWarningandDQ1314.pdf

 

If, after reviewing the “Financial Aid Warning and Disqualification” overview, you would like to submit a petition to request reinstatement or an extension of your Federal financial aid, you must complete the appropriate petition form.

For over 90 units:

  • Complete the Excessive Units [or] Earned Degree Petition for Aid Form
  • Meet with your academic counselor

https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Excessive%20Units%20Petition%20FALL%2014.pdf

 

For less than a 2.0 GPA or 67% completion:

  • Complete the Pace of Progression and/or Grade Point Average Petition Form

https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/FAPetition%20FALL14.pdf

Please submit your completed petition to the Financial Aid Office by Sept 26, 2014. Petitions are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and decisions are communicated within 1-4 weeks depending on the number of petitions received. Please disregard this notice if you do not plan to attend Cypress College. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (714) 484-7114.

 

Sincerely,

Cypress College
Financial Aid Office

Study Abroad in Rome for Spring 2015 Application Deadline is November 1

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The Study Abroad Program is headed to Rome for the spring 2015 semester. Two Cypress College faculty — Ed Giardina and Kathryn Sonne — will lead the learning experience.

Study Abroad is open to all Cypress College and Fullerton College students. Applications are due by November 1.

Students can obtain more information about the program, and view a short video, on the Study Abroad Program page for Rome on Facebook or by sending an email to Professor Giardina.

Giardina is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. His research interests include design, media theory, technology, and contemporary art. He is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Cypress College where he works with students in the Advertising & Graphic Design Program and the Art Computer Graphics Program.

Sonne is an English professor,  teaching topics such as critical thinking, reading and writing about literature and film, and is a regular participant in the Study Abroad Program — “where the literature literally comes to life,” she says. In addition, Sonne is the director of the Cypress College Honors Program and the Cypress College Service Learning Program.

Add/Drop Deadline is Sunday, September 7

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This Sunday (September 7 at 11:59 p.m.) is the deadline to add or drop semester-length classes. It is also the last day for students to drop classes and qualify for refunds. For those courses that either  begin after the first week or end prior to the final week of the semester, students should look in the class schedule for the deadlines.

Monday is the deadline to file course audit requests, and to apply for fall 2014 graduation and occupational certificates.

Transfer Center Schedules TAG Workshops, 1-on-1 Appointments

Upcoming workshops from the Transfer Center include three sessions about TAGs for students transferring to certain University of California campuses. A TAG — Transfer Admission Guarantee — secures a seat at a selected U.C., provided the student meets the conditions specified in the agreement.

The U.C. TAG Submission Deadline is September 30. It applies to U.C. campuses at Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.

More information is available from the Transfer Center, which is located on thw second floor of the Student Center. Staff can also be reached at (714) 484-7129.

The complete Transfer Center September Calendar is available at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/transferCenter/cal/Calendar_201409.pdf.

During September, representatives from several universities, including Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Grand Canyon University, and Ashford University will be on campus for 1-on-1 appointments or table visits. To reserve an individual appointment to meet with a representative or to sign-up for a workshop, students should contact the Transfer Center.

Campus Closed Monday, Parking Permits Required on Tuesday

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Enjoy your three-day weekend! Cypress College will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day.

When classes resume on Tuesday, enforcement of parking permits will begin. Students who have not yet picked up their permits (or their I.D. card stickers) can do so in the Student Center at Line B. Day-use parking permits and 24-minute temporary spaces are also available on campus.

Tuesday is also the first day that the campus observes Hispanic Heritage Month. A display opens on the first floor rotunda of the Library Learning Resource Center. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Associated Students host “Welcome Back” (see flyer below).

Here are highlights from this week’s calendar:

 1 • Monday
»  Labor Day holiday (campus closed)

2 • Tuesday
»  Enforcement of parking permits begins
»  Hispanic Heritage Month display opens, L/LRC first-floor rotunda (runs entire month)

3 • Wednesday
»  Associated Students “Welcome Back” event, pond, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

4 • Thursday
»  Associated Students “Welcome Back” event, pond, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

7 • Sunday
»  Last day to add classes; deadline to drop semester-length without a “W” and to qualify for a refund

8 • Monday
»  Deadline to apply for fall 2014 graduation and for fall 2014 occupational certificates

For additional upcoming events, visit the campus calendar.

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Resetting Password May Resolve Blackboard Login Issue

Students who are experiencing difficulty logging in to Blackboard should be able to resolve the issue by requesting a password reset from the Blackboard login screen.

It is also recommended that students visit the Blackboard site at https://cypresscollege.blackboard.com/ — rather than using a previously created bookmark since this may be a different address than some students have used in the past. The link from the Cypress College main page is also correct.

To request a password reset, students should click on the “Forgot Your Password?” link directly below the login boxes. From that link, select the “Username” option rather than the email option, which will not work unless the entry is an exact match with the email address stored in Blackboard. Alternately, students may ask their instructor to reset the password.

The fastest way to get help is for students to to contact their instructor. Additional assistance may be found in the FAQs, Blackboard Student Help, as well as the Blackboard pages for Supported Browsers & Operating Systems and Browser & Plug-in Assessment. The Distance Education Office is also available via email at distanceed@cypresscollege.edu.

Cypress College and Blackboard teams are working to resolve the issue. We appreciate your patience as we identify and implement a solution.

How to Track Your Financial Aid Disbursement

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To our Financial Aid Recipients,

Disbursements occur weekly beginning the first Friday of the semester (Aug. 29, 2014). All eligible students who have met the priority filing date of June 30, 2014 for the fall semester and who meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy will be considered for the first disbursement. The Federal Pell Grant is disbursed in two equal installments each semester, 50% the first disbursement and 50% after the mid-point of the semester. Students will note a negative balance on their account once the disbursement has occurred. It may take 5-10 business days for the funds to be processed and transferred to the student’s Higher One account after a request for payment is made. The negative balance will disappear from the student’s account once the grant or loan has been transferred to the Higher One Account. Students set up to receive email and/or text messages from Higher One will be notified when the disbursement hits their account. All grant disbursements are based on the number of units in which the student is enrolled at the time of the freeze date for the semester.

FREEZE DATES:

FALL September 8, 2014

DISBURSEMENT DATES:

FALL 2014 Semester:

1st 50% disbursement of Federal Pell Grant: August 20, 2014**

2nd 50% disbursement of Federal Pell Grant: October 17, 2014**

Link to disbursement chart:
https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Fall%202014%20Disbursement%20Chart.pdf

Office Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8 – 6 Fri. 8 – 12
Telephone: 714-484-7114
Email: financialaid@cypresscollege.edu

Sincerely,
Cypress College, Financial Aid Office

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year; Tips for Success

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FALL CLASSES READY TO BEGIN

To help you get off to a great start this semester, we are sharing some important information, along with some helpful tips, and links to more detail.

Of course, if there is something you’d like to know, please just send us an email and we’ll do our best to get an answer as quickly as possible. You may also be able to get help on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE

The single-most-important piece of information we can share is this: don’t miss the first class meeting.

This has always been important. It’s even more important given the high demand for classes we’re experiencing.

FALL 2014 PRE-SEMESTER CHECKLIST

Our Student Support Services team has put together an excellent pre-semester checklist that’s worth having a look at.

WAITLISTS AND PETITIONING

If you’re on a waitlist, it expires at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist.

Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process.

So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

FINDING CLASSES

There’s a feature on our website called “Find Classes.” The guide is intended to help you successfully find — and enroll in — courses. (NOTE: We also have some information below about some courses with space still available.)

“Find Classes” offers an FAQ, definitions, and instructions (along with screen captures) on how to effectively use the searchable class schedule.

As you use this version of the schedule, be sure to click on the CRNs in the search results. Doing so will provide more detail about the course — including important prerequisite, corequisite, and advisory information. For instance, did you know that any student can enroll in a Dental Assisting course, but will be dropped if you’re not an applicant of that program?

Since you don’t want to be dropped, this is something to pay attention to.

PARKING GRACE PERIOD

There is a one-week grace period for parking from August 25, 2014 – August 30, 2014.  During this time, students may park in student spaces without a permit. Student spaces are marked with white stripes in all parking lots. Yellow stripes indicate the parking stalls are reserved for staff members.

A valid parking permit is required beginning September 1, 2014.

Please Note: Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

PARKING PERMITS AND PHOTO I.D.

As mentioned above, parking are not enforced for the first week of the semester. In most cases, permits were recently mailed to students. Exceptions would be for students who registered and/or purchased the permit after the last of the new registration appointments at the beginning of this month. In either case, if you do not receive your permit in the mail by the day of your last class on campus next week, be sure to visit Line B on the first floor of the Student Center to pick it up. So, if you’re last on campus on Thursday, and you still don’t have it, go in to the office on that day so that you will be set for the following week.

Campus Photo I.D. cards will only be made for those students who arrive with:

  1. A “schedule bill” printout showing that the I.D. was paid for and that there are no outstanding fees due
  2. The Fall 2014 semester sticker
  3. A picture I.D.

Each of these items are required. If you have not received your sticker (or stickers) in the mail, they can also be picked up at Line B. They will also make a schedule bill printout for you there. You can also print this document from inside myGateway.

A valid picture I.D., including your student I.D. card, is required when picking up items from Line B — or any student records, including schedule bill printouts, on campus.

PAYING FEES

Fees are due upon registration.

There’s a short grace period to permit registration online and payment in person or by mail.

Delaying payment — even if it’s waiting for financial aid — could result in being dropped from all of your classes.

FINANCIAL AID

The most-common question I get from students is: “When will my financial aid arrive.”

The good news is that question can be answered with a few clicks (or taps, if you’re on a mobile device).

Check out our “Fall 2013 Financial Aid Disbursement Information” guide.

Here is some additional, financial aid related information:

•  BOGW Application Process

•  Financial Aid TV

•  DREAM Act Resource Page

•  And, of course, the most-important financial aid link: MYGATEWAY!

AVAILABLE CLASSES

Overall, classes are very full now that we are about to begin the semester. However, if you’re wanting to add a class to your schedule, you may want to consider the courses listed on this page.

Please note, that depending on when you’re reading this, you may be asked for an add code, even if there is still space remaining in the class. An add code will always be required to enroll in a course beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the morning the class begins. In other words, if you’re trying to add a class that begins on Monday, you can do so (space permitting) up until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. After that, you’ll need an add code from the instructor.

GETTING HELP

Of course, if you need help with the registration process, of if you’re stuck somewhere in MyGateway, we’ve got friendly staff who can help you out.

Here are some other tips:

mini logo used as a bulletMany questions are answered in our schedule of classes. You can view the class schedule and even use Acrobat’s search feature to find the answer to what you’re looking for. The document contains a list of offices, their locations and phone numbers.

mini logo used as a bulletWant to know where you’re going before you get on campus or even how to get here? View the current map or download a printable version. This page also contains driving directions to the college from the various freeway around the campus.

mini logo used as a bulletMyGateway asks for an “add authorization code” if a class is full. Each instructor is given a list of authorization codes that they may provide to students if they are able to accommodate more people in their class. How (and if) they are used and distributed is completely up to the faculty member. To get into the class, it’s most likely that you’ll need to attend the first class meeting. Show up early and let the instructor know that you’re interested in adding the class if at all possible.

TWEET! TWEET! LIKE! LIKE!

Check out Cypress College on Twitter. There you’ll get the latest headlines about your favorite college campus.

Twitter is just one of the ways that Cypress College is connecting with our students. We also maintain presences on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and more. Learn more by visiting the newsroom of our website.

THANK YOU

Thanks for reading. We look forward to serving you here.

Need to Add a Class to Your Schedule? Here are Some Suggestions

If you want to add a class to your schedule, but are having difficulty finding something with space available, we have some suggestions.

Please note, that depending on when you’re reading this, you may be asked for an add code, even if there is still space remaining in the class. An add code will always be required to enroll in a course beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the morning the class begins. In other words, if you’re trying to add a class that begins on Monday, you can do so (space permitting) up until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. After that, you’ll need an add code from the instructor.

In addition to the courses noted below, there is a feature on our website called “Find Classes.” The guide is intended to help you successfully find — and enroll in — courses. As you use this version of the schedule, be sure to click on the CRNs in the search results. Doing so will provide more detail about the course — including important prerequisite, corequisite, and advisory information. You can read more in our semester-starting welcome back post.

ANTH 225C — CRN 11989
DANC 106/116 — CRN 12679
DANC 108/117 — CRN 11834
DANC 109 — CRN 12683
DANC 112 — CRN 12689
DANC 113/114 — CRN 11835
DANC 130 — CRN 11839
DANC 136 — CRN 11841
DANC 202 — CRN 11844
ECON 105C — CRNs 10390 and 10391
ECON 105HC — CRN 13877
GEOG 230C — CRNs 12996 and 12353
GEOG 231C — CRN 13617
GEOG 232C — CRN 13618
HIST 171C — CRNs 10618 and 10617
HUST 295C — CRN 10554
JOUR 110 — CRNs 10726 and 10724
JOUR 225-229 — CRN 10902
MAD 112/113 — CRN 11998
MAD 119 — CRN 12004
MAD 132/133 — CRN 12748
MAD 134/135 — CRN 12005
MAD 184 — CRN 12354
MAD 185 — CRN 12756
MAD 190 — CRN 12229
MM 100 — CRN 13661
MM 105 — CRN 13665
MUS 118 — CRN 13753
MUS 119 — CRNs 14604, 14602, and 14603
MUS 131 — CRN 11957
MUS 156 — CRN 11960
MUS 157 — CRN 11961
MUS 175/276 — CRN 11962
MUS 203 — CRN 12720
MUS 204 — CRN 12721
MUS 260/MUSA 221 — CRN 11974
MUS 280 — CRN 11987
MUS 281/282 — CRN 11990
MUS 283/285 — CRN 13834
MUS 287 — CRN 11993
MUSA 104-107 — CRN 13844
MUSA 111 — CRN 13852
MUSA 112 — CRNs 13885 and 13854
MUSA 131 — CRNs 13869 and 13870
MUSA 231 — CRN 13871
PHIL 201C — CRN 12763
PHOT 118 — CRN 10558
PHOT 204 — CRN 13659
PHOT 206 — CRN 13660
PHOT 219 — CRN 12994
PHOT 227 — CRN 12738
PE 234 — CRN 12802
THEA 101 — CRN 13045
THEA 102 — CRN 12847
THEA 107 — CRNs 10569 and 10571
THEA 132/135 — CRN 10590 (audition required)
THEA 133/136 — CRN 10592 (audition required)
THEA 144 — CRN 10585
THEA 148 — CRN 13543 (audition required)
THEA 149-152 — CRN 10589 (audition required)

Please note that the above list was generated by hand, so it does not reflect the current status of course enrollment. MyGateway will always indicate the most-accurate status of course enrollment and availability.

Extended Hours Announced for Fall 2014 Semester

Cypress College has announced the following extended hours for student service areas to facilitate the start of the 2014-2015 academic year:

Date Hours Note
August 18, 19, 20, 21 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
August 22 8 a.m.-7 p.m. New Student Welcome Night
August 25, 26, 27, 28 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 1st week of semester
August 29 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 1st week of semester, Friday
September 1 Closed Holiday
Beginning Sept 2-TWTH 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 2nd-16th week of semester
Beginning Sept 5-Fridays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd-16th week of semester, Fridays

CSU Spring Application Deadline is August 31

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August 31 is the deadline for spring 2015 admissions applications to the California State University System to be filed.

A current list of CSU campuses accepting transfers for Spring 2015 is available at CSUmentor.edu.

Please see an academic counselor to verify you are eligible to transfer. The Cypress College Transfer Center  is located  on the second floor of the Student Center. Staff can be reached at (714) 484-7129. Summer Hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and closed on Friday (through August 15).

When to Expect Your Financial Aid Funds

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The first disbursement for the Fall 2014 semester is on August 29, 2014 for students who are enrolled and have completed their files with the Financial Aid Office.  Each semester, the Financial Aid Office calculates the units you are enrolled in on the last day to add classes to determine your eligibility for aid. The last day to add classes each semester is referred to as the “FREEZE DATE” for financial aid purposes. The freeze date for Fall 2014 is September 8, 2014.

To check the status of you financial aid file please check your myGateway account http://mg.nocccd.edu.

Financial aid will only pay for the units you are officially enrolled in on or before September 8, 2014. Students must add all units prior to the established freeze date for financial aid purposes. No exceptions to this policy will be made (i.e. ‘waitlisted’ students needing to add units, late-start classes, etc). For students applying for financial aid after the freeze date, your enrollment status will be determined at the time we receive your FAFSA information. Students eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and enrolled in less than 12 units will have their Pell Grant disbursement amounts adjusted accordingly. Most financial aid programs offered at Cypress College require that you be attending school at least half-time (6 units).

Link to Disbursement Chart:
https://www.cypresscollege.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDFs/financialAid/Fall%202014%20Disbursement%20Chart.pdf

If you have any further questions please call our office at (714) 484-7114. Our office hours for Summer 2014 are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm Closed Friday. Otherwise, our normal operating hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm, Friday, 8am-12pm.

Sincerely,
The Financial Aid Office

Widespread Processing Outage Preventing Fee Payments

We are experiencing issues with online payment card processing through Heartland (see their announcement below) .  The issue was first encountered around 7:45 a.m., and appears to be the result of a  a widespread problem that is affecting many of Heartland’s customers. While the issue is not affecting students’ ability to register for classes, those who are registering for classes likely are experiencing issues when attempting to make payments.

The North Orange County Community College District IT team is in contact with Heartland in an effort to monitor and resolve the issue. In the meantime, a message has been posted to Heartland’s payment page informing students of the issues and suggesting that they try again at a later time.

From Heartland:

Intermittent System Error When Making A Payment

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing intermittent system errors when making a payment.  A payer may experience an unexpected error message when submitting payment.

We are aware of the situation and are in the process of identifying the root cause.  We will provide updates and resolution time frames as we continue to gather more information.

If you have any questions regarding this email, please do not hesitate to contact us via TeamSupport, clientsupport@ecsi.net or call 800-437-6931.

Thank you.

Heartland ECSI Client Support

2014-2015 Cypress College Catalog Available as Registration Begins

Cypress College 2014-2015 Catalog

Cypress College 2014-2015 Catalog

Cypress College’s 2014-2015 Catalog is now available online. The 3.7 MB PDF document is being released in advanced of fall registration, which begins July 15, 2014.

The catalog provides important information on the courses offered at Cypress College, transfer and graduation information, and campus policies. Among the information it includes:

  • Academic Policies
  • Admission/Registration
  • Course Descriptions
  • Graduation/Educational Options
  • And much more

For complete information including, current dates and course listings, the catalog should be used in conjunction with the current Schedule of Classes. Students may also wish to review the “Find Classes” feature to help locate available courses to complete their schedule.

Cypress College 2014-2015 Catalog

Cypress College Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes

When Do You Register? Appointments Posted to myGateway

Fall registration appointments have been posted to students’ myGateway accounts.  The information is also being distributed via email to the preferred address listed in myGateway. Registration for the fall semester begins on July 15.

The appointment times, which represent the starting time students can login to myGateway and begin selecting their courses, reflect state-legislated changes in the priority registration allocation.

To find your registration time, login to the  myGateway portal, click on the “Student” tab, then in the “Registration Tools” box, click on the link labeled “Check Registration Appointment.”

Students can register at starting with the time in their appointment listing, or at any subsequent point. All registration is done online in they myGateway portal.

Campus Closed Thursday, July 3 for Independence Day Holiday

Cypress College will be closed on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in observance of Independence Day. Because the college is closed on Fridays during the summer, the holiday is being observed a day early. The campus resumes normal operation on Monday, July 7, 2014. We wish everyone a safe and joyous celebration.

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Registration Appointments to be Posted During Week of July 7

Because of unforeseen issues related to the posting of fall registration appointments, students will receive their registration times posted in their myGateway accounts during the week of July 7, 2014. Fall registration is scheduled to begin on Tuesday (7/15).

Students should plan on checking their myGateway messages for their registration time and for updates. Updates will also be available on the college’s website and social media sites.

myGateway Offline Evening of Monday, June 30, Morning of July 1

The myGateway portal will be offline beginning Monday, June 30 at 6 p.m. Access will be restored on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 a.m. The outage is to facilitate processing activities related to the end of the fiscal year.

In addition, employees will need to complete Banner sessions prior to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 30. Banner access will resume on Tuesday, July 1.

Summer Classes Begin Week of June 23

Instruction in Cypress College’s summer term begins next week, with classes kicking off on Monday, June 23. All courses are completed on or before August 14, 2014. The schedule of classes for the summer, 2014 is available on the College website and is also available for sale in the Bookstore.

Registration via the myGateway portal remains open until the calendar day courses start. From that point on, an add code is required. Students who are on the waitlist for a class should plan on attending the first class meeting. More information about the Cypress College waitlist feature, along with other frequently asked questions, is available on pages 10 and 11 of the summer class schedule.

During the summer session, the college is closed July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day. Additional important dates are listed on page 1 of the schedule. Parking permits are not required during the first week of classes; enforcement of permits begins on Monday, June 30. Students who have not received their permits by mail should do so on the first floor of the Student Center before Thursday, June 26.

For additional viewing options, to see other class schedules or the college catalog, visit the schedule of classes page on the website at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/ScheduleofClasses.aspx.

Blackboard Site Gets New URL

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Cypress College’s Blackboard site has a new URL: https://cypresscollege.blackboard.com/. The change comes as the service is now hosted by Blackboard. Please update any bookmarks you have.

Cypress College Shifts to Summer 4-Day Work Week

Cypress College has shifted to its summer schedule, which means the campus is closed on Fridays. This practice continues through August 17, 2014.

Typical office hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m., though that may vary from office to office. A complete list of hours is attached.

Fall Schedule Now Available Online, Due in Print Soon

 

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Cypress College’s Fall 2014 Class Schedule

Cypress College’s 2014 Fall Class Schedule is now available online. The document is expected to be in print and available for purchase in the next week.

The fall semester classes begin the week of August 25, 2014. Late-start courses get underway the week of September 8, while second “Half-Semester” courses begin the week of October 20.

Registration for fall begins on July 15.

Holidays during the fall semester are: Labor Day on September 21; Veterans Day on November 10; and four days for Thanksgiving, November 27-30.

The semester ends on December 13. Other key dates during the semester are:

  • September 2 — Campus Safety begins enforcement of parking permits
  • September 7 — Last day to add classes; last day to qualify for a refund on dropped classes; last day to drop without a “W” noted on the transcript
  • September 8 — Last day to apply for fall 2014 graduation; last day to apply for fall 2014 occupational certificates last day to file course audit requests
  • September  26 — Last day to file pass/no pass grading option forms
  • November 14 — Last day to increase or decrease variable-unit classes (must be done in person)
  • November  16 — Last day to drop classes with a “W” noted on the transcript

Because of changes in state law and regulations, the priority registration process has been revised. Information about the changes is available on page 109 of the fall class schedule.

For additional viewing options, to see other class schedules or the college catalog, visit the schedule of classes page on the website at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/ScheduleofClasses.aspx.

Related: Summer 2014 Class Schedule Available

Summer 2014 Class Schedule Available Online, in Print

Cypress College Summer 2014 Class Schedule

Cypress College Summer 2014 Class Schedule

Cypress College’s schedule of classes for the summer, 2014 session is now available on the College website and is also available for sale in the Bookstore.

Summer courses begin the week of June 23 and are completed on or before August 14, 2014. During the summer session, the college is closed July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Registration via the myGateway portal begins on May 6. Students should begin seeing their registration dates and times posted to myGateway beginning today.

For additional viewing options, to see other class schedules or the college catalog, visit the schedule of classes page on the website at: https://www.cypresscollege.edu/academics/ScheduleofClasses.aspx.

Last updated: Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Campus Closed Friday, April 18, 2014

Cypress College is closed on Friday, April 18, 2014, for the annual spring holiday. Instruction resumes on Monday, April 21, following the week-long spring break.

Cypress College Participating in Great California ShakeOut in October

Cypress College will be participating in the Great California ShakeOut on October 16, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.

ShakeOut Drill Flyer

The Great California ShakeOut is October 16, 2014, at 10:16 a.m. Cypress College is participating along with millions of others across the Golden State.

Participation is mandatory for anyone on campus during the drill. Please mark your calendar. Employees should not schedule tests, interviews, or other events during the drill.

Please look for details closer to the ShakeOut.

Information for Graduates, Class of 2014

Graduation
2014
MAY 23, 2014

Download the graduation brochure.

A Message from Cypress College’s
President Dr. Bob Simpson

Cypress College is a place where very special things happen. Graduation is the pinnacle of achievement for our college community and represents our most special activity. It is my honor to salute your success as a member of the Class of 2013. Each of you has completed this portion of your educational journey marked with sacrifices, academic and personal growth, and ultimately, excellence. UCLA Coach John Wooden, who is known for The Pyramid of Success, said: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” I believe that the most special aspect of Cypress College is that each of you—our students—illustrate such success by demonstrating what is possible through your achievement in the classroom. You accepted the challenge to sacrifice, and to do the necessary work, while maintaining balance in your lives, whether you were able to pursue your studies full-time or took a longer route by combining work and family responsibilities. As you consider all the opportunities that are opening up to you, do not forget that—even during these difficult economic times—you excelled in your commitment and persistence, and it was your determination that led to the achievement of your goals and dreams. I sincerely believe that you are now equipped to build upon this foundation, to go out into the world, to accept any challenge and do whatever is necessary to achieve your continuing dreams. On May 23, as you approach the stage to accept your degree, you can have peace of mind that you have rightfully earned the respect of your family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Like you, I am a product of California’s system of public education, to which I owe a debt of gratitude and give credit for the success I have had in my life. It is important to remember that what now distinguishes you is the effort you have made and your commitment to your future. Being faithful to that vision will continue to guide your path. It is truly an honor for me to once again congratulate you on your achievement.

Commencement 2014
YOUR BIG DAY!

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 23, 2014. The ceremony will be held in the front of the college in Gateway Plaza.

Schedule of events
5:00 p.m. Gathering in the theater
6:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins

Reception – immediately following ceremony

The ceremony will feature faculty, special guests, and various speakers

Please plan to attend a reception for graduates, family and friends, as well as faculty and staff, immediately after the ceremony. Refreshments will be served compliments of the Associated Students.

CAPS and GOWNS

Caps and Gowns are required for the ceremony.

The commencement caps and gowns will be available for distribution at the Student Activities Center, located south of the pond in the center of campus, on the following dates and times:

May 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NOTE: You will be purchasing your cap & gown for $25 at the campus Bookstore. Checks, money orders, cash, and credit cards (Visa and/or Mastercard only) are accepted. Please take the enclosed card with you to the campus Bookstore for payment, then come to the Student Activities Center for pick-up

Please be dressed in your cap and gown by 5:00 p.m. DO NOT BRING A HANDBAG or BACKPACK! (There is no one to watch your personal items. You can leave them with a family member.) You will be given final instructions for the line-up at that time, and you will be handed a 3 x 5 card to print your name on. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand the card to the reader so your name can be announced, and then you will be presented with your diploma cover.

No Assigned Seats
There is no assigned seating for students taking part in commencement. You’ll be able to sit next to special friends who are graduating with you.

GUESTS

Your family and friends are welcome at Commencement 2014. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Your guests should park in lots 1 and 9 (easiest access to the Commencement Ceremony). The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. It will last approximately 1.5 hours. Food will be sold, flowers, balloons, graduation memorabilia, etc., will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony (under the tent). Please show respect for the graduates – no bullhorns please.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
and
CLASS RINGS

available for purchase through
BALFOUR GRAD PRODUCTS
Website: www.balfour.com/college

Phone orders will be accepted with a credit card @ 800-952-7002.

Order forms are available in the Bookstore:
Monday – Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Generic Graduation Announcements are available for purchase in the Bookstore.

DIPLOMA

You will not receive your actual diploma on commencement evening. Instead, you will receive your diploma cover as you cross the stage. The Admissions and Records Office will send you your diploma after verification that all requirements have been met.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Audience members are requested to remain seated during the ceremony.

Photographs can be taken in the plaza after the ceremony. Students will have their photos taken as they graduate by a professional photographer from Grad Images. Cypress College President, Bob Simpson, will also be available for photos with students after the ceremony.

Proofs of photos will be sent to students soon after graduation. Promotional photos taken by college staff will be posted on the Web at https://www.cypresscollege.edu

For information on caps and gowns, and the graduation ceremony contact Student Activities Center @ 714-484-7199
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For all other information regarding graduation requirements, etc., contact the Admissions & Records Office at 714-484-7433

North Orange County Community College District
Board of Trustees:
Jeffrey P. Brown
Barbara Dunsheath
Leonard Lahtinen
Michael B. Matsuda
Molly McClanahan
Donna Miller
M. Tony Ontiveros
Student Trustee, Cypress College
Student Trustee, Fullerton College
Dr. Ned Doffoney, Chancellor
Dr. Bob Simpson, President, Cypress College
 
The North Orange County Community College District, in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. The District is also committed to maintaining campuses that are free of harassment, drugs and alcohol. A copy of the District’s full policy on non-discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault treatment and counseling, and maintenance of a drug-free environment is available in the District Human Resources Office.

Spring Break is April 14-20, 2014

Cypress College’s spring break runs April 14-20. This includes the campus being closed completely April 18-20 for the spring holiday.

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The full academic calendar for 2013-2014 is available here. For those planning ahead, the 2014-2015 calendar is also online.

myGateway Down for Maintenance on Sunday, March 30

The myGateway portal, along with Banner database services, will be unavailable on Sunday, March 30, 2014 because of scheduled maintenance.

myGateway Landing Page

The anticipated maintenance period will be begin at 5 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude at noon. Blackboard will remain available during this maintenance.

Career Planning Center Helps Students with Goals, Decisions

The Cypress College Career Planning Center and career counseling help students answer questions, set goals, and make decisions as to foster both educational and occupational success.

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Have you ever wondered:

  • Where will you be 5 years from today?
  • What work will you be doing?
  • Where will you be working?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • How did you choose this career?

If so, contact the Career Planning Center today for a career counseling appointment at (714) 484-7120. The Career Planning Center is located in the Student Center on the second floor. You can also email: careercenter@cypresscollege.edu.

Discounted Internet, Apps Available Through State Foundation

Students and employees are eligible to purchase discounted software and internet access through the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ CollegeBuys service. CollegeBuys helps students and employees gain access to the software and tools needed to succeed.

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The foundation is highlighting three current deals:

  • Mobile Citizen: Through a partnership between CollegeBuys and Mobile Citizen, community college students, faculty, and staff can purchase either a CLEAR Desk Modem or a CLEAR Mobile Hotspot for just $39.99 (available to colleges where service coverage is available). Monthly subscriptions are only $15 and include unlimited data usage. To find out if coverage is available in your area, visit http://clear.com/coverage.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers: One-year subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud apps are available for less than $20 per month and include access to over 20 Adobe programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. This offer is available to community college students and teachers, as well as faculty and staff who qualify for the Adobe Work at Home program.
  • Rosetta Stone: CollegeBuys is now offering discounted prices on Rosetta Stone language learning software for all community college students, faculty, and staff. Visit store.collegebuys.org to learn more.

Priority Registration Revised to Meet New State Requirements

CHANGES TO FALL 2014 PRIORITY REGISTRATION

As part of the Student Success Act 2012, Cypress College priority registration is changing. To guarantee eligibility for Priority Enrollment for fall 2014, all New and Returning Students must meet ALL of the following requirements prior to May 30, 2014:

  1. Complete the assessment process — math and English placement tests (or equivalent),
  2. Attend an orientation session, and
  3. Complete a one-semester education plan.

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However, any students completing the above requirements after May 30, may still be eligible for priority registration on a first come, first served basis.

Returning and Continuing Students must:

  1. Be in good academic and/or progress standing – not have been placed on academic dismissal and not on probationary status for two consecutive terms;
  2. Have completed 75% or more units with A, B,C, CR, and P; and
  3. Have not earned more than 100 degree-applicable units (at Cypress and Fullerton).
 Updated: April 9, 2014

Addendum to 2013-2014 Catalog Incorporates New Transfer Degrees

Cypress College has published an addendum to its 2013-2014 Catalog. The addendum incorporates new transfer degrees that were approved by the state after the official catalog was published.

New Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) options are included in this 2013-14 catalog addendum. These degrees were state-approved after the hard copy catalog publication date. Please note all new majors are available to students for this academic year.

The 2013-2014 Catalog Addendum document (pdf) can be viewed here. The full 2013-2014 Catalog (pdf) is here. You can also visit the catalog page of the Cypress College website.

Transfer Fair on March 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

A Transfer Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. between the Cypress College Complex and the Theater Arts buildings. The fair offers an opportunity to meet with representatives of various four-year campuses for students interested in transfer following the first two years of coursework at Cypress College.

In addition to the fair, representative appointments are available for students interested in meeting with Chapman University and Cal Poly Pomona. Three workshops have also been scheduled:

  • Transferring to a UC — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-406
  • Pre-Law Workshop — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-405
  • Next Steps for Transferring to CSUF — 2:30-3:30 p.m., CCCPLX-414

Transfer Fair college gear

For more information or to register for a workshop or schedule a representative appointment, please contact the Transfer Center at (714) 484-7129.

Bookstore Sale on Thursday and Friday

The Cypress College Bookstore is holding a sale on Thursday and Friday (February 20 and 21). In addition to items in the store itself, the sale will extend to the auxiliary site at Friday night’s Legends of Hoops basketball game honoring Americana Men of the Year and alumni Swen Nater and Mark Eaton.

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Discounts will apply to the following:

  • All Sweatshirts 25% Off
  • Drinkware 25% Off
  • Writing Instruments 25% Off Both Emblematic and Non-Emblematic
  • All Backpacks 25% Off
  • 25% Off all Brands of Ear Buds
  • 25% Off Reference Books

IRS Form 1098-T and Emails from the NOCCCD

We have received several inquiries about emails sent to students regarding their IRS 1098-T tax forms. Because some have expressed concern that the communication from the North Orange County Community College District was either spam or a phishing attempt, we want to clarify that emails on this topic from the address donotreply@mg.nocccd.edu are indeed valid.

The 1098-T is an IRS document to be included with tax returns, as we wrote about in this earlier post. The form is a tuition statement that may result in a tax deduction (more information on this below the NOCCCD email).

For those who are curious, the NOCCCD is the local governing body for Cypress College, Fullerton College, and the School of Continuing Education. The web address mg.nocccd.edu is the new location for myGateway — and a very good one to bookmark, FYI.

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Here is the full email sent from the NOCCCD staff:

Hi,

This message is for Cypress College and Fullerton College students who are scheduled to receive a 1098-T form from us for tax year 2013. You are receiving this message from the North Orange County Community College District on behalf of our two colleges because your 1098-T information will be sent to the IRS for tax year 2013.

The IRS is requiring us to ask that you make sure your legal name and Social Security Number are correct in our system. If you have not provided that information or have used a nickname when you registered with us, you can correct that information in person by going to the Admissions & Records office.

HERE’S SOME BACKGROUND INFO:

As a student at Cypress College or Fullerton College in 2013, the college is required to prepare and provide you a Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, if you have had reportable activity, per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The information on the 1098-T form is also required to be submitted by us to the IRS.

We will use the information in our system to prepare these forms. This information includes your name and social security number. The IRS requires that your legal name and social security number be used on these forms. If you have not provided the college with your legal name and social security number and if you receive a 1098-T form, you may be subject to fine by the IRS.

If you are an international student or have a non-resident alien status, you will not receive a 1098-T unless you request one. If you anticipate requesting a 1098-T, you must provide a valid social security number or an individual taxpayer identification number.

IF YOU NEED TO SUBMIT CORRECTED INFO:

If you need to provide or change the social security number or the legal name that is in our system, please complete and sign the IRS form W-9S (nocccd.edu/pdfs/W9S.pdf), Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, and turn it in in person to the Admissions and Records Office on your college by 02/28/14. Please bring your social security card with you as well as a picture id.

If you were also a student in 2011 or 2012, you may have received a separate letter from us requesting this same information. You are only required to respond to our request once in a calendar year. Therefore, if you have already submitted this information this year, your information will be updated and you need not submit it again this calendar year.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

A question & answer sheet that may address some common concerns about this process can be obtained in the following link (nocccd.edu/pdfs/QA1098T.pdf)

If you still have questions, please contact the Admissions and Records Offices at your campus.

  • Cypress College Admissions and Records Office: Student Center Building, (714) 484-7346
  • Fullerton College Admissions and Records Office: 2000 Building, (714) 992-7075

HERE’S THE LEGAL STUFF:
Under Internal Revenue Code Section 6722(a)(1), the College incurs a $100 penalty for each incorrect Form 1098-T. In order to have this penalty waived, we must request that you provide your legal name, exactly as printed on your Social Security Card, and your Social Security Number. You can be assured that we will only use this information to comply with the IRS rules and for no other purpose. In fact, we are prohibited by California law from providing your personal information except where required by Federal and California law.

Further, you are required to provide this information to us or you could be fined $50 by the IRS in accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 6723.

Here is some information about the 1098-T directly from the IRS:

An eligible educational institution, such as a college or university in which you are enrolled, and an insurer who makes reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses to you must furnish this statement to you. You, or the person who can claim you as a dependent, may be able to claim an education credit on Form 1040 or 1040A, only for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid in 2014. To see if you qualify for the credit, and for help in calculating the amount of your credit, see Pub. 970, Tax Benefits for Education; Form 8863, Education Credits; and the Form 1040 or 1040A instructions.

You can read their full description and see a sample document at: irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1098t.pdf.

Online Tutoring Begins February 1

As of February 1, 2014, the Library and Learning Resource Center at Cypress College provides students with access to online tutoring services from Smarthinking. With Smarthinking, students can chat with a live tutor up to 24 hours a day from ANY internet connection. Tutors are available to work with you in a wide range of subjects including writing (for any course), math (basic math through calc II), accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, anatomy & physiology, physics, chemistry, office applications, and Spanish. You can also submit completed drafts of your writing assignments from any course to Smarthinking’s Essay Center for a tutor to review. The tutor will provide you with detailed, personalized feedback about your paper, typically within 24 hours.

Video Conference

To connect with a tutor, follow these steps:

  1. Go to web.cypresscollege.edu/smarthinking
  2. Enter your Banner ID and PIN.
  3. Use your Smarthinking account whenever you need help with your courses, but bear in mind that are you limited to 7 hours per semester for all courses.

Need help with your writing assignments?
If you have questions about grammar, style (APA or MLA), organization, or just have general questions about writing, then choose Writing (All Subjects) in the Drop In Tutoring area. This option can also support you with pre-writing activities such as brainstorming, outlining, or thesis development.

If you have a completed draft of your paper ready to submit for review, submit it to the Smarthinking Essay Center by selecting the Essay Center choice under Writing Center. A professional writing tutor will give you the help that you need to improve your paper and your overall writing skills. You can access the tutor’s response on your Smarthinking Personal Archive tab within about 24 hours.

Need help with Math, Science, or Business Courses?
Connect with a live tutor by choosing the subject area in which you need help under Drop In Tutoring. Then use the whiteboard to start a chat session with a professional tutor and type your question. After you have typed your question(s) or problem(s), click the Enter Question button. You may have to wait a few minutes to get connected but once you do, you’ll have the tutor’s full and undivided attention! You can also load graphics and PDFs into the whiteboard so if the problem that you need help with includes a drawing or graphic, choose the “Share Document” icon in the whiteboard. Using that tool, you can upload screenshots, pictures, or PDF copies of your textbook, making it easier for you and the tutor to communicate.

How to Use an Add Code to Enroll in a Course

Need help using an add code to enroll in a course? Here’s the answer in 8 simple steps.

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  1. Login to myGateway
  2. Click on “Add or Drop Classes”
  3. Select the Current Term
  4. Select “Registered–Web” (For students adding from the waitlist. Otherwise, add the CRN. In some cases waitlisted students may first need to drop the waitlist and then add the CRN.)
  5. Click “Confirm Your Choices”
  6. Enter Your Add Code and Then Click “Validate”
  7. Click “Submit Changes”
  8. Click “Complete Registration”

In most cases, the last day to add classes is February 9 (this applies to semester-length courses). Please pay attention to the add and drop deadlines in the online and printed class schedule.

Financial Aid Disbursement Information

Students who are anticipating a financial aid disbursement can find personalized information in their myGateway account. General information about disbursement dates is located at the Financial Aid office.

Spring 2014 Financial Aid disbursement chart.

Spring 2014 Financial Aid disbursement chart.

In order to be considered for the first payment (the first Friday of classes, January 31, 2014), students must have completed their file with the Financial Aid office by January 19, 2014.

The Financial Aid Office is located on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, and can be reached at (714) 484-7114.

1098-T Tax Forms Now Available in myGateway

The IRS tax form 1098-T is now available for students in myGateway.

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Here is the information from our friends on the myGateway team:

ATTENTION STUDENTS!

2013 Tax time is approaching! Quickly and conveniently access your Tuition Payment Statement through myGateway! Your IRS Tax Form 1098-T can be immediately viewed and readily available for your tax information, and you’ll be helping the environment by saving paper!

For instant access to your IRS Form 1098-T E-Form, simply visit myGateway, click on the Student tab if you’re not already there, click the Student Records link, and click the IRS Form 1098-T: Tuition Payment Statement link. You will be directed to an electronic consent form. Just click “E-FORM” and you’re set!

Read our earlier post on the topic for information about your one-time decision electing to receive the form via email or mail.

UPDATE: Everything you ever wanted to know about IRS Form 1098-T, and more! Or: “Is the 1098-T email I received valid?”

Online Workshop: "Study Skills: Train the Brain"

The Career Planning Center is offering an online workshop to help students with study skills. Registration for “Study Skills: Train the Brain” can be completed online.

Effective study habits translate into positive workplace skills which are often referred to as “soft skills” or “transferrable skills.” Today’s complex job market requires workers to have more education and skill than ever before. The work world that students will experience will demand new skills in career self-management. Students must prepare to respond effectively to a labor market characterized by volatility, global competition, contingent employment, and the need to continuously improve academic and work-related skills.

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For those students whose instructor or program managers offer extra credit for participation in this workshop, enrollment verification is available upon completion of  the pre-quiz, workshop presentation, post-quiz, and evaluation. Students will need to request this by clicking on the Extra Credit tab in the Online Workshop program.

The Career Planning Center plans to provide online workshops in the areas of Time Management, Goal Setting, Resume Writing, and Interview Techniques. The center’s employees welcome input on additional topics.

The next workshop is “Time Management Tips & Tricks.” It is planned for this March.

For more information, contact Deann Burch, Career Center Coordinator, at (714) 484-7121.

Parking-Permit Grace Period Through Feb. 2

Good information from our Campus Safety Team:

There is a one-week grace period for parking from January 27, 2014 – February 2,  2014. Students may park in student spaces without a permit.

A valid parking permit is required beginning February 3, 2014.

Cars in parking lot

 

Please note: 

Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

We appreciate you assistance,

The Campus Safety Team

Welcome Back FAQ: Information to Help Get the Semester Off to a Great Start

Cypress College classes begin on Monday, January 27. To welcome you back and help get your semester off to a great start, here is some helpful information.

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YOUR FIRST DAY:
On the first day of classes — Monday, January 27 — please plan to arrive early. Parking can be congested and you’ll also want to be certain to arrive on time for your classes. It is very important not to miss the first class meeting. Also, please note that if your class is not scheduled to meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend on the first Monday of the semester.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:
Cypress College registration is completed entirely online, which means you can log in from wherever you are to pick your spring 2014 courses. You can also continue to add classes following your registration time. To login to myGateway, you need your student ID number and your PIN. If you don’t know your student ID number, you can obtain it from the Admissions and Records Office by visiting them on the first floor of the Student Center, or by calling (714) 484-7346. At midnight on the day an individual class begins, you will no longer be able to add that class in myGateway without an add code. To add the class at that point, you will want to petition (see below).

PETITIONING, WAITLISTS, AND AUTHORIZATION CODES:
If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from cypresscollege.edu and nocccd.edu.

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

PARKING PERMITS AND STUDENT ID CARDS:
Students who have already purchased a parking permit and/or a Student ID card will receive these items in the mail. If you do not receive them by Wednesday, January 29, 2014, you will want to pick the items up in Line B, on the first floor of the Student Center.

To have your photo ID made, you will need to bring the semester sticker, your “schedule bill” printout, and a valid picture ID to the Photo ID center, which is also on the first floor of the Student Center.

NOTE: A complete listing of first-week service hours is available here.

1098-T Forms to be Available by January 31

IRS Form 1098-T will be available by January 31, 2014 for students who meet the criteria to receive the document.

Students make a one-time decision in myGateway to elect to either download the tax document or have it mailed to them. Students will be notified in their myGateway message channel when the document is available.

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Some students received erroneous notifications that the 1098-T was available because of an error while IT staff was testing distribution. Students should disregard any self-printed 1098-T forms that were downloaded prior to January 24.

UPDATE: The forms are available as of January 28.

Scholarship Applications Now Available

The annual scholarship application process is underway, with applications available to students in the Foundation Office, Financial Aid, and online. There are two separate applications: one for all scholarships administered through the Cypress College Foundation and another for the Bernard Osher Foundation scholarship.

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Foundation scholarships are due February 19. The Osher is awarded based on financial need on a first-submitted basis. The online versions are PDF forms, which can be completed in the electronic document. Both the electronic and paper applications must be submitted in person to the Financial Aid Office.

Campus Closed Monday, January 20, to Observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Cypress College will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014, to observe the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The college will reopen on Tuesday with service hours expanded in key areas in advance of the start of the spring 2014 semester.

Martin Luther King JR at the Lincoln Memorial

Instruction begins on Monday, January 27, 2014.

A complete listing of service hours is available here.

On Monday, January 20, the college will also be performing some tests and preventive maintenance service on our high voltage system. This service will require a total campus shut down. The power to the campus will be off from 5 a.m. until approximate 6 p.m. It may prevent operation of campus email, the phone system, or campus website; myGateway will be unaffected by this work.

Update Bookmarks to myGateway

With the recent upgrade of myGateway, the web URL address has changed to mg.nocccd.edu. Students who enter the former web address, myGateway.nocccd.edu, will be redirected to the new address. Clicking on the myGateway links on the campus websites will also send users to the new URL.

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However, if a user has previously bookmarked a specific page in myGateway, the redirection will not properly resolve to the new address, resulting in an error. Therefore, to ensure proper access, users should remove previous bookmarks for myGateway and create new ones using mg.nocccd.edu.

myGateway Update: WebStar Access Restored, Internet Explorer Issue Resolved

Here is the latest on the myGateway upgrade status:

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  • WebStar services have been restored after the myGateway team and the vendor resolved a communication issue between myGateway and Banner
  • The issue with Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) can be resolved by turning on the “Compatibility View” option on the “Tools” menu
  • The myGateway team is continuing to work on additional issues reported late last week

Counselors Available to Assist Students

A full contingent of counselors are available to assist students as the start of the spring 2014 semester approaches.

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Visit the Counseling Center on the second floor of the Student Center or call (714) 484-7015 to make an appointment.

myGateway Working, Experiencing Issues with Internet Explorer

From our NOCCCD IT staff:

Currently myGateway is operating with reduced functionality, specifically Banner functions such as finance, grade input, and WebStar are not operational. We are also receiving reports that myGateway is not functioning properly in Internet Explorer; however, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox seem to be working better. We are working with our vendors Ellucian and Oracle to resolve the issues.

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Banner and Blackboard are operational. We will keep you posted as we have more information.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IS Help Desk.

Last of Three myGateway Upgrades This Weekend

The third, and final, scheduled maintenance of the winter break is underway this weekend on the myGateway portal.

If the work goes according to plan, myGateway will resume operation by Monday.

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Here is the description from the NOCCCD myGateway team:

  • Saturday 1/4/2014 – Sunday 1/5/2014 for an Oracle upgrade; myGateway and Banner will be unavailable

These upgrades are critical to maintaining as well as improving the stability and performance of our systems for students and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Grade posting — which is a manually run process — does not take place on the weekend (for more about grades, see our Jan. 2 post). It will resume on Monday morning as soon as the computer systems become available.

Two English 100 Classes Added

Two new sections of English 100 have been added for the spring semester — and, as of this posting, space is available in both classes.

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The courses are:

Title: ENGL 100 C College Writing
CRN: 24454
Meetings: T & R, 1:35 – 3:40 p.m.
Instructor: Haven, Michael

Title: ENGL 100 C College Writing
CRN: 24455
Meetings: M & W, 2:15 – 4:20 p.m.
Instructor: Coley, Karen

Find Your Final Grades

A few students have asked about where to locate final semester grades in the myGateway portal.

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Here are the steps:

  1. Login to myGateway
  2. Click the “WebStar” icon at the upper right
  3. Click on “Student Records” link or tab
  4. Click on the “Final Grades” link

Cypress College Re-Opens Following Winter Break; Grades ‘Rolling’

Cypress College reopened following the campus’ annual winter break — and what’s likely the biggest news of concern for students is that grades are once again “rolling” into myGateway.

“Rolling” is the technical term used by staff to describe the process of making grades available to students once they have been finalized by faculty. The process is a manual one, meaning that an employee does the work.

Already this morning, 13,876 grades were “rolled” for students both here and at Fullerton College (although we dearly appreciate our students, myGateway doesn’t really care which campus you attend). The process of rolling grades is typically done three times per day.

Cypress College Student Center and Campanile

The grades posted this morning reflect entries made by faculty between December 21, 2013 and yesterday. Final grades are due from faculty on January 7.

With the campus open again, students also can use a variety of services including Admissions and Records, Assessment, Financial Aid, and other support areas. A listing of service hours during winter break is available here.

Classes begin the week of January 27.

Update: We’ve put together a post on how to find your final grades.

myGateway Back Online Through Dec. 29

The myGateway portal is back online as of this morning. The new server setup requires a change in the domain name server, which can take up to 24 hours to complete before all users can connect to the site.

myGateway is scheduled to stay online until Sunday, December 29, when additional server and database maintenance is scheduled (see below).

The mygatewaynocccd Twitter feed will be updated with changes to the status of the system, staff said late this afternoon.

myGateway landing page

Here is the timeline for the remaining system work:

  • Sunday 12/29/2013 – Monday 12/30/2013 for server maintenance; all systems will be unavailable including myGateway, Banner, and Blackboard
  • Saturday 1/4/2014 – Sunday 1/5/2014 for an Oracle upgrade; myGateway and Banner will be unavailable

These upgrades are critical to maintaining as well as improving the stability and performance of our systems for students and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

myGateway Outage Likely to Extend to Month’s End

Maintenance work on the myGateway portal has progressed much more slowly than the IT staff in the North Orange County Community College District had hoped or anticipated — and it now looks like myGateway won’t be back in service until December 30.

Originally slated to be back online tonight, the work now looks like it will extend through December 29, when a new set of maintenance procedures across a number of systems will begin.

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The mygatewaynocccd Twitter feed will be updated with changes to the status of the system, staff said late this afternoon.

Here is the timeline for the remaining system work:

  • Sunday 12/29/2013 – Monday 12/30/2013 for server maintenance; all systems will be unavailable including myGateway, Banner, and Blackboard
  • Saturday 1/4/2014 – Sunday 1/5/2014 for an Oracle upgrade; myGateway and Banner will be unavailable

These upgrades are critical to maintaining as well as improving the stability and performance of our systems for students and staff.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We’ll add our apologies for the inconvenience as well. I know many of you are waiting on grades and excited to see them. Given the heavy demand on the system at the start of the semester, this is important work to complete.

Campus Closed for Winter Break Through Jan. 1, 2014

Cypress College is closed for its annual winter break period. The campus will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

"Closed" Sign

The free online admissions application is available on the campus website at cypresscollege.edu.

During the break, this blog and the college’s social media sites will be updated with important information as necessary. The myGateway student portal will undergo maintenance at various points during the break and will be unavailable for substantial periods of time.

On behalf of all of us here at Cypress College, we wish you peace, joy, and a happy holiday season.

Fall 2013 Grades Due Jan. 7

Fall grades are due to be submitted by faculty before Wednesday, January 8, 2014. This is an extension to the original deadline because of myGateway being unavailable several days in December and January.

Most students can expect to see grades posted in advance of this deadline.

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