Are You Prepared for Next Semester?

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Article by: Dr. Quintin Bullock, CCAC President
First Summer classes are in full swing, Second Summer classes are starting up on July 5, and before you know it, Fall 2016 classes (beginning August 22 and September 6) will be upon us as well.
 
Whether you’re returning to CCAC or starting college for the very first time, here are some things you should cross off your to-do list before fall classes begin.

1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may be eligible for federal financial aid that you can use to fund your studies at CCAC.

But don’t stop there—the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) can also offer Pennsylvania applicants additional opportunities for scholarships, grants and other forms of financial assistance.

And of course, the CCAC Educational Foundation Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS) makes it easy to apply for CCAC scholarships simply by filling out a single application form. One and done!

2. If this is your first time at CCAC, there are two things you absolutely, positively must do before you can register for your classes.

First, you must take a placement test. Placement tests sound scary, but I promise, you can’t fail them! Placement tests are just a tool to ensure that new students get registered for the mathematics and English electives that best encourage their academic success.

Second, all new CCAC students must complete an online orientation. It contains all of the helpful information you’ll need to start off at CCAC on the right foot.

I also strongly encourage new students to schedule an in-person orientation. Not only do you get a tour of your new campus and classrooms, but you can also obtain your parking pass and student ID before classes start as well as meet some of the CCAC staff and faculty.

3. Schedule a meeting with a CCAC academic advisor. Though our program checksheets are available online for reference, working with an advisor to schedule your classes is the best way to ensure you’re on track for your major.

4. Check the CCAC academic calendar by visiting MyCCAC to make sure you’ve either paid for classes or set up a payment plan by the payment deadlines.

Sometimes life can throw unwanted surprises in our path. If you are unsure if you will be able to start classes this semester, please know that we are happy to work with you to accommodate your needs. If, however, you still must defer your studies, pay close attention to the add/drop dates in the academic calendar so you are able to receive the maximum refund.

5. Login to MyCCAC and get familiar with it. MyCCAC will be your one-stop shop for many useful tools and resources while you’re a student, and it’s loaded with valuable information. You can even download a mobileapp for maximum convenience!

6. Make sure to follow @CCACAlerts on Twitter and turn on text notifications. @CCACAlerts is how we communicate important information about campus closures and other urgent emergencies to the college community.

CCAC also has Facebook, non-emergency Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Flickr accounts you can follow for all kinds of fun and informative content. Be sure to check the CCAC Social Media page for more campus or program-specific CCAC social media accounts to follow (including a Twitter account run by Yours Truly).

7. Pick up your textbooks so you’re ready for your classes from day one. The CCAC Bookstore at each campus has all the books you need, as well as a lot of great school supplies and CCAC apparel.
 
Good luck this semester! I’m taking a brief blogging hiatus in July, but check back on August 30 for my next post. Have a great summer!

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