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START FALL 2018 WITH
WELCOME WEEK & MUSTANG MADNESS!!
Welcome Week starting 8_27

 
Join Maurice the Mustang during the first week of school for festive activities to  welcome you to - or back to - LMC! 
Throughout the week of August 27, the Office of Student Life will welcome new  and returning students with Mustang Madness - fun, activities, giveaways and  free food - all in the Outdoor Quad. For descriptions and details of all Welcome 
Week events read on, or for the full calendar of times and details, visit  Student  Life Activities and Events  
IMPORTANT DATES

 August

  • Aug 13: Open/Walk-in Registration for all regular college students
  • Aug 24: Special Student Services hours, 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (today only)
  • Aug 25: Special Saturday Student Services hours, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
  • Aug 27: Fall Semester Classes Begin
  • Aug 27: Sept 7: Late enrollment with instructor signature or late add code

 

September
  • Sept 1: College Closed - No Saturday Classes
  • Sept 3: Labor Day - HOLIDAY - College Closed
  • Sept 7: Last day to drop full-term classes with refund/credit eligibility
  • Sept 7: Last day to drop full-term classes in person without a "W"
  • Sept 7: Last day to add full-term classes
  • Sept 9: Last day to drop full-term classes online without a "W"
  • Sept 15: Last day to submit Spring 2019 Early Grad Application
  • Sept 21: Last day to request P/NP
  • Sept 28: Native American Day - HOLIDAY - College Closed

 

More important dates
ENROLLMENT NEWS
 
First Time_ Full Time_ Free Tuition

FREE Tuition for First-time, Full-time Students!
Beginning this fall semester, Los Medanos College is offering tuition-free college for all first-time, full-time students for a whole year! As a part of our College Promise effort, we are launching the The 4CD Promise: "First Time + Full Time = Free Tuition" (FT3)  program this fall 2018 term. 
 
Here's how it works: 
  •     Be a first time college student 
  •     Enroll in a minimum of 12 units for the fall 2018 term 
  •     Complete a super quick FTapplication/pledge  
  •     Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application 
  •     Have an educational plan on file 
  •     Complete a minimum of 12 units for the fall 2018 term with a GPA of 2.0 or higher 
  •     Receive a full refund of all of your enrollment fees!!! 
Once you have successfully completed the fall 2018 semester, we will automatically enroll you in the program again for spring 2019.  After completing 12 units in the spring 2019 semester with at least a 2.0 GPA, you will earn another refund of your enrollment fees.

Learn more by visiting College Promise 
STUDENT LIFE HAPPENINGS

Welcome Week
Monday, August 27: Open House
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Office of Student Life
Welcome back, Mustangs! Are you interested in learning about how to become involved on campus? Curious about the services and resources that are provided by the Office of Student Life? Need help finding classes? We can help. Come to our Open House for information, free snacks, free school supplies (while supplies last), and to make new friends!

Tuesday, August 28: Mustang Day
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Outdoor Quad
Come learn about all the clubs on campus and get involved by joining a club that interests you! We have 30+ clubs for you to check out. Various college departments will also be on hand to provide resources for you to succeed at LMC. Free hot dogs, pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served by your college administrators! Come on by and join the fun!

Wednesday, August 29: Brentwood Day
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Brentwood Center
Learn about the LMC departments at the Brentwood Center and all they have to offer. We will be giving away pizza and free school supplies (while they last)!

Thursday, August 30: Mustang Evening
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Outdoor Quad
Want to cool off from the heat before heading to class? Come join us this evening to grab free ice cream and to learn about how you can get involved on campus!

Celebrate the end of Summer August 31st_

Friday, August 31: End of the Summer Bash
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Outdoor Quad
It's the end of summer and what better way to end it than with a music festival? There will be live music, clubs for you to join, food, and tons of fun! Admission is free, and all ages are welcome!
Please visit Student Life Events for more information.


Food Pantry - Healthy body_ healthy mind
Food Pantry Opens August 27 for the Fall Semester
The Food Pantry is a department-run pantry that provides free food for LMC students and is located in the College Complex, Level 3, next to the main door of the Cafeteria. Feel free to stop by and sign-up for food and toiletries!
 
Fall Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
Please visit The LMC Food Pantry for more information.


Student Senator Applications
Interested in making a difference at LMC? Want to have a voice in important decisions that affect students? Looking to gain experience and develop leadership skills? If your answers are yes, please consider joining the Los Medanos College Student Government (LMCAS)!
 
The deadline to apply for the Fall 2018 Semester is Monday, October 1 by 5:00 p.m. Please submit your application to John Nguyen at the Office of Student Life. For more information, please contact knguyen@losmedanos.edu

Download a Student Senator Application, or pick one up in the Office of Student Life..


REGISTRATION UPDATES

Fall Classes: Get Them Before They're Gone!
Whether you're just getting started, or you're looking for one more class to fill out your schedule, there's still  time to choose and register for the fall semester at LMC. To take a look at what's available in either semester length or short-term classes, click on the links below and remember, it's always advisable that you meet with a counselor at least once a semester to make sure you're staying on track with your course selections



Fall Classes Still available
 
Short on time

WEBSITE NEWS

LMC has a NEW Website!  

Mobile friendly

All the same information as before but it's now optimized for mobile devices! You can log-in to Canvas, InSite, search for classes, and access Student Services all from the global menu at the top of our website. As with all digital moves and upgrades, we might have missed something in the process. If you can't find what you are looking for  please let us know!


InSIte 2.0: New Look with Improved Format
On July 1, the college officially switched over to a new navigation style. All of the previous InSite  functions are still accessible to students, but are now conveniently arranged into a "tile" format. Students are encouraged to log-in and take some time to get familiar with the new layout. Remember, if you have questions or run into trouble, you can contact the Welcome Center at LMCQuestions@losmedanos.edu, or (925) 726-9895
BOOKSTORE HOURS & INFO
 
Image of the LMC book store

Bookstore Hours
Regular hours
Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Extended Bookstore Hours
August 25 - 31
Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (August 25 only)

Book Sales at the Brentwood Center
August 23 - September 10
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cash, Visa, and Mastercard accepted
Sales only; refunds, exchanges & rentals must be done at the Pittsburg campus.

Refund Deadlines
Refund deadline for any reason - September 4
Books must be in original condition and the original receipt is required.
Refund deadline for dropped classes - September 10
Books must be in original condition, and the original receipt and class schedule are required.

Textbook Buyback - Pittsburg Campus
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 11 & 12, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Important: Be sure to bring all CDs, DVDs and other supplemental materials that were purchased with your textbooks.

Visit the LMC Bookstore website to order books online.
Check out the LMC Bookstore on Facebook for other bookstore information.

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FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Important Fall 2018 Deadlines
Fall Financial Aid Appeals - October 29
Direct Loan Request Form - October 29
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Quiz - October 29
 
Apply for Financial Aid Today!
We know that paying for college is a big challenge, and we are here to help you take advantage of all available financial resources. To apply, complete the easy 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application. If you need help with FAFSA, check out the cool FAFSA Overview video.
 
I Filed a 2018-2019 FAFSA. Now What?
Within 1-2 weeks from submitting a FAFSA, the financial aid office will send you an email notifying you of your next steps. Check your InSite Portal to see if you need to submit financial aid documents for the 2018-2019 application year. All forms and/or documents received by the financial aid office can take between 4-6 weeks to process. Once your forms are processed, you will be notified via InSite email of your financial aid eligibility.
 
Has Your Income Been Reduced Since The 2016 Tax Year? 
Although the 2018-2019 FAFSA is based on 2016 income,  if their income has changed significantly, s tudents can meet with a financial aid advisor to reevaluate their eligibility . Please contact your financial aid advisor to schedule an appointment to review your options.
 
Select your Financial Aid Funding Option Today!
Los Medanos College has contracted with BankMobile Disbursements to issue student financial aid. The new disbursement/refund program will give you the following options for receiving your financial aid:
  • Electronic Deposit to Your Personal Bank Account (ACH)
  • Electronic Deposit to a BankMobile Vibe Account
  • Paper Check Delivered by USPS
Since all students MUST select a refund delivery preference from the options listed above, h ere's what you need to do:
 
1. Update your mailing address.
BankMobile will mail a Refund Selection Kit to the current address on your student record. To ensure that LMC has your current mailing address, please sign onto the InSite App to verify your address by selecting "Settings", then "View/Change Contact Information". Select "Add New Address" if you need to submit an address change.
 
2. Look for the green envelope.
Look for your Refund Selection Kit. It will arrive in a bright green envelope to the address on your student record and contain instructions for selecting your refund preference.
 
3. Sign onto InSite to make your choice.
Once your kit arrives, sign onto the InSite App to select how you would like to receive your money. Select "Financial Aid", then "My FA Disbursements", and then "BankMobile - First time Setup."

For more information, visit BankMobile
 
Important Message: Los Medanos College has ended service with our previous disbursement provider, BlackBoardPay. Any students with the Money Network CollegeCash prepaid debit card are notified that the card and ATM access will no longer work beginning June 1, 2019. This gives students a year to spend their funds or transfer funds to a personal bank account. To transfer remaining funds to a personal bank account, call Money Network at 1-800-822-4283. If you take no action, a paper check will be mailed with your remaining balance after June 1, 2019.


2017-18 Financial Aid Document Deadline
If you applied for financial aid during the 2017-2018 academic year, but never submitted documents, it's not too late. All items in your 2017-2018 Missing Information Checklist (MICL) posted on InSite, must be resolved and/or submitted to the financial aid office by the Summer Payment Document Deadline  of S eptember 7.  Applicants who fail to provide documentation within the specified time period will not be packaged or awarded aid.
 

Financial Aid Drop In Hours
If you would like to speak with a financial aid advisor about your personal circumstances in a confidential and private setting, drop-In hours are available. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Fall  Drop-in dates and hours are:
 
September 10 - December 19
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
 
Financial Aid Lab & Hours
If you need help with any aspect of financial aid, the lab located on level 3 of the Student Services Center is the place to go. There can receive assistance with:
  • Your FSA ID and password
  • A New FAFSA/CA Dream Act or renewal
  • New Email Access
  • Adding a School Code
  • InSite for Financial Aid
Fall Lab dates and hours are:

August 20- September 7
Tuesday: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

September 10 - December 19
Tuesday: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For questions or assistance go Financial Aid, or call (925) 473-7525.
 
BRENTWOOD CENTER NEWS
 
Fall Parking Information
Parking is free at the Brentwood Center, but there are some restricted areas. Review the parking map to see where you may park.
 
The areas are:
Purple - free public parking for LMC students and customers of neighboring businesses
Yellow - require an employee permit
Green - time limited (20 minute and 60 minute)
Red - private/restricted
 
There is ample off-site parking on the nearby streets, Business Center Drive and Technology Way  ( see alternate parking map).  Plan to arrive early for classes, anticipating that you may need to park across the street and make the short walk to the Center.
 
Note that after the first few weeks of the semester, parking eases up a bit to make parking near campus a little easier. You will also  find this information on the LMC Maps & Directions webpage
 
 
Book Sales at the Brentwood Center
Fall textbooks for Brentwood classes will be on sale at The Brentwood Center August 23 through September 10, during the following hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 

Brentwood Center Student Services
The Brentwood Student Services office is located just inside the front entry. Available hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Services include: 
  • Admissions & Records 
  • Bookstore (during the first three weeks of each semester)
  • DSPS counseling and accommodations
  • Financial Aid
  • Library Services - textbook reserve
  • Technical Support for the Computer lab, Student Printing and WIFI
  • Wellness CounselingCWEE Workshops

CWEE Workshops
Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is a program where the student, employer, and college faculty work together to combine academic study and the student's current work experience. CWEE students may earn up to 4 units per semester while developing marketable career skills. Workshops will be held in room BRT 9 on Wednesday, August 29, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, September 6, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. No appointment is needed and all students are welcome. Visit the CWEE webpage for more information.

 
Mustang Madness! 
Visit the Student Life tables in the Brentwood Center main hallway on Wednesday, August 29, between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. to learn about Student Life Activities, Leadership Programs, Clubs and More! Get Involved! Make a Difference! Come have some free pizza!
 

Student Wellness Program
The Student Wellness Program is a partnership between the Contra Costa Community College District and JFK University's Community Counseling Centers. The program allows LMC students to receive short-term personal counseling services that address the challenges they experience both in and out of the classroom, and include:
  • Free, confidential individual and/or specialized group counseling
  • A safe and welcoming environment to share feelings
  • Warm and caring therapists* (*JFK University graduate trainees and interns, supervised by licensed clinicians.
Visit the Student Wellness Program  page for additional information, contact information and to schedule a confidential appointment.