December 2017
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Winter Recess is Coming! 

The Fall 2017 semester is winding down and your long-awaited, well-earned winter break is near!  You've made it through to finals through grit, determination, caffeine, questionable snacks, and hopefully with a little help from your family, friends, and all of us at Los Medanos College. 

As always, everyone at LMC wishes you the very best and hope you havea wonderful break. See you in 2018!

Happy Holidays Video


  • December 9-15 - Final Exams  
  • December 15 - Last day of instruction
  • December 20 - College closes at 5:00 p.m.
  • December 21 - January 2 - Winter Recess - College Closed   
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - College Closed
  • January 16 - Submit Early Summer 2018 Graduation Application
  • January 20 - Spring 2018 Classes Begin
  • January 22 - February 2 - Late Enrollment with add codes
  • February 2 - Last day to add/drop full term classes in person with a refund and without a "W"
  • February 4 - Last day to drop full term classes online with a refund and without a "W"
  • February 15 - Last day to request Pass/No Pass on courses marked with SC


We All Need a Little Help Sometimes 
As students, many of you already know how valuable Student Services can be. But, for those who aren't aware, take a look at the list of Student Support Services hours, locations, and contacts that are available at both the Pittsburg Campus and the Brentwood Center.

From Admissions & Records to Welcome Services and everything in between, LMC has support resources you need. Start the new year and the Spring semester off right, by getting familiar with the useful offices and eager people who are available and willing to help you succeed!


Outreach & Welcome Services is Hiring Student Ambassadors for Spring 2018!
Outreach & Welcome Services is looking for Student Ambassadors for Spring 2018. Gain leadership skills while helping other students enroll at LMC, and earn money while doing it! Good candidates will be interested in helping others navigate the college enrollment steps, have a 2.75 GPA (or higher), and able to work 8-12 hours per week.

Stop by the Welcome Desk in the Student Services Lobby to pick up an application, or to access the application online (and read about our current Ambassadors), go to our MEET THE AMBASSADORS web link. Return all completed applications to the Welcome Desk by Wednesday, January 10.  But don't wait for the deadline, apply today! We could be reading your bio next!

If you have questions or want more information, call Welcome Services at (925) 473-7433 or email
Learn about PTEC

Process Technology (PTEC) Information Sessions
Want to learn about what the Process Technology Program is all about? Want to know about careers and how the PTEC program can get you there?  .

Information Session Dates 
Friday, Dec. 15,  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

All PTEC information sessions take place in the LMC  Library Community Room (L109). 

ETEC Information sessions

The East Bay Career Advancement Academy (CAA) is offering a one semester, 12.5 unit ETEC program in Spring 2018. Graduates of the program work in industries with intricate electrical systems and  need employees with high level skills to succeed in their globally competitive markets. All student fees, including books and supplies, are provided to program participants. 

Information Session Dates 
Thursday, December 14, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20,  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 4, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m..

All CAA ETEC information sessions take place in the LMC  Library, Conference Room 105. 

Join Student Government

Apply to be a Student Senator  
Are you interested in making a difference at LMC? Want to have a voice in important decisions that affect you and other students? Looking to gain great experience and develop leadership skills? If you answered yes, please consider joining the student government and apply to become a Senator with the  Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) for Spring 2018!
Applications are available in the Office of Student Life or you can download an application at The deadline to apply is Friday, February 23, at 3:00 p. m. Submit your application to John Nguyen at the Office of Student Life.
For more information, please contact 
Food for Thought
LMC's Student Government will be giving away free muffins, fruit, water, granola bars, coffee, and more during Finals Week! Stop by the Indoor Quad, December 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. - noon to learn about your student government and what they can do for you!

Jazz Concert December 13

LMC Winter Jazz Concert

To celebrate the season, come out to enjoy a festive musical event! On Wednesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room MU-720), the LMC Winter Jazz Concert will feature-

Brentwood Big Band
Heritage High School Jazz Ensemble I
Los Medanos College Jazz Combo
Heritage High School Jazz Combo I

Admission is $8 General Admission or $5 Students & Seniors

If you have questions or want more information contact Aaron Nakaji  or phone (925) 473-7805.

Textbook Buyback

Pittsburg campus
Monday - Thursday, December 11 - 14, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Brentwood Center
Wednesday - Thursday, December 13 - 14, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Important: Be sure to bring all CDs, DVDs and other supplemental materials that were purchased with your textbooks.

Textbook Rentals 
Fall 2017 textbook rentals are due back to the LMC Bookstore at the Pittsburg campus no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15.

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

Monday, December 18 - Wednesday, December 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed December 21 - January 2

Spring Textbooks
Spring 2018 textbooks will be available for purchase at the Pittsburg campus and online at on Friday, January 12. 

Continue to Receive Financial Aid in Spring 2018
Did you know that to continue to receive Financial Aid in Spring 2018, students are required to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements during Fall 2017?

The Office of Financial Aid will be reviewing Fall 2017 grades to verify that students have met SAP requirements, and will be notifying students who do not meet the requirements through InSite email.

For more information on our SAP Policy, go to:  CCCCD SAP POLICY
For more information about our Appeal process, go to: SAP APPEALS

It_s FAFSA Time_
2017-2018 FAFSA & Dream Act - 
It's Not Too Late!
Students who have not applied for FAFSA or the Dream Act may still be eligible for financial aid. Avoid long lines and delayed processing times with the approaching Spring 2018 semester by being proactive and apply now!

Jump Start Your 2018 - 2019 FAFSA
The 2018-2019 FAFSA is now being accepted. Although it is not yet being processed, we encourage students to file prior to the March 2nd priority filing deadline. Students need not wait for W2's or to file taxes. On the 2018-2019 FAFSA, students and parents will report 2016 tax information. Don't wait for the New Year - apply today!


Check Your Status
Students who have applied but have not received payment, should log into InSite and view your Checklist. Remember to submit all requested documents and/or information to complete the financial aid process in a timely manner.

To access your Checklist:

1. Log into the InSite Portal and choose Financial Aid (2017-2018) under Quicklinks .
2. Review the Checklist to identify which forms or documents you need to submit.
3. Visit the Financial Aid Office during our office hours listed below to submit the documents requested.

Students can also visit the Office of Financial Aid in the Students Services building, Room 309, to check their financial aid status. For identity protection and privacy, we require all students to provide photo identification at the time of each visit. 

Financial Aid Hours 
Pittsburg Location
Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Brentwood Location (Subject to Change)
Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fridays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Cash course
Make Your Money Count with CashCourse
College students are familiar with financial stress. From day-to-day expenses, bills, rent, tuition, and entertainment, it can feel like money is always tight. Even with the help of financial aid, money can come and go with little to show for it, so Los Medanos College has partnered with CashCourse to provide students with free financial literary resources! It's time to take control of your financial future today!

Create a free account and learn more at CashCourse.

Go to  Financial Aid Resources for more information on CashCourse and other ways to manage your finances .

Many Scholarships available
LMC Foundation Scholarships Now Open!
Nearly 40 LMC Foundation scholarship opportunities are available to both LMC continuing and transferring students. Scholarship awards range from $100 - $10,000 and  Los Medanos College students can apply now! Students who complete the online general application can be auto-matched to specific scholarship opportunities and be recommended for additional scholarship opportunities.

Transfer Scholarships Available!
Transfer scholarship opportunities are offered by individual donors, businesses, organizations, and foundations to students who will be transferring in the upcoming fall and/or spring semesters. Here is a list of upcoming Transfer Scholarships:
  • Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship - $10,000 - Apply by February 3.
  • Community College Students Scholarship - $4,000 - Apply by March 30.
  • Cal RTA Diablo Vista Scholarship - $5,000 - Apply by February 3.
  • Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Fund - $ Varies - Apply by March 18.
  • Charles & Jo Lupsha Memorial Scholarship - $5,000 - Apply by March 29.
  • Future Teachers Scholarship - $1,000 - Apply by March 29.
  • LMC Foundation Scholarships - $ Varies- Apply by February 9.
For more information and to apply visit, 

Get essay help
Need Help? Application & Essay Workshops are Available
Making sure you fill out your applications accurately and completely could be the difference between being selected or passed over. Equally important is a well written scholarship essay. Get help with both by attending a workshop. No appointment is needed.

LMC Foundation Application Workshops 
Thursday, December 14, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., College Complex, Second Floor - Room 236

Friday, January 26, 2018 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., College Complex, Second Floor - Room 236
Kennedy-King Application Workshops
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., 
Student Services Center, Assessment Center - Room 314

If you have questions regarding a scholarship or need assistance with a scholarship application, email  Scholarship Specialist,  Tammy Oranje, or call (925) 473-7518.


Student Services at the Brentwood Center
The Brentwood Center offers a variety of services for students, including Admissions/Records, Counseling, Financial Aid, and more to help you meet your academic and career goals.  Just stop by or call our office at   (925) 513-1625  for more information, to schedule an appointment, or get our drop-in hours.

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(December 21 - January 2 -  Closed for Winter Recess)

Happy kids
Brentwood Center Holiday Toy Drive
We are, once again, collecting toys for the children served by the Village Community Resource Center (VCRC) in Brentwood. This year there are 84 children between the ages of 5 and 11 that we're collecting gifts for!  We'll be accepting donations at the front office through Thursday, December 14.   If you have any questions, call or stop by the Brentwood Center front desk.  For more information about VCRC and how they help in the community, go to:
Textbook Buyback: Brentwood Center
Wednesday - Thursday, December 13 - 14, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Buy Spring Textbooks
Spring 2018 textbooks will be available for purchase at the Pittsburg campus and online at on Friday, January 12.  Brentwood textbook sale dates will be posted on the Brentwood Center website soon.
LMC Brentwood Center Scholarship
If you're currently taking six or more units at the Brentwood Center, our $500 Scholarship may be for you!  To learn more about this and many other Scholarship offerings at LMC, go to:   

Scholarship Application Workshops 
Workshops are also available to help you with scholarship applications. For workshop dates and times, at the LMC Pittsburg campus, go to:
Students at the Brentwood Center