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September 2018
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What a great start to the 2018-2019 school year! Judging from the full parking lots, you may have noticed that LMC is bursting at the seams! Our classes and hallways are also full, and we're successfully settled into the first term of our shorter, 16 week semester calendar.

Speaking of calendars, with LMC's new website, we have a great new calendar format where you can access all college events. 

Calendar choices
The LMC Master Calendar lists events for:
  • Academics
  • Art Gallery
  • Athletics
  • Music
  • STEM
  • Student Life
  • Theater
  • Transfer
You may want to bookmark the calendar link and check it often to stay up-to-date with all things LMC! 
Also, keep in mind that along with the great events planned this month to entertain, motivate and inspire you, the college also has support services to help you stay on track with your studies. So, take a few moments to read all about 'em in this edition of the Student Services eNews.



  • Sept 21: Last day to request the Pass/No Pass grade option (for courses marked SC)
  • Sept 28: Native American Day - HOLIDAY - College Closed


More Important Academic dates
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Graduating this Semester? Apply Now!
If you plan to complete requirements for an Associates Degree or a Certificate of Achievement by the end of the Fall semester, you should apply now for graduation. Hopefully you have already done so, but make sure you also review your academic record with a counselor before you apply. The Graduation Application is available online, at the Admissions & Records Office, and at the Brentwood Center. 

Term Deadline to Apply
Notification via InSite Email
Diplomas Mailed ( no later than)
Fall October 15 November 15 February 15

For more information or if you have questions, stop by Admissions & Records in the Student Services Center or the main office of the Brentwood Center, or call (925) 473-7500.
Register to vote

When We All Vote, We Can Change The World
From Saturday, September 22 to Saturday, September 29 we celebrate a week of action t
o commemorate the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Communities across the country will host voter registration events, and you can help LMC do it's part. So, go ahead and  register to vote. Then, be sure to take part in upcoming elections, because that's how you can make sure your voice is heard.

To register to vote:
For more information, check out the When We All Vote video on the LMC Library web page, and while you're there, don't forget to register to vote!


If you're looking for ways to get involved or connect with your fellow students, look no further. LMC's Student Life Office continues to offer a variety of events and activities to support LMC students and the greater community, so take a look at what they've got scheduled for the upcoming month.
Food Pantry
Pop Up Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is going on the road and will be providing free services for LMC students in the Outdoor Quad (next to the math building) every Thursday, beginning September 20 through December 6, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. For more information, go to the Food Pantry web page.
Be a hero and donate blood
Blood Drive
Come out and donate blood on Tuesday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room, L-109. Each blood donation has the power to save up to 3 lives, so sign up today at! Click on "Donate Blood" and enter Sponsor Code: LosMC
Learn the skills you need to be a leader
IMPACT Leadership Conference
Gain leadership skills, learn how to be an effective activist, and give back to your community. IMPACT is a one-day leadership retreat in a "mini conference" format held each year, and students from the entire campus are invited to participate. RSVP by October 3 on the  Student Life web page. A free shirt and lunch will be provided!
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Movie Night Series
Come enjoy free popcorn and a movie with us! We will be showing a series of movies, scheduled throughout the coming months, so mark your calendars for:
  • The Pursuit of Happyness - Tuesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m., in LCC-114.
  • There Will Be Blood - Tuesday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m., in LCC-114.
  • Inception - Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m., in LCC-114.
LMCAS Senator Openings
Are you interested in making a difference at LMC? Having a voice in important decisions that affect you and other students? Gaining great experiences and developing leadership skills? If you answered yes, please consider joining the LMC Associated Students (LMCAS) governing body.  You can fill out an application online at the LMCAS web page, or pick one up in the Office of Student Life and submit it to John Nguyen, Student Life Coordinator. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 1, by 5:00 p.m., but you can submit the application earlier. 

For more information on all Student Life activities, view the Student Life calendar, or  call (925) 473-7554.
Empowering Women

Women Wanted for Technical Careers
Los Medanos College is proud to partner with Shell Oil Company for Energize Your Destiny 2018. On Wednesday, October 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall (MU-720), LMC will host a forum that invites women to explore educational and training programs for careers in technical professions. 

The event will feature:
  • A local Training Resource Fair
  • Shell employee speaker panel
  • Resume review 
  • Application information for Shell positions
  • Breakfast, lunch, prizes, and more!
Space is limited, and registration is required so go online to the Energize Your Destiny 2018 registration form and reserve your spot today!
Transfer & Career Services

Free University Tours for LMC Students 

University tours give students an opportunity to become familiar with a variety of 4-year institutions and what each has to offer in terms of academics and student life. Transportation is provided and, unless otherwise stated, the tours are FREE! In addition, a ll tours now have pick up and drop off times for the Brentwood Center, and the Pittsburg Campus. 

To sign up, go to the University Tours web page and select the university you would like to visit. 

It's Time to Apply for Transfer
Whether you are finishing up at LMC and ready to transfer or just now getting started, make sure you are informed and prepared to take the transfer step.  The Transfer Center, located on the 4th floor of the Student Services Center, offers a variety of workshops  which are a great way to find information, learn directly from University experts or counselors, and even receive individual help on transfer applications.   To view the upcoming workshop schedule and to make an appointment, go to the Transfer Workshop web page or contact the Transfer & Career Center at (925) 473-7444.
faculty and staff art show

Roll Call 2018
LMC's annual Faculty & Staff art exhibition will run from Thursday, September 13 through Friday, October 12 in the Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Library Building. The gallery is open Monday - Thursday, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The event is Free, and open to the public. Parking is also free in Lot A with a Parking Pass (available at the gallery).

Fall is Scholarship Application Season
A great way to help yourself with college expenses is through scholarships, and lucky for you the  scholarship application season is just around the corner! To check out current and upcoming application cycles, view the listings below and be sure to check the LMC Scholarships web page  often for updates. Applications will be posted online once they are made available.

For students transferring in fall 2019:

Name of Scholarship
Application Timeline
Award Amount
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Open Sept. 13 - Nov. 27   CLICK HERE TO APPLY! 
Up to $40,000 per year
Kennedy King Memorial Scholarship
Opens mid-October
$10,000 to transferring students
LMC Foundation Scholarships
Opens early November
CAL RTA Diablo Vista Scholarship
Opens November
$5,000 to transferring students
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Opens November

For LMC students continuing in fall 2019:

Name of Scholarship
Application Timeline
Award Amount
LMC Foundation Scholarships
Opens early November
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Opens  November
Live Your Dream Award
Opens fall 2018
Up to $2,000

For more information contact the Scholarship Office at (925) 473-7519.

FAFSA Goes Mobile
The notoriously difficult-to-fill-out federal financial aid form, known as FAFSA, is going mobile!  While the questions remain the same, the FAFSA website has been redesigned to be mobile responsive and more user friendly. 

FAFSA has also created a myStudentAid app which is now available for download to all mobile devices!, It's recommended that students and parents start using the app with the 2019-2020 FAFSA, so  they can use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to import their 2017 tax information.

To download the app, visit Google Play or the Apple App store 

2019-2020 FAFSA - Available October 1
If you plan to attend college during the 2019-2020 academic year, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA to learn if you are eligible to receive various types of federal and state grants, work-study funds, and loans.
To apply, go to the FAFSA website.
2019-2020 CA Dream Act - Apply Now
The California Dream Act allows AB 540 eligible students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
  • CA College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver).
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships
Complete a  CA Dream Act application or for  more information on AB540 eligibility, visit the Financial Aid
 web page.

NEW Student Success Completion Grant 
The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a new grant that is available for the current 2018-2019 academic year. To find out more about this grant, read on!

Q1: What is the Student Success Completion Grant?
The grant provides students with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance, and to encourage full time attendance and successful on-time completion.

Q2: How much is the award?
A maximum of $1,298 annually for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 -14 units per term, and a  maximum of $4,000 annually for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units per term.

Q3: How does the student qualify for the SSCG award?
The student must be receiving a Cal Grant B or C award and  maintain federal satisfactory academic progress (SAP) at the college.
Q4: How does the student maintain eligibility for the SSCG?
To qualify the student must be  eligible for a Cal Grant B or C award, m eet  SAP requirements, h ave unmet financial need, and m aintain full time attendance.

Fall Deadlines
October 29 is the deadline to submit the following:
  • Fall Financial Aid Appeals    
  • Direct Loan Request Form
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Quiz

For more information or Financial Aid assistance, contact (925) 473-7525, or stop by Financial Aid on the third level of the Student Services Center, or at the Brentwood Center.
Student Services for Fall
The Brentwood Center offers Student Services Office hours  Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Brentwood's Student Services office is located just inside the front entry. Services include: 
  • Academic counseling
  • 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 Counseling
 For more information go to the Brentwood Center Student Services web page.

Get Help with Coursework
Instructional support services are offered for Brentwood students through the Center for Academic Support, located in Room 13. The Center for Academic Support is a quiet, comfortable space where students can get guidance and practical advice on essay organization and study skills, as well as gain a sense of collaboration and community.  Services include drop-in tutoring and one-on-one reading/writing consultations by appointment.  Hours of services are posted outside Room 13 , and on the Brentwood Center for Academic Support  web page. To schedule an appointment with a Reading & Writing Consultant, call  925-513-1625,  or stop by the Brentwood Center front office.

Math Support at Brentwood
The Brentwood Center's Math Lab is a place to get help with lab assignments, course concepts, computer software, the use of graphing calculators, and a variety of other math assignments. Located in room 15, the Math Lab's hours are  Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and  Friday,  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information call (925) 473-6925 during lab hours.

Catch a University Tour from Brentwood
Visiting other 4-year colleges gives students the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of transfer institutions and experience what each has to offer.  All tours now have pick up and drop off times for the Brentwood Center, as well as the Pittsburg Campus, and t ransportation FREE, unless otherwise stated. Visit the Transfer & Career web page for the tour schedule and  registration information, or call (925) 473-7444.