Go over the 8 bullet points about what students are going to learn from this orientation.
Refer to notes in the workbook.
Go over the number of Associate degrees and certificates. Mention about Honors Transfer Program and other Learning Communities (refer to workbook). Also, refer to handbook the description on BA/BS degrees.
On the following page of the workbook, please have the students look over the certificate and degree programs possibilities. Also, let them know that we are one of three schools in the SMCCD. They can also earn degrees at CSM and Canada. For example, they have Nursing at CSM and Radiologic Technology at Canada. They can do most of their prerequisites and General Education requirements at Skyline. Please emphasize the value of seeing a counselor.
Have students fill out the “Your Educational Goals Worksheet”. Optional Group Activity (Commonalities): Break them into 4 groups of 5 (20 students) and have them come up with 2-3 things that they all have in common. Lesson learned: With all of our unique differences, as new students, we also share some similarities. This is a great way to build support within students. (Ex. A student may find someone else who is pursuing Nursing. They can create a support network.)
Refer to workbook for details for each of the strategies.
This is just a partial list of online resources for career exploration. You may go online and show some of these websites.
Use workbook to facilitate the exercise.
Go over the bullet points for both “Choosing A Major” and “Choosing A College”.
Also, explain the certification of completion of GE.
Please review some key differences between the three different types of college systems.
Go over the FAQs for TAG agreements.
Review checklist for each yearly landmark.
Have students fill out the “Transition to College” worksheet. Optional: You can use the “Commonalities” exercise to discuss about their responses.
Emphasize that students are responsible for their own success in college.
Each starred number represents each bullet point on pages 5-6.
Refer to the workbook to discuss the differences and similarities of expectations for high school, college, and work.
Optional Group Activity: Break up students into groups of 4-5. Have them read the student/faculty quotes and select one that they feel strongly about. As a group, have them discuss why they chose that quote.
Have students complete the “Time Management Assessment” worksheet. Optional: Write on the same worksheet and write down (1-3) things(s) you’ve learned by doing this activity. Then, write one (1) thing you would do differently this semester to address some areas of improvement.
Provide students with examples to get them calculating GPAs.
Refer to “Academic Progress” for details. Explain to the student how they can get off probation and steps to how to get reinstated.
Have students fill out the “Learning Styles” assessment. Optional group activity: Have students break up into the 3 major learning styles areas (visual, auditory, tactile/kinesthetic). Have them come up with strategies that they can use in the classroom or while studying to help them succeed.
Optional: Have students complete questionnaire.
For pages 18-19 (Student Support Programs and Learning Communities), review each of them and its benefits.
Go over briefly about the different classes as well as the “College Success Resources” on the following page.
Remind students that they can change their password through WebSmart.
Review CRN (Course Reference Number) in the class schedule.
Review the fees page in the class schedule.
Go into detail the five different guidelines.
New Student Orientation
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
καλώςορίσατε WELCOME Добропожаловать
TO SKYLINE COLLEGE
•Approximately, 9449 students attend
1009 class sections
•Generally, ~75% of the students are
part-time and ~25% are full-time
•Approximately, 39% are day students,
39% are evening students, and 22% are
a combination of both.
Number of Degrees Awarded
•AA/AS Degrees awarded: ~450
•Certificates awarded: ~495
*Data compiled by the Public Information Office
•Students transfer to the CSU
system such as San Francisco State
University and San Jose State
•Students transfer to the UC
System such as UC-Berkeley and
Shorter in length (18-30 units depending on program)
Prepares students for entry level positions
To apply for a certificate, students must submit their
application during the semester they are taking their
final courses for the certificate.
Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Satisfactory completion of courses that includes:
General Education requirements
Any additional electives, if applicable
Requires the minimum completion of 60 units
Refer to catalog for a complete list of degrees and the
current general education requirements.
Pyramid of Higher Education &
The Graduation Pie
The roots of education is bitter,
but the fruit is sweet.
Be aware of deadlines and
prerequisites for admissions.
Automotive Technology Cosmetology Program
What is a College Major?
A college major is a concentration of courses in a specialized field of study.
Strategies for Choosing A Major
•Explore your Interests.
•Clarify Work Values.
•Identify your Skills and Abilities.
•Research Career Paths.
The Career Center
Visit the Career Center if you are:
•A first year student needing assistance in charting your
•Undecided about your major
•Experiencing difficulty in identifying and exploring your
•Changing careers and returning to college after a long
For more information absence
on career exploration •In need of someone to listen to you about your career
and resources, contact concerns
the Career Center, •Having difficulty in making career decisions
What Career Center Services are offered?
Online Career Assessments & Interpretations:
FREE Workshops and Career Action Orientations:
Personality Assessments, job searches, interviewing,
goal-setting, networking, and many more!
What Career Center Services are offered?
You may search for employment opportunities
in our job binders or the jobs web page, online at:
http://SkylineJobs.com, updated daily.
Job Fairs and Events:
Students can network with local employers during
two Job Fairs held annually in November and April.
FOR CAREER EXPLORATION
• Occupational Outlook • America’s Career
Handbook – www.acinet.org
– www.bls.gov/oco • BayJobs
• O*Net Online – www.bayjobs.com
– www.online.onetcenter.org • EdFund
• Career Exploration – www.edfund.org
Choosing A Major:
Party at Holland’s Hexagon
Making Early Transfer Decisions
How do I
Choosing a General Education
Pattern for Transfer
Always consult with
your counselor about
Transferring to a CSU, UC, and Independent Universities
• Depending on what college system you are transferring to, there are
some key differences such as:
– Minimum Admissions Requirements
– Application Deadlines
– Informational websites
Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAGs)
What is the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG)?
A (TAG) is a program that offers you guaranteed admissions
to several colleges and universities.
How To Prepare For
For more information on
contact the Transfer
Center, Building 2-2227
FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
• Project ASSIST • California Colleges
– www.assist.org – www.californiacolleges.edu
• CSU Mentor • Virtual Campus Tours
– www.csumentor.edu – www.campustours.com
• UC Pathways • College Source
– www.ucop.edu/pathways/ – www.collegesource.org
“Give me six hours to chop a tree and
I will spend the first four sharpening
“Failure opens the door to success. To
succeed is to walk through it.”
~Skyline College student
Transition to College
As a new student, it is
common to feel mixed
emotions about college.
most common are
excitement and anticipation
to nervousness and fear.
All of these emotions
are NORMAL and you are
A Guide to Expectations
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
Punctuality & Attendance and
High School Personal Responsibility & Attitude College
Words of Wisdom
“Being successful means being
on top of assignments. Write
down in a planner what is due
and check your planner
“You will be required to regularly.
work with your peers,
get used to the idea of
“teamwork” and work on
What I Wished I Knew… What I Wished My Students Knew…
Managing Your Classes
One important aspect of being successful in college requires
the ability to manage all of your commitments.
1. You fall asleep in class.
2. You continually come to class
late or skip class altogether.
TOP 3. You are satisfied with C and D
Warning Signs grades.
of Academic 4. You wait until the night before
Failure assignments are due to work on
them and often stay up all night
5. You drop some or all of your
Time Management Tips
Here are some suggestions:
•Organize your time
•Schedule breaks in between
•Balance your classes each
•Be aware of your best time of the
day for taking your classes and for
Use it to write in
such as: Quizzes,
Use this to write in
information such as:
schedule, study time,
breaks, and personal
Understanding Your Grade Point Average (GPA)
Grade Scale Point
A grade point is a numerical value for each course A = 4 points
you take, and reflects your grade and the number of B = 3 points
units the course is worth. C = 2 points
D = 1 point
F = 0 point
GPA = Divide total number of grade points by total I = Incomplete
number of letter graded units attempted. P = Pass
NP = No Pass
GPA = Grade Points W = Withdrawal
Letter Graded Units
I, P/NP, or W units do
not count towards
Your Academic Progress
• What does it mean to be in GOOD STANDING?
– At least a 2.0 GPA and completed at least 50% of your
courses with a letter grade or credit
• There are two types of PROBATION.
– Academic Probation (below a 2.0 GPA)
– Progress Probation (50% or more of a student’s units are
recorded as W, I, or NP.)
• What is DISMISSAL?
– Less than 1.75 GPA for 2 consecutive semesters
– 50% or more of units recorded as W, I, or NP, for 2
– Prevents students from enrolling in classes
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
College opens the door for all kinds of new
relationship challenges. They can provide a
great deal of comfort and support as well as
being a source of confusion and stress.
As time goes on in college and in life, a healthy
relationship requires good COMMUNICATION
and COOPERATION between people such as
students, teachers, family, and friends.
For more information about Maintaining Healthy
Relationships, make an appointment with the
Psychological Services at (650) 738-4270.
College Success Classes
Take these courses that can contribute to your college success.
• COUN 100 - College Success • CRER 136 – Career Planning
• COUN 104 – Transfer Power • CRER 137 – Life and Career
• COUN 105 – Up Your Self-Esteem Planning
• COUN 106 – Anxiety • CRER 139 – Careers in Teaching
Management • CRER 650 – Guidance Seminar
• COUN 107 – Coping With Group
Depression • CRER 665 – Life Styles/Health
• COUN 108 – Anger Management Issues
• PSYC 301 – Psychology of
The cost of attending Skyline College
includes tuition and fees plus the cost
Managing Your First Week of Classes
Here are some tips to make your first
week at Skyline College successful:
•Attend the first day of your classes.
•Locate your classes ahead of time.
•Understand your instructor’s course
•Buy a student planner and write in
assignment due dates plus “Important
(Refer to the handbook for additional tips.)
Checking Your Email Account
The Student Educational Plan (SEP)
The SEP serves as an outline toward your educational goals and provides you a
Semester-by-semester glance of classes you need to complete in order for you
Fulfill your educational goals.
The following are guidelines for
writing your SEP:
1. Educational Goals
2. Semester/Course Listings
3. Basic Skills/Prerequisites
4. Major Requirements
5. General Education (AA/AS or CSU GE or IGETC)