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  • Go over the 8 bullet points about what students are going to learn from this orientation.
  • Optional: Icebreaker
  • 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.
  • Crer410

    1. 1. CRER 410: New Student Orientation 3300 College Drive San Bruno, CA 94066 (650) 738-4465
    2. 2. Getting Started BIENVENIDOS MARHABAN MABUHAY καλώςορίσατε WELCOME Добропожаловать TO SKYLINE COLLEGE 환영합니다 ALOHA MAI
    3. 3. 5 Steps to Successful Enrollment
    4. 4. Purpose of Orientation To provide you with a comprehensive overview of Skyline College’s services and programs, policies and procedures, and tools and information for college success.
    5. 5. Skyline Profile Physical Site
    6. 6. Skyline Profile Student Population •Approximately, 9449 students attend 1009 class sections •Generally, ~75% of the students are part-time and ~25% are full-time students •Approximately, 39% are day students, 39% are evening students, and 22% are a combination of both.
    7. 7. Skyline Profile Number of Degrees Awarded •AA/AS Degrees awarded: ~450 •Certificates awarded: ~495 *Data compiled by the Public Information Office
    8. 8. Skyline Profile Transfer Statistics •Students transfer to the CSU system such as San Francisco State University and San Jose State University. •Students transfer to the UC System such as UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis.
    9. 9. Educational Options Certificate Programs— 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 Major 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.
    10. 10. Pyramid of Higher Education & The Graduation Pie The roots of education is bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle
    11. 11. Special Programs Respiratory Therapy Surgical Technology Be aware of deadlines and prerequisites for admissions. Automotive Technology Cosmetology Program
    12. 12. What are your educational goals?
    13. 13. Choosing A Major: Exploring Your Future
    14. 14. What is a College Major? A college major is a concentration of courses in a specialized field of study. Engineer??? Nursing? CEO? Business?
    15. 15. Strategies for Choosing A Major •Explore your Interests. •Clarify Work Values. •Identify your Skills and Abilities. •Research Career Paths. •Evaluate Options.
    16. 16. The Career Center Visit the Career Center if you are: •A first year student needing assistance in charting your career path •Undecided about your major •Experiencing difficulty in identifying and exploring your career options •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 Building 2-2226 (650) 738-4337
    17. 17. What Career Center Services are offered? Online Career Assessments & Interpretations: Resources Library: FREE Workshops and Career Action Orientations: Personality Assessments, job searches, interviewing, goal-setting, networking, and many more!
    18. 18. What Career Center Services are offered? Job Postings: You may search for employment opportunities in our job binders or the jobs web page, online at:, updated daily. Job Fairs and Events: Students can network with local employers during two Job Fairs held annually in November and April.
    19. 19. ONLINE RESOURCES FOR CAREER EXPLORATION • Occupational Outlook • America’s Career Handbook – – • BayJobs • O*Net Online – – • EdFund • Career Exploration – –
    20. 20. Choosing A Major: Party at Holland’s Hexagon Which corner will you be drawn to?
    22. 22. Making Early Transfer Decisions How do I What choose a should I college? major in?
    23. 23. Choosing a General Education Pattern for Transfer IGETC CSU GE Always consult with your counselor about transfer Individual Campus requirements. GE Requirements
    24. 24. 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 – Fees – Application Deadlines – Informational websites
    25. 25. 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.
    26. 26. How To Prepare For Transfer TRANSFER One Year Prior to Transfer Year s 2-3 Year 1 For more information on transfer preparation, contact the Transfer Center, Building 2-2227 (650) 738-4232
    27. 27. ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS • Project ASSIST • California Colleges – – • CSU Mentor • Virtual Campus Tours – – • UC Pathways • College Source – –
    28. 28. Student Success “Give me six hours to chop a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening my axe.” ~Abraham Lincoln “Failure opens the door to success. To succeed is to walk through it.” ~Skyline College student
    29. 29. 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 NOT alone.
    30. 30. Student Responsibilities
    31. 31. 7 Characteristics of Successful Students 1 3 4 2
    32. 32. 5 6 7
    33. 33. A Guide to Expectations “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” ~ZigZiglar Punctuality & Attendance and High School Personal Responsibility & Attitude College Work
    34. 34. 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 those skills.” What I Wished I Knew… What I Wished My Students Knew…
    35. 35. 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 completing them. 5. You drop some or all of your classes.
    36. 36. Time Management Tips Here are some suggestions: •Organize your time •Schedule breaks in between your classes •Balance your classes each semester •Be aware of your best time of the day for taking your classes and for studying.
    37. 37. Formula of Success
    38. 38. Use it to write in important dates such as: Quizzes, Papers, Personal Dates, Appointments
    39. 39. Use this to write in important information such as: Classes, work schedule, study time, breaks, and personal commitments
    40. 40. 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 GPA.
    41. 41. 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 consecutive semesters. – Prevents students from enrolling in classes
    42. 42. What is your Learning Style?
    43. 43. 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.
    44. 44. Seek Student Support Programs
    45. 45. Be Active in Learning Communities
    46. 46. 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 Personal Development
    47. 47. Planning Your Education
    48. 48. Your First Counseling Meeting Make the most of your first counseling appointment by coming prepared.
    49. 49. 9-Digit G number 6 Digit Date of Birth
    50. 50. The cost of attending Skyline College includes tuition and fees plus the cost of textbooks.
    51. 51. 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 expectations. •Buy a student planner and write in assignment due dates plus “Important Dates.” (Refer to the handbook for additional tips.)
    52. 52. Buying Your Textbooks
    53. 53. Checking Your Email Account
    54. 54. 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)