By Jenni Culkin
As community college students, many of us are swamped with financial responsibilities, family obligations, and career or transfer college goals. On top of these items on our list of things to do, we need to keep up our academic achievement. Sometimes, it seems impossible to fulfill these duties. SCCC is more aware of these struggles than many students think!
Along with several other students, one reporter worked as an orientation leader before the start of the “fall 2014” and “spring 2015” semesters. As a part of this position, the College trained the leaders to understand many of SCCC’s resources to pass on this information on to incoming students.
“I’m still trying to find a part-time job.”
“I think I’m going to fail this class.”
“I don’t want to just learn everything from a textbook.”
“I have no idea where to start my college search.”
“I’m not sure what kind of classes I need to take.”
“I want to take a night class, but I won’t feel safe enough!”
These are just some of the things that the fellow students have asked the reporter. SCCC has an answer to each of these.
1. Suffolk’s Job Connection
Where to go: Once you have logged into your MySCCC account, the link for Suffolk’s Job Connection is located on the right of your screen.
Features: The Suffolk Job Connection allows you to filter out the area of employment you are searching for, the type of job, and the location.
Hot tip: Each posting lists job requirements and a job description. If the internet isn’t your thing, these are physically posted on a job board on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center.
2. Virtual Learning Commons (VLC)
Where to go: The VLC has its own separate tab on your MySCCC account.
Features: Accounting, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Writing, and Western Civilization II are just a few of the topic that you can find help with in the VLC. Each topic can have tutorial videos, lecture videos, practice activities, and even practice quizzes.
Hot tip: On the bottom of the VLC’s main page, there are links that list the in-person learning centers than you can visit on each campus.
3. Student Support Services
Where to go: Room 19A in the Huntington Library.
Features: If you are a low-income student, a first generation college student, and/or a student with a documented disability, you can get some one-on-one peer tutoring and other helpful counseling. You must register for this service in your first semester.
Hot tip: If you have a 3.8 GPA or higher and you have an A in the class you’d like to tutor in, go work as a peer tutor! It’s a paid position.
Where to go: The career services office is on the second floor of the Babylon Student Center.
Features: If you register for HUM130 and attend an information session, you can get an internship at the place of your choosing. If you’re going to do this, make sure you have Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45PM free.
Hot tip: Most four-year schools will ask you to wait until your junior year to search for an internship. SCCC doesn’t have this type of limitation!
5. Virtual Career Library
Where to go: The “Students” tab of your MySCCC account. The link will be on the right of your screen.
Features: The Virtual Career Library has job outlook information, skills and technique videos, and specialized search engines.
Hot tip: There’s an interactive “librarian” to help you every step of the way.
6. Degree Granting Programs Tab
Where to go: Go to SCCC’s homepage, sunysuffolk.edu, and click on the “academics tab”. Click the link labeled “degree granting programs” on the left side of the screen.
Features: There’s a list of all the degrees and certificates that are available at SCCC. When you click on the program you are interested in, there will be a list of requirements for this degree.
Hot tip: This information is also available in the college catalog, which you can get at the information desk in the Babylon Student Center lobby.
7. Public Safety Escorts
Where to go: Call (631) 451-4242 to reach Public Safety.
Features: Public Safety will send an officer to drive you back to your car if you are feeling unsafe at night.
Hot tip: To avoid using this feature too often, just remember that there is power in numbers. Find a friend or acquaintance who has a class at the same time. Or, if you have classes in the day time and the night-time, move your car to the parking lot nearest to your last class when it is still bright out.
College is all about arming yourself with information to grow and learn. Just learning a bit more about your environment is all part of that process!