Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes Available Online, in Bookstore

The Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes is now available online and for sale in the Bookstore. Classes begin the week of August 28. The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes is also available.

The fall schedule cover features alumna Danila Mendez (Class of 2016), a Business and Accounting Transfer Major now studying at UCI. Mendez, a single mother, said that her Cypress College professors recognized her potential before she did.

“When I first enrolled I just wanted to get an accounting certificate to hopefully better my pay as a basic accounts receivable clerk,” she said. “[A]ll the professors … genuinely care about their students and the quality of education they provide. They have all unknowingly inspired me to be a better version of myself.”

View the schedule below or with the following links:

Northern California College Tour Opens Up #CYPossibilities

Opening possibilities for all students is one of the core goals of Cypress College, so offering programs that provide a support system, expose students to wide-ranging educational and life opportunities, and help facilitate success at all levels, like the Puente, Legacy, and Honors programs, is one of the many priorities of the College.

Two buses full of Cypress College Puente, Legacy, and Honors students fought traffic out of Southern California Thursday, April 20, for the opportunity to visit Central and Northern California public university campuses. It was the first time students from all three programs went on a college tour together.

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Students visited four campuses and the California State Capitol on the three-day tour that also provided the opportunity to see and experience other parts of the state.

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The group’s first stop: the beautiful, beachfront campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Students chowed down at one of the campus’ four dining commons alongside UCSB students before heading out on a student-guided tour of the expansive campus.

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“One of the campuses I really loved was UC Santa Barbara,” said Karen Lopez, a Puente student who plans to double major in psychology and English. “As we were touring the university, I could imagine myself there as a student. The campus was absolutely beautiful and it was near a beach.”

“I personally have never been a fan of the beach,” she added, “but just thinking about the peaceful environment and how calming the sound of the ocean is makes me think it would be a great way to study for exams and work on homework for classes.”

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Following the stop at UCSB, everyone reloaded the buses for a four-hour trek up miles of idyllic coastline and into the hills and winding acres of Central California vineyards and farmland off the historic 101.

Destination: the South Bay Area city of San Jose for an introduction and short walk around the San Jose State University campus.

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Representatives from the university’s EOPS program gave a short, but comprehensive presentation about the program: how to apply and qualify, what the requirements and benefits are, etc. They also heard from students in the school’s MEChA student organization and the Associated Students president-elect about college life.

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Michelle Chitica, a Puente student and radiologic technology major at Cypress, said she felt very privileged touring the campuses and “listening to the students and other speakers share their stories of success.”

Students also took interest in the Olympic Black Power Statue on the SJSU campus, and learned the history behind the statue from a student.

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Karina Lopez, a Cypress College Puente Program student studying business administration, said she wasn’t too fond of the SJSU campus as a whole, but thought the statue was inspiring.

“It was great that students gave us a short presentation about it,” she said, “because we were able to understand the significance of the statue and how SJSU students were the ones who protested and fought to have it on campus, despite the college administration taking credit for it.”

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The next day, the buses headed further north to visit the University of California, Davis, known for its strong science, veterinary, and agriculture programs. Students were treated to a presentation about UCD and its programs, outlining entrance requirements and what the university looks for in potential students, and various programs the university has to help students along.

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Student guides then took groups on tours of the huge campus—the biggest UC by acreage.

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Lisette Figueroa, a nursing major in the Puente Program at Cypress College, said she “fell in love” with the Davis and San Jose universities and that they “felt just like home even though I was seven hours away from where I live.

She added, “Visiting these campuses not only motivates me, but made me question why I did not go to college sooner.”

After Davis, students were treated to a tour of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, courtesy of Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s office. The Assemblywoman’s district includes Cypress College.

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Students learned about the state legislature and the work that is done in the Capitol. They even had the opportunity to enter the Assembly Chamber, one of the most secure areas in the State Capitol building, and sit in the same seats assembly members sit in on a day-to-day basis.

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“The tour at the State Capitol was amazing,” said Karina Lopez, the business administration major. “It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to go into the Legislature room.”

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Michelle Chitica, the radiologic technology student, added that visiting the State Capitol made her think about political science “for the first time.”

The second day ended with some time exploring in the heart of San Francisco. One of the great things about the college tour is that it not only introduces students to many different campuses to consider continuing their educations at after Cypress, but it takes them to places they might never have been to or considered visiting.

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Some students had never been to San Francisco before, let alone out of Southern California. John Rojas said visiting the city was one of his favorite parts of the trip.

“It was my first time there and I was very excited about crossing the Golden Gate Bridge,” he said.

To finish off the tour, students visited Cal—the University of California, Berkeley—on Cal Day, the university’s annual open house.

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Gabby Garcia and Jesus Madrigal, both Cypress College alumni and former Puente students, met up with the group to take students on a quick tour of the campus and share their educational journeys. Both graduated from Cypress in 2010 and transferred to Cal, where they earned their bachelor’s degrees. Garcia now works for Google and Madrigal is continuing his studies at Cal in a doctoral program.

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After the tour, the students sat down for a presentation and had the opportunity to speak with current Cal students. Quite a few students from the group were impressed with the school and expressed their desire to transfer to Cal after completing their studies at Cypress College.

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Michael Maxwell, a Legacy Program student and sociology major at Cypress College, reflected on the entire tour, saying it “expanded my horizons and ignited a fire within me.”

“As a first-generation college student, I had no road map; now I know what lies before me,” he said. “This trip is something I will always remember and I am grateful that I got to experience so many amazing universities and get a better understanding of the transfer process.” He said after this tour, he has decided to transfer to a UC school.

United Faculty Donates to College Food Bank

Keith Vescial, United Faculty membership chair and Cypress College English professor, presented the check to Associated Students President Amanda Aros and Activities Coordinator Fernando Lizarraga.

Keith Vescial, United Faculty membership chair and Cypress College English professor, presented the check to Associated Students President Amanda Aros and Activities Coordinator Fernando Lizarraga.

United Faculty, the faculty union of the North Orange County Community College District, donated $1000 to the Cypress College Food Bank to help address food insecurity among Cypress students.

The Food Bank, located in the Student Activities Center, opened this semester to help students focus more on their academic successes rather than where their next meal is coming from. All Cypress College students are welcome.

Students may register by scheduling a confidential appointment with David Okawa, Student Activities Director, at (714) 484-7197 or dokawa@cypresscollege.edu. Students can also walk in on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m.

When registering, please:

  • Have your Cypress College photo ID and current class schedule;
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of three units at Cypress College; and
  • Complete a Food Bank Registration form to be connected with all eligible services.

To support the Food Bank, donate non-perishable, sealed food items with clear expirations printed on the label at the Student Activities Office during normal business hours (Monday and Thursday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Monetary donations, 100 percent of which is used to purchase non-perishable food items, are also accepted.

For more information, contact Becky Rojas at (714) 484-7199 or rrojas@cypresscollege.edu.

Veterans Resource Center Receives Generous Anonymous Donation

Supporting student veterans is a priority taken seriously at Cypress College. In January 2017, the College received an anonymous $27,000 donation to directly benefit the academic and personal needs of student veterans.

“We are deeply appreciative and honored to have received this donation,” Cypress College President Dr. Simpson said. “With the help of generous members of the community and the voter-approved Measure J Bond program, we are expanding our capacity to serve and support the College’s student veterans.”

In 2014, voters approved the Measure J school construction bond program, which includes construction of a new Veterans Resource Center building on campus. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction slated to begin June 2018. It is expected to open late 2019.

The College’s Veterans Resource Center, established in 2010, strives to support the transition, integration, and personal development of individual student veterans as they pursue their higher education goals.

“We are expecting to receive additional awards through other competitive grants we have submitted in the hopes of building a large sum of resources to support a large number of veteran students,” said Rick Rams, dean of Student Support Services, Physical Education, and Athletics.

Cypress College currently serves over 600 student veterans and provides them with a variety of services including help navigating GI Bill and other government-funded educational benefits, academic and mental health counseling, career planning, and tutoring.

Improve Study and Job Skills with Free Online Workshops

Need to brush up on your time management skills? Want to learn how social media could be affecting your marketability and how to address it? The Career Services Center is offering a series of free online workshops to help students succeed in class and beyond.

Workshop topics include:

  • Time Management
  • Social Media Reputation
  • Goal Setting
  • Procrastination
  • Resume Tips
  • Study Strategies
  • Determining the Right Major for You

Other workshops covering interview techniques, writing cover letters, and networking are coming soon.

Workshops offer quizzes, slide decks, handouts, and evaluation forms. An attendance verification can be provided for students assigned to take a workshop for extra credit.

To learn more and access the online workshops, visit the Career Services Center Online Workshops page.

Classes Still Open for Spring Semester

Looking to fill your schedule for the Spring semester at Cypress College? There are multiple classes still available, in various fields of study.

One of our available classes is GEOG 230C, Introduction to GIS. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a growing field with high-paying jobs. Employment is expected to grow 29% through 2022 (much faster than the average for all occupations, according to O*NET online.

Interested in business? CIS 109, E-Business Applications, is open for enrollment. This course introduces the technological infrastructure needed for implementing e-business solutions. It also discusses the software components necessary to implement such applications. A major component of the course will be hands-on projects of evaluating e-business tools and application software. The last day to add is February 12. For more open Business & CIS classes, click here.

Get one of your General Education requirements out of the way with Political Science 100C, CRN 20441. The class will focus on how government policies and politics affect our personal lives and what can be done about it. Topics include skyrocketing tuition, equal access to quality education, ending environmental destruction, law enforcement and race/ethnic relations and more. The class is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:50 to 3:15 p.m.

Other open classes include World Theater History I (THEA 102C), Scene Painting (THEA 146 C), Afro-Caribbean Dance (DANC 130), Pilates Mat Work (DANC 102C), Play Analysis (THEA 101C), and Tap Dance I/II (DANC 113C/DANC 114 C). To see the full list of open classes, view the class schedule in myGateway.

The Cypress College 2017 Spring Class Schedule is available here.

Early Semester Deadlines to Remember

It’s an exciting time with the beginning of the spring semester! Your success is our first priority and we know the start of the semester can be very hectic. Here are important upcoming dates for February to add to your calendars.

We encourage you to speak to a counselor if you are thinking of adding or dropping classes. Counseling information can be found here.

February 6

  • Last day to file course audit requests
  • Campus Security begins issuing parking tickets for failing to display parking permits

February 12

  • Last day to add classes
  • Last day to drop classes without a “W” and qualify for refunds
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Graduation
  • Deadline to apply for Spring 2017 Vocational Certificates

February 17-20

  • Campus is CLOSED for Presidents’ Holidays

February 24

  • Last day to file pass/no pass grading options forms

March 2

  • FAFSA/Dream Act applications due

All registration, adds and drops are completed online through myGateway.

Cypress College Launches Food Bank

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A recent study of several thousand California Community College students found that 12 percent experienced food insecurity, while a separate nationwide survey of two- and four-year college students found nearly half of those surveyed reported some level of food insecurity.

The take away?

“Food insecurity is potentially undermining the educational success of countless thousands of students,” said James Dubick, one of the authors of the nationwide survey.

In an effort to help Cypress students focus more on succeeding in school and less on where their next meal is coming from, Cypress College is happy to offer Food Bank services starting this semester at the Student Activities Center.

The Food Bank aims to address the basic needs of our students by collecting and distributing non-perishable food items, educating the campus community about hunger, and collaborating with others to connect students with additional resources on and off campus.

Students may register by scheduling a confidential appointment with David Okawa, Student Activities Director, at (714) 484-7197 or dokawa@cypresscollege.edu. Students can also walk in on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m.

To qualify, please:

  • Have your Cypress College photo ID and current class schedule;
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of three units at Cypress College; and
  • Complete a Food Bank Registration form to be connected with all eligible services.

To support the Food Bank, donate non-perishable, sealed food items with clear expirations printed on the label at the Student Activities Office during normal business hours (Mon & Thurs 6am-8pm; Tues & Wednes 8am-7pm; Fri 8am-4pm). Monetary donations, 100 percent of which is used to purchase non-perishable food items, are also accepted.

For more information, contact Becky Rojas at (714) 484-7199 or rrojas@cypresscollege.edu.

FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops Available

The Financial Aid Office will be hosting several one-on-one FAFSA/Dream Act workshops in February and March. These workshops are designed to help students and/or parents complete and submit the 2017-18 FAFSA/Dream Act application before the March 2 deadline. As you all know, submitting the FAFSA/Dream Act application before the deadline is required for all students if they want to gain access to Federal and/or State financial assistance to pay for college.

The students and/or parents can walk in anytime during the drop-in hours with no appointment needed.

Location

Learning Resource Center, Room 130

What to Bring

Dependent Student

• Your and your parent(s) 2015 Tax Returns & 2015 W2s and/or 1099s
• FSA ID login information (you may create one at fsaid.ed.gov)
• Student ID card

Independent Student

• Your (and spouse’s, if married) 2015 Tax Return & 2015 W2s and/or 1099s
• FSA ID login information (you may create one at fsaid.ed.gov)
• Student ID card

Workshop Dates & Times

• Tuesday, 2/7/17: 11am-3pm
• Thursday, 2/16/17: 3pm-7pm
• Wednesday, 2/22/17: 11am-3pm
• Wednesday, 3/1/17: 3pm-7pm

For more information about financial aid, visit our Financial Aid page.
To see more Cypress College events, click here.