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

Food Bank

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 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

FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops Available

The workshops will be held in the Learning Resource Center.

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.


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
• 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
• 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.
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2017 Scholarship Applications Available Now

Each year, the Cypress College Foundation releases two different scholarship applications: The Bernard Osher Scholarship for Community College students and the Cypress College Foundation Scholarship.

The application forms for the 2017 scholarships are available now. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Financial Aid Office. However, it is strongly recommended that applications for the Bernard Osher Scholarship be submitted early, as priority is placed on the submission date.

Applications are available in the Foundation Office, the Financial Aid Office, and online.

Get Involved

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Cypress College has a variety of programs and other opportunities available to help you succeed here and get you to where you want to go. Several of these are taking applications now or are otherwise available for you to get involved. These include learning communities, support in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and leadership opportunities in the Associated Students.

Puente Program

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Puente provides students skills and information needed to succeed while exploring Latino culture, through linked classes (English 60/Counseling 150 in Fall and English 100/Counseling 160 in Spring). Outside classes, community, and peer mentors work with Puente students to offer guidance, support, and encouragement. Puentistas also tour university and college campuses, and explore cultural experiences, (such as this picture at Olivera St. in Los Angeles).

Apply: Email

Legacy Program

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Legacy is another Cypress learning community, providing students with a strong academic program and motivational support that promotes transfer to four-year institutions.  Legacy also has a English 60/Counseling 150 and English 100/Counseling 160 cycle, with an emphasis on the African-American experience in the United States. The program offers a variety of valuable resources and experiences to Legacy students.

Apply: Email


STEM (2) students tour SpaceX, March 2016.
STEM (2) students tour SpaceX, March 2016.

The  Sciences

The (STEM)2 program is designed to help students reach their potential by creating unique career, educational, scholarship and transfer opportunities that  aid future successes in the vital fields of science, technology engineering and mathematics. These include peer mentoring, one-on-one counseling sessions, workshops & guest speakers, summer research opportunities, and scholarships.


Apply: Click here for the (STEM)2 website

Associated Students

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The Associated Students is the student government at the College, sponsoring events and activities on campus, advocating for students at the campus, district, and state level, and administering student funded programs. They currently have open positions on the AS Council for Senators, who work primarily on advocacy, and Activities Coordinators, who focus mostly on events on campus.

Join: Email

For the Puente and Legacy Programs, act quickly! As these programs involve classes that have started this week, you will need to connect quickly with these programs if you want to join. The deadline for (STEM)2 has been extended to September 2. Programs such as these are what help our students transfer to universities such as Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, Cal, and USC, so give yourself a leg up and get involved today!

Tips for a Great Start to the Fall 2016 Semester

Celebrating after Finals

Cypress College Hosts High School Senior Day

Cypress College classes begin on Monday, August 22. To welcome you back and help get your academic year off to a great start, here is some helpful information:

On the first day of classes, please plan to arrive early. Parking can be congested and you’ll also want to be certain to arrive on time for your classes. It is very important not to miss the first class meeting since faculty are obligated to drop students who fail to show up on the first day. Also, please note that if your class is not scheduled to meet on Mondays, you do not need to attend on the first Monday of the semester — just the first day of the class.

Our Student Ambassadors will be out in force to help you get answers and find your way. Speaking of help, new students are advised to attend New Student Welcome Night on Friday, August 19.

There is a one-week grace period for parking-permit enforcement at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. This grace period extends from August 22-27, 2016. Officers will enforce all other parking violations during this grace period.

We’re on a mission to eliminate unnecessary lines so you don’t have to stand around waiting. New this semester is an automated parking permit. Instead of placing a physical decal inside your car, simply register your license plate when you register for classes and purchase parking.

We’ve also eliminated the little sticker validating your ID card. Instead of standing in line for a sticker, your existing student I.D. card is activated when you enroll. Simply scan in at the Library and other academic and student support areas. If you need a new or replacement I.D. card, visit the Photo I.D. center in the Student Center. You can even purchase your card right there, instead of standing in a separate line.

We will no longer mail I.D./semester stickers or parking permits since — well, since — that’s no longer necessary. If you’ve purchased an Associated Students benefits sticker, that can be picked up at Student Activities after August 16.

NOTE: If you’re visiting the Student Center or Student Activities Center prior to the start of classes, please be aware that construction near the pond has limited access. If you’re headed to the Student Center (say for an I.D. card), it’s best to park in Lot #1; meanwhile, if you’re headed to Student Activities (for your benefits sticker), Lots #4, 5, or 7 are better options.

When you’re logged into myGateway next time, it’s a good idea to print out your “schedule bill,” (or make an electronic copy of it to keep in your phone). This form lists your classes, their locations, times, and other important information. The “schedule bill” also helps Cypress College employees help you find your way.

If you’re attempting to add a class and myGateway asks for an add authorization code, it means the class is full or is not available for registration because it has already begun (or is about to begin). Distribution of these codes is at the discretion of the faculty member, and is generally done on the first day of classes. If a waitlist is available for a full class, you should be given the option to add to it.

When you are on a waitlist (or waitlists), we strongly encourage you to check your myGateway messages channel on a regular basis. If a spot opens up for you, a notification will appear in your messages. We’ll also attempt to send you an email. However, some providers (ahem, Yahoo!) aggressively block email from and

Waitlists expire at midnight on the day the class begins. That means that on the first day a class meets, there’s no longer a waitlist. Instead, the list is included in priority order on the instructor’s roster as a tool to help faculty with the petition process. So, if you’re on a waitlist, you’ll need to attend the first class meeting in hopes of obtaining an add code. Likewise, if you’re petitioning a class, you’ll want to arrive early to the first class meeting. Since your name isn’t on the roster or the waitlist, you’ll want to let the instructor know before class that you’re petitioning.

The first phase of our major energy-efficiency project is just wrapping up (and the second phase is beginning). That means we have some fences on campus. Work in the pond area is nearing completion. Here is the current access map. Please check back for updates.