COCC e-News March 2017

COCC Student e-Newsletter
MARCH, 2017
Volume 14, Issue 3

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Ready for an Exam Break?
Get ready to crush your finals. But when you need to de-stress your study schedule, visit the Coats Campus Center from Thursday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 22, for March Madness hoops or to take the edge off with some puppy therapy.

Keeping it Savvy
A recent Verizon study demonstrated that a person is 16 times more likely to lose a device than have it stolen. To protect confidential information on your laptop, smartphones and tablets, make sure that your devices automatically screen-lock, and that you can remotely locate them and wipe data when needed. Apple and Android devices have these features built-in; however, you have to configure them beforehand while they are in your possession.


HEY BOBCATS! Welcome to March, and (maybe) a break from this mega winter. The time has come to spring forward - don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before you go to sleep on Saturday, March 11. Keep scrolling for essential info.


IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Winter Term Final Exams: March 20-24
Summer class schedule available in mid-March.

Spring Term Registration for Current Students
Spring term registration begins the week of Feb. 27 for currently enrolled students. Are you ready? Find out for sure by logging in to your Bobcat Web account.

Deadline to Drop Winter Term Classes: 6 p.m., March 15

If you're thinking of dropping a class, don't delay! To drop a class with a W on your transcript, get your instructor's signature on the registration (add/drop) form and submit it to the Enrollment Services office. OR, ask your instructor to give online approval to drop a class - once this is done, you must drop the class in person in Enrollment services or call 541-383-7500 to drop the class. The deadline to drop a full-term class is 6 p.m., March 15. See deadlines for short-term classes.


FINANCIAL AID NEWS

FILE YOUR 2017-18 FAFSA EARLY
The 2017-18 FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov for students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Submit your 2017-18 FAFSA early for the best chance to receive the maximum amount of aid available.

WORKSHOPS
Need assistance filing? Attend a FAFSA workshop. The workshop includes assistance for those students needing to complete the ORSAA and Oregon Promise applications. Questions: coccfinaid@cocc.edu or 541-383-7260.

Bend
Fri., March 10, 9:30-11 a.m., Boyle Education Center, Room 156
Fri., March 17, 9:30-11 a.m., Boyle Education Center, Room 156

Redmond
Mon., March 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Redmond Tech Center, Room 218
Mon., March 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Redmond Tech Center, Room 218

SPRING TERM PRIORITY DEADLINE
If you're attending spring term, Financial Aid will give priority consideration to those students completing and submitting their requirements by March 1.

COCC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The College's Foundation offers more than 350 awards totaling more than $1.5 million for local students. The COCC Foundation Scholarship application is available right now through your Bobcat Web Account. The deadline is 5 p.m. on July 15, 2017.


AROUND CAMPUS

CAREER FAIR CONNECTIONS
Get a foot in the door at the Career Fair on Wednesday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Coats Campus Center, Wille Hall. A great opportunity to meet with employers and learn about companies, potential jobs, internships and careers.

TEACHING AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT
It's time to recognize your part-time or adjunct instructor's enthusiasm, innovation and passion for teaching! This annual teaching award, which includes a gift of $500, recognizes excellence in teaching and is presented at the end-of-year celebration in June. Send your nomination by March 15 to Eric Weller, explaining how your nominee meets the criteria of: communicating subject enthusiasm; keeping the subject innovative and fresh while working with students and colleagues; challenging and motivating students; and, displaying an interest in student progress. Eligible nominees are part-time and adjunct instructors who have taught for at least three years, and who have averaged at least eight credits per year over past three years. Nominations may be made by any full- or part-time faculty member, administrator, full-time staff, or any student who has accumulated more than 30 credit hours within the past two years.

NURSING ORIENTATIONS

These information sessions cover minimum requirements, how applicants are selected, deadlines and more. Reservations are not required.
Bend Campus: Friday, March 17, 9-10 a.m., Boyle Education Center, Room 155
Redmond Campus: Wednesday, March 8, 9-10 a.m., Building 3, Room 306

ALLIED HEALTH INFO SESSIONS

Come join us to learn more about COCC's Allied Health Programs, including: Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Veterinary Technician. Review the structure, length and cost of the programs. Topics will address entrance requirements, the cohort model, prerequisite coursework, immunizations, CPR/first aid certifications, criminal history check, drug testing, job shadowing, tuition, fees, exam and license fees, as well as other program costs. Discover suggestions on how to research these occupations further to determine if a career in an Allied Health occupation is a good fit for you. Reservations are not required. Info: 541-383-7286

Bend Campus: Monday, March 13, 4-5 p.m., Health Careers Center, Room 140

Redmond Campus: Monday, March 6, 9-10 a.m., Building 3, Room 306

COMPUTER LABS
Stop by for assistance in getting FREE Office 2016 (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Skype, OneNote). Also, the Pioneer drop-in computer lab now features a dual monitor area and Keurig coffee station. Drop-in labs are located on the Bend Campus in the Barber Library, Pioneer Hall, Boyle Education Center, and on the Redmond Campus in the Redmond Technology Education Center. Additionally, the Madras and Prineville campuses have computer labs that are scheduled for classes and drop-in use. Check the lab hours for details.

"THE SPACE BETWEEN US: IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND OREGON"
In this conversation, Manuel Padilla will ask participants to consider questions of uprooted-ness, hospitality, identity, perception and integration, and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient and vibrant communities. Mr. Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants and refugees. Currently, he facilitates reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service.
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., Wille Hall, Bend Campus
Contact Karen Roth for more info.

CRAFT WORKSHOP
Join Alexandria Anguiano from Warm Springs for a beaded earring workshop on March 9, 1:45-2:45 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. All are welcome and materials will be provided. Contact: Gina Ricketts at 541-318-3782 to learn more.

NIGHT RIDING
Take a study break and join Cascades Adventures for Friday night skiing and boarding at Hoodoo. Trip leaders meet at Tykeson Hall at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Fridays (3/3 and 3/10), at 2:30 p.m. (returning 10:30 p.m.). Transportation provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is capped at 10 students. Sign up here.


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