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Roadmap to College Success Focused workshops to help you excel in college See page 2

Achieve the the 44 Cs Cs Achieve

Everyone needs these core traits to succeed

Introducing

LMC’s Transfer Academy

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A Career In Child Development Can Help You Make a Difference

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Students choose Los Medanos College because when we talk about our value, we speak to much more than dollars and cents. True value encompasses top-notch academics; professors who are

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inspiring, knowledgeable and committed to teaching; and an environment infused with diversity, extraordinary opportunities and rich career connections. Our graduates leave us committed to their own success, and move on to engaging transfer school opportunities and rewarding, fulfilling careers.

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Publisher: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Livingston Interim President, Los Medanos College Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Cella Director of Marketing and Media Design

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Questions about the Los Medanos College programs and services described in this publication should be directed to the Office of Admissions at 925.439.2181. Comments or questions about the publication itself can be directed to the LMC Marketing Department at 925.439.2181, ext. 3242.

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Roadmap to College Success

Focused workshops to help you excel in college

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Introducing LMC’s Transfer Academy

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Building Futures, Changing Lives

The Los Medanos College Foundation Makes a Difference

Visit us at: www.losmedanos.edu

LMC Programs Contra Costa Community College District Board of Trustees: John T. Nejedly, President

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A Career in Child Development Can Help You Make a Difference

Tomi Van de Brooke, Vice President Sheila Grilli, Secretary John E. Márquez, Member Robert Calone, Member

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Life’s a Stage – LMC’s Drama Program Earns Applause

LMC’s TeamStudent Bazinga Trustee Heads to NASA Early this summer, four LMC students are high flying with NASA. And if that isn’t enough, they’ll

competitive opportunity through Microgravity University: for Minority Serving Institutions and

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Helen engineering Benjamin experiment in a zero gravity environment. All four be conductingChancellor: their own Dr. creative students are a part of the LMC MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program). CareerFocus is published annually by Los Medanos College, Team Bazinga is one of a small select group of college and university teams chosen by NASA 2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565. Los Medanos

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Community College.Their experiment is entitled “Precision and Accuracy of an Electromagnetic Launching System” involves using a magnetic field to project a small object towards a target. Visit www.losmedanos.edu/bazinga to find out more, or check in on their adventure on Facebook

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Provides its high-achieving members an enhanced academic experience

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Roadmap to College Success Focused workshops to help you excel in college

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re you planning a trip? Embarking on a new adventure? Thinking about going to college perhaps? Or are you looking for new career? No matter where you are off to this year, it is best to have a plan and roadmap to ensure your success. Before embarking Los Medanos College has designed a series of workshops to assist new and returning college students to be successful throughout their college life. The best way to get off to a great start is to attend New Student Orientation, a New Student Enrollment Workshop or meet with an academic

LMC’s Undeclared and Choosing a Major Workshop will provide many answers to help you select your future career. counselor to plan first semester courses.

Where do I go? If you are a new college student and you are not sure what to study or what major to choose, you are not alone! The majority of new college students are not sure what to study and often change their

majors up to five times during their college career. College is a time for self-discovery, figuring out who you are and where your interests lie. LMC’s Undeclared and Choosing a Major Workshop will provide many answers to help you select your future career. You will explore your likes, dislikes and talents. You will discover your interests, select a major, and connect your major to your future career. The workshops are conducted by our career center coordinator, Teresea Archaga, a certified career counselor. Studies show that students who have a clear educational goal or career goal are more successful. Students needing more in-depth study in addition to workshops may take counseling courses such as Orientation to College (COUNS-30) and Career Development (COUNS-32). Returning adults or re-entry students are provided with a “Welcome Back” evening event introducing adult students to the variety of college support systems designed for working adults. Part of being successful in college is being connected to the college and to others who share similar experiences. Returning adults have ongoing “Social Circles” meetings throughout the year. Students get to know fellow classmates, experience things together, and learn success tips from one another.

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Staying on the road.

Arriving at your destination

Once enrolled in the classes on the road to your future, you will want to be successful in your classes because grades do count. To increase your chances of succeeding in your classes, LMC provides workshops at key times during the academic year.

As students approach for the completion of their college goals, they are invited to participate in workshops to get them ready to leave college. The Career Center offers a series of workshops that prepare students to leap from the classroom to the world of work.

¶ Notetaking workshops: offered early in the semester, we provide these workshops using the Cornell Method that will make you more confident about your class notes. You will be better prepared for tests and other assignments. ¶ Time management workshops: designed for students struggling with the coordination of their busy schedules are offered early in the semester. Time management is really about setting priorities, developing workable schedules and turning in class assignments on time. ¶ Test taking workshops: offered during midterms and finals. You will learn tips and tricks to maximize your preparation for testing. (Recommended to take with a stress management workshop.) ¶ Stress management workshops: teach students how to relieve the stress of school and reduce the anxiety of test taking before midterms and finals. In addition, tutoring is provided on various subjects at the Center for Academic Support. Designed to provide extra academic support outside the classroom, this free support is conducted by reading and writing consultants, college instructors, and trained college students (peer mentors).

¶ Resume workshops: include the fundamentals of writing an effective resume that will get results. Whether students are applying for a summer job or a full-time career, the workshops will help them land the job they want. ¶ Did I say that?: will focus on preparing students to say what employers want to hear. This workshop is designed to take the edge off the interview process by reviewing various interview styles and tips for each of them. Employers are looking for reliable, responsible workers who can solve problems and who have the social skills and attitude to work together with others. The Career Center provides many employability skill training workshops to choose from. If transferring to a 4-year university is on your horizon, you can choose a variety of workshops that will prepare you for the UC application, letter of intent, scholarship and personal essays. The college also offers courses that prepare students for successful transfer such as Transfer Planning (COUNS-33) or AVID-Advancement Via Individual Determination (EDUC-10). Whichever road you take for a better future, you’ll be headed the right direction if you start your path at Los Medanos College. Visit www. losmedanos.edu to apply today. CF

Los Medanos College has designed a series of workshops to assist new students and returning college students to be successful throughout their college life.

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Introducing LMC’s Transfer A

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ave you recently graduated from high school? Thinking of earning a bachelor’s degree? Check out Los Medanos College’s new Transfer Academy, now offered for the first time in Fall 2011!

What is the Transfer Academy? Starting at a community college and then transferring

to a four-year institution is a common strategy for students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Transfer Academy at Los Medanos College (LMC), funded by the college’s Title V EXITO Grant, is a new program targeting incoming students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. At LMC, we recognize that our campus is the first step for many students on their educational journey, and we want you to be successful! College is a time of curiosity, learning, new friendships, growth, and sometimes stress. We also know that your success in your first year of college will set the stage for your future career. The Transfer Academy provides a dynamic academic experience with strong supports in and outside of the classroom, like academic counseling, tutoring, workshops, social and cultural experiences, leadership development, and campus tours. The academy is a community of students, faculty,

and staff working together to keep you on target to transfer in a reasonable time period.

Why should I join the Transfer Academy? Guaranteed classes for your first year with great instructors! Classes at LMC fill up quickly and are hard to get. Be guaranteed a spot in the classes you need with inspiring instructors who want you to succeed.

Transfer guarantee programs (TAGs) Your counselor will help you build a plan so you can transfer to some of California’s top universities. Every month we take LMC students to tour different universities and we have admissions representatives come to campus to advise students. Transfer Academy students get priority to sign up for both of these activities!

At LMC, we recognize that our campus is the first step for many students on their educational journey, and we want you to be successful!

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er Academy - La Academia de LMC Specialized transfer counseling You will have a counselor who will work with you every step of the way to plan your classes, select your major, and to prepare you for transfer.

Take university classes before you transfer

To ensure your successful transfer, as part of the Transfer Academy, we have admission agreements with these colleges:

• University of California, Santa Barbara

• California State University, East Bay

• University of the Pacific

• Clark Atlanta University

Want to get even further ahead? You can take courses at UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, or Mills College for little to no cost while you are in the Transfer Academy.

• Golden Gate University

Financial aid, scholarships, and book loans

• University of California, Davis

Paying for college can be really tough. We will help you get financial aid and scholarships. We also have a book and calculator program for students in need.

Letters of recommendation from our staff All members of the Transfer Academy will get letters of recommendation from our staff that will help you with your scholarship and transfer applications.

Transfer Academy Center (ready for Spring 2012) Students in the Transfer Academy can take advantage of the center to use computers, study, and hang out.

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• National University • Saint Mary’s College of California

• University of California, Irvine • University of California, Merced • University of California, Riverside • University of California, San Diego

• University of California, Santa Cruz

The terms of the agreements may change according to needs of the institution. See your Transfer Academy counselor to learn about each of the agreements.

How do I apply for the Transfer Academy? To be eligible for the Transfer Academy, you need to do the following prior to entry: • Complete an assessment and orientation • Be eligible for English 90 or above

In October of 2010, Los Medanos College (LMC) was awarded a five-year federal grant – a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions Grant – that will help expand educational opportunities for students in East Contra Costa County. The purpose of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program is to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of Latino and firstgeneration students.

• Be eligible for Math 30 or above • Participate in a Summer Bridge program • Commit to being a full-time student (about 12 units per semester) • Commit to being part of a dynamic college program • Be excited about transferring! For more information and to apply, visit www.losmedanos.edu/ transferacademy. Questions? Call 925-439-2181, ext. 3124. CF

The grant titled ÉXITO, which means “success” in Spanish, will focus on improving transfer rates from LMC to four-year colleges and universities. Through the grant, LMC will work on three areas: 1) improving its partnerships with high schools and families, 2) expanding LMC’s Transfer Center and services, including the new Transfer Academy for students, and 3) supporting assessment and offering professional development for faculty and staff.

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A Career in Child Development

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By Pam Perfumo n a recent warm sunny afternoon, I was walking across campus and was delighted to hear squeals of laughter coming from the children’s playground of Los Medanos College’s Child Study Center. As I peered over the level, I saw the source of all the funtwo student teachers had set up a ‘trike wash’ on the bicycle path in the sunny play area below. Children were riding their wheeled toys under a stream of water, screaming with delight as the cool spray hit their backs on their way through the ‘wash.’ A career of working with and educating young children is filled with afternoons like this—opportunities to engage children in experiences that teach them about the natural and social world through rich episodes of play and discovery! Students in LMC’s Child Development Program have many opportunities to learn about the growth and development of children, as well as the foundations of caring for and educating young children. Many career paths are available to students interested in working with children and families. Students can begin working in this field as a teaching aide with as few as six units of course work in child development, all the way to pursuing an associate degree with the option to transferring to a four-year college for a baccalaureate degree. There are also courses for working professionals who desire additional training or specialization for professional advancement or to renew their permit. Specializations are offered in the areas of Infant/Toddler Care, Special Needs Education, Administration, and the School Age Child. Students who have already completed a local ROP or high school specialization in “Careers with Children” gain the added benefit of receiving college credit for courses completed in their high school or ROP program. There are considerable employment opportunities in this field. Industry analysts project a 6 percent increase in job opportunities in this field in the next five years. Students entering employment with 6-12 units of early

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childhood education units can expect to earn $10-$14 per hour in entry-level positions in private, faith-based, and non-profit programs and preschools. With additional coursework and experience, master teachers and elementary school teachers will earn around $36,000$44,000 annually. Directors, administrators, and owners of large family childcare programs can expect to earn $60,000 or more. Students who go on to pursue a master’s degree can teach child development and early childhood education classes at the community college level, where salaries range between $35,000 and $75,000 annually. Even a health care professional with a specialty in pediatrics can benefit from coursework and a degree in child development. Particular strengths of the LMC Child Development Department include student support services available through state grant programs. Those state-sponsored programs include the California First Five Initiative, the Child Development Training Consortium, the LMC Teacher Mentor Program and the Foster Care Education Program. LMC’s vibrant Child Study Center provides childcare for LMC students while also serving as a teaching and demonstration laboratory for students majoring in child development. Currently, the Center offers programs for toddlers, preschool, and pre-K children. A program for children with special needs and their parents is also on site, run by the Contra Costa County Office of Education. The Child Study Center is one of the few centers in the area that has applied for, received, and maintained National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation, the highest stamp of professional approval an early childhood education program can receive! The Center offers a special “student internship” opportunity where qualified students receive compensated on-the-job training while they are working towards their child development certificate or degree. This is an excellent way to help pay one’s way through college while gaining valuable professional experience. And this is NOT just a career for WOMEN! Men can also find satisfying and lucrative career options in classrooms and programs that serve young children. Since many children

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Alumni quote:

Ashley Pate Ashley Pate is currently a junior at Sacramento State University and majoring in child development. She attended LMC for two years, completing four semesters of general education units before transferring to Sac State. “The Child Study Center at LMC changed who I now am as a student, employee, and future teacher. Not only was I able to experience having a mentor my first two semesters as a new student, I also grew as a teacher and then became a senior mentor myself. I was able to apply what I was learning in class by working at the Child Study Center on a daily basis. The hands-on experience with children that LMC offers is truly the most unique and special thing about their program.”

suffer from a lack of male influence and role models in their life, having a positive male role model in classrooms and programs is a valuable contribution to the community! One male graduate of our program, Tim Bongco, has completed his BA degree and is now working as a lead teacher in the Child Study Center at San Francisco State! Tim

loves his work, and the children and families are his biggest fans! So whether you have committed yourself to a career in education, or are just curious about opportunities for a career with young children, the LMC Child Development Program is worth investigating. Visit the Child Study Center for a tour of the facility, or make an appointment to find out more about the possibilities these engaging and rewarding career options may hold for you! To learn more, visit www.losmedanos.edu/childdev or contact Melissa Jackson, education advisor, at mjackson@losmedanos.edu or 925-439-2181 ext 3183.

“The most valuable thing I learned while at LMC was how to plan and carry out developmentally appropriate group times with preschoolers. Besides curriculum, I learned how to supply, set up, and organize a safe learning environment for children. I learned how to use conscious discipline, and gained an entirely different language while talking with children. I now take that valuable language and share it with the staff at my new preschool at Sac State. LMC also taught me how to work most importantly with teachers, families, and communities in order to help each child grow and succeed to their fullest potential.”

Faculty quote:

Pam Perfumo, Chair and Professor, LMC’s Child Development program: “I am so proud to be affiliated with such a well-respected program. Our community partners are confident that when someone applies to work for them with a degree from Los Medanos College, that applicant will be well trained and professionally prepared. Having such a strong reputation is a ‘win’ for the employers, a ‘win’ for us, and most importantly, a ‘win’ for our students!”

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Life’s a Stage – LMC’s Drama

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By Nick Garcia magine standing in front of a room full of people eagerly waiting to hear you speak. As you lean into the microphone and open your mouth, how do you feel? If your answer is terrified, you are not alone. Most people fear public speaking almost as much as death! Regardless of the role you play in life or the occupation you have now or in the future, there will be at least one time when you will need to speak in front of an audience. How will you prepare for that inevitable moment? One answer is to gain self-confidence through the performing arts. At Los Medanos College (LMC) our newly energized and exciting Drama Department has emerged as a creative and dynamic playground for folks just like you to develop your self-confidence when speaking

in front of others. LMC’s drama instructors believe in the power of the performing arts to enhance people’s self-esteem and confidence in ways few other college disciplines can. We are award-winning professionals in the fields of performance, stagecraft, production, and film analysis; and are dedicated to our students’ academic, professional, and personal success. Our curriculum was founded using models from leading conservatories and universities throughout the world – New York University, Julliard, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre. Courses are designed to help students unlock and develop their creative potential in a safe and supportive environment. What makes us unique and sets us apart from other community college drama departments? We are currently awaiting final approval to be able to offer an associate degree with a specific emphasis in performance. If this degree is approved, we will be

the only community college in Contra Costa County to offer an associate degree with a specific emphasis in performance. Under the direction of Artistic Director and Drama Department Chair Nick Garcia, the department is dedicated to not only developing theatre artists of the future, but also helping everyone who enrolls in our courses to achieve more selfconfidence when speaking in front of others. Because we pride ourselves on being inclusive, we consistently choose both multicultural plays that reflect the diversity of our community, environment, and student body as well as classic plays that have stood the test of time. We offer our students multiple opportunities to become both wellrounded people as well as theatre professionals through participation in

Under the direction of Artistic Director and Drama Department Chair Nick Garcia, the department is dedicated to not only developing theatre artists of the future, but also helping everyone who enrolls in our courses to achieve more selfconfidence when speaking in front of others.

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ama Program Wins Applause! four main stage productions each academic year in order to develop both innate creative talents as well as the actor’s craft. In addition, the LMC drama and improvisation student clubs regularly produce comedy, new work and

children’s shows for the LMC community. We encourage our students to explore their passions by developing and producing their own work, and allowing them handson experience in the pursuit of their dreams. The background and training students receive in our program enable them to evolve into experienced professionals capable of becoming the future leaders and innovators in whatever area of either the performing arts they pursue or as professionals in any career that deals with the public. No matter what the future holds in store for you, our courses in the LMC Drama Department, varied and innovative, will help unlock your hidden potential, and enable you to find success in the professional world. We guarantee that standing in front of an audience of any kind with confidence and grace becomes much more possible if you take the opportunity to enroll in one of our classes. And for those who are certain they want a career in the performing arts, remember we hope to soon offer the only Associate of Arts Degree in Theater Arts in the Contra Costa Community College District. This will give you a step up on your competition! See you soon on stage or in one of our classes. To find out more details about our instructors and our classes please visit www.losmedanos.edu/drama/ today! Why wait? Begin your journey to greater self-confidence and a brighter future today. CF

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Featured student: Tiffanie Diaz-Moore Hometown: Antioch Graduate of: Deer Valley High School Currently building her skills and experience to qualify for a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card.

“Professor Garcia is very inspiring and dedicated to his students’ success. For anyone thinking of studying with the LMC Drama Department, do it. The theatre here becomes your home away from home.“ CareerFocus I Fall 2011

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Achieve the 4 Cs

Everyone needs these core traits to succeed

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By Vickie Elmer f you want to get ahead at work or land a good job, you’ll need the four Cs.

No, we don’t mean your grades should be average–far from it. We mean your crucial traits must include a mastery of the 4 Cs–communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

Count to four Those four traits will become increasingly important to employers in the years ahead, according to a recent American Management Association survey of 2,115 managers. They are foundational skills that will help you win work and win promotions. The 4 Cs “pretty much apply to anyone’s job, and will stay with you when you move up,” says Manny Avramidis, the American Management Association’s senior vice president of global human resources. They will work for security guards, securities analysts and CEOs. The AMA defines the 4 Cs this way: • Communication refers to the ability to effectively express ideas in writing and in speech • Collaboration means the ability to work with others who may be different from you or have different points of view. • Critical thinking is the ability to make decisions, solve problems and take appropriate action. • Creativity refers tobeing innovative and using your imagination to see what’s NOT there and to make something happen.

Why they matter The 4 Cs are growing in significance because of the pace of change in business and the amount of work that must be accomplished in teams. “I can see them become increasingly more important because the world is getting smaller and smaller,” says

communication collaboration critical thinking creativity Avramidis, who oversees the hiring and development of some 1,000 AMA staffers around the world.

that in a job interview, they’re going to be heads above the rest.”

They are important enough that three-quarters of managers already have started measuring their current staff’s communication skills, critical thinking and collaboration during performance reviews. In about half the cases, workers were considered “only average” in communications and creativity and innovation, the AMA research found.

Learn how

The 4 Cs and similar lists have been called crucial by other organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management. Yet twothirds of human resources managers say some new workers lacked critical thinking, self-direction, overall professionalism and written communications skills, all of which are on SHRM’s core competencies lists. “Being a subject-matter expert is not enough, particularly in a down economy,” says Margo Rose, whose career in human resources has led her to jobs in social media, recruiting for a Cincinnati law firm and establishing Hire Friday on Twitter. “Critical thinking is so important. I define critical thinking as looking at an issue from lots of different viewpoints and...making an informed decision. If (job hunters) can convey

The 4 Cs “pretty much apply to anyone’s job.” They will work for security guards, securities analysts and CEOs.

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Start by grading yourself on your 4 C skills. Then ask a former boss or coworker to be brutally honest in assessing you too. Spend time thinking of occasions when you came up with novel solutions or built a bridge with your words. That will give you some target areas in which you can increase your strengths and reduce weaknesses. If you’re trying to add more of these into your life and your resume, jump into some activities, such as the debate team or the international business round table or a new fundraiser for your favorite charity. Here are four other approaches, shared by Avramidis: • Join activities that require communication and collaboration, and then document them on your resume. • Choose classes where the professor has built the 4Cs into the coursework, and stay away from basic lecture classes where you never use them. • Grab an internship or part-time job to learn in an environment similar to one you may land in full time later on.

social network related to your field. But remember: You need to be able to talk face-to-face too. Though all four skills are important, effective communication really is crucial at every age and stage of a career. And just because you can talk for hours with your friends does not mean you’re connecting with the hiring manager who’s 15 years older than you – or 15 years younger. Employers also appreciate seeing the 4 Cs woven into your resume and your experiences. Critical thinking combined with communications and creativity means an individual stands out as “a problem solver.... finding solutions no one else has even thought of,” says Rose. “That’s going to be a tremendous boon to your career.” CF

• Develop your skills using some new communication tools, whether IM or ShareSlide or a

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Building Futures, Changing Lives Los Medanos College Foundation Makes a Difference By Richard Mahan and Lindy Maynes

You should know... LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE FOUNDATION • Awarded over 2,000 scholarships to students • Assisted more than 1,000 students transfer to four-year colleges and universities • Facilitated over $10 million in school program grants • Supported career technical programs in nursing, electrical engineering, law enforcement, emergency medical technications, and firefighting

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os Medanos College Foundation builds futures and changes students’ lives by creating relationships with businesses, corporations, foundations and individual donors who invest in educational and occupational programs that benefit the economy and community-at-large. East Contra Costa County is the American story. A culturally and ethnically diverse community, the county consists of proud working

class families who want to provide their children a life filled with hope and opportunity. For these families, their sons and daughters and generations thereafter, Los Medanos College (LMC) is the pathway to building their futures and fulfilling their dreams.

• Provided hundreds of veterans with emergency loans

Henry Schultz, Electrical and Instrumentation Technician, USS-POSCO

“Without donors like you, there would be many students unable to realize that there is help out there. It is a great honor for me to get a scholarship from your foundation. It will truly help me get closer to my dream of becoming a nurse.” Julia, LMC Nursing Student

“If it hadn’t been for LMC and the inspiration and encouragement from my teachers, I may never have become a musician.”

Since its formation in 1997, the Los Medanos College Foundation has been committed to helping build that pathway for LMC and its students by raising and allocating critical financial support for educational and career technical training programs, teaching facilities, and student scholarships.

• Support for science, technology, engineering and math; honors scholars; transfer and other academic programs

Why support the LMC Foundation

• Books for the library and the textbook rental program

The future of our society will be based entirely upon the successful development of our human potential. Today, community colleges surpass virtually every other educational institution in their direct contribution to human development... and no place in California offers a greater return on that investment than Los Medanos College. Consider the following: • LMC is one of the major trainers of public safety personnel in Northern California; that is, we train the majority of the region’s police, firemen and nurses. • LMC provides career technical programs that are moving men and women into meaningful engineering and technology related careers through our unique relationships with major local employers.

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• Helped enable students to learn skills that lead to jobs earning more than $80,000 per year

“I needed a career that was local and offered a good salary with a future. My LMC counselor recommended the EETEC Program and my life was changed forever.”

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Doug Beavers Grammy Award-Winning Composer

• Support for learning communities such as AVID, Puente and ACE

• LMC listens and responds to the needs of the community with the most innovative programs presented by an award-winning faculty.

Invest in LMC and Enhance the Region Los Medanos College Foundation has a mission. • Support services for student success such as tutoring and transferring to four-year universities

• Support process, electrical, instrumentation and auto technology programs; nursing and other programs which meet the needs of local communities, business and industry • New student union to centrally house and facilitate these services For more information about these programs and how you can support our college, visit www.losmedanos. edu/foundation, call 925-439-2181 ext 3215, or email us at foundation@ losmedanos.edu. Tax I.D. # 94-3295149 CF

• Scholarships and expanded counseling resources for firstgeneration college students • Emergency loans to veterans

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Careers A -Z

Los Medanos College LMC Degrees & Certificates

Gives you

College Skills Certificate

The skills you need to get an entry-level job or for additional specialization

Certificate of Achievement

Expanded certificate with additional knowledge and skills to help you move up

Associate of Arts/Science Degree

The course work you need to transfer to a four-year college

Accounting

American Sign Language

Certificate of Achievement in Office Accounting Clerk/Bookkeeper Certificate of Achievement in Accounting Associate of Science Degree in Accounting

A person who facilitates communication between hearing and hearing-impaired persons through interpretation into a signed language, or transliteration of a language into a visual and/or phonemic code by an oral interpreter, a signed language interpreter or cued speech interpreter.

Accounting positions in many types of organizations including accounting/CPA firms, small businesses, large corporations, banks, hospitals, schools systems and government agencies preparing financial statements, balance sheets and tax returns. Transfer to four-year university for a B.S. in Accounting.

Interpreters and Translators Median Annual Salary: $43,600

Tax Examiners, Collectors Median Annual Salary: $56,600 Accountants and Auditors Median Annual Salary: $65,800

Associate of Science Degree in Anthropology

Administration of Justice College Skills Certificate in Criminal Law Specialist Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice Employment in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields as a police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer and loss prevention specialist. Law enforcement agencies require additional training and certificates. Transfer to a four-year university for a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Parking Enforcement Workers Median Annual Salary: $42,200 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers Median Annual Salary: $78,500

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration College Skills Certificate in Appliance Service Technology; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Employment with firms that specialize in installation, servicing and repair of heating and cooling systems in homes, offices and commercial buildings; selfemployment. The program prepares you for employment with HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) firms at the residential, commercial and industrial levels. Leads to apprenticeships.

Anthropology An anthropologist is a scientist who studies anthropology (A paleoanthropologist studies prehistoric humans. A social anthropologist studies living societies.) Many aspiring anthropologists work as assistants doing ground-level research and writing surveys before they have advanced degrees. LMC anthropology courses are the foundation for four-year college studies in Anthropology. Anthropologists and Archeologists Median Annual Salary: $62,000 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, College Median Annual Salary $81,800

Appliance Service Technology Certificate of Achievement in Appliance Service Technology Associate of Science Degree in Appliance Service Technology Employment with a small or large business as a repair and service technician for home appliances such as icemakers, freezers, refrigerators, washers and dryers; self-employment. Home Appliance Repair Median Annual Salary: $39,300 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerator Mechanics and Installers Median Annual Salary: $48,300

Art: Fine Arts Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts Work as an entry-level artist or these courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Art. Fine artists create original art. They specialize in one or two art forms, such as painting, illustrating, sketching, sculpting, printmaking and restoring. Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Median Annual Salary: $63,800

Maintenance and Repair Workers Median Annual Salary: $38,400 Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics Median Annual Salary: $48,300

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Art: Graphic Communications Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communications Associate of Arts Degree in Graphic Communications Work in entry-level graphic communication or these courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Graphic Communications. Graphic design is the applied art of arranging image and text to communicate a message. It may be applied in any media, such as print, digital media, motion pictures, animation, product decoration, packaging and signs. Graphic Designers Median Annual Salary: $51,400 Multi-Media Artists and Animators Median Annual Salary: $70,400

Astronomy A degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics can lead to a variety of career options. Traditional career paths include those of Astronomer, Scientist, Technician, Engineer and relevant management positions. Courses at LMC prepare you for advanced studies at major universities. Atmospheric and Space Scientist Median Annual Salary: $87,800 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Postsecondary Teachers Median Annual Salary: $84, 800

Automotive Technology Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Technology Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology Employment as automotive service technicians in dealerships, privately owned garages and repair shops diagnosing and repairing automobiles; self-employment. Graduates should be prepared to take the ASE exam. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanic: Median Annual Salary: $38,800 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists Median Annual Salary: $45,900

Business College Skills Certificates – Fundamental Business, Computer or Literacy Skills; Basic Clerical; Administrative Assistant; Entrepreneurship/Small Business Startup; Small Business Management and Operations; Basic Medical Clerical/Medical Records Clerk; Front Office/ Medical Billing/Medical Coding; Legal Secretary Certificate of Achievement in Office Administration Certificate of Achievement in Small Business Operations Certificate of Achievement in Retail Management Associate of Science in Business – Office Administration Associate of Science in Business – Small Business Operations Employment in small and large businesses, and government agencies in administrative support positions requiring knowledge of software applications, office management, organizational principles, basic financial management and electronic presentations. Administrative office jobs in medical and other health care-related offices requiring knowledge of medical terminology, medical coding, billing and insurance. Employment as a medical language specialist to interpret and transcribe dictation by physicians and other health care professionals. Starting a small business by learning entrepreneurial skills. A career in retail management. Transfer to a fouryear college for a degree in Business, Business Management, Finance, or Marketing. Tax Preparers Median Annual Salary: $48,000 Personal Financial Advisor Median Annual Salary: $65,300

Chemistry Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry Prepares students for entry-level positions in the biochemistry, industrial chemical industry. Works with equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial products. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in various chemistry fields. Chemists Median Annual Salary: $78,400 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $72,900

Child Development College Skills Certificates – Assistant; Associate Teacher; Specialization: Infant Toddler Care, Curriculum in Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Care & Education, Site Supervisor/Program Director, School Age Child Care, School Age Development and Education, School Age Associate Teacher Associate Teacher Permit Assistant Teacher Permit Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Associate of Science Degree in Child Development Employment working with children from infancy through middle school environment in settings such as day care centers, nursery schools and Head Start programs. With your AS degree, you qualify for positions such as assistant teacher, group supervisor, head teacher or director. Transfer to a four-year college for a degree in education or in early childhood development.

Biological Science Associate of Science Degree in Biological Science Train to be a lab technician in the market of biotechnology. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculations, and calculate and record results. May analyze organic substances, such as blood, food and drugs.

Child Care Workers Median Annual Salary: $22,1000 Child, Family, and School Social Workers Median Annual Salary: $48,200

Computer Science/Computer Networking College Skills Certificates in Computer Science Foundation, Computer Science Competencies, PC Repair Technician (A+ Certification), Web Design, Game Design, Networking and Security (Basic) Certificate of Achievement in Computer Science – Computer Support Specialist (Basic and Advanced), Microcomputer Systems Specialist, Networking and Security (Advanced) Associate of Science Degree in Computer Science Associate of Science Degree in Computer Support Specialist Associate of Science Degree in Networking and Security

These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in various Biology fields.

Employment as an applications specialist, microcomputer service technician, help desk specialist, computer operator, computer security specialist, network specialist, database specialist with organizations such as telephone companies, television stations, schools and colleges, Internet providers and professional offices.

Biological Technicians Median Annual Salary: $42,600 Life Scientists Median Annual Salary: $72,800

Computer Support Specialist Median Annual Salary: $49,800 Database Administrators Median Annual Salary: $76,800

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Dramatic Arts Play a part in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing. May play parts in television commercials. Work in various areas of performing arts and transfer to a four-year degree program in Theater. Actors: Variable, National Median Hourly: $16.20 Drama Teachers, Postsecondary: Median Annual Salary: $82,400

Economics Economists study how society distributes resources, such as land, labor, raw materials, and machinery, to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends and develop forecasts. They research issues such as energy costs, inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, business cycles, taxes or employment levels. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in various economic fields. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $86,800 Economists Median Annual Salary: $89,300

Electrical/Instrumentation Technology Certificate of Achievement in Electrical Technology Associate of Science Degree in Electrical Technology Employment installing and maintaining electrical/electronic systems and instrumentation in industrial facilities. In-house maintenance departments at manufacturing facilities also offer job opportunities. Electrical Technicians Median Annual Salary: $58,300

Environmental Sciences Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Environmental Scientists and Specialists Median Annual Salary: $70,300

Fire Academy College Skills Certificate in Basic Academy Certificate of Achievement in Basic Academy Train to become a firefighter. Firefighters Mean Annual Salary: $62,000

Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement in Fire Technology Associate of Science Degree in Fire Technology

Emergency Medical Services College Skills Certificate - Emergency Medical Technician Can lead to employment in private emergency medical or ambulance services, fire departments, and hospitals where life-saving skills are required. Emergency Medical Technicians Median Annual Salary: $31,100

Engineering Associate of Science Degree in Engineering Position as a civil, electrical or mechanical engineering technician. Transfer to a four-year degree program in various engineering fields.

Fire Science Technology is an applied science in the control and prevention of fire, the handling of hazardous materials, investigation, rescue operations, security and safety. Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists Median Annual Salary: $70,400 Fire Inspectors and Investigators Median Annual Salary: $83,100

History Prepares students for jobs in research, analysis in such places as government and other institutions. Work with newspapers, photographers, interview, films and manuscripts. Historians Median Annual Salary: $74,700 History Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $83,300

Journalism

Engineering technicians solve technical problems. Some work in quality control. They look over products, do tests, and collect data. In manufacturing they may help in design, development, or production. Most engineering technicians specialize in certain areas: civil engineering technicians and electrical and electronics engineering technicians.

Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism

Electrical Engineers Mean Annual Salary: $94,600 Industrial Engineers Mean Annual Salary: 84,100

Work in an entry-level position in media or transfer to a four-year degree program in Journalism.

English

Careers in journalism are writers and editors, technical writers and editors, reporters and correspondents, advertising and public relations and publications designer.

Reporters Median Annual Salary: $37, 600

Liberal Arts

Teach or instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, non-vocational, and nonacademic subjects. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution. These courses can be the foundation for four-year university studies in English, and/or a career as a writer.

Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Behavioral Science and Social Science Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts: Math and Science

English Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $80,800

These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in various programs.

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Management and Supervision

Philosophy

College Skills Certificates: Communication Skills for Managers, Decision-Making Skills for Managers, Human Resource Skills for Managers, Leadership Skills for Managers, Planning Skills for Managers

Develop critical thinking skills, argument skills, communication skills, information management, design and planning skills, research and investigation skills, management and administration skills. These courses can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities.

Certificate of Achievement in Management and Supervision Associate of Science in Management and Supervision

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $77,100

The program is designed to train students for entry into supervisory, team-leader and management positions. Transfer to a four-year institution for a degree in business administration. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers Median Annual Salary: $37,100 General Operations Managers Median Annual Salary: $106,500

Mathematics Associate of Science Degree in Mathematics Entry-level positions in government agencies such as the census office. Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile chars and graphs for use by actuaries.

Physical Education Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations. Include all sporting officials, referees, and competitive judges. Coaching/Teaching for high school and college sports. Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials Median Annual Salary: $22,400 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $87,000

These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Mathematics. Mathematical Technicians Median Annual Salary: $44,000 Mathematicians Median Annual Salary: $111,400

Music Associate of Arts Degree in Music Become a professional musician, conductor, concert artist, studio musician, arranger, composer, accompanist, music teacher, private instructor or church related music such as minister of music, organist or choir director. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Music. Music Directors and Composers Median Annual Salary: $58,500

Music: Commercial Music Certificate of Achievement in Music: Commercial Music Careers include instrument sales, instrument repair, pop singer, orchestration, arranger, music publisher, music activities producer, recording engineer, music therapist, music librarian, music critic, music software technician and radio music director. Entry-level positions in a wide variety of areas; Broad Median Annual Salary: $34,500

Nursing Associate of Science Degree – ADN Registered Nursing Associate of Science Degree – ADN-LVN to RN Certificate of Achievement – Vocational Nursing Employment as a Registered Nurse in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physicians’ officers or other health care agencies. RNs evaluate, plan, implement and document nursing care for an assigned patient population. LVN to RN degree program is offered for those who wish to upgrade to an RN. Transfer to a 4-year university for a BSN to expand your career opportunities in nursing education or administration. Licensing required. Employment as a Vocational or Practical Nurse in hospitals, rehabilitation/long term/home health facilities, clinics, nursing homes, and physicians’ offices. A VN administers nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse by participating in the delivery and evaluation of patient care, and ensuring the health, comfort, and safety of patients. Licensing required. Licensed Registered Nurses Median Annual Salary: $82.900 Licensed Vocational Nurses Median Annual Salary: $49,400

Physics These courses at LMC can be the foundation for advanced studies at four-year universities. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $91,200 Physicists Median Annual Salary: $104,700

Political Science Become a political campaign advisor, lobbyist, community outreach, community development and pre-law. These courses at LMC can be the foundation for advanced studies at major universities. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $84,600 Political Scientists Median Annual Salary: $55,800

Process Technology Certificate of Achievement in Process Technology Associate of Science Degree in Process Technology Take process samples, monitor equipment, and solve problems at processing plants including chemical and refining plants. Plant and System Operators Median Annual Salary: $58,100

Psychology Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology Monitor patient’s physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs. Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Psychology. Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists Median Annual Salary: $77,800

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Real Estate Certificate of Achievement in Real Estate Associate of Science Degree in Real Estate Employment as a real estate agent or realtor renting, buying or selling property on a commission basis; self-employment. Real Estate Sales Agents Median Annual Salary: $45,600 Real Estate Brokers Median Annual Salary: $66,400

Recording Arts College Skills Certificate in Recording Arts Certificate of Achievement in Recording Arts Associate of Arts Degree in Recording Arts Become an audio engineer, producer other recording arts professional. LMC prepares your for entry-level position in the recording arts industry. Sound Engineering Technicians Median Annual Salary: $53,000

Sociology Associate of Science Degree in Sociology Can work in a variety of fields and assist programs or groups and organizations such as government agencies in urban development and planning. These courses can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Sociology. Sociologists Median Annual Salary: $72,400

Travel College Skills Certificates in Travel Marketing, Cruise Specialist, HomeBased Travel Specialist Certificate of Achievement in Travel Marketing Associate of Science Degree in Travel Marketing Employment with travel agencies, online travel agencies, home-based travel agencies, airlines, tour companies, cruise lines to assist clients with planning and making leisure and corporate travel reservations. Travel Agents Median Annual Salary: $33,600

Welding Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology Associate of Science Degree in Welding Technology Employment as a Certified Welder using oxy-acetylene welding, shielded-metal arc welding, TIG, MIG, flux-cored arc welding and metal cutting in industries such as petrochemicals, railroads, construction, transportation, plant maintenance, bridge fabrication, ornamental iron, machining, aerospace, boiler-making, ship repairs, fabricated metal products and transportation equipment manufacturers. Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Settlers Operators, and Tenders Median Annual Salary: $29,800 Structural Iron and Steel Workers Mean Annual Salary: $56,100

Speech Communications Speech teachers teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, debate, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Speech communications courses can be useful for any student, and can be the foundation for four-year college studies in Communications. Communications Teachers, Postsecondary Median Annual Salary: $81,300

Transfer Associate of Arts Degree Provides the first two years of study towards a bachelor’s degree. Further study in a wide array of fields that require a solid foundation in humanities and social science like the art, business, communication, education and social services. Transfer to a four-year degree program

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LMC’s Team Bazinga Heads to NASA Early this summer, four LMC students are high flying with NASA. And if that isn’t enough, they’ll be conducting their own creative engineering experiment in a zero gravity environment. All four students are a part of the LMC MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program).

competitive opportunity through Microgravity University: for Minority Serving Institutions and Community College.Their experiment is entitled “Precision and Accuracy of an Electromagnetic Launching System” involves using a magnetic field to project a small object towards a target.

Team Bazinga is one of a small select group of college and university teams chosen by NASA

Visit www.losmedanos.edu/bazinga to find out more, or check in on their adventure on Facebook

to design experiments and test them in a reduced gravity environment. NASA offers this

page under MicroGravity: Team Bazinga.

MESA Program

Honors Transfer Program

Umoja Program

Puente Program

Transfer Academy

Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program

www.losmedanos.edu/honors

www.losmedanos.edu/umoja

www.losmedanos.edu/puente

www.losmedanos.edu/transferacademy

Provides its high-achieving members an enhanced academic experience

Committed to fostering and enriching the education experience of all students, especially African American and 1st generation college students

Focused on success for underrepresented students with English and counseling support

Supporting students as they prepare their foundation for transferring to a 4-year school

www.losmedanos.edu/mesa Especially for students headed to transfer as majors in math-based fields


Success begins at Los Medanos College Class Schedules

are available at the LMC Bookstore, the Admissions Office, and the Brentwood Center

Transfer & Occupational Programs • Administration of Justice

• Environmental Science

• Anthropology

• Fire Academy/Technology

Fall Enrollment Dates

• Appliance Service Technology

• Geography

- Online and Phone Only

• Art

• Geology

• Astronomy

• Graphic Communication

• Automotive Technology

• History/Political Science

• Biological Science

• Humanities/Philosophy

• Business

• Journalism

• Chemistry

• Liberal Arts

May 2 - Aug 11

EOPS/DSPS/Active Military Eligible Veterans

May 4 - Aug 11

Other continuing students

May 20 - Aug 11 Begin registration for returning, matriculating and exempt students June 20 - Aug 11 Begin registration for non-matriculated students (students who have never attended LMC) Aug 1 - 11

Begin open/walk-in registration for all college students

• Child Development

• Mathematics

Aug 2 - 11

Begin ALL special admit/ concurrent high school students (in person only)

• Computer Science

• Music/Recording Arts

• Drama

• Physics

• Economics

• Process Technology

• Electrical/Instrumentation

• Sign Language

Late Enrollment Aug 12 - 25

On a space-available basis with late add code

Aug 25

Last day to drop full-term classes with eligibility for fee refund or credit

Aug 12

Fall Semester Begins

To register, go to WebAdvisor at www.losmedanos.edu

• Sociology

Technology • Emergency Medical Services

• Spanish

• Engineering

• Speech

• English

• Travel Marketing

• English as a Second Language

• Welding Technology

Main Campus 2700 East Leland Rd. Pittsburg, CA 94565 925-439-2181

Brentwood Center 101A Sand Creek Road Brentwood, CA 94513 925-513-1625

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