Fall registration at Scottsdale Community College underway

Submitted by Jonathan Higuera, communications coordinator at Scottsdale Community College.

The Welcome Center at Scottsdale Community College is bustling with activity this summer, with Student Affairs staff on hand to provide one-stop-shop support to new and returning students.

Getting an jump on registration helps secure classes that might fill up fast or are in popular time slots. With the fall semester starting on Saturday, Aug. 23, it’s not too soon for students to enroll to hold a place in popular classes and to get a more manageable tuition-payment plan. The payment plan requires a down payment and monthly installments, and those amounts increase the closer it gets to the start of the semester.

Although the priority deadline for financial aid was July 1, students can still apply for financial aid and wait for disbursement after the start of the fall semester. In 2013-14, SCC disbursed $18.6 million in financial aid to students through Title IV, scholarships, state money, private grants, tribal funding and other sources. Tuition must be paid before classes start, so students are encouraged to have a plan for payment prior to financial-aid disbursement.

“For many students, starting at a community college is going to be their best bet,” said Gia Taylor, SCC’s dean of students. “They can begin college in a more-nurturing environment with smaller classes, and instructors whose primary responsibility is teaching. It’s a great place to complete general-education requirements, a certificate and an associate’s degree before moving on to a university.”

Students also will find other perks, such as free parking and, in a growing number of classes, no requirement to buy expensive textbooks. SCC is a leader among Maricopa Community Colleges in offering classes with online educational resources that replace the need to buy textbooks.

For students still deciding on a major, a variety of classes and programs is available. If you’ve ever considered being a graphic designer, interior designer, accountant or digital photographer, SCC’s students have won top national awards for their work. In fact, a digital-storytelling class will be offered for the first time this fall.

In addition to outstanding instruction in the basics of English, math, science, and humanities, SCC offers degrees and certificates that can lead directly to jobs. The popular culinary-arts program has launched an evening program that gives working students a chance to take classes in the late afternoon and evening.

Computer information system graduates have gone on to outstanding entry-level jobs in the IT industry.

Additionally, the theater, music, dance and art programs have unleashed a flurry of creativity and talent among students and the yoga teacher-training program has attracted many devoted students.

Some programs can even offer students a four-year degree without having to take a class beyond the SCC campus. For example, the hospitality and tourism management program offers a 90-30 agreement with Northern Arizona University that allows students to transfer 90 community-college credits to the university and complete the remaining 30 at SCC in classes taught by NAU professors.

SCC students also can enjoy a vibrant campus life, whether they choose to be part of the honors program, Student Leadership Forum, Collegiate DECA, Artie’s Animal Allies, Outdoor Adventure Club and a host of others.

The cost is $84 a credit hour.

“National studies tell us that those with a college degree make 80 to 90 percent more over their lifetime than peers who don’t have degrees,” Taylor said. “We want to help people get started so they can forge their own trail of success and better their life circumstances.”

New students must now participate in the Scottsdale Orientation and Recruitment session, which is offered three times a day. They also are required to take placement tests before attending SOAR. Finally, advisers meet with students to help them select and register for the best courses to meet their career goals.

Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursdays. The Maricopa Community Colleges are closed on Fridays until Aug. 8. For more: http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/getting-started.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/07/17/fall-registration-scottsdale-community-college-underway/12792381/