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Original Copy of SLS1106 OER: Orientation | Introduction to College

What to Expect

"Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success."

Reading Guide: College Success
What's Expected of You

1. The Curve Wrecker 2. The Resurrected 3. EMO 4. Little Miss Potato Chip 5.The Borrower 6. Part-Time Student Full-Time Mom 7. The Riddler 8. The Trendsetter 9. The Trebek 10. Back to School Granny 11. Pong Champion 12. The Van Wilder 13. PJ 14. The Flask 15. The Bumble Bee 16. The Picasso.

 

Resources at MDC

Advisement & Career Services

The Advisement & Career Services Department provides students with a quality, learning-centered experience that enables them to establish and fulfill their educational and career goals. By facilitating an effective decision making process regarding educational, transfer and career goals, advisors promote appropriate course selection and assist students with referrals to internal and external resources and support services. A staff of full-time Academic and Career Advisors representing diverse educational and professional backgrounds is available to provide this service.

Athletics

The official site of Miami Dade College Athletics.

Campus Information

General Information and directions to the different campuses at Miami Dade College.

College & Faculty Directory
Look up the phone number of any faculty member, administrator, or staff at Miami Dade College.

Counseling

Look up contact information and hours of Professional Counselors available to help you at each campus.

Disability Services

By providing a variety of services that address a spectrum of disabilities, the ACCESS department works to ensure equal access and opportunity throughout the college experience. Note takers, assistive technologies, interpreters and more are at our disposal. See all the ways ACCESS helps students succeed.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid is a federal service that is provided free of charge. Help and guidance is available at the College’s financial aid offices at no cost.

Health Services

MDC Medical Campus Wellness Clinic and the Miami Rescue Mission Clinic provide low-cost health services to our community and to our students, faculty and staff from all MDC campuses.

Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy

iCED is a college-wide program that serves all eight MDC campuses, is part of Academic Affairs, works closely with Student Affairs, and is responsible for myriad service and civic engagement programs at the college that ignite, empower, and transform.

Learning Resources | Library & Labs

Librarians are available to assist with research needs and provide guidance on the use of resources. Learning Resources Labs and Courtyards... house state-of-the-art technology and software, as well as knowledgeable tutors that can provide face-to-face instruction in a variety of courses such as math, writing, reading, business, natural science, health sciences, speech and test preparation, and more.

Office of Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) of Miami Dade College develops and maintains a modern information technology environment in support of MDC’s vision for excellence in teaching, outreach, and lifelong learning.

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
Important information and phone numbers of the different Public Safety offices at Miami Dade College.

S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S.

At MDC Hialeah, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. We provide all SCHOLARS (Service-Centered, Holistic Opportunities for Learning, Achievement, Retention and Success) participants with a mentor as a way to ease their transition from high school to college. Participation in SCHOLARS will help build and strengthen those skills we know are essential to becoming a changemaker: empathy, leadership, communication and teamwork. First-time in college students will receive educational advice, career development, financial aid assistance and overall guidance from a second-year MDC Hialeah student. Our program is designed to build relationships and strengthen learning opportunities outside of the classroom, in an effort to maximize the college experience at MDC Hialeah Campus.

Single Stop: Childcare

Single Stop partners with the following organizations for childcare assistance:

  • The Pre School at Exploration Station Miami Dade College, (North Campus students)
  • Miami-Dade County Head Start and Early Head Start (College-wide)
  • Early Learning Coalition (College-wide)
  • Voluntary Prekindergarten

Student Life: Clubs & Organizations

Each campus has a culture that is as diverse its student body. Each offers an opportunity for teamwork and leadership. Can't find a club that suits your interests? You can start a new organization from scratch.

Virtual College

MDC offers credit courses and non-credit courses online. The Bachelor of Science and Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and College Credit Certificate are available fully online.

Activity:

Head over to the Miami Dade College website and look around, check out the specific links above as well. Answer the following questions.

  1. Locate your campus's Student Services page and name 3 student support services you might use and explain how they could benefit you?

  2. Did the websites organization make sense to you?

  3. How comfortable were you navigating the website to find Student Services?

  4. What was your strategy for finding the information you were looking for?

  5. What information would you consider most important to you as a student?

  6. What suggestions do you have for making the website easier to use?

From A Different Road To College: A Guide For Transitioning To College For Non-traditional Students by Alise Lamoreaux