Student Life Activity Center

Recreation is Part of College Too – What to Do During Your Free Time on Campus

Attending college doesn’t have to be all about books and classes. With the hectic life most of us live, it’s important to allow time for fun and well-deserved breaks. If you find yourself on campus with need for some downtime, take advantage of some recreational activities available at no cost to all Broward College students.

The Activity Center

Student Life Activity CenterEvery Student Life Department has an activity center for students to relax, hang out, and take part in activities such as pool, table tennis, and video games. By showing your student ID, you can borrow dominos, foosball, and card games. Locate the Activity Center at any of the major campuses here.

Are you a gaming fan?

Unleash your inner gamer through Student Life. You can join the e-gaming community at Broward College and participate in open gaming or tournaments. You can also ask about the e-gaming clubs at North and the Judson A. Samuels South Campus.

For more information on hours and locations, visit here.

Get your fitness on!

If you would rather be out and about, then joining an intramural sport is surely the best option. After all, you will get the best of both worlds: make new friends and get some exercise at the same time.  You can choose among basketball, flag football, soccer, and volleyball.

In addition to these regular activities, Student Life hosts special recreational events throughout the semester. Pass by the Student Life office of your campus to pick up a monthly event calendar.

Meet new friends, let out the stress, and enjoy your time on campus. Keep up with campus activities, student life events, and more by checking in with Student Life.


Academic Success Center

It Takes a Village – Get Help from the Academic Success Center to Excel in The Classroom

You may think that going through College is a lonely and stressful journey, especially when it comes to homework and finals. But you don’t have to do it alone, and it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful. With the excellent resources and personnel available to the students at Broward College, you can get through the most challenging assignments and topics successfully.

The Academic Success Center (ASC), with locations on each main campus and the Willis Holcombe, Pines, and Miramar West Centers, is the epicenter of student success and the hub for knowledge at the College.

“The research shows that students who utilize the ASC perform better than those who don’t,” says Mary Lapointe, lab supervisor at the Willis Holcombe Center’s ASC. “They learn better study habits, how to focus on their assignments, and have the opportunity to ask for immediate help if they find a roadblock while they work.”

Services Available

Academic Success CenterASC offers tutors in accounting, business, computer science, economics, English as a Second Language (ESL), modern foreign language, math, science, STEM, and writing. There are separate labs for math, ESL/reading, writing, and STEM, that offer customized tutoring for courses in these areas.

You can also request academic material such as study and exam guides, solution manuals for subjects such as math and psychology, and video tutorials. And, for science students, the ASC at the Willis Holcombe Center has an open lab with hands-on anatomy models.

Additional support services offered at the ASC are open computer labs with printing and scanning, laptop and graphic calculators’ loans, guided study group sessions, and exam reviews. The ASC also offers special assistance to students with disabilities. All services are offered free of cost to currently enrolled students. You must present your student ID to use the facilities.

“This is definitely a great space for students to visit either before or after class to work on their homework, and get help if they need it. Our staff is readily available for any questions, and we can take whatever time necessary with a particular student,” says Kasey Dorian, English tutor. “From my own experience, I spent most of my freshman year at the ASC and as I result I had a 4.0 GPA myself.”

Students are encouraged to visit the Academic Success Center throughout the semester to take full advantage of all the resources available and polish their study skills from early on in the semester.

Hours and tutoring for subjects vary depending on location. You can visit the ASC at North, Central, or South campus, as well as Willis Holcombe, Miramar West, and Pines Center.


A. Hugh Adams Central Campus

Discover Central Campus – Places Every Student Should Know

To our college freshmen: Welcome to Broward College! We are thrilled you have chosen to begin your college career with us, and we want to make sure you have the best time while you’re here.

As you settle into your college life and get to know your way around, we are here to offer you some tips on places you should know on our A. Hugh Adams Central Campus located in Davie. With over 20 buildings covering an area of 146 acres shared with Florida Atlantic University, we have some cool spots to study or hang out.

Quiet Places

Central Campus LibraryAn obvious starting point is the library. The modern four-story building recently underwent renovations on its first floor adding a computer lab and a hangout area. Study group rooms are also available on all floors to students at no cost. Simply show your student ID at the front desk. Also, inside the library, you will find the Academic Success Center (ASC) on the second floor, a large space with computers and study tables.

On the southwest side of campus, right across from the parking garage, is building 6, also known as the Fine Arts building. It’s a beautiful, modern two-story building that has a high ceiling lobby. The second floor has a balcony that overlooks the lobby and is furnished with tables and chairs where students can study. If you prefer the advantage of the beautiful scenery and fantastic all-year-round Florida weather, then you would probably love to sit at the tables in the open space in front of building 5.

Hang Out with Friends

Even if you’ve been a Seahawk for just a couple of weeks, you probably already know everyone’s favorite hangout spot on campus: the patio of building 19, where Student Life and Student Services are located. Most Student Life activities take place under the roof-covered space and sometimes you’ll see some of your peers going at it over the ping pong table.

Fine Arts buildingInside building 19, the cafeteria is another favorite spot among your peers. The spacious, contemporary eating area is often a meeting point for friends, and some students even reunite to play videogames.

Another popular location is the Dunkin Donuts inside the library to the far right of the first floor. Outside the library, you have two hangout spots next to each other. The first is right in front of the entrance, where there are some tables and seating area in front of building 15. The other one is a covered patio in building 8, on the left side of the library.

Focused on Healthy Living?

You can get your workout in while you’re on campus. Building 11 has a fitness center, and students use the facility for free. You only need to bring your student ID and a towel, and you’re all set. If you’d prefer outdoor exercise, you can sign up for one of the intramural sports teams. On Central Campus, you can join the soccer or volleyball team through the Student Life department.

Broward College serves more than 63,000 students annually and currently has 11 locations across Broward county. Don’t miss out on having a full college experience. Broward College offers many academic, health, and economic resources to guarantee students’ success.


Student Resources

Fly High with These Tips from Our Faculty

The start of the 2019-20 academic year is an exciting time at Broward College. As students enjoyed their final days of summer break,  faculty started the year with the annual Faculty Welcome Back on August 15. This year under the theme - 'What is my why?' faculty had the opportunity to hear stories of student success and shared what motivates them to teach.

We spoke to a few of our passionate and dedicated faculty members about how students can excel in the classroom.

Here are a few tips they shared.

  • Time management skills are key to a successful semester
  • Come to class with an open mind
  • Remember to take advantage of your free student resources
  • Don't get discouraged by a difficult course or a bad grade, keep going
  • The work you do outside of the classroom is what counts most towards your grade
  • Don't just come to class, enjoy college life with student life activities, shows and exhibits
  • Remember to have fun!

Student Life Welcome Back Tents

The First Week of Classes is Here, and We Are Answering All Your Questions!

Broward College is happy to welcome all students to the first week of classes!

If you’re a new student or returning to school after a long break, we know it’s an exciting, yet overwhelming time as you find your way to classes, the cafeteria, and the library. Luckily, we have a team of dedicated fellow students, advisors, and volunteers to help you. They have shared with us some of the most popular questions asked by students, as well as some quick tips.

Location, location, location…

Student Life Welcome Back Tents“Most students that have passed by this morning have asked us about class locations,” says Violeta Lozada, a Student Life volunteer at the tent in front of building 19, at Central Campus.

During the first few days, Student Life has set up tents across each campus to help students with their questions. They are also handing out free water, chips, and maps. You can also ask them for a campus tour or pick up an event calendar.

“As a student myself, the best advice I can give my peers is to make sure they add a few extra minutes to their schedule to make up for parking, walking to class, and such. Planning ahead also helps!” suggests Violeta.

Don’t Miss Orientation

For new students, the best way to get all your questions answered is to attend one of the three daily sessions of orientation. “Orientation is a must for new students. During our sessions, we walk them through all the online portals they need to be familiar with as well as important locations around campus, how to register for classes in the future, and answer additional questions they may have,” explains Patrick Cuello, admissions and registration specialist.

You Still Got Time

If you have not yet registered for classes, you still have time. Registration for sessions I and II is open until August 25, and registration accepts walk-ins. The offices are open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The best thing for individuals looking to register after being admitted is to see an academic advisor to sort out the classes they need and then proceed to register,” says Cuello. “We want to make sure students know that we are here to help them sort everything out in a timely manner.”

For more information on important dates, click here.

Have a great semester Seahawks!

Plan ahead to avoid the stress of the first day of classes. We have all the resources you need online. Welcome to Broward College!


Broward College students

Welcome Back Seahawks! – Make the Most Out of Your Semester with These Back to School Tips

Summer is officially over, and as you settle back into your school routine again, it may be challenging to escape the vacation mindset. We caught up with our experts at the Academic Success Center (ASC) who shared these tips to get you back on track and help you succeed as you start the new academic year.

“By following these tips, we can guarantee that students will benefit greatly,” says Sara Smith, an English tutor at the ASC. “They will turn in assignments of high quality, which will positively impact their grades and their overall academic success.”

Take Care of Yourself First

The first thing she and her colleagues agree on, is to make sure all your basic needs are met. This includes everything from eating healthy and exercising, to getting a good night’s rest. When you pay attention to your physical and mental health, it’s easier to concentrate on your responsibilities.

Broward College studentsMake and Stick to a Schedule

Getting back to a routine and work is hard, especially if you are still feeling the summer bliss of days spent at the beach, hanging out with friends, and not having a worry in the world, or have become accustomed to having only a work schedule. It’s important to create a and stick to it.  Once you know your class schedule, and any additional responsibilities you may have, such as work or chores, you should build a comprehensive timetable you can follow. Just remember not to overwhelm yourself. It’s all about proper time management.

Prioritize your Workload

To avoid some of the stress associated with assignments, Smith says she encourages students to create a priority list. As it relates to school work, it’s best to attack whatever subject matter you find the most difficult first. That way, you use most of your energy and focus on the area that needs it the most. You will be relieved to get that over with, and the “easier” subjects will feel natural to you and less stressful.

Concentration is Key

When it’s time to study, put all distractions away. Turn off all electronic devices, yes, especially your cellphone. If you must use a laptop and internet access, avoid logging into your social media sites. Additional distractions can include the presence of other people in the room and loud conversations.

“It’s crucial for students to create a distraction-free environment. It’s the only way to really devote the attention and effort necessary to complete all the assignments at hand,” explains Smith.

Avoid procrastination

It’s so easy to get caught up in the “I can take care of it later” train that you must put an effort on your part not to do so, especially at the beginning of the semester. Whether you realize it or not, the way you approach your responsibilities, now is the way you’ll approach them later. If during the first week of class, you start putting off assignments, by mid-semester, you will find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of work and pressured about deadlines.

“Most of the time, students tend to put off the assignments they find overwhelming. The thing to keep in mind is that, however overwhelming an assignment may seem, procrastinating will only compound that feeling,” says Smith. “The best way to avoid falling into procrastination is to find an accountability partner to keep you on track or form a study group with your peers.”

If you find yourself struggling with an assignment or a particular subject, visit the Academic Success Center on your campus. You can find tutors for many subjects, including English and Mathematics. Learn more about campus locations, hours, and additional services available at the ASC.


South Florida's Hottest jobs

South Florida’s Hottest Jobs – Earn Six Figures Working in One of These Five Fields

Have you wondered what jobs are currently topping the list of the most rewarding career opportunities and offer competitive salaries in South Florida? As you pursue your post-secondary education journey and what career path to follow, thinking about your future salary could be an important factor in your decision.

Yes, you’re also supposed to follow the fire in your heart, but it can’t hurt to know that you’ll be well-off when you’re studying to be an anesthesiologist, commercial pilot, or dentist. These careers, as well as computer information managers and aerospace engineers, are at the top of the salary scale, offering an average salary of over $100,000.

The best part? Broward College knows that these fields are booming in our local community and understand the need for highly-qualified professionals to enter the workforce. The College offers affordable degree options in these and many other hot jobs.

Get started at Broward College

Broward College is constantly ranked among the top community colleges in the nation, most notably being a three-time finalist for the Aspen Prize. It also ranks as one of the most affordable. Among the top programs are many of the jobs currently in the hottest jobs lists in the state.

Healthcare Careers

Who would have thought that anesthesiologists are making more than lawyers? In South Florida, the average salary for the profession is $280,390, which is $20,000 over the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This positions the field as the highest paying job in the Sunshine state. You can become an anesthesiologist when you pursue a career in the prestigious nursing program at Broward College. “The job outlook for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists is definitely bright. This group of advanced practice nurses are among the highest earners,” says Sara Turpel, dean of Nursing.

Your dentist is also earning a good income for taking care of your teeth. The BLS data shows that in Florida, dentists earn an average of $167,270. This is $10,000 over the national average, and the field is experiencing faster-than-average job growth of 19 percent through 2026. At Broward College, you can start your journey to dental school when you complete a degree in Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting.

Transportation Professionals

But if you’re not into healthcare, the second-highest paying job, literally makes the sky your limit.  The BLS data shows that commercial pilots earn an average of $188,400. “And that’s only the beginning. For commercial pilots, it’s very common that their average salary will go way up once they are closer to retirement,” says Sean Gallagan, associate dean of the transportation programs.

And that’s not all if you are more inclined to work in the area of building things, then a career in aerospace engineering may be perfect for you. You can earn around $105,460 a year by pursuing a degree in Aerospace Sciences at Broward College at an affordable price.

Information Technology

The pace of digital advancement across industries means that for techies, this is the best time to go into any job within Information Technology. It’s obvious by the expected job growth of 12 percent that this will remain a high-demand career path for some time. IT managers in Florida earn $129,540 annually. Broward College offers several degrees in the field, including two new Bachelor of Science (B.A.S.) programs in Information Technology and Technology Management.

What are you waiting for? If you are interested in any of these fields, it’s time to get your career started.

Broward College is determined to provide the community with academic programs that meet workforce demand, and that will launch graduates into rewarding professional careers. Learn more about the over 140 programs offered at the College and start your journey towards a better future today!


Be Safe During Hurricane Season – Storm Preparedness Tips

Hurricane season is now in full effect. While we hope our community will be spared by mother nature, from June 1 to November 30, South Florida will brace for the possibility of seasonal storms. Even as households and cities make special preparations, at Broward College, the safety and well-being of students, staff, and faculty is the priority.

The Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness (SSEP) takes on the job to provide a meticulous guide with tips, safety information, tracking charts, and supplies checklist. This printable Hurricane Safety Action Guide, assembled by the College with general information from government agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), is meant to keep you safe anytime, anywhere.

Safety at Broward College

While the Hurricane Safety Action guide, intended for public use, provides easy-to-follow steps to prepare for a storm, the Broward College Severe Weather Plan, also put together by the SSEP, provides instructions on how the College should plan for emergencies due to weather and other natural causes.

Hurricane Season Preparedness“The SWP intended to be a management-supported, documented, and cost-effective plan providing the college-wide capability for organized preparation and timely recovery from major unforeseen disruption,” explains Grant Gundle, associate vice president of SSEP. The SWP is updated every spring in anticipation of the hurricane season in the fall.

The NWS recognized Broward College on September 25, 2018 as “StormReady,” a designation given to communities, counties, Indian nations, universities and colleges, military bases, government sites, and commercial enterprises that strive to equip themselves with the proper knowledge, emergency planning, and awareness to guarantee the safety of the public in the face of a severe weather-related situation. “This designation highlights the College’s investments in preparing to save lives and protect property from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education, and awareness,” says Gundle.

Broward College has in place an emergency notification system called BC Alert. Whenever any of the campuses are threatened by an emergency, including a Tropical Storm or Hurricane, students, faculty, and staff are notified via email, text message, desktop monitors, and phone calls of cancellations or closures related to the College and any course of action recommended for them to take.

After a storm passes and weather conditions are determined to be safe, Facilities and Campus Safety assess the campuses to guarantee the College is in proper condition to resume activities.

Prepare Before the Storm

When it comes to tropical storms or hurricanes, warnings and advisories give us some time to prepare ourselves. Before a storm hits, you usually have 48 to 72 hours to gather all the supplies you need and review your emergency plans.

In the comprehensive Hurricane Safety Action Guide, you can find a full list of supplies you will need, but the most important are water, non-perishable food, cash, important personal documents, first aid kit, flashlights, NOAA weather radio, and batteries of different sizes.

If you live in an evacuation zone, it’s important you follow the instructions from authorities regarding shelters and evacuation guidelines. You can find a list of Broward County shelters, including pet-friendly shelters, here.

Broward College takes the safety of all its community as a top priority. To guarantee the well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, the College has put together a comprehensive guide and website that lists all the information you will need for this Hurricane Season. 


Keep up with Your Goals this Summer by Using Broward College Resources and Discounts

If you missed out on the opportunity to land a summer job and are now wondering what to do in your free time, don’t worry. There are several Broward College resources and discounts available to help you make the most of the summer by enhancing your skill set, and even have some fun too!

Free Resources for Broward College Students

Broward College StudentsDid you know that your student ID and email gives you access to free resources on the internet? LinkedIn Learning, previously known as Lynda, is a website with tutorials on topics ranging from sales & marketing to photography and video editing. If you sign up with your Broward College email, you gain access to over 5,000 video tutorials for free. Your student email also gives you access to student rates for the Adobe Creative Suite and programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and more.

The University/College Library also offers free access to online resources such as ebooks, research articles, and online art, music, and video collections.

Save Some Cash with Your Seahawk ID

Summer is also a great time to upgrade your tech gadgets in preparation for the academic year. You can use your ID to get discounts on products from Microsoft, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and HP.

And, if you’re looking to update your closet, your student ID, you can access discounts from several clothing retail stores, including Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, and many more. You should always check if your local store participates, but most stores also offer online discounts.

Don’t Forget the Summer Fun!

Tigertail Lake CenterAnd, when you need a break from your quest to improve your skill set this summer, put on your swimming suit, pack up some snacks, and head straight to Tigertail Lake Center to have a blast. Once again, you can put your student ID to great use by getting yourself exclusive discounts and even free rentals when you visit Tigertail. Free rentals include kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and the rope course. You can access the Aquaglide challenge for a discount rate.

Expanding your expertise in different areas will boost your possibility of landing high-paying jobs. Sign up for LinkedIn Learning today and make the most out of your summer.

Tigertail Lake offers courses in Lifeguarding, Scuba Diving, and First Aid. Learn more about the learning opportunities here.


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Land that summer job that will get you ahead

“One of the challenges we often hear from students when we talk to them about career and job opportunities is that employers are looking for hires with more experience. This often limits the kind of jobs or positions they qualify for,” says Fortin Jean-Pierre, lead coordinator of Career Services at Broward College.

He recommends that one-way students can build their work experience is to make the most out of the summer and get a seasonal job.

Job searchAlthough some college students opt for odd jobs such as babysitting, dog sitting, camp counselors, retail, and restaurant positions, the Career Center at Broward College can help you by connecting you to local employers that offer opportunities that align with your professional goals and current education path.

Whether you seek employment through the Career Center or you’re searching for that opportunity on your own, the staff offers some to landing that job and taking advantage of the opportunity. We’re sure you’ll find these helpful.

Clean up your resume

Yes, you may be searching for a job so you can boost your resume, but even if you have no previous experience, you can still list the skills you possess. Include clubs and organizations you are a part of and any volunteer experience you have.  Show your potential employer that you have the qualities they need. The Career Center offers a free consultation to prepare your resume and cover letter. Visit any of their campus locations for more information.

Practice your interview skills

Interviews can be nerve-racking, especially if you have never done one before. But you can practice and prepare for it. To polish your interview skills, Broward College offers InterviewStream, an online tool that allows you to practice anytime from anywhere. All you need to do is create an account using your Broward College student email, and you’re all set!

Take advantage of your network

If you think you don’t have a network, you’re wrong. Even with minimal professional experience, your network is your family and friends. You never know who may know someone who owns a business or works at a place hiring for the summer. Ask the people you know for job opportunities.

Pay extra attention to internships

“I would recommend students do internships as they are the perfect option to gain experience and build that resume with jobs that match their professional goals while earning some steady extra cash,” explains Jean-Pierre.

Many students find internships that offer credits toward their degree, but regardless of the type of internship, it’s estimated that they increase your chance of being hired by 50 percent, says Jean-Pierre. Many of the companies that work with the Career Center will offer full-time positions to outstanding students that complete internships.

Work on your soft skills

Soft skills are your attributes, which is the reason why they are so valuable to employers. Jean-Pierre explains that this is the biggest requirement for employers. “A recent survey I looked at stated that 77 percent of employers find that their candidates lack soft skills and that 67 percent of hiring managers would rather hire somebody who has soft skills even if their hard skills are weak.”

To address this challenge, the College offers soft skill credentialing that helps students improve on four critical areas: communication, teamwork, professionalism, and critical thinking.

Broward College wants you to succeed and get ahead on your career. Check out the resources and tools available to help you further yourself.

Learn about local job opportunities here.

Good luck!