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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.”

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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!


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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.


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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!


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Finals Are Coming: Five Tips to Ace Your Tests

You have been great at keeping up with your school work and grades, and now your most stressful challenge is here – finals week. Broward College provides resources such as its Academic Success Centers (ASC) to help you ace your tests. For the next few weeks, the ASC on each campus will offer extended hours through December 9.

However, if you prefer to study on your own, here are some helpful tips to help you excel.

Don’t miss your review session

It’s customary for professors to offer at least one review session before finals. It’s crucial that you attend this class because it’s your last chance to get answers to the questions you may have. The suggestion is that you at least review the semester’s material before this session, so you have the information and questions fresh in your mind.

Focus on yourself

Broward College studentYou may not believe it, but there is no more critical time to take care of yourself than now. Pulling all-nighters and filling yourself with caffeine is the worst approach to take when studying. If you want to understand and learn the material effectively, you must eat correctly, make sure you get good sleep, and exercise. Your brain won’t focus and work to the best of its ability if you deny it a healthy atmosphere.

Prioritize your classes

If you’re a full-time student, you probably have four or five classes, and you and one or two subjects that are especially challenging for you. In that case, you must prioritize and dedicate more time to the topics in those classes that you find difficult. Make sure to allow for more time for those subjects and focus on them first.

Organization is key

It’s never too late to be organized. Even if you haven’t practiced this throughout the semester, there’s still time for you to structure your class material. You can classify your notes according to the probability of that topic being on the test. After you arrange them, it will make it easier for you to take in a semester’s worth of information in just a few study sessions.

Breaks are necessary

Taking breaks is okay. There’s only so much information your brain can process. Giving it a rest will help you reboot. Taking 10 to 15 minutes break every hour or so, will not only give your mind the appropriate rest but also keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

Remember, you've got this!

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Learn more about the resources available at Broward College by visiting our Student Resources page.


Health benefits

Affordable health and counseling available at Broward College

Broward College is well-known for the quality of its academic programs and student success initiatives. What you may know is that the College is more than just a place to learn.  We provide a holistic approach, including comprehensive support and outreach services to the community. Among them, health services. Good health is necessary to achieve your goals and dreams. The services are offered free and in some cases at low-cost to students, faculty, and staff.  Check these out:

Mental Health Counseling

If you are dealing with any issue from low self-esteem to depression, the Henderson Student Counseling Services helps students through the Student Assistance Program (SAP.)

The SAP offers services ranging from six free visits for students, 24-hour hotline, additional visits at a low price, and more. If necessary, there is a psychiatrist on site with whom you can also meet. Henderson Counseling provides a safe, confidential and comfortable environment during your visit. You can schedule an appointment by calling 954- 424-6916.

For faculty and staff, help during difficult times is  available through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-371-1125. 211 Broward, also offers a 24-hour helpline to all Broward County residents.

Dental and Vision Care Clinic

A visit to a private dentist or ophthalmologist can be expensive but you don’t have to avoid them because of cost. Check out Broward College’s low-cost Dental and Vision clinics. Both are staffed by students who work with an outstanding group of clinical doctors to provide safe and satisfactory service.

The Dental Clinic, located at the Central Campus in Davie, offers services such as x-rays, simple dental cleaning, sealants, and more. The clinic is open to the public by appointment only. You can schedule your visit  by calling 954- 201-6779.

The Vision Care Clinic, located at the North Campus in Coconut Creek, offers complete visual assessment, to contact lenses exams. You can schedule an appointment Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. by calling 954- 201-2400.

For more information about the clinics and their services, you can visit: http://www.broward.edu/community/dentalvision/Pages/default.aspx.

Other Health Resources

In addition, Student Life and the different campuses host health fairs throughout the year. Students can get free wellness checkup, HIV testing, and more. OneBlood trucks also visit the campuses often and if you donate blood, you get a free blood pressure checkup, iron count, and cholesterol screening.

Whether you are student, faculty, or staff, make sure to take advantage of these benefits and keep up with your health.  


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How to succeed in school - Tips from your peers

With the new academic year now underway, many students are struggling to find ways to keep up with school.  This becomes even more challenging when balancing family and in many cases part or full-time jobs.

Broward College studentsThree fellow students share their tips for academic success and what works for them. Keep reading to learn the secrets of college life.

Take advantage of available resources  

“With the resources that Broward College offers, there's no way to fail and no excuses,” says Chirine Yamout, a pre-veterinary major. For Chirine, using the College resources such as the Academic Success Center has helped boost her GPA and keep her grades up. “I think there should be at least one hour a week dedicated to using the resources offered at the College.”

Time management is key

“As a student, it is important to manage your time and follow a well-structured schedule,” adds Chirine. “It’s possible to have a social life and still be an A+ student if you learn to properly manage your time.” By learning to manage her time, Chirine has avoided the stress of balancing life and studying and succeeding in both.

Take necessary breaks

If you think the key to success is stressing yourself out, then you got it all wrong. Dance major Barrington Coburn explains that for him “breaks are just as important as getting work done. “The last thing you want to do as a student is exert yourself to the point. I take breaks regularly and it has helped me keep focused,” he says.

Take great notes

For Multimedia Studies major Arantxa Leon, it’s not enough to pay attention during class but you need material that you can review later on during study sessions. She explains that she learned this in her second semester and it has helped her ever since.

“I learned how to follow the classes and organize the material through my notes. That made a big difference when it was time to do study sessions. They went smoothly,” she says.

Take the time to actually meet your professor

Students usually ignore the importance of building a relationship with their professors and by the time they realize how crucial it is, it’s often too late.

“You should make sure that your professor notices you and knows who you are. When they see that you are invested in the class, they will not hesitate to give you extra help if you ask for it,” says Arantxa.

Do you have any tips of your own to share? Let us know!


Happy Labor Day

Labor Day: History and Fun Facts About Summer’s Last Holiday

Labor Day Weekend is widely recognized as the unofficial end of the summer and it’s usually associated with barbeques and parties. But, officially, Labor Day recognizes and pays tribute to the contributions of American workers.

Origins

Happy Labor DayLabor Day came about during the Industrial Revolution in America. American workers would be forced to work in dangerous conditions, 12-hours shifts, and seven days a week. As they organized and unions were formed, workers protested for decent pay and better working conditions.

On September 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York, which marked the first Labor Day parade in the U.S. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894.

Founders

Even though the origins of Labor Day are known, it’s still unclear who exactly proposed the holiday. Some believe that Peter J McGuire, who was the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest the holiday. However, others believe that it was a machinist by the name of Matthew Maguire during the time he served as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

Celebrations

From the very beginning, it was established that Labor Day should be celebrated with street parades followed by entertainment for workers and their families. These events included fireworks, picnics, and more. Street parades are not as popular as they were back then but the tradition to celebrate continues.

States like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio still hold annual parades to celebrate Labor Day. Washington, D.C. holds an annual concert every Sunday before Labor Day.

What are your plans for Labor Day?