January 2009


Mt. SAC to Host Financial Aid Workshop for High School Seniors

WALNUT, Calif.,—Like many high school seniors, Maria Turrubiartes knew she wanted to go to college, but didn’t know how she was going to pay for it. Then she attended Mt. San Antonio College’s “Cash for College” workshop two years ago.

“I came out of high school clueless about financial aid options for college,” Turrubiartes said. “But Cash for College made everything really clear and much simpler.”

Mt. SAC once again will offer free one-on-one financial aid assistance to high school seniors and their parents during its annual Cash for College workshop Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on campus in the Learning Technology Center, Building 6.

Assemblymember Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), who attended community college before earning his bachelor’s degree at Cal State Fullerton, is a co-sponsor of the event.

“I firmly believe that no matter where you start in life, a quality education can help people open doors to a world of possibilities,” Hernandez said. “I am the first person in my family to go to college, and I started at Mt. SAC. That is why I came back to help other students and their families gain access to every available resource that could make higher education more affordable. My hope is that this Cash for College event will help students open that first door, and make their dream of college a reality.”

The workshop is open to all area high school seniors, regardless of the college they plan on attending. Informational workshops will be offered in English and Spanish. Chinese and Vietnamese interpreters also will be available.

During these difficult economic times, more families are feeling less confident about their ability to pay for college, making it more critical that they apply for assistance.

“Students who want to pursue higher education should not feel that they can’t because of a lack of money,” said Mt. SAC Financial Aid Director Susan Jones. “There are so many programs available, and we can steer them to those resources.”

Cash for College provides on-line application assistance for college-bound students and their parents to complete and file Federal Student Aid and Cal Grant financial aid forms for the 2009-10 academic year. Reservations are required for the one-on-one assistance. The event also helps students maximize their financial aid prospects by meeting the early financial aid deadlines. The state financial aid deadline is March 2.

Parents and students must bring a copy of their Social Security cards or permanent resident cards, and a 2008 federal 1040 tax return and W-2. If 2008 information is not available, a 2007 tax return may be used.

A free continental breakfast or lunch will be provided, and Mt. SAC admission applications will be available, as well as information about the college’s Extended Opportunity Programs & Services and the Summer Bridge Program, designed for first-time college students.

For further information and to make an appointment for personal assistance, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 4458.

### THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009

Mt. SAC “Mows Down” Competition in National Turfgrass Contest

WALNUT, Calif.—Students in Mt. SAC’s Turfgrass Science Program literally “mowed down” the competition by garnering first-place honors at the recent annual conference of the National Sports Turf Managers Association in San Jose.

In a highly competitive field of college and university teams from across the country, Mt. SAC sent two teams – one taking home the first-place trophy and a $4,000 cash award and the other team placing third. The prize money will be used to purchase necessary lab equipment.

First-place team members were: Pat Escalera, Geoff Miller, Chaz Perea , Hector Ramirez, and Noe Cardenas (alternate). Third-place winners were: Ricardo Guerrero, Giovanni Murillo, Ryan Rosebeary, Ed Schmachtenberger, and Tom Skelton

Over the past three years, Mt. SAC students have achieved two first-place finishes and two third-place rankings.

“It’s very satisfying to do as well as we did,” said horticulture professor Brian Scott, who served as coach along with professor Steve Dugas. “The competition just shows us where we stand in relationship to the top-notch turf programs in the country. This is an extremely difficult test, and all of our prep work paid off.”

Prior to the contest, students spent over five months in intense study and preparation. Topics ranged from pest recognition and disease identification to water management and drainage.

“The general public has no clue as to what is involved in sports turf management,” Scott said. “No one thinks about what goes into managing these surfaces, whether it’s a multimillion-dollar stadium or the field our kids play soccer on. This is a highly specialized area. You can’t just go out and mow these fields as you would a park.”

Demand for turf management specialists is increasing, according to Scott.

”Opportunities for students in this industry are tremendous,” he said, noting that Mt. SAC is among the few local colleges offering such a program.


Registration for Mt. SAC’s Spring Semester Continues

WALNUT, Calif.—New, continuing and returning students may now register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2009 Spring Semester credit classes online or by telephone through Feb. 18.

Continuing students who prefer to register online may do so at my.mtsac.edu. A student ID number and PIN are required.

Those who wish to register by touch-tone telephone should dial (909) 595-6722 to add classes, drop classes, and make scheduling changes. The service is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Students must check their permit for their assigned registration date and time. They will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

New students are encouraged to submit an admission application online at www.mtsac.edu. They may also apply in person at the Admissions & Records Office on campus, located in the Student Services Center. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New students must arrange for a mandatory orientation session through the Counseling Department and take the required placement tests through the Assessment Center before registering for classes.

The spring semester starts Monday, Feb. 23.

For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 594-4415.