January 2013


Mt. SAC Flying Team Places Third at Regionals

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team was named the top community college team and took third place overall at the regional 2013 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), a competition for university and community college flying teams hosted this year by San Jose State University on Jan. 17-20. Seventy pilots from six colleges and universities participated in the annual airmeet.

In addition to capturing the Top Two-Year College trophy for the 22nd year in a row, the Mt. SAC squad also won the Top Safety Award for the fifth time in the past 10 years. As a team, Mt. SAC placed third behind first-place Embry Riddle University and second-place San Diego Christian College, both four-year colleges.

Individually, Mt. SAC students won 22 awards. Mt. SAC’s Josh Spolar (West Covina) won first place in the instrument flight competition. Taylor Ewing (West Covina) took second place in the top pilot voting, and Nelson Contreras (Montebello) took third place in the message drop event.

Other teams at the regional airmeet were the U. S. Air Force Academy, San Jose State University, and Cypress College.

The national SAFECON airmeet will be hosted by Ohio State University on May 6-11.

Over the years, the Mt. SAC Flying Team has consistently earned top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. The team has won the Top Community College trophy at the regional competition every year since 1991. Mt. SAC also won the Top U. S. Community College award at the national airmeet in 1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007.


Mt. SAC to Add 130 Classes for the Spring Semester

WALNUT, Calif.–––As students begin to register for the spring semester, Mt. San Antonio College will add an additional 130 classes thanks to funding provided by Proposition 30, which was passed by California voters last November. The additional class sections mean the college can open up 4,000 seats in classes, providing access to 1,000 students.

“The passage of Proposition 30 not only saved us from cuts totaling $8.6 million, but provided $1 million in new money for Mt. SAC to add 130 course sections for the spring semester,” said Mt. SAC President Bill Scroggins. “If Prop. 30 had failed, Mt SAC would have denied access to over 8,000 students. Instead, with this new Prop. 30 money, we will be opening our doors to 1,000 more students.”

In response to student needs, Mt. SAC will add class sections in the areas of highest demand courses for students attempting to complete requirements for transfer, complete degree and certificate requirements, and accelerate progress through writing, math, and reading classes.

Classes will be added in chemistry, biology, math, English, and speech as well as general education courses needed for transfer, including political science, history, earth sciences, and psychology. Career preparation classes in nursing, child development, and hotel and restaurant management will also be added to the spring schedule.

“It is the college's goal to support students in their need to meet their educational goals in a more timely way and to provide courses for students needing to begin their education at Mt. SAC,” said Mt. SAC Vice President of Instruction Virginia Burley.

The added classes will be printed in an addendum to the spring class schedule, which will be available on the Mt. SAC website and the student portal next week.

Students begin registering online for credit classes on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for the spring semester, which begins Feb. 25.

Prop. 30, the state’s temporary sales tax increase to fund education, garnered just over 55% of the vote in the November election.



Mt. SAC Planetarium Presents Astronomy Programs for the New Year

WALNUT, Calif.––– The Mt. San Antonio College Randall Planetarium presents its series of programs on the stars and planets for the new year this January.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure," a special program for preschoolers, will be presented on Friday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. In this program, Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.

"Stars of The Pharaohs," a program on the stars and astronomy of ancient Egypt, will be shown Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Travel to ancient Egypt and explore the stars and various astronomical phenomena during the time of the pharaohs. This program looks at how the ancient Egyptians used science to tell time, to formulate a workable calendar, and to align huge buildings.

"Wonders of the Universe," a program on the origins of the universe, will run on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take a breathtaking journey back in time to witness the Big Bang, the formation of stars and galaxies. The program then travels back to the Milky Way to view our solar system as it has never been seen before.

Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for students, seniors, and children 6-13, and $1 for children 5 and under.

For tickets, call the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050. Tickets are also available online at https://tickets.mtsac.edu and at the door before each program.



Mt. SAC Spring Semester Registration Begins January 16

WALNUT, Calif.–––Online registration for Mt. San Antonio College's spring semester credit classes begins January 16. Classes begin on Monday, Feb. 25.

New and continuing credit students must register for classes online at my.mtsac.edu. New students must also submit an admission application online. For students who do not have computer access, computers and assistance are available in the Student Services Center during business hours. 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.

Before registering, new students are required to activate their personal Mt. SAC portal account at the same website, which provides set-up instructions. Students will be able to view a registration date and time in their portal account and will not be allowed to register before their assigned time. New students must also contact the Counseling Department to sign up for the required orientation session before registering for classes. For more information about required orientation sessions, call the Mt. SAC Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380.

The enrollment fee is $46 per unit for California residents, and all fees are due upon registration.

For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 274-4415, or visit www.mtsac.edu.