You must attend the first class meeting and/or orientation of each new class whether
it's a lecture or a laboratory. If you cannot be there, notify your instructor in
writing, via email or by phone no later than 24 hours prior to the start of class.
Without prior notification, you may be dropped from the class and wait list students
could be admitted in your place. For instructor email addresses and telephone extensions,
select the Directories on the home page.
Regular attendance at all class sessions is a primary obligation of the student. Regular
participation in distance learning and TBA components is part of attendance, with
minimum time required each day or week depending on the course section. Both the successful
completion of college work and the financial support of the college are dependent
on regular attendance. Students are required to remain for the entire period. Each
college instructor will explain the absence policy for his or her class at the beginning
of the semester; however, failure to attend regularly may result in a reduction of
the student's final grade, or in the student being dropped from the class altogether.
In the event of a prolonged illness, instructors should be notified either by the
student or by Health Services. Veterans should contact the Financial Aid/Veterans
Affairs office on the Santa Maria campus.
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Graduating high school with honors and realizing I did not have the monetary means to go off to a university like I had always dreamed about felt like a setback. Being at a community college, for my first semester, felt like a detriment to my education. Despite this I began to reach out to other students and was referred by a student to a program called MESA. MESA has shaped my educational career. MESA has provided me with opportunities I would have otherwise missed on my own, an opportunity to work with other like-minded majors who have since become like family. With this kind of strong foundation I have been able to excel in my science, mathematics, and engineering courses.
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