Friday, July 18, 2014

Students, faculty & staff agree - SCC is the place to be

No doubt about it. St. Charles Community College is an awesome place to work and learn.

I love working here, and it's clear the rest of SCC's faculty and staff members agree. A recent employee survey landed us Top Workplace recognition in The St. Louis-Post Dispatch, which doesn't surprise me at all.

Even cooler, our students feel the same way and are spreading their thoughts for all to hear.

As the social media person at SCC, I get to see posts about the college on a regular basis. I thought it would be fun to share a few unprompted posts from our campus community with you, so you can feel warm and fuzzy too!

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Power of Education

One thing I enjoy about working in higher education is interacting with students, faculty, staff and alumni. As part of my job, I interview these folks and write about their experiences at SCC.

This week, something a former student said really stood out to me.

"It's never a bad idea to pursue education because it's only going to better you. Education is a powerful thing that no one can take away from you." - Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown, SCC class of '14
How can you argue with that? Knowledge is power.

Get out there and learn!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tips on finding a summer internship

A few weeks back, our intern posted a guest blog about the "benefits of doing an internship while at SCC."

The blog post encouraged students to do an internship while at the community college level.

It's funny how it works. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience.

That's why people do internships. It's a chance to gain experience.

Since I did three internships while in college (I'm a nerd), I thought it would be nice to share some tips on taking the next step and landing one.

Use the Internet.
Use Simply Hired, Indeed and other job search sites to see what opportunities are out there. I searched the term "internship" located in St. Charles, Mo., on Simply Hired and found a lot of options in no time flat.

Send resumes to your dream company.
Sometimes companies could really use the help of an intern but aren't actively seeking one. The company doesn't need to have an internship ad posted to hire you. Do some digging online to find a contact at the company, and send your resume to them. It's worth a shot. 

Use your college as a resource. 
In our intern's post, he mentioned using your college's career services department or your major's department head to get started. This is great advice. They can help you find an internship, submit your application, get school credit for your time and more.

Friday, May 16, 2014

You graduated. Now what?

You did it!

You put in the hard work, and now you get to walk across the stage and get your degree.

It's such an important moment. It might even be the best day of your life.

But it happens so fast. At the end of the day, you might be left thinking now what?

I remember graduation feeling like a whirlwind. In the blink of an eye, I didn't get to spend a few hours a day in classes and the rest of my time doing whatever I wanted.

I became solely responsbile for myself. No more teachers or parents to guide me. (Okay, I still look to my parents for advice, but you know what I mean.)

Hello, real world! You know the Paramore song Ain't It Fun? Yep. That pretty much sums it up.

Here are some tips that might just help ease the transition:

1.  Remember your friends. 

Don't let your college friends drift away. Whether you're transferring to a four-year university or working a full time job, stay in touch with the people you've built relationships with during your time in college. Life is all about who you share it with.

2.  Don't stop learning. 

You can always afford to keep learning. Look at everything as a learning opportunity. It will make you a better student at a four-year university or a better employee at your new job.

3.  Live within your means. 

I know, I know, getting that first paycheck is awesome! It can be tempting to spoil yourself and spend it all in one place. Don't. Budget your hard earned money and plan for the future. Of course, you can splurge every once and a while.

Congratulations and good luck!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Benefits of doing an internship while at SCC

The common thinking is to wait till you finish your gen-ed requirements or your junior year of college to start looking into internships. 

But why wait to transfer to start building your resume? 

SCC has numerous opportunities for students to gain real world experience and try out different jobs to see if they want to pursue them further. Still not convinced?

Here are the reasons to add an internship to your registration for summer or fall classes:

Résumé Builder
Anyone that has ever applied for a job knows that employers are always more likely to hire the candidate with more experience. Internships are a great way to get that experience that your future employer will want to see. This is one of the rare instances that the employer will be just fine with your lackluster résumé.

Get a Feel for the Real World
It is really easy to fall in love with a career or completely dismiss it when you are looking at it in a book. It takes that taste of what your life could be like for the next 10 years or more to really know if you want to keep going down the same path. If you have no idea what you want to do, trying an internship might give you some direction. Wouldn’t you want these questions answered sooner than later?

Many majors require a certain amount of internship hours in order for you to graduate. While not all programs will let you complete your internships before you transfer, if you can, it would be more cost effective to complete your internship through a school where the cost per credit hour is much lower.

If you're convinced, you can get an internship in a multitude of ways. If you have a specific company in mind, you can apply directly through them. If you are unsure of where to start, you can go talk to the SCC department head of the field you are interested in or go to Career Services that has a book with internship opportunities.

To get credit, you need to find a faculty member to oversee your internship and sign the registration form, register with Enrollment Services, and, of course, pay for the credit hours.

You can get additional help from an SCC Career Counselor. For appointments, call 636-922-8241.

Good Luck!

Guest post by Timothy Kaiser, marketing and communications intern

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tips for college students on surviving the weeks between spring break and summer

Spring break has come and gone.

The weather is getting nicer, and summer is right around the corner.

I remember this time of year from college like it was yesterday. I loved being outside with my friends, and I dreaded the hours I had to spend inside studying for projects and finals.

Here are several tips that might help you get through the upcoming weeks:

1.  Don't let the warmer weather become a distraction.

"Even though the weather is going to get nice, it is important to keep focused and persistent with reading, studying and assignments through the end of the semester," said Sylvia B. Malta, associate professor at SCC.

2.  Remember all the work you've already put in.

Don't forget all the hours you've already spent studying, writing papers and working on group projects. "A short study break on a beautiful spring afternoon is okay, but blowing off an entire day is waste of time and all the effort already put forth so far in the term," said Malta.

3.  Calculate your grades in all your classes

It is important to know where your grades are so you can prioritize studying as the end of the semester gets closer. If you can't do this on your own work with your professor. They will be happy to help (as long as you don't ask the week before finals).

Hang in there!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I'm Super Pumped for That '80s Run

How totally awesome does an '80s themed run sound?

Super awesome! I know.

This year, we're doing something different for our annual run that falls the last weekend in April on SCC's campus.

It's called That '80s Run, and it's going to be a blast.

We decided to make our annual run '80s themed, because SCC was founded in 1986. It was the perfect fit.

Break out your spandex and scrunchies, because this is a 5K, 10K, 1-Mile Fun Run and Wellness Expo that you don't want to miss.

The run is Saturday, April 26. Find more information and register at