4 Tips to Survive Winter at OCC

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Winter came early this year! In Central New York it’s a way of life so many of us know how to survive it already. But this may be the first time you’re attending college while dealing with snow. It’s a little different when you need to drive and walk across campus in the cold or snow (or both). Here are our tips for dealing with the snow at OCC.

1. Give Yourself More Time to Drive to Campus

Maybe this will be the first semester you will need to commute to campus in the snow. If so, make sure you give yourself a lot of extra time to get to campus. Snow always slows down traffic so you should prepare to have your commute be doubled on bad weather mornings.

2. Avoid the Cold by Walking Across Campus Inside Buildings

Walking over a cold and windy bridge in the middle of winter can be a real struggle. To stay warm between buildings, cut through Academic II. It connects Gordon and Ferrante so you won’t need to walk across the bridge on those windy blustery days.

There’s also a bridge on the 2nd floors of Mawhinney and Coulter that connects the two buildings.

3. Dress in Layers

Things can get a little chilly in Central New York. The easiest way to stay warm is to listen to your parents and wear those layers. So get out your socks, shirts, undershirts, and coats to make sure you avoid the chilly weather.

4. Be Careful on Hills 

No matter which way you come to campus, you’ll likely need to go up a hill to get to OCC. When going up hills, make sure you don’t stop or power up a hill. Your pacing should be pretty even. When approaching a large downhill slope, make sure to reduce your speeds. It will be hard to stop on a snowy or icy hill.

 

Student Speaking with Enrollment Associate at Student Central

Deadline to Register for Spring 2019 Semester Approaching

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The deadline to register for Spring 2019 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

Register for classes at OCC today!

If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Spring 2019 classes!

Serving Students at the Community Care Hub

Mariel Anderson is the Director of the Community Care Hub. She’s the guest in this month’s edition of our podcast, Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.

Onondaga Community College’s Community Care Hub is assisting OCC students as they deal with challenging life situations. The multitude of services the Community Care Hub provides students with is the subject of our monthly podcast, Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College. You can listen to our podcast here. Our guest is Mariel Anderson, Director of the Community Care Hub.

The Community Care Hub provides students’ assistance in the following areas:

  • Food access and assistance
  • Housing referrals
  • Food Link, SNAP/WIC
  • Transportation assistance
  • Child & Family Care referrals
  • Referral for Legal Matters
  • Financial Literacy
  • Tax Preparation during tax season
  • Referral to Mental Health Services
  • Health Insurance referrals
  • Scholarship Opportunities to those who qualify
  • Mentoring
  • Referral to LGTBQ support services

The Community Care Hub is located in the lower level of the Gordon Student Center in suite G134. You can contact the Community Care Hub via email at communitycare@sunyocc.edu or by phone at (315) 498-2801. Students who need assistance can email, call or walk in.

The Community Care Hub is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also a satellite Community Care Hub location in Mawhinney Hall, room M186. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Community Care Hub has created a video highlighting the services it offers. You can watch the video here.

The Community Care Hub was highlighted recently in a story on WSYR TV, Newschannel 9. You can view the story here.

Enjoy the podcast!

Deadline to Register for Fall 2018 Semester Approaching

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The deadline to register for Fall 2018 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

Register for classes at OCC today!

If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Fall 2018 classes!

4 Tips to Survive Winter at OCC

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Winter is here! In Central New York it’s a way of life so many of us know how to survive it already. But this may be the first time you’re attending college while dealing with snow. Believe us, it’s much different than going to high school in the snow. Here are our tips for dealing with the snow at OCC.

1. Dress in Layers

Obviously, this is Central New York and things can tend to get a little chilly around here. The easiest way to stay warm is to listen to your parents and wear those layers. So get out your socks, shirts, undershirts, and coats to make sure you avoid the chilly weather.

If you aren’t able to afford winter clothing, stop by the Community Care Hub at OCC. They have coats available for eligible OCC students while their supplies last.

2. Give Yourself More Time to Drive to Campus

Maybe this will be the first semester you will need to commute to campus in the snow. If so, make sure you give yourself a lot of extra time to get to campus. Snow always slows down the traffic so you should prepare to have your commute be doubled on bad weather mornings.

3. And Take Care on the Hills up to Campus

No matter which way you come to campus, you’ll likely need to go up a hill to get to OCC. When going up hills make sure you don’t stop or power up a hill. Your pacing should be pretty even. When approaching a large downhill slope, make sure to reduce your speeds. It will be hard to stop on a snowy or icy hill.

The steepest hills around OCC are emergency snow routes so you should be able to get up to campus with ease. However, it always good to know what you’re doing going up and down a big hill.

4. Cut in through Academic II to avoid the cold

Walking over a cold and windy bridge in the middle of winter can be a real struggle. To stay warm between buildings, cut through Academic II. It connects Gordon and Ferrante so you won’t need to walk across the bridge on those windy blustery days.

Chris White

Chris White
  • Hometown: Syracuse
  • Major at OCC: Human Services

It’s never too late to get it right. Chris White is proof. He’s a 35-year-old student who is the proud father of a soon-to-be 2-year-old daughter. He’s a high honors student who will earn his first college degree next summer. He’s also a survivor of the life he used to live. “When I reflect on where I’ve come from I get happy. There were so many days that were dark. I couldn’t think about what I’d be doing at 35 or if I’d even get that far. I’d just think about today and then the next day. Now I’m thinking about where I’m going to college next, a job, a career and providing for my daughter!”

Chris’ life started rough. His mom left when he was three. His father battled substance abuse. Eventually he went to live with his aunt whom he now refers to as his mom. By the time he was a teenager he was headed down the wrong road. “I didn’t know how to express myself as a lot of people at 13 don’t. I had a rebellious streak where I got into bad things that weren’t productive. I was very angry and going through a lot of different things. I was reckless.”

Chris dropped out of high school. He was running the streets and involved with gangs. Eventually the life he was living caught up with him. Chris was arrested, convicted and spent more than a decade behind bars. Getting caught and getting clean turned out to be exactly what he needed. “It was through being incarcerated I figured out I love to learn, I love to read, I love to talk ideas and thoughts. As bad as that experience was there was a lot of good that came out of it. It allowed me to have a different and broad perspective.”

Chris passed his GED while he was behind bars. In the fall of 2016 he decided to come to OCC. Chris went to the Community Care Hub on campus where students receive assistance with non-academic needs. That’s where he became involved with the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative. It provides a career development process for youth that are involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Through the Center for Community Services Chris took a trip to Albany to meet with lawmakers. “It was a really eye-opening experience for me. I thought, ‘I’d really like to be at the table having conversations with people about laws and policies that effect people and neighborhoods, especially neighborhoods I’ve grown up in like the south side of Syracuse.’ We are underrepresented in a lot of different areas. Something about that trip really spoke to me and I felt I wanted to major in Human Services so I can work with and help people.”

During the spring semester Chris was inducted into the college’s chapter of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa. In the audience were the two biggest influences in his life; his father who got clean as Chris was being incarcerated and his uncle who convinced Chris to go to college after he got out of prison. “I was proud of what I’d accomplished but my dad and uncle were exceptionally proud. I never graduated high school and got my GED while I was incarcerated. To come here and be inducted into the honor society was really big stuff. It was a great evening for me and it was very encouraging. I loved having my hard work be noticed and for two important people in my life to be there for it.”

After he earns his degree next summer Chris plans to transfer and continue working towards a career in Human Services. “Having been through what I’ve been through I bring a different perspective. I can say to people, ‘If you stop using you can get somewhere you want to be in life. You can get to places you stopped dreaming about.’ I’ve had a really fulfilling experience despite the dark period in my life. Today I’m afforded the opportunity to be an active participant in my life. For a long time, I was captive to my thinking and my way of living. Now it’s different. The way I see the world is different.”

Deadline to Register for Fall 2017 Semester Approaching

The deadline to register for Fall 2017 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

Register for classes at OCC today!

If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Fall 2017 classes!