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December 9, 2022

Enjoy Your Winter Recess

This is the final issue of the Beaver Bites for the Fall 2023 semester. For continuing students – we'll be back for the start of the Spring 2023 semester the week of January 14, 2023. For graduating and transferring students – we will miss you!

Reminder: All American River College offices will be closed for winter recess from December 23 through January 2. Offices will reopen on January 3.

Wishing you peace and good health this holiday season and a bright New Year! Enjoy your well-deserved break, Beavers!

Congrats to Mid-Year Grads

This is a special shoutout to all of our Beavers graduating at the end of this Fall 2023 semester! During a time like no other, you have achieved an important milestone in your life. Know that the American River College community, your family, and friends are all incredibly proud of you.

As you get ready to start the next chapter in your story, we hope you pause to reflect on your time at American River College and celebrate your success. We hope you make time to commemorate your journey and this moment for yourself and everyone who has cheered you on along the way.


Consider One More Class for Spring

Did you know 70% of Los Rios students attend on a part-time basis (less than 12 units per semester)? However, a growing body of research shows that community college students who initially enroll in 6 or 9 units a semester, and enroll in just one more course each semester, are much more likely to stick with college, save money, and earn an associate degree or transfer in about two to three years, as opposed to their part-time counterparts who may take as long as five years to complete their program.

If you have the time to devote to this goal for the Spring 2023 semester, consider taking one more class to:

  • Get closer to graduation!
  • Get closer to transferring!
  • Get closer to getting the job you want!

Check out the Class Schedule to Choose One More Class!

Degree Planner for Academic Progress

Are you planning to transfer to a university? If so, let Degree Planner get you there sooner. Degree Planner is a tool that identifies your major and general education course requirements and provides a recommended sequence in which to take them. Degree Planner tracks your academic progress and completed courses so that you take only the necessary units. You can also make adjustments to your plan, explore different majors, and enroll in courses with just a couple of clicks. Watch the video to learn more.

To access Degree Planner, visit the Student Homepage in eServices and click on the Academic Progress tile and then Degree Planner on the menu bar. This will take you to the Degree Planner Dashboard where you can start using the tool. Most AS-T and AA-T degrees are available in Degree Planner right now. But if you do not have access to Degree Planner, your degree is not yet available in the system. In this case, you will receive a message from the college letting you know when your degree is live and available to view in Degree Planner.

Textbook Buyback & Rental Returns

Here is important information from the Los Rios Bookstore. Rentals are due on Thursday, December 18. Students can return the rentals in person at the ARC bookstore or ship them, using their carrier of choice, to the ARC Bookstore. Shipments have to be postmarked no later than December 18.

Buyback is available, year-round, in store (for current students only) and online.

Visit the Bookstore website for more information.

Refund Request Deadline

The last day to submit a refund request to the Business Services Office for tuition or fees is Thursday, December 15. Please go to the refunds webpage for more information.

Note: Money in a student’s eServices account is not automatically refunded to them. If you have a credit balance in your eServices account and do not request a refund by the last day of instruction of the semester, then you forfeit that money.

Refunds are issued within six to eight weeks. If you paid by credit card, then a refund will be issued to the credit card you paid with. All other methods of payment will be refunded by check and mailed to the address on file with Admissions and Records.

Save the Date: Scholarship Season is Coming

Did you know that thanks to our generous donors, the Los Rios Colleges Foundation awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students each year?

The application period for students to apply will be Friday, January 13 through Friday, March 3, 2023. Save the date now and make plans to apply!

New PathwayU Career Exploration Tool

Choosing a career path and program of study in higher education can be difficult. PathwayU can help!

PathwayU is a free tool for current and prospective Los Rios students to explore where their interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences intersect with career fields and programs of study available at American River College.

Start by completing the simple PathwayU assessments and see where the results take you - get started today! Learn more at the PathwayU website.

Apply Now for EOP&S/CARE/NextUp

The Spring 2023 EOP&S/CARE/NextUp online application is open now. The application submission deadline is Friday, January 13. EOP&S counseling programs support and encourage first-generation and low-income students to overcome personal, financial, and academic barriers to complete their goals. CARE is for single-parent students or their children receiving CalWORKs cash aid. NextUp is for current or former foster youth. Learn more at the EOP&S/CARE/NextUp website.

ARC Athletics Postseason Success

ARC is very proud of its athletics programs for their fall postseason success. Volleyball finished as the runner-up at the CCCAA State Championships and a final ranking of #2 in the state. Football finished as NorCal Conference Champions and advanced to the Northern California Football Conference Championship in the CCCAA State Playoffs. Women’s Soccer advanced to the second round of the CCCAA Northern California Regional Playoffs. Men’s Soccer advanced to the first round of the CCCAA Northern California Regional Playoffs. Women’s Water Polo earned an invitation to the CCCAA Northern California Regional Tournament. Men’s Cross Country finished as Big 8 Conference Champions, 2nd in Northern California, and 9th in State. Go Beavers!

Number Story's Found Family Fest with

Jake Wesley Rogers and Betty Who

Sunday, December 18 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center 1015 20th St., Sacramento, CA 95811

For those of us who experienced difficult childhoods, it makes sense that we may feel like the good vibes this time of year aren’t meant for us. Yet everyone one of us is incredibly resilient. We have so much to celebrate together! Come help us create joyful new memories this season, with free food, amazing entertainment, and the best gift of all - each other! This is a free event, but please RSVP in advance.

Los Rios CCD is participating in the #HolidaysAreHard campaign throughout the month of December, working with the ACE Resource Network to bring trauma-informed training and mental health services to students and staff.

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