10 things to know about PAC

August 27, 2017

Public Relations

Going to college is more than attending and passing classes; it’s also about learning how to be successful throughout your educational journey. These are 10 resources Palo Alto College provides to help students reach their unique academic and career goals.


1. Alamo Colleges Educational Services Portal (ACES) 
Students should access their ACES portal and check their student email on a regular basis. Professors and advisors communicate with students through their Alamo Colleges District email address, and students also receive important campus news, events, and tips for success from PAC-news@alamo.edu. For assistance logging in to ACES, contact Information Technology Services (ITS) at 210-486-3777. 

2. Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS provides various technology resources to make students’ lives easier, including: free Microsoft Office 365 downloads, laptop/tablet checkout, assistance setting up AlamoGuest Wi-Fi connection, student email setup on personal devices, and more. Visit alamo.edu/pac/itsor call (210) 486-3777. 

3. Academic Learning Studio 
Need to use a computer? The Academic Learning Studio has 190 virtual desktops, including Microsoft desktops and iMacs. Plus, the friendly staff on-site assists students with questions and provide guidance for ACES, Canvas, MyMathLab, Microsoft Office, printing and scanning services, and other software used on campus. For more information, visit the Ozuna Library and Learning Center, Room 150, or online at alamo.edu/pac/computer-labs.

4. Advising Centers 
Whether or not a student has chosen a degree program, an advisor can help them stay on track. It is recommended that all students visit their advisors once or twice per semester to register for courses, explore career opportunities, research transfer opportunities, and more. As students earn 15, 30, and 45 credit hours, they are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor in order to obtain a pin number necessary for course registration. Set up an appointment with your advisor, or visit during walk-in hours: Mondays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit alamo.edu/pac/advising.

5. Tutoring Services
Free tutoring is available face-to-face or online. Tutoring services are provided for math, reading, science, computer information systems, computer science, and writing. The staff can also help with résumés, cover letters, college transfer applications, and scholarship essays. Learn more at alamo.edu/pac/tutoring

6. Ozuna Library 
The Ozuna Library offers more than a large selection of books. In addition to their extensive collection of library resources, students may also use computers, including laptops available for checkout; Wi-Fi access; quiet spaces for studying; and study rooms for working on group projects or studying with friends. Another great resource for students enrolled in science courses is the Center for Microscopic Studies, where students can check out a study room containing two microscopes and sets of slides for every Palo Alto College biology course. For more information, visit alamo.edu/pac/library

7. The Student, Health, Advocacy, Resource, and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center 
The S.H.A.R.E. Center builds a foundation for student success. It helps set students up for a successful academic journey by providing free resources like a Food Pantry, Goodwill Clothes Closet, and health and social services. For a full list of services, visit alamo.edu/pac/share

8. Counseling Services 
Housed within the S.H.A.R.E. Center, licensed professional counselors and counseling interns provide short-term and crisis counseling free of charge to students. Speaking with a counselor can help students learn strategies that will help them achieve academic and personal success. Students are able to schedule appointments for all areas of focus, including academic performance, mental health, relationships, life planning, and more. For more information, visit alamo.edu/pac/counseling-services

9. Aquatic and Athletic Center and Campus Recreation 
All athletic facilities are free to students with a valid Alamo Colleges District ID. Take a swim in our Olympic-sized swimming pool. Visit the Fitness Center for cardio and weight training, or inquire about personal training. Locker rooms with individual lockers and showers are also available. If students are interested in community sports, Campus Rec provides a number of opportunities, including: basketball, volleyball, soccer, and single-day sporting events. For more information, visit alamo.edu/pac/recreation

10. Scholarships
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships – both internal and external. Unlike loans, scholarships provide funds that do not have to be paid back. Scholarships offered through the Alamo Colleges District Foundation are still available, so apply by Sunday, Sept. 10. If students need assistance with scholarship essays, the Gutierrez Learning Labs can provide guidance. For more information, visit alamo.edu/pac/scholarships

These are just some of the resources at Palo Alto College aimed at helping students be successful in and out of the classroom. For questions about these or other resources available, contact PAC-info@alamo.edu.