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1/23/23 Student Update

1/23/2023 Academic Affairs Weekly Student Update     


Hello Cambridge College Students,


We hope you are doing well and settling into the spring term. If you have not yet registered, consider registering for classes that start later in the term. Reach out to your advisor or success coach to learn what classes are still available that fit into your program. Please note that the last day to add/drop Cambridge College Full Semester classes is Tuesday, January 24


Health Insurance Waivers 

VERY IMPORTANT: If you are new to the College this semester, have health insurance, and are taking any remote or in-person classes in Massachusetts, you will need to complete the health insurance waiver, so you are not charged for health insurance that you do not need. You must do this by January 31, 2023. For more information, visit this page>>


Laptop Loan Program

Laptop computers are essential for student success. If you do not have a dedicated computer, we encourage you to obtain a loaner laptop. For more information or to request a laptop, contact Tracy McLaughlin, Associate Provost, at



All registered CC students should have received an email with a link to set up your Grammarly Premium account. If you did not receive the invitation, please send an email to Leah Barcan at To read our Grammarly announcement and directions, click here>>. To access Grammarly support videos, click here>>.


National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS)

Invitations to join NSLS went out last week, and if you’ve been invited and want to make the most out of your membership, consider joining a Success Networking Team. These teams were created to help members achieve their academic and personal goals. To find out more about NSLS, please click here >>.


This spring, we will continue to offer many interesting workshops. Please come join us!


Google Calendar and Scheduling Tools

Monday, January 23, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to join >>

Come learn how to use the many Google apps that you have access to with your Gmail account. Do you use your Google calendar as a time management tool? Are your assignments well organized in your Google Drive so that they are easy to find? Do you know what Google Keep is and how helpful it can be? This workshop will be fun and will focus on how to use these tools to help you organize your schoolwork and your life!


Evaluating Information for Research

Tuesday, January 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to register >>

The ability to evaluate information when doing research on the web is essential for your academic studies, as well as for personal and professional reasons. CC Librarian Jeff Cronin will discuss how to evaluate online sources for bias and accuracy. There will also be an opportunity for questions.


Grammarly and Other Tools for Success

Thursday, January 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to join >>

Grammarly is a writing assistant that can help improve your writing. It checks for spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes in your assignments and emails. In this workshop, Learning Specialist Leah Barcan will share ideas and tips on getting the most out of Grammarly.


Understanding the Assignment and Getting Started

Friday, January 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. Click here to join >>

Sometimes starting is the hardest part! Learning Specialist Leah Barcan will teach you some tips and tricks to understanding your assignments and how to get started on your work.


Canvas Learning Management System

Did you know that Cambridge College is using a new learning management system, called Canvas? It was chosen because it is easy to use, mobile-friendly, and collaborative. Canvas is your online classroom, where you will find your syllabus, course information, lectures, reading assignments, etc. Canvas is also where you will communicate with your instructor and classmates. If you’d like to learn more about Canvas, you can access a video providing an overview here >>.  


Canvas Training Course

If you need Canvas training, you can also take the self-guided Canvas training course. All students are automatically enrolled in the CST100: Canvas Student Training course. When you log into MyCC, go to the gray area left menu bar (Quick Links) where you will find a link to “Canvas.” Click on that link for Canvas access. If you haven’t already accepted it, the top of the screen may display a message informing you of your enrollment in the CST100 Canvas Student Training. Click on “Accept” and you are ready to begin the course starting at the “Home” page.


English Conversation Group 

Our English Conversation Group is designed to help English language learners practice conversational skills in a safe and structured environment. English Conversation Groups meet virtually via Zoom every Monday and Thursday (except federal holidays). There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Every Monday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. English Conversation Group with Santia Lindor. If you are interested, please register here>>.

Every Thursday, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) via Zoom. English Conversation Group with Charlie DiSilva. If you are interested, please register here>>.


Again, welcome to the start of the spring term! Remember that Cambridge College has many resources available to help you succeed. If you need support, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Tracy McLaughlin and your Student Success Team 



Tracy McLaughlin, Ph.D.  

Associate Provost 

Cambridge College 


Cambridge College is committed to ensuring that its events, services, and facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, under requirements from the ADA of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you need accommodations to help you access our events, services, or facilities, please contact the Office of Disability Support at or 617-873-0614. 

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