Monday, January 26, 2015

Get an early start on college with Dual Enrollment

Attention High School Students

Get an Early Start on Your College Education with Dual Enrollment.
Through your school's partnership with Germanna Community College, current high school students have opportunities to take college courses while in high school.  Learn more at an upcoming Dual Enrollment Information Session:

Through Dual Enrollment courses, students gain exposure to college academics, learn from instructors with credentials to teach at the college level,  and have access to GCC Resources that facilitate student success.  Students earn college credit (most of which transfer to 4 year-colleges and universities) while fulfilling high school graduation requirements!

For more information, please visit the Germanna Community College

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We're so close! Help Germanna win big! Vote daily.

Germanna Community College is competing against colleges across America in a Stanley Security contest for the $100,000 grand prize in the second tier, for schools with 8,000 to 19,000 students. Germanna moved up to third in the voting in its category Thursday night, Jan. 29.
Prize money may be used for consultation, products or services from Stanley Security. 
Grant funds would provide computer software and equipment to be used for video surveillance and monitoring, mass notification and emergency communications, and other critical law enforcement activities, according to Germanna Campus Police Chief Craig Branch.
Voting is limited to one per person per day.
  • Voting is open until Feb. 13, with winners to be announced on March 3.
  • Supporters may return to to vote every day.
  • To vote Via TEXT: Type "germanna" to 334455.
  • To vote Via TWITTER: Tweet using both #STANLEYSecurity and #germannaYou can vote once per day per twitter handle. Your Twitter account must be public for the vote to count. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

FBI Warns of ‘Work-From-Home’ scam targeting students

College students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer a portion of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.
Here’s how the scam works:

  • The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.
  • The scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account.
  • The student will receive the payroll deposit from the victim’s employer in the victim’s name.
  •  The student will receive the payroll deposit from the victim’s employer in the victim’s name.
  • The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam.
  • Consequences of Participating in the Scam:
  • The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
  • The victim employee has his/her pay stolen by the scammers utilizing the student’s bank account.
  • Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated, so he/she facilitated the theft of the paycheck.
  • The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from beomg hired.
  • The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
  •  This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
  • Tips on how to Protect Yourself from this Scam:
  •  If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts. 
  •  Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
  •  Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords, or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment e-mail.
  • Forward these e-mails to the university’s IT personnel and tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.
If you have been a victim of this scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at . Please reference this PSA number in your complaint.
The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled “Cyber-related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students” that mentioned this scam. The PSA can be viewed at.

Source--FBI press release

Friday, January 9, 2015

Attend a free financial aid webinar Jan. 22

Attend a free Financial Aid 101 Webinar on Federal Student Aid programs and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
presented by U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Time to fill out your FAFSA

Don’t leave $150 billion on the table.
It’s time to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The 2015-2016 FAFSA became available Jan. 1.
For college-bound students, parents and counselors, filling out a FAFSA is the path to access $150 billion in grants, loans and work-study funds.
For more information, email .
Seven ways to squeeze more college aid from the FAFSA.