How to join Associated Students

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The Associated Students of Pasadena City College (ASPCC), is a group of students whose voices represent the student body as a whole on campus. One of their main objectives is to inform students of anything happening at school that will affect them directly, along with being a place where anyone can go to voice their questions and concerns. There are two ways to join ASPCC: to get elected or to get appointed.

Requirements:

In order to be a part of AS, there are a few requirements prior to being appointed or elected. You must:

  1. Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. Be enrolled in at least 9 units.
  3. Have already completed 12 units at PCC. The student trustee position only requires five completed units at PCC.
  4. Hold 10 mandatory office hours per week, along with attending all AS meetings. All trainings and retreats are also mandatory.

Compensation:

President – $350 a month.

Vice President, Chief Justice, Student Trustee – $250 a month.

(All conferences and retreats are paid for)

Election Timeline:

April 3rd – Election packets available at Office of Student Life.

May 5th – Applications are due at Office of Student Life.

May 15th – May 23rd – Campaigning.

May 25th and 26th – Voting.

Here are a few guidelines on how to get elected into Associated Students.

  1. One of the most important steps is to join a committee. By doing so, committee members work directly under AS executive board members on projects which are specialized in their field of interest. This step is optional, but will help you get a better understanding of some of the responsibilities of being part of AS.
  2. It’s important to know which of the 12 positions you are most interested in. Once you have picked which role you would like to run for, it will be much easier to find committees, events, and like minded people that will boost your visibility.
  3. There is an application you will need to fill out, in which you will need to get 60 student signatures supporting your candidacy.
  4. One of the biggest opportunities you will have to get your message out to your fellow students will be a 3 minute speech about who you are, and why you’re qualified. The speech will be followed by a Q&A session.
  5. Social media plays a huge part in helping members of AS get elected, along with any creative signs, banners, and posters posted throughout campus.
  6. You may chose to run alone, or in a slate. Choosing to run as a slate, in a group, may boost your visibility, but just because some members are elected does not mean all members running together will be elected.

You can also be appointed to Associated Students This only happens after the election has ended, and for any positions that were not filled. In order to get appointed, you will have to go through an application and interview process with the president, advisor, and a few board members. Make yourself known to the current AS executive board, this can help your chances of being appointed to an open position. The first week of any given new semester, there are AS tables, where members of the executive board are welcoming students, where you should show initiative, and how interested you are in helping out. You can also visit the Office of Student Life in CC105, to talk to members of AS, and get familiar with the work they do.

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