Moorpark College organizations provide students with opportunities to engage with classmates, apply classroom concepts or principles to real-life situations, and undergo personal growth. Participating students gain valuable leadership experience while developing social and professional relationships.
How to join a student organization
Moorpark College offers over 35 student organizations for you to choose from! Click on our list of Fall 2017 student organizations to see which ones fit your interests, or scroll down to the "Forming a new student organization" section below to find out how to start your own club.
Each year, the Student Activities Office hosts its Club Rush, where new and returning students are introduced to that year's active student organizations. Check out the Club Rush and other events page for more details on this event, taking place on September 19 and September 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. along Raider Walk.
Benefits to joining a student organization
There are dozens of benefits to joining a student organization! Here are a handful of reasons to get you inspired (adopted from Bentley University's PreparedU site):
You will gain practical experience in a safe environment. Participating in a student organization that is focused on your area of study will give you practice experience in that field. Many student organizations also provide opportunities to learn skills in project management and event planning, and you get to test these skills out in a safe environment where making mistakes is okay (and won't cost you your job!).
You will gain leadership experience while expanding your resume. Members and leaders of student organizations are often presented with opportunities to improve their public speaking, team management, and conflict resolution skills. And listing your participation in a student organization on your resume will show an employer that you're hard working and can successfully juggle multiple responsibilities. If you do a good job, you might also be able to list your club's faculty advisor as a future internship or job reference too.
You will develop soft skills. Soft skills, also know as "people skills," pertain to your ability to effective collaborate with others. Participating in student organizations can refine your communication and time management skills while helping you develop a good work ethic and emotional intelligence. Participating in student organizations also presents the opportunity to engage with diverse groups of people and can teach you about different cultural backgrounds.
You will learn a lot about yourself - and have fun in the process! Student organizations present opportunities for personal growth by providing the chance for you to identify your interests, goals, and strengths. And, student organizations offer opportunities to meet new people and make new friends along the way.
Forming a new student organization
Want to start your own club? Complete the following requirements and submit the necessary paperwork to the Student Activities Office to receive consideration for approval by the ASMC Board of Directors:
- Have a minimum of four (4) members; organization members must be currently registered Moorpark College students.
- Have a minimum of one (1) advisor who is a Moorpark College faculty or staff member who will advise the organization on college rules and regulations; attend all organization meetings, activities, and events; supervise the organization's financial transactions; and give general guidance to the organization, per the Advisor's Agreement.
- Have a written constitution and standing rules detailing how the organization will operate.
- Submit a Student Organization Information form, a Student Organization Officer Information form, and an Advisor's Agreement.
- Must handle all financial transactions through a Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) trust account. A trust account will be established after the organization has been officially recognized by the ASMC Board of Directors.
Students forming a new club or organization must also meet with the ASMC Director of Student Organizations before being approved by the Board of Directors. Once the club or organization has met the necessary requirements, the approval process by the Board of Directors may take up to two (2) weeks. Club and organization approval is discussed at the weekly ASMC Board of Directors meetings, which are open to the public in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown Act. Students are welcome to attend! See Article V of the ASMC Standing Rules for more information.
Resources for current student organizations
Visit the student organizations resources page for important details regarding how to operate, manage, and renew your student organization.