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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You’ve Got Mail

Everyone gets so much email that it’s easy to overlook messages. But ignoring emails from WCC can be costly. Here are just a few examples:

  • If there’s a snafu involving your paperwork for financial aid, you’ll get an email.
  • If you’re on the waitlist for a class and a seat opens up before the semester begins, you’ll get an email.
  • If you’re dropped from your classes because you still owe money, you’ll get an email.

“Over the past several semesters the College has transitioned from using a mix of paper letters and email to almost exclusively email when notifying students of important updates,” said Linda Blakey, associate vice president of Student Services. “It is imperative that students read their WCC email on a regular—which means daily—basis so they don’t miss any important deadlines.”

Students Get Free Accounts

WCC provides free email accounts to all students enrolled in credit classes. You log into your WCC email account with your netID and password. If you need to set up your netID account, forget your password, or have questions about your netID, visit Account Management.

The student email system is an ad-free version of Google’s Gmail. Google provides a guide, “Getting Started with Gmail,” and extensive help information.

If you’d like to forward your WCC email to another account, check the instructions from Google. You also can read your WCC email on a mobile device.

If you have a question about student email, you can:

  • Visit the Computer Commons on the second floor of the Gunder Myran building to talk to a lab assistant
  • Fill out the online contact form
  • Call the Student Connection at 734-973-3543

Don’t Get Hooked By Phishers

Strong filters delete almost all junk emails before they reach student accounts. But even the best filters can’t keep out every scammer.

The most common scam is an official-looking email message that claims to be from WCC and asks for your password. If you get such a message, don’t respond. “We never ask for the password,” said Rex Roof, a system engineer in Information Technology Services. “Be wary of following a link in an email that asks you to enter your password.”

Any message that appears to be from WCC and asks for your password is phishing, an attempt by scammers to obtain your password. If they get it, they’ll likely use your account to send spam, Roof said. If you believe that someone has stolen your password, immediately go to Account Management and change it.

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