New Employee (non-faculty) Orientation (Required Training Series)

Welcome to Lawson State!  We are excited that you have joined our team.  In an effort to better equip, engage and empower our new employees, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (CTEL) has launched an online training series to target and assist employees (both full and part-time). If you are a new employee at Lawson State, do not begin this training, unless Human Resources has officially welcomed you to college and has issued you an Employee ID number. This online training series (for non-faculty) is required for all new full and part-time employees at Lawson State Community College.  This training is not for contractual employees. 

There are three parts to this training.  You will have four weeks to complete this training; however, Steps 1 and 2 should be completed the first week of your employment, so begin today.   Follow the directions below for each section of the training series  (below) as well as any corresponding tests.  You need to score a 90% on any test. All tests can be retaken as many times as you wish in order to meet this requirements.  Final results of training will be sent to you and your direct supervisor once you finish all training components. 

AS400 Training

AS400 is the main internal operating system that houses all student and employee information.  If your position requires you to use AS400, you must secure that training from your specialist within your department.  This training does NOT cover the training you will need for AS400, for every department and every job has different and unique AS400 responsibilities and authorizations.  Thus, AS400 training is handled on an individual basis only.  See your direct supervisor.  He or she is responsible for ensuring that you receive the proper and appropriate AS400 training.  Please contact him/her to set up training either this week or next.    

Contact CTEL immediately if anything impedes your ability to begin your training the very first week of your employment.

Remember, Steps 1 and 2 should be completed your first week of employment.  You will have an additional 3 weeks to complete Step 3 of this training series.

Step 1 (Week 1):  Activating your LSCC Accounts--Email, Employee Suite and AS400

You will need your Employee ID (secured from the Human Resource Office) to activate your Lawson State email, Employee Suite (a centralized zone secure your payroll information, file for leave and request requisitions) and your AS400 (internal main operating system) account.  You will learn more about each of these tools throughout your training.  To activate one or more of these accounts (depending on your employment status and responsibilities), click on the "Activate My Account Now"  button and answer the series of questions posed.  Once you follow this step, you should have access to Email, the Employee Suite and AS400 (if authorized) within 24-72 hours, depending upon when you are notifying us.  Only employees (under a contract) will be authorized to activate these accounts.  User Names and Password information will be sent to you via the personal (private) email account you provide us (through the activation) process.  No other means of activation, besides this one, is accepted at the college.  Thus, click on the "Activate My Account Now" button to begin.     

Step 2 (Week 1):  Register for Cougar Alert.  Lawson State's Emergency Notification System.  Don't Call Us...We Contact You!!!

NOTE:  You will not be able to complete Step 2 until you have completed Step 1 and have been issued a Lawson State employee ID number.  Cougar Alert is a mass notification system comprised of email, voice and text messaging that is designed to send emergency messages to thousands of individuals in minutes. It supplements existing means of emergency communication, including outdoor warning sirens and severe weather alert radios. LSCC students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to provide a primary mobile phone number for receipt of text messages, and up to three other phone numbers (mobile or other) for receipt of voice messages. Emergency messages (i.e., school closings due to severe weather, danger on campus, etc...) will be sent via a system provided by the Blackboard Connect. Cougar Alert is used in tandem with other communication tools. 

How to Register Today (Online) for Free


Lawson State Community College has implemented a new “Cougar Alert” System provided by e2Campus.  To update your account, please do the following: 

STEP 1:    Navigate to

        STEP 2:     Login with the following Credentials       

           Username: Your Seven Digit Employee OR Student ID#
 Password:  abc12345*     (This is the default for all users)     

STE STEP 3:     Click on “Account” and Change your Password
STEP 4:   Click on “Services”        

Fill out Your SMS (cell phone information if you wish to receive text message alerts), add any additional Email accounts, and Voice Contact Information

 STEP 5:  To fully verify SMS (Text Messaging) do the following
    a.      Send a text to 79516
    b.      The body of that text should read:  CougarAlert  (NO spaces in CougarAlert)
    c.       You will receive a confirmation text indicating your enrollment
How to Locate Your ID Number?:  Students: you can secure your LSCC Student ID from your schedule (at the top), or through your Employee Suite (also called the Faculty Suite), if you are


Step 3 (Week 2):  
Review  the Faculty and Staff Handbook

As a new employee of Lawson State Community College, it is important that you stay abreast of the policies that impact you and the inner-workings at the college at large.  The Faculty and Staff Handbook is designed to provide you with key and important information related to your employment.  Information can be found on the evaluation process, promotion, policies, procedures, travel, leave and more.

The Handbook can be accessed via Lawson's State website under the Faculty and Staff tab (on the main page).  Click the Faculty and Staff Handbook icon below to begin reviewing its contents throughout the week.

Step 4 (Weeks 2-4) :  Begin your Online Training Series for New Employees (non-faculty)

Step 4 is a series of short videos which provide you with specific and important information about Lawson State's internal procedures, practices, systems and polices. 

LSCC Internal Faculty Operations & Systems 


Click on "Tutorials" to begin


Have general questions? Let Us Help You.

If you need any help as you transition as a new faculty member at Lawson State, let us know. You can request an additional training video be added to our listing.   You can ask us a question (on any topic), or you can submit a Technical Support Request if you are having trouble with email, Blackboard or Student Suite. We are here to help.