FCUSD College Fair 2018: Transfer Pathways from California Community Colleges

FCUSD College Fair 2018: Transfer Pathways from California Community Colleges

October 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat music) – So just before we start, I graduated from Cordova High School, so, I’ve been in the area all my life. I still live in Rancho Cordova. Alright, so I’m gonna try to squeeze a lot of information into a half hour. I usually take about an hour,
and I never get through it, so I’m gonna move fast,
but if you have questions, you can just holler at me and let me know if you have questions. So just some quick information
of why you might want to transfer, right. It’s pretty staggering. Why your parents are wanting you to go to a four-year college, right? The numbers are pretty clear why. This is during tough times, and the unemployment rates go up. You can see who’s most affected. So, the California Community
College System is part of a very large system
in the United States. There’s actually, that
number has now changed. There’s 114 campuses in the
Community College System throughout California,
23 CSUs, there’s 10 UCs, but nine of them do undergraduates, so there’s really nine options, and there’s thousands of
private and out of state. So there’s plenty of
options for you, right? Here is a cost-comparison breakdown between the different options. This is not including financial aid or grants or scholarships. Some of these could be cheaper
depending on the option. So, not every option, sometimes
UCs can be cheaper than CSUs, sometimes UC could be cheaper than us, depending on if you
got a full-ride, right, ’cause there’s a lot of variables. So here’s our enrollment fees and a rough comparison in terms
of what your costs will be in terms of parking passes, books, right? We do have a fairly new program that started this semester
called the California Promise, which Los Rios is a participant in, which means that if you don’t qualify through the BOG Fee Waiver,
which is now called the Promise, or now called the Promise
Grant, which is confusing, ’cause it sounds similar
to the California Promise, that if you don’t qualify
through financial aid, you can now do the California
Promise, or in Los Rios, you just have to commit to
being a full-time student, which is 12 units each semester, and you have to have to
do your math and English in your first semester, and then you’ll get your fee
waived for the first year. So, that’s where that free tuition thing, it’s not really called free
tuition or free semesters or a free year, it’s
the California Promise. Alright, so at American River, there’s a whole lot of
scholarship opportunities for students to get additional funding if they would like to fill
out some applications. There’s one ARC application
that can help them apply to many scholarships,
so they don’t have to fill out a whole bunch of applications. One scholarship could
potentially put ’em in the pool for over 100 scholarships. We do have financial aid. There’s the BOG Fee Waiver,
which is now the Promise Grant, there’s grants, like the
Cal Grant, the Pell Grant. It just all depends on
what you qualify for with your household income
and other various factors, and that’s typically done
through the FAFSA form, which I’m sure many of
you have heard about, which you can fill out now. It opened in October 1st, and if you wanna apply to Los Rios, you can also apply for
both spring and fall now as that application also
opened on October 1st. So, your closest community colleges to you in the Los Rios District
is American River College, which I am from, your closest
one is Folsom Lake College, you also have Sacramento City
College, Cosumnes College, and then out of our district, your next closest would be Sierra College. Alright, so, these are
requirements to attend: High school diploma, GED, or
at least be 18 years or older, if you you don’t have a
GED or high school diploma. We do have a process many
of you may know about or participate in called
Advanced Education, and that’s for people, or students that are high school students who want to college classes
while in high school, and so there’s a whole process on that, but you can get more information
about it if you like. So these are our processes that every new student goes
through as a new student. So you do the application,
you go through an orientation. Our assessment process is
being changed because of, I don’t know if anyone
follows legislature, but there’s the new AB 705, which no longer allows
us to assess students for English and math, so
it’ll be primarily based off GPA and other factors. You’re gonna meet with the counselor and then register for classes. So here’s a quick overview
of some of the things about our campus that make it special. We’re one of the larger
campuses in California. Right now we’re about 25,000 students. At our peak, we’re about 45,000 students
during the recession. When economy is good, schools
tend to have less students, ’cause they’re working, right? Some reasons why you
might wanna choose ARC or a community college,
obviously, low cost. A lot of people, there’s
a myth sometimes that going straight out of high
school is the best way to get into a four-year college, but it’s actually in some ways
easier as a transfer student. So, I was just at UCLA the other day, and they were saying their admission rate for high school students is about 5%, and then for transfer students, about 25%, and then if you’re a part
of our Honors Program and use our UCLA TAP agreement, it’s about 79% admission rate. We have a lot of different programs, so even if you don’t wanna transfer, we have a lot of great programs. We have nursing, which
is a popular program. Most of you know most jobs in the medical profession
get paid quite well, and they don’t have to have
a four-year degree, right? They’re starting to
move in that direction, but there’s some good programs. So these are typically
the four different paths that a lot of students will take, but today we’re gonna
focus on the transfer path. So these are the other options. We have apprenticeship
programs where you can learn hands-on training and
get paid while you’re doing it, we have a lot of CTE programs, which aren’t necessarily transfer, but they can lead into transfer pathways, and then we have our transfer pathway, and we have these three general options. You can look at going,
transferring to CSU, UC, or private or out of state. I’m in charge of the Transfer Center where we provide services like
assisting with applications, we do university tours so
students can get an opportunity to check out different campuses and make sure that they select
the one that best fits them, we have a Sac State representative and a UC Davis representative
come to our campus weekly to meet with students, and they also represent
the whole institution, so they can also help the
students with other CSU campuses or UC campuses if they don’t
wanna go to Davis or Sac State, we have Transfer Day, similar to this, where you have bringing
university reps on campus so you can get information, and then we just help
students create pathways and make plans to make sure that they’re on the quickest path to
whatever goal they decide. So we have this thing through
the CSU system called ADTs, or transfer degrees. You might have heard
something about these, but basically, it gives students perks so that they’ve followed
a specific pathway. So, for example, if
you’re a business major, that’s our most popular major, there’s a transfer degree for business, which will guarantee you
into one of the 23 CSUs. If you decide to use that major, it doesn’t guarantee you
into Sac State necessarily, but they’ll get you into
one of the business programs at one of the 23 CSU campuses, so you may not get into Sac State, but you might get into Bakersfield. So really, it’s important
to still follow the, if any of you know about ASSIST, it tells you what you would want to have in order to have the
best chance of getting into Sac State, for example. The other big deal about the
ADT is it’s really trying to get students out in four years. So many of you have probably seen that the average student takes about four to six years to get through it, and they’re really tying to cut that down, so this is an effort to
make sure students get out of community college in 60
units, which is two years, and then get out of the
four-year part in two years, so again, out in four years. So here is a list of
the ADTs that we offer at American River College. Each college offers a
different, different options. This is currently what we have
at American River College, and this list has been growing rapidly, ’cause this has been around
for a couple of years, but it’s been pretty successful, so they’re continually
growing to this program. So for those who are interested in UCs, we have a program called TAG, and there’s six of the nine participate. There’s three that don’t
like to play the game of TAG, which would UC San Diego,
UCLA, and UC Berkeley, alright? So if you wanna go to those schools, you just go through their
regular application process, but if you’re interested in
any of these six schools, they have the TAG, and basically, if you meet the requirements
that they set forth, you’re guaranteed admissions
as a transfer student to those campuses. So at American River College,
we have an Honors Program, and our Honors Program has what’s called a Transfer
Alliance Program with UCLA, which is a very popular school that many students wanna go to. So one of the benefits of
being an Honor student is if you complete our Honor Certificate, which is take five Honors courses and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, then you can be a part of this program, which increase your admission
rate from 25% to 79%, and it’s for the College of
Letters and Science Majors, so if you wanna be an engineering student, this would not help you. So, our Honors Program is a nice program. I’m the Honors Counselor, so students that are Honors
students would meet with me. We often have them, they
get to go on certain trips, and they do presentations
and special Honors Programs to give them more of a, it’s above and beyond
the normal curriculum, and the class sizes for Honors
Courses is about 20 students, which is a nice size, so it has a lot of great perks for the Honors students. There are also other programs that we’re a part of
to give Honors students admission priorities for other
UC or university campuses, both private and public, and then also, being an Honors student
gives you more options in terms of scholarship options. So at UCLA, there’s two scholarships that our Honors students are eligible for. One would give you $5,000
per year for two years, and another one gives you
$9,000 per year for two years. We also have other agreements
with other private colleges. So we have over 21 Historically
Black Community Colleges that we have agreements with. We have some with some
private and out of state, so Arizona State University, we have agreements with,
University Pacific. WUE is a program that has many, many universities in one program, where they cap the percentage
of out-of-state tuition costs that they can charge a student. So counseling, obviously,
would be an important component of becoming, as a transfer student, ’cause transfer has a
very complicated process. I’m sure you’ve experienced
as high school students. It gets a little easier
as a college student, but it still can be complex depending on how many schools you’re interested in, and what your major is and all that. So meeting with the counselor regularly is a pretty important key to that process. Our Career Center can also help, ’cause oftentimes I find
students aren’t super clear on what they wanna be when they grow up, or what major they’re gonna select, so sometimes Career Center
can assist with that. We have many support services. We have DSPS services, we have probably one of
the best veteran centers in Northern California,
we have Journey, TRIO, CalWORKs, PUENTE, Umoja, all programs supporting
underrepresented students. MESA has a program which we now call STEM, which is for, basically, science, math, and engineering students. And that’s pretty much it. You guys have questions? So if you go to our Transfer Center, and then you just come down to UC, and then you come down to the
Transfer Admission Guarantee, right, and then right here, I have the UC TAG matrix ready for you, and then this is gonna
tell you for each campus who’s participating in terms
of majors, and who’s not. Typically, almost all
majors do participate from those campuses, but it
will list it here for you. What are the excluding majors for TAG, and then it goes for each campus. So it’ll show you, you see Irvine Business
Administration is excluded. Yes. – [Male Audience Member] Do
you have any success rate of students that actually
go through the transfer, and they graduate? – You mean that transfer from us to, in terms of campus, or just– – [Audience Member] In
terms of did they graduate afterwards, the transfer? – Well, the only thing we
rely on is the research that shows, what we
look at is a comparison from native students, which are students that went
to that campus as a freshman, versus our transfer students, and they’re just as successful
if not more successful. – [Male Audience Member] You
said that if some business, majored in business, then that program is excluded from that? – Then you would just go
through the normal process. So it wouldn’t be a guarantee, but it doesn’t mean you couldn’t get in. This is just kind of a, I
call it the cherry on top, right, because it’s before
the regular application. So TAG students should
supply it in September, but the regular application’s in November, and they still have to
do a regular application, but they’ll know earlier
whether or not they got in, so what some students will
do is they’ll TAG to Davis, but they might wanna go to UCLA, but they know they’re
gonna get into Davis, so that takes pressure off, right, because now they know
they’re getting into a UC, because they know earlier, and they know that they
are gonna get into that, so they don’t have to worry,
am I gonna get into a campus? They know they can get into Davis, so what some students
will do is they’ll TAG, ’cause you can only TAG to one of the six, so they’ll TAG to the school
that they wanna TAG to, and then they might go
after Berkeley or UCLA or some other campuses
also, and then hopefully, get admitted to all of them
and then make the decision, but it just, some campuses
don’t have the TAG option, so they can only apply
through the regular admission. – [Woman] There is time
for more questions. – Oh, WUE? So WUE is just, there’s
universities and colleges that are participants, and
if you’re a participant, then, basically, it’s making
sure that they can’t charge you out-of-state tuition more than the 150%, ’cause sometimes it’s a lot, right? Out-of-state tuition,
they can really get you. It’s a very, it can be two
times or three times more than the residents pay, but sometimes it could even
help you within this state, but it’s just a program that, if you’re gonna apply to those campuses, and you’re an American
River College student, and you let them know that, they can give you some
discounts or some help. Yeah, so, they actually have, not specifically to our campus, but you can actually, if
you Google 2019 UCLA… Oh, what’s it called. I can pull it up for you if
I, let me see if I have it, but, basically, it’ll show
you how many students apply, and then how many get in, and so usually for UCLA, you’re gonna see, it’s high, right, so for
things like engineering, business, economics, psychology, you’re gonna probably want
a GPA around 3.8, right, but if you have a 3.8, then you’re gonna probably
have a pretty good chance. – [Female Audience Member] So
you said that TAG program was they’re guaranteed, if
they TAG a UC school, they’re guaranteed to get into that… – As long as they meet the criteria, yep. So they’ll say, as long
as you have as a 3.2, and then the major will say, these courses have to be
done by a certain time, and as long as you do all
those things, you’re in. – [Female Audience Member]
And so then it’s the same for all the Los Rios campuses, so Folsom Lake has the same… – Yeah, the TAG is any, it’s a community, you could go to Sierra, you
could be in the Bay Area, and yeah, it’s not like the UCLA TAP where it’s specific to a campus. We have to go through special things to keep that program
going through the Honors, but the TAG is any
community college student. – [Female Audience Member] For a student, they apply for the UC, they
need to claim for their major, so do they have to claim
their major when they go to the community college? So basically, they don’t have to? – Yeah, and even as a transfer student, you can pick undecided,
but it’s not encouraged. So your question is about using AP scores? – [Male Audience Member] No, taking courses at the community college, is that only during summer
vacation, or they can do it– – No, it can be any semester. You just have to complete the process before the first day of school, and they can take a max of
two courses per semester, and the courses can’t be
something that’s offered at the high school,
’cause we can’t take away from the high school, right, so. No, but there’s quite a
few students that do that. – [Female Audience Member] Sorry, how many TAG UCs are there total? There’s six. (woman is muffled by lack of mic) No, UCLA is not a TAG school. UCLA, Berkeley, and San
Diego are not TAG schools. So I’m gonna stop, and
if you have questions, I’ll come over here, getting out of the next presenter’s way, ’cause they gotta set up,
so I’ll hang out over here. If you have questions, we can talk. Alright, okay. (upbeat music) (gentle music) (rhythmic music)