Take A Class Summer 2013: You May Avoid A Roadblock Fall 2013

Thanks to California voters saying “yes” to proposition 30, many classes will be restored in our public education system. However, many legislation changes (beginning Fall 2013) puts roadblocks in place for many community college students.

 One of these roadblocks is a course repetition policy regulated by Sections 55762 and 55763 in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Beginning with Fall 2013, students are limited to three attempts for passing a class with an “A,” “B,” “C,” or “CR” grade.

 This particularly affects students needing prerequisite classes (such as elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, reading, and writing, ESL) required for more advanced classes. These more advanced classes are generally required for graduation, transfer admission (college composition, advanced math, speech) and transfer major requirements (such as chemistry, calculus, and physics for engineering students).  So…if you have attempted classes required for your educational goal at least three times with deficient grades, enrolling in summer school may be a good decision!

 To my knowledge, community colleges are implementing the revised policy on the required timeframe (Fall 2013) not before. Confirm this with your community college counselor.

 Again, if you maxed out your attempts on classes required for your educational goal, enroll in summer school 2013 and pass the class before the new *repetition policy is implemented in Fall 2013!

Figuring out other options you have for completing the needed course(s) may mean going through the admission process at another college and driving further away.  Plan ahead and make an informed decision. You may avoid a roadblock Fall 2013.

Did this help you?

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”     — Dalai Lama XIV.

Notes: There are also changes to the repeatability (different from course repetition) of classes. You can look up the repeatability policy in your college catalog. They tend to effect skill based classes like physical education, music, art. Most community colleges are implementing these policies as mandated instead of implementing them early so look at your Fall 2013 catalog. See your counselor for more information on this and other legislative changes important for avoiding these obstructions to your success in education, career, and lifelong learning. This policy will most likely affect lifelong learners.

Whether you have already successfully passed a non-repeatable class or you have already maxed out on attempts to pass a class, you may want to consider filing a petition to waive this policy. Students may petition waiving the new repetition policy when:

  1. Repeating a course is a valid accommodation for a verifiable disability.
  2. Course repetition for a student is needed for meeting a legally required training requirement as a condition for continued paid or volunteer employment.
  3. A significant lapse of time since the student previously took the course and the content in the class is a prerequisite for a needed class.
  4. Verifiable extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control affected the student’s grade; for example, military service, jury duty, accident, or illness.

See your counselor in assessing your situation, advice on documents necessary, and guidance in preparing and presenting your documentation.

Ways You Can Participate In This Economy (Part B)

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

Here in California, the news tell us our economy is getting better. Housing prices are up in the San FranciscoBay area and unemployment is down. Talking to people, you hear finding work is difficult. Structures already created for people who want to work for someone may be in short supply, but work needing to be done is plentiful.

The CashFlow Quadrant (by Robert Kiyosaki) reminds us we can create our own opportunities by by starting our own business. Look around you and see if you can identify people who created their own jobs through self-employment.

Here are some  people I came across that created their own opportunities and passed in on to at least one other person:

1: While reviewing my bookkeepers work with an accountant, he mentioned he had clients looking for a good bookkeeper. He asked permission to pass my bookkeeper’s name to his clients.

2: A notary that came to my house was a college student.  As we were signing loan documents, he told me his notary business was paying for his college expenses. His referral business from escrow officers were so plentiful he gave some of his workload to one of his friends…also a self-employed notary.

3: One of my son’s friends couldn’t find a job with her communications major. He suggested she put up her portfolio and market the skills she wanted to use. She started a business creating wedding memories using digital media while also marketing herself as a marketing and advertising consultant. Her business got going and she got a job offer because an upstart company needed somebody enterprising and able to work with no direction. They did not know anything about marketing and liked what she had done with her own business.

4: My best friend’s husband was a maxillofacial surgeon. Years before retiring, he found a young dentist wanting to open his own practice. An agreement was made that the young dentist would be hired on, get mentoring from the experienced surgeon, receive training on running the business, and have the opportunity to buy the practice with terms good for both parties.

From the four quadrants, self-employment is the most difficult. It requires much business planning, monetary resources, and developing a team of professionals (that can include an accountant, attorney, insurance agent, and others) who can help you. Self-initiative in completing what is needed is essential so doing something where passion takes you to action is very helpful.

With self-employment, there is no guarantee of the amount money that will be made, but there is opportunity for making much more money than you’d be getting from regular employment.

Th other downside includes self-employment tax —for 2013— currently 15.3% on the first $113,700 and then 2.9% on the amount over $113,000 of net income, paying for your own health insurance, funding, and other expenses.

The upside is getting to choose how you want to make your money, you are your own boss, nobody fires you except yourself, there is the possibility for making a lot more money than working for somebody else, and you will learn a lot about the world of business.

Tough times, challenge us to be our most creative and take action. A strong mindset, clarity in purpose, and good supportive resources helps you on your way if this is the path you choose.

Active Income                                                                        Passive Income

You work for money.                                                 Money works for you.

EmployeeYou work for someone else.You generate W-2 income.

Security is important.

“I value a safe and secure job with good steady pay and excellent benefits.”

Employees

 

Business OwnerYou own a system. People work for you and make you money. Your business runs without you there.Wealth building is important.

“I want a business system that can operate without me.”

Business leaders and Big Business Owners

 

Self-EmployedYou own your job and work in it.It’s difficult to take a vacation. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid.

“I want to be my own boss and don’t want somebody telling me what to do.”

Independent professionals & small business owners

 

InvestorMoney works hard at making money for you.Passive income comes from investments.

“I want a good return on my money. When money works hard for me, it gives me income.”

Investors

 

Don’t Quit and Keep On Truckin’

Ever have one of those days when you’re so behind because of competing priorities? Keep your head down and focused on finishing one thing at a time. I’m posting this for myself today and others who can use the boost to Keep On Truckin’.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

                           Author Unknown (copyright 1921 Edgar A. Guest
                           Breakfast Table Chat: Keep Going(?))

Keep On Truckin’ by Eddie Kendricks was a popular song when I was growing up. It’s so corny and fun it makes me sing and smile. Did this put some wiggle in your day?

Ways You Can Participate In This Economy

When thinking about how we will support ourselves after college, most students ask themselves, “What should I major in?”  “What can I do with my major?” Many find the job market competitive and do not see many jobs available. This may be true if you are looking for a job.  However, more opportunities open up when mindset shifts to asking yourself, “What are the ways for participating in today’s economy?” and “How do I want to participate in this economy?” This is why the concept in CashFlow Quadant (by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.) is worth exploring.

CashFlow Quadrant puts four different ways to participate in today’s economy into four quadrants: an employee (E), a self-employed person (S), a business owner (B), or an investor (I).

People under the first column (employees and self-employed) have active incomes which means they work for their money. People under the second column have passive income and money works for them.

Active Income                                                 Passive Income

You work for money.                                     Money works for you.

Employee

You work for someone else.

You generate W-2 income.

Security is important.

“I value a safe and secure job with good steady pay and excellent benefits.”

Employees

Business Owner

You own a system. People work for you and make you money. Your business runs without you there.

Wealth building is important.

“I want a business system that can operate without me.”

Business leaders and Big Business Owners

Self-Employed

You own your job and work in it.

It’s difficult to take a vacation. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid.

“I want to be my own boss and don’t want somebody telling me what to do.”

Independent professionals & small business owners

Investor

Money works hard at making money for you.

Passive income comes from investments.

“I want a good return on my money. When money works hard for me, it gives me income.”

Investors

Which of the quadrant(s) are you in currently? Are you in more than one? We will take a look at each quadrant in subsequent posts. Get ready to use the goal clarification process again.

Robert T. Kiyosaki is the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and a controversial figure. Some people find his ideas helpful and some find his books lacking in merit.  I agree with some of the things he says and disagree with others. In my opinion, most of us need more financial education so we don’t fall prey to financial predators. I disagree with his tone that sometimes triggers me because it feels like he has a distain for higher education. I believe that public education is the greatest equalizer. It is a tremendous resource and protecting its affordable access for our communities is essential for a viable economy and enriched lives.

CashFlow Quadrant is one way of looking at how you may frame your options in the world of work. Decide for yourself whether you find the CashFlow Quadrant concept helpful.

Your Educational Plan for CSU Transfer Needs a Defensive Strategy

You are more than half way finished with your semester and achieving your goal is closer, congratulations!

Pick up the phone and make an appointment now with your counselor. Your educational plan for CSU transfer needs a defensive strategy. Why?

Your educational plan (road map) may need changes due to impaction at many California State Universities (CSU’s). Having a road map to your different options gives  maneuverability  in different directions if roadblocks keep appearing (as they have in the last four years because of state budget cuts to public education). These budget cuts mean less resources for public education so more CSU’s and programs at the CSU’s joined the “impacted” status.

What does “impacted” mean?  When a university or program is “impacted,” it means more students meet minimum requirements for admission than space allows. There is not enough room to accept all qualified applicants.

When impaction happens, impacted universities and impacted programs become more selective. The admission process uses supplemental criteria for accepting the most qualified students. Increasing your chances for gaining admission requires awareness of the changing selection criteria while anticipating changes that may occur when you apply.

For example, be aware of AA-T and AS-T degrees because CSU impacted universities and impacted programs  increasingly give priority consideration to students with these credentials. Recently, a few CSU’s in my college service area only accepted applicants with these degrees. In addition, the minimum grade point often increases for admission consideration and supplemental applications and questionnaires may be required.

Awareness and planning are the best defense for changing selection criteria and creating back up strategies so your educational plans don’t get stalled.

To make the best use of your time, have the following available for your counseling session:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Unofficial transcripts work, just make certain all courses you have taken are included.

2. Advance Placement (IP)/ International Baccalaureate (IP) scores

3. High School Transcripts

4. Any other documents you believe helpful in planning your next semester(s).

This is your opportunity to discuss your current progress and get a check-up on your roadmap (educational plan: ed plan) and strategically plan classes for your next semester. Maximize the use of your classes by understanding the rules for what you want in your education.

Take time and write down thoughts on the following questions because your counselor can help you put together a plan for finishing as strong as possible this semester.

  1. How you are doing this semester?
  2. What challenges, if any, do you have this semester?

Planning your next semester will be clearer when you write down and discuss reflections on the following:

  1. Have your interests changed since the beginning of the semester? If yes, how have your interest changed?
  2. Have your educational goals changed? What are your current educational goals?
  3. What kind of job skills are you looking to improve or acquire?
  4. Where do you plan to transfer? You may have more than one system (UC, CSU, Independent) that you want eligibility to attend. Write them down.
  5. What competing priorities (i.e. school, work, family) will you juggle? What does your plan to manage these priorities look like? Do you need help with this?
  6. What is your major or area of interest?

Writing down your thoughts on the above processes what you want from the education that you are spending time and money pursuing. It helps your counselor work with you in determining where you currently stand in relation to your education and career goals. The clearer you are with your purpose at the college, the clearer your path for achieving your objectives achieving your educational goals.

Crunch time is heating up and a counseling appointment allows your counselor more quality time with you. More time for following up on resources like ASSIST, mapping out a time management plan (coordinating school, work, and family obligations) with less stress.

Prepare for your summer and fall semester now so you’ll be ready with your Plan A, Plan B, and maybe even Plan C registration strategies. Knowing where you are heading and how to get there, you’ll be ready to register the very minute you can log on!

“Four steps to achievement: plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently.” – William A. Ward

“The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion… It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Are you are a planner? Will you take action to make an appointment?

Job Search Strategies For International Students

The following is posted with permission.

Getting a job in the United States can be challenging, even for domestic students. As an international student, you will encounter obstacles during the job search process. The following advice is intended to assist you in overcoming these obstacles and find a better job opportunity.

1. Begin your search early According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it takes an average of five months to find a good paying job so please don’t wait until you graduate to start looking for a position. As an international student you should also be aware that it takes about 90 days for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process and approve your OPT application.

2. Network – Approximately 30% of jobs in the United States are advertised in newspapers, magazines, or on the internet. The other 70% are not advertised. These non-advertised jobs or “hidden jobs” are usually filled by word of mouth. To find out about these jobs you will need to network with friends, family, acquaintances, teachers, counselors, school alumni, and other sources.

3. Consider applying to companies that sponsor international student graduates if you wish to ultimately pursue an H visa. The internet has many resources where you can find lists of companies that have sponsored international student workers in the past.

4. Seek U.S. companies with offices in your home country – Multinational companies will have an interest in your cultural background and language skills because of the ties they have in your home country. Some of these companies prefer to place international student graduates in offices in their home countries for a few years prior to transferring to an office in the U.S.A.

5. Become an expert on visas and optional practical training (OPT) – Many companies are hesitant about hiring international student graduates because they don’t understand the process. It is your responsibility to educate the employer on how easy it is to hire an OPT student. If you want to stay in the U.S. longer than the amount of time OPT allows, learn about the H1-B Visa so you can explain the process of hiring on this program to your employer in case they are not familiar with all of the procedures.

6. Choose a major/specialization in demand – If you want to work in the United States after graduation, choosing a major/profession in high demand is in your best interest. The top 5 occupations approved for H1-B Visa status were in the following areas: • Systems Analysis and Programming • College and University Education • Accountants, Auditors and Related Occupations • Electrical/Electronics Engineering Occupations • Computer Related Occupations – Even if your major doesn’t fall under any of these categories, you can strengthen your candidacy by adding a minor to your academic program in one of these areas.

7. Focus on your attributes – International students bring with them many skills that Americans may not possess. You need to show the employer that your qualifications are unique and go beyond what the other candidates can offer. Many international students know more than one language, have been exposed to different cultures and systems, are mature, adaptable, and deal well with change. These are all qualities that employers value highly.

8. Strengthen communication skills – Communication skills (verbal and written) are an important quality desired by employers in job candidates. If your English needs improvement, take ESL, English Composition, or Public Speaking classes, or contact your campus Tutoring Department for assistance.

9. Complete an internship – Employers want to hire people who have experience and can perform the essential job duties. The more practical experience you have, the better your chances are of getting a job. If possible, consider securing and serving an internship with a company or organization. Also, check with your international office on campus to see if Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is offered at your school, college, or university.  CPT could be another opportunity for you to obtain additional work related experience prior to graduation.

10. Perfect your resume and cover letter – A well-prepared resume and cover letter is essential to getting a job interview in the United States. The U.S. resume is different from resumes from other countries. If you are not familiar with the standard U.S. resume, visit your Career Services Office to see a counselor or attend a workshop.

11. Practice interviewing – If you are interviewing with a U.S. company, you will be expected to conform to certain cultural norms. Your dress, manner of speaking, and the answers to questions will be expected to match certain norms. Because interviews are different in the U.S., it is important for you to enhance your interviewing skills.

12. Don’t Give Up! – Our last piece of advice is to not give up! Finding a job in the United States, while difficult, is not impossible. In fact, more and more employers are seeing the benefits of hiring international student graduates. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2007 Job Outlook Survey, 31% of employers responding to their survey anticipated hiring international students for full-time permanent positions during 2006-07. This is up from 24% the previous year. Even with the current job marketplace, employers are seeing the advantage and value of hiring international student applicants.

— Dr. Brian Delon
Global Education Programs and Services

Dr. Brian Delon, the company founder and executive director, guided students for more than 30 years. In addition to holding a doctorate in education, he has served the higher education community as an instructor, counselor, advisor and administrator at colleges and universities. He has worked  with agencies in  Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and other countries in developing placement programs into United States and Canada colleges and universities . 

Brian is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the leading professional association dedicated to international education.

 

Slow and Steady Beats Overloading

What is one of the frequently used stumbling blocks to completing all the scheduled classes for the academic term students have control over? If you said taking too many units, you are right! Like the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race. Knowing the time commitment for the class(es) taken helps you set appropriate expectations so you can plan for success.

A questions students often ask is, “How many units should I take? “

If you work Take no more than
40 hrs/week 6 sem units
30 hrs/week 9 sem units
20 hrs/week 12 sem units
10 hrs/week 15 sem units

Most colleges in the United States are based on the Carnegie unit.  You probably want to skip the details and get to what this means for you, right? For every unit you take, you will spend one hour per week in class. For every one hour spent in class, there will be three hours of study expected outside of the classroom. The chart below explains how to determine your weekly time commitment based on lecture units.

If you take Your In Class Time Is Your Study Commitment is
6 sem units 6 hours of class time 6X3=    18 hours of study
9 sem units 9 hours of class time 9X3=    27 hours of study
12 sem units 12 hours of class time 12×3=  36 hours of study
15 sem units 15 hours of class time 15X3=  45 hours of study

Combining your work and school schedule, gives you a picture your time accounted for during the week.

Work + Class + Study =    Committed Weekly Time
40      +6         +  18       =    64 hours per week
30      +9         +27         =    66 hours per week
20      +12       +36         =    68 hours per week
10      +15      +45          =    70 hours per week

Family, community or other commitments you may have are not included in these charts, but they are important considerations when deciding how many classes you will feel comfortable taking.

If you are a high school student enrolling in your first semester of college, working 10 hours or less a week, and taking a full-time load, I usually recommend most students take 12 units instead of 15 units. You are getting oriented to a new system, meeting new friends, and taking more initiative in your learning.

Most re-entering students have family commitments in addition to working full-time. Some colleges have childcare available so ask your counselor about programs that may help you with coordinating your commitments. Starting with one class is a nice way to ease you into college.

When I see students withdrawing from more units than they are completing and not achieving to their ability, taking more units than they can handle (overloading) is one of the consistent culprits.  If you want to make better progress, perhaps this is a time management area for you to reflect on. Print your academic history and see if there is a pattern of overloading.  Objective and constructive feedback is provided when working with a counselor as your sounding board.  Make a constructive change for getting a different result!

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

                                                                                                      — Rodin

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people underestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!

                                                                                                    — Anthony Robbins

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It Couldn’t be Done

For those of you nearing the school year:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it

It Couldn’t Be Done by: Edgar Guest

source:  public domain poems

Tips For Community College Admission Steps

From Stay Ahead Of The Curve: Apply Early To A Community College we know the admission process for the California community college are:

  1. Filling out the college application at the college admissions webpage.
  2. Taking the English and Math assessments (aka: tests).
  3. Attending an orientation to college.
  4. Seeing the counselor for identifying courses for the first semester.
  5. Signing up and paying for classes.
  6. Attending class(es.)

The Admission Process

You may see this process called “matriculation.” It a process that brings the student (you) and the college together. The common purpose is achieving your educational objectives. You leave the college because your objectives at the community college are completed and your leave is necessary for furthering your education and career goals.

1. Application

Get into the habit of keeping college documents… electronic or hard copy. If for some the transmission didn’t go through or if the college requires a signed hard copy of the admissions application, you’ll be ready!

2. Assessment

The test is not a pass/fail situation so relax and do your best. Get rest the night before the test and brush up on your reading, writing, and math skills.  Look for practice tests and do the sample questions (usually available on college website or in the testing office) so you can get the most accurate assessment possible. The purpose of the English and Math test is determining your appropriate readiness level.

Multiple measures,” are additional indicators that are taken into consideration when helping you identify your appropriate skill level for the most accurate placement into English and Math. Multiple measures may include, but not limited to, your SAT/ACT scores, AP scores, high school transcript, skills you use at work, your motivation level, other college coursework taken, and college grades.

If you believe taking the English and Math tests back to back will not provide an accurate reading, arrange the tests on different days.

Read the college’s test-taking policy. You may be allowed to have your test disregarded (before it is scored) because you believe it will not represent your true ability. (This may be the case if you are not feeling well and are not able to finish the test. Perhaps testing conditions were not adequate due to construction noise or the room was too warm so you couldn’t concentrate.)

If you have a learning difference contact the Disabled Student Services/ The ABLE Center. They can advise you on qualification requirements for accommodations. (This service may be known by other names, but the two mentioned above are common names. If you are unable to find them, call the college and they can point you in the right direction.)

An inaccurate placement may have you taking classes that are too easy or too difficult for you. Either way, having an inaccurate placement wastes time, energy, nor does it help with confidence. It is important you be in the appropriate classes so you can do well in your classes and challenge yourself.

3. Orientation

Orientation is an overview of what you need to know for registration, what to do next, and information that will help you with educational planning. Options to Orientation may be face-to-face workshops, classes, or online presentations.

It’s like a quick mini College 101 class. There is lots of valuable information packed in to help with long term educational planning and getting around the campus.

Students are often preoccupied with getting themselves registered and much of this information is a blur until they get situated their first (and sometimes second semester). Know there is support around you and be willing to ask for help, and then ask for help again.

4. Seeing Your Counselor & Picking Classes

As discussed in Stay Ahead Of The Curve: Apply Early To A Community College, prepare yourself before seeing your counselor. Get the documents listed below and bring with you to your counseling appointment:

  1. High School Transcripts
  2. SAT/ACT scores
  3. Advance Placement scores
  4. Transcripts for all institutions, colleges and universities you have attended
  5. Any other documents you believe will be helpful in planning your first semester.

So, before you meet with your counselor, think about and write down:

What brought you to the college?

What are your interests?

What are your educational goals?

Are you here for job skills? What job skills are you looking to acquire?

Are you here for transfer to a university? UC? CSU? Independent?  What is your area of interest for study?

Your counselor will use the above information and discuss where you currently stand in relation to your educational goals. The clearer you are with your purpose at the college, the clearer your path for achieving your objectives to reach your goal(s).

Doing the admission process before the crunch begins, allows your counselor more focus time on you in an appointment. You will also have more time for following up on resources your counselor may recommend like the career and transfer workshops.

When the rush begins, there are often times ten or more students also waiting to see your counselor. So get in early and garner time while you can.

5. Sign up for classes (Register For Classes)

More people understand that public California community colleges offer a quality affordable education with strong articulation agreements with the CSU’s and UC’s along with career technical education classes often taught by professionals in the field. With the increase of students and budget cuts mean flexibility in scheduling and having class alternatives is important.

Some colleges have two registration appointment dates: one online and one in-person registration. Use the earliest registration time. This gives you the best chance of getting your most “ideal schedule.”

Put yourself on a wait list if you really want a class that is already full. Fill your schedule as if you will not be getting the waitlisted class you want. (Seasoned students know that you can always drop a class you have, but you cannot always add the class you want!) Do some strategic planning. Set yourself up with options. Be ready to implement the best opportunity for your success.

Since you’ve done your homework prior to your registration time, take your list of classes and sign up!

6. Attend Classes

“50% of success is showing up.” Woody Allen

I have heard this quote with “80% of success is showing up. Which one do you think is most accurate?

If you don’t go the first day of class, contact your instructor. You can contact the counselor and ask what the procedure is at your community college for letting the instructor know you will be absent, but you will be at the next class. If you don’t contact your instructor, s/he may give your seat to a wait listed student or a student petitioning the class.

Regular attendance is necessary to do well in the class. If you have a competing priority at the scheduled class time, discuss this situation with your counselor. You may need to reschedule your commitments or take the class another time.

Congratulations! Getting into college requires work. There’s a lot of planning, information gathering, time management, and rescheduling of your life to make this important event happen. It’s worth it!

Stay Ahead Of The Curve: Apply Early To A Community College

Are you going to attend a public community college? If you are even thinking about it, apply early.  There are currently 102 California community colleges serving 1.2 million students. Get started four months before the community college starts. Start now and get ahead of the crowd.

In California, students get a quality education at an affordable price when they attend a public community college. (I often hear financial planners promoting community colleges as a way for minimizing college costs and reducing the amount of student loans needed.)  They have been the point of access for transferring to a university, attaining job skills, retraining, and continuing education. It has also been a gateway to the bachelor’s degree for many underrepresented students and students who are the first in their family attending college.

Because of formal agreements community colleges have with public universities in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) system and some independent (Private) schools and colleges, students completing their lower division general education, preparation for the major, and graduation requirements prior to transferring to their baccalaureate institution are well prepared. Reverse transfer  (students who start at a baccalaureate institution and subsequently transfer to a community college to complete their lower division requirements before going back and finishing their bachelor’s degree) is common.

Since 2008, millions in funding cuts to community colleges decreased the number of class sections and made access to student services (such as counseling, student health, and library resources) limited.  Colleges may give earlier registration appointments to those completing the admission process on a first come first served bases so get the admission process done early.

General steps to California community college admission process:

  1. Go to the college website and fill out the college application.
  2. Take the English and Math assessments (aka tests).
  3. Attend an orientation to college.
  4. See the counselor to help you with the initial classes you may want to take.
  5. Sign up for classes.
  6. Attend class.

Get these documents and bring with you to your counseling appointment:

  1. High School Transcripts
  2. SAT/ACT scores
  3. Advance Placement scores
  4. Transcripts for all institutions, colleges and universities you have attended
  5. Any other documents you believe will be helpful in planning your first semester

Your initial counseling session will be most productive if you have the documents above.