CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Why do students choose community college? 

  • Affordability – Students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree can significantly lower the cost of earning the degree by taking the first  two years of a university program at a community college.  Community college students are eligible for financial aid. 

  • Personalized Attention – Community colleges offer a student‐centered approach with smaller class sizes and more one‐on‐one time with  instructors.

  • Career and Educational Path Exploration before committing to a four‐year university

  •  School- Life Balance and the ability to work while attending school. Classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and online. 

  • Professional Certificates – Community Colleges provide professional and short‐ term certificates in many fields, including information  technology and electronics.  Students can be job‐ready within two years or less. 

  • Transfer Agreements with select UC, CSU, and private colleges campuses for qualified students  

  • A Second Chance at Their First Choice Four‐Year University – Students who were not accepted into their first‐choice school after high school can apply to transfer after having completed the necessary coursework at a community college. 

  • Community colleges most attended by St. Michael's Prep Students  

  • Irvine Valley College (IVC) 

  • Orange Coast College (OCC) 

  • Santiago Canyon College (SCC) 

  • Saddleback College  

California Community Colleges (CCC) offer three programs: 

  • Two‐year degrees:  A.A. or A.S.  Designed for students who want to earn a college degree with a focus, whether to achieve a personal or  career goal or in preparation for transfer to the University (UC), California State University (CSU), or a private / out‐of‐state university. ​​ 

  • Certificate programs in a variety of career interests   

*For information about transferring to private and out‐of‐state colleges, please refer to the college or university website. 

Matriculation (Enrollment) Process Generally Begins December 1:

 

Step 1:  Application 

All students who are at least 18 years old or a high school graduate are eligible to enroll in community college.  Students who  apply early are offered priority registration for classes. 

 

Step 2:  Orientation 

 

Step 3:  Math/English Assessment 

 

Step 4:  Counseling/Advising, First Semester Plan, Educational Services 

To begin the application process, visit the CCC Apply website:  http://home.cccapply.org/.  The site provides links to each college’s admissions  webpage. 

 

Streamlined Registration  IVC and OCC offer incoming freshman the opportunity to complete their assessment, parent orientation, financial aid workshop, campus tour, and  advisement with the development of an abbreviated academic plan all in one day.  Visit the schools’ websites for more details:   

IVC Fast Fridays  http://admissions.ivc.edu/matriculation/pages/friday.aspx OCC Freshman Priority Registration  http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/student_services/sssp/FPR/Pages/Freshman‐Priority‐Registration.aspx

 

Honors Programs: 

All CCC campuses offer honors programs.  See the school’s website for details.   

IVC:  http://academics.ivc.edu/honors/Pages/default.aspx

OCC:  http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/academics/honors_prog/Pages/default.aspx Santiago Canyon College:  http://www.sccollege.edu/Departments/Honors/Pages/default.aspx

Saddleback College:  https://www.saddleback.edu/honors

 

*Two of the most popular transfer agreements available to IVC Honors Program members are UCLA’s “TAP” and UCI’s “Honors to Honors”  programs.  Visit the website for more information:  http://academics.ivc.edu/honors/Pages/ucla‐uci.aspx

 

Additional Career Exploration Websites: 

California Career Café (Virtual career center for CA community college students):  http://www.cacareercafe.com/ Career Zone California (California Career Resource Network):  https://www.cacareerzone.org/

Orange County Community Colleges - Career Programs Matrix

This publication from the California Community Colleges outlines various career pathways that students can pursue at our local community colleges.

APPLYING TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE ​

Community Colleges have programs that offer benefits to incoming freshman who apply early! Check out the flyers below for more information and apply ASAP!

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St. Michael’s Abbey Preparatory School • 19292 El Toro Road • Silverado, CA 92676
(949) 546-0637 Ext. 272 • collegecounselor@stmichaelsprep.org

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