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Community & Technical Colleges of Washington 2010 Fall Counselor Workshops Washington Council for High School-College Relations sbctc.edu checkoutacollege.com
One system. 34 colleges. Unlimited possibilities. 29 community colleges5 technical colleges
In Washington State: 33% enroll in community or technical college 29% attend in-state universities 8% go to out-of-state colleges 5% community or technical college after one or two years 5% first attend a university and then transfer back to a two-year college within a year or two of high school graduation. 38% of all bachelors degree graduates transferred from a community or technical college After high school, what?
CheckOutACollege.com Brings together 34 colleges in one site Drives users to campus websites Launched summer 2008. Relaunched summer 2010. More than 3,000 unique visitors each month. Most use career interest and college search. Search by career, college program, location, online-only option. Paying for college, financial aid calculator, scholarship links GED and high school completion Links to four-year and two-year colleges
CheckOutACollege.com Redesigned and relaunched September 2010 Cleaner navigation and intuitive search tools Career search data linked to college programs Major improvements for disability accessibility Added features Google map: main and off-site campus locations Virtual campus tour, housing links Getting started information in Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali, Amharic; Google Translate tool
Resources for Counselors CheckOutACollege.com Add link to your schools resource website Check Out A College Brochure Free from local community or technical colleges For purchase through state printer Posters Classrooms, counseling office, career centers Postcards For students, parent night, anywhere
What does OPEN DOOR really mean? MYTH: Its okay if I do poorly in high school, because I can take any community or technical college class I want. Classes are easier. FACT: Open door simply means the colleges offer a variety of class levels and student support services to accommodate differing readiness levels. From basic literacy to advanced physics, the placement test determines which classes students are eligible to take.
College Ready? English4 years Mathematics3-4 years Social Studies3 years Science2-3 years Foreign Language2 years Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts1-2 years
2010-11 academic year, estimated full-time undergrad resident Tuition Comparison Room, board, transportation and other living expenses vary per student. TUITION Community & technical colleges, public$ 3,135 Regional colleges & universities, public (WWU, CWU, EWU,TESC) $ 7,689 WSU Pullman$ 8,592 UW Seattle$ 8,701 Private vocational, career colleges$ 20,750 Private four-year colleges, universities (average)$ 27,900
Financial Aid CTC students eligible for full range of financial aid programs 36% of CTC students receive financial assistance Scholarships available at most CTCs High wage/high demand Opportunity Grant program Aid for part-time students
Campus Housing Apartments or dorms at –Big Bend CC, Moses Lake –Edmonds CC, Lynnwood –Green River CC, Auburn –Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon –Wenatchee Valley College –Yakima Valley CC Housing links checkoutacollege.com/FindProgram/CollegeList.aspx
Athletics Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges nwaacc.org : governing sports organization for 35 Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia colleges. Cross-country, basketball, baseball, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, wrestling Bellevue College Bulldogs Big Bend CC Vikings Centralia College Trailblazers Clark College Penguins Columbia Basin College Hawks Everett Community College Trojans Grays Harbor College Chokers Green River Community College Gators Highline Community College Thunderbirds Lower Columbia College Red Devils Olympic College Rangers Peninsula College Pirates Pierce College Raiders Seattle Community College Storm Shoreline Community College Dolphins Skagit Valley College Cardinals South Puget Sound CC Clippers Spokane Community College Sasquatch Tacoma Community College Titans Walla Walla Community College Warriors Wenatchee Valley College Knights Whatcom Community College Orcas Yakima Valley Community College Yaks
Student Life Each college has a different mix –Study Abroad –Clubs and activities –Recreational facilities, intramural sports, competitive sports –Lecture & performing arts series, art galleries, theatre departments, music (jazz, choir, band) –Phi Theta Kappa two-year college honor society –Service learning and community service –Radio stations –Student government and leadership training –Literary publications, student newspaper
Degree Options Professional-Technical Offered at BOTH community and technical colleges Training and skills to prepare for work –Associate of Applied Science (AAS) – six to eight quarters (two years) -- Applied Baccalaureates have increased transfer options for AAS holders. –Certificate of Completion – three to five quarters (nine months to a year)
Degree Options Not all AAS are designed to transfer –BUT most two-year colleges have agreements with universities to accept certain AAS options with transfer English, math. –SHB Bill 1328 allows public technical colleges to offer degrees that prepare students to transfer into certain bachelor degree programs Some competitive or restricted admission: pilot, dental hygiene, radiology, nursing
Degree Options College/University Transfer Offered at community colleges Prepare to transfer to four-year as a junior –Associate of Arts (AA) - Direct Transfer Agreement DTA –Associate of Science (AS) Specific prerequisites for major admission (e.g. engineering, business, nursing school)
Top Ten Transfer Destinations University of Washington (all campuses)3,436 Washington State University (all campuses)2,488 University of Phoenix1,983 Central Washington University 1,403 Western Washington University1,132 Eastern Washington University1,043 The Evergreen State College714 City University of Seattle473 Seattle University337 Saint Martins University188 (2008-09)
Degree Options Apprenticeships The other four-year degree –Construction and Building Trades : plumber, pipefitter, carpenter, electrician –Food Preparation and Culinary Arts: meat cutter, chef, grocery manager –Health Care: optician, physical therapy aide, health unit coordinator –Manufacturing: machinist, shop electrician, high tech, aerospace –Public Safety: firefighter, fire medic, police officer www.exploreapprenticeship.wa.gov/
Transfer for the Trades Associate of Applied Science in Multi-Occupational Trades provides an AAS degree option for students in registered apprenticeship programs, which can lead to future transfer opportunities. Offered at: Bates, Centralia, Columbia Basin, Renton, South Seattle, Spokane, Wenatchee Valley Degree Options
Bachelors Degrees Close to Home Applied Baccalaureates Eight options at seven colleges University Centers & Partnerships Most community colleges partner with one or more four-year universities to offer bachelors degrees on campus. See resource packet or CheckOutACollege.com