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1 Community College The Basics Kim Downey, Counselor



4 Community College Degree Options 1- or 2-Year Technical Degree or Certificate Gain technical skills in a specific area Get job in industry immediately after graduation Work on credits to transfer for a 4-year degree Goal = transfer to 4-year college or university General education classes Earn dual high school & college credit Expanded Options & Advanced Diploma programs

5 Certificates & Associates of Applied Science (AAS) What it is 1 or 2-year degree programs Learn technical skills specific to an occupation Very hands-on Complete necessary training & licensing for occupation Goal = job in industry immediately after graduation Examples Automotive Technology Culinary Arts Computer & Information Systems Dental Assisting Fire Science Nursing Veterinary Technician

6 Transfer Programs (AAOT or AS) What it is Associate’s degree General education courses & foundational courses for a specific subject area or university major Goal = transfer to 4-year university for bachelor’s degree or higher AAOT – Junior status @ OR public universities & some others AS – meets gen. ed. requirements, not guaranteed Junior status (engineering, science, business) OTM (Oregon Transfer Module) - First year gen. ed. Examples Anthropology Biological Sciences Engineering English/Literature Pre-Law Psychology Pre-Veterinary

7 Advanced Diploma & Expanded Options RPA pays for your student’s tuition, fees, and books at COCC! Same programs, slightly different paperwork Technically stay an RPA student, but are working toward a degree by taking COCC classes “Dual-enrolled” Receive RPA High School diploma @ end of 5 th year Can be finished with HS credits, or take classes @ RPA while also taking classes & earning credit @ COCC!

8 This is still College!! Advanced Diploma & Expanded Options are still COLLEGE!! The grades and completion rate you earn will impact your student’s college transcript FOREVER!! But, all the benefits of pursuing college still apply!

9 Pros and Cons of Community College Pros Cost is significantly less Avg. community college tuition = $4,500 U of O = $9,900 *financial aid applies to both Stay close to home (can be a Con as well…) Flexibility of scheduling Degree in 2 years Hands-on, practical training Cons Limitations of degree programs Limitations of course offerings Not all courses transfer Limitations of campus involvement Commuter campuses Sports/activites/clubs Lack of research Student population Different ages Different goals & priorities

10 Steps for Community College Next Year: 1. Contact your student’s Advisor 2. Encourage your student to attend COCC College 101 Dec. 12 th 9:00am – 2:00pm (RPA will take a bus!) 3. Fill out the FAFSA – beginning Jan. 1st Sometimes grants can offer more money than we can! 4. Attend Advanced Diploma Info. Night – Spring Term 5. Complete necessary paperwork with your student – Spring Term 6. Support your student in passing all classes this year and working toward graduation!

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