CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES
It is the recommendation of the RHS Counseling Office that any student who plans to attend a community college should meet with their high school counselor to establish goals and complete a plan of action to meet those goals. It is also recommended that a student meets with a counselor at the community college upon matriculation to discuss goals for completing certificated programs, competing an Associates Degree, or participating in the TRANSFER program to a four-year university.
WHO CAN ATTEND A COMMUNITY COLLEGE?
A community college is a good choice for anyone who may want to attend a four-year school later but who is not yet academically, personally or economically ready to begin to study at a university. To be eligible to attend a community college, one must be 18 years of age or possess a high school diploma. In the California Community Colleges, you can work toward an associate (two-year) degree in hundreds of academic and technical fields (which will enable you to transfer to a college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree); or, you can complete a one - or two-year training or certificate program in a choice of occupational fields, various health professions, and/or high-technology job fields.
WHAT IF I WANT TO PURSUE A FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR'S DEGREE BUT ATTEND A COMMUNITY COLLEGE FIRST?
All community colleges offer courses that meet the lower-division (first two years) of a four-year college or university. Counselors in transfer centers and counseling offices at the community colleges can help you plan your community college program to make sure that the courses you select are transferrable. You should also check the requirements of the college or university to which you plan to transfer, especially in your major subject. Many community colleges offer written transfer guarantee programs to specific universities. This information can be found in the community college transfer center or counseling center.
CAREER EDUCATION VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS
The California Community Colleges can help students get the training needed to qualify for a well-paying job with room for advancement. Career education vocational programs are offered in hundreds of areas that employers need. Areas of vocational (occupational) education include health occupations, electronics, and computer sciences, business and finance, agriculture and industrial trades, and many others. Community colleges have up-to-date equipment and facilities and vocational instructors who are experts in their fields. Depending on the occupation you select, training may take from six months to two years. Associate degrees and certificates (shorter-term) programs are available in many fields.
Financial Aid Information
Complete the FAFSA here at FAFSA. File your FAFSA between October 1st and March 2.
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RHS Student Concurrent Enrollment with San Bernardino Valley College
Rim of the World Unified School District has contracted with San Bernardino Valley College for concurrent enrollment opportunities for Rim High School students, Mountain High School students, and community residents. Please contact Stephanie Phillips or your RHS counselor for more information and the next enrollment date.