Chabot College is located in Hayward, California and was established in 1961. It sits on 94 acres on Hesperian Boulevard and serves the residents of Alameda County in the East Bar area. The college has a diverse population of students from all over the country as well as the world. Students may take individual classes, fulfill continuing education credits or earn an associate’s degree, an educational certificate, a certificate of completion or a certificate of proficiency in over 175 areas of study.
The college offers 100 areas of study which can lead to an associate’s degree or certificates of achievement or proficiency. Many programs prepare students to start entry-level positions immediately upon graduating. Many professions require regular academic coursework in order to ensure that professionals remain current in their fields and the college offers many courses which meet continuing education requirements in numerous areas. Some of the classes are designed specifically to increase a professional’s proficiency within a certain area of a field as well.
Some of the associate’s degree programs include such areas as art, dental hygiene, biology and architecture. Many students may choose to obtain an associate’s degree from the college as a step toward a bachelor’s degree and will transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of the program. In this instance, students generally pursue credit in all of the general coursework that they would typically take in the first two years of a baccalaureate program.
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There are several unique programs based on the school’s drive to support a diverse student body and support the chance of academic success for all students. One of these programs is the ASPIRE program, which offers low-income students academic support via financial aid and academic and personal counseling. The goal of the program is to provide the foundation necessary to prepare the student for transfer to a four-year institution.
The college participates in the TAG program, which guarantees students acceptance into four-year institutions as long as they meet all of the requirements set forth by the university that they are wishing to attend. Students are eligible to register with the TAG program after completing twelve semester hours. One of the many advantages to participating in this program is that the student has access to academic counselors at both institutions in order to ensure that they remain on track with their educational goals.
To provide academic support services to minority students, the college offers such additional programs as the Daraja project which is a curriculum focused on African-American history and the problems that the African American community currently face. The CARE program addresses the needs of students with socio-economic or educational backgrounds that may be prohibitive to higher education. Finally, the PUENTE project serves to increase the number of educationally under-served students of Hispanic descent via academic counseling and mentoring programs.
Admission is an open process; the college wants to provide an education to anybody who seeks one. Simply complete the online application or obtain and return a paper application from the school. In order to determine placement levels for math and English classes, students will be required to take a placement test. High school graduates who have submitted their transcripts may be exempt from testing depending on the level of coursework. Students may also test out of classes by scoring high on the proficiency test for that class.
Students wishing to attend must have a high school diploma or GED and must have official transcripts sent to the school in order to complete the registration process. After completing the application, students will need to apply for financial aid and take the online placement tests. Both of these steps may also be completed at the college. After completing the testing process, applicants will be issued a passport to matriculate to the registration process and the group counseling session which is required for all students. Students will then need to complete the online orientation program which will teach them more about course offernings, programs, rules, and campus life. After this is complete, students are free to register for their classes.
Financial aid is available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work programs. Completing the Free Application for Financial Aid is part of the application process to the school but students may also complete the application online via the federal website starting in January. Financial information for both the student and the family will be required so students should have this information available prior to starting the application. On top of standard financial aid programs, the school also has several special-interest programs that may be available to provide additional assistance to some students.
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Even though there are no residential facilities on-campus, there are numerous student organizations and clubs that provide the opportunity for students to develop relationships, learn leadership skills and obtain peer support.
Numerous supports and programs are available to students, including online courses and day care for children. There are also minority groups, support systems and mentoring programs to assist students that need help transitioning to college and experiencing success.
The Disabled Students Programs and Services is available to provide special accommodation to students with physical or learning disabilities or psychological needs. The program provides academic, vocational and personal counseling and offers classes to help students transition to Chabot and beyond.
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The Gladiators compete in several different varsity sports and are members of the California Community College Athletic Association. The school offers men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis and track and field. Men may also choose to participate in football, wrestling and golf while women have to additional options of softball and volleyball.
There are also intramural sports and even classes such as badminton, aquatics and dance that students may participate in so that they may receive credits toward their physical education curriculum.
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