Transfer degrees, certificate programs and workforce development are some of the perks that students enjoy at Lassen Community College. Located in Susanville, California, the school originally started as a Junior College in 1925, operating within the Lassen High School Campus. Due to increasing enrollment, the college moved to a separate facility near the high school until finally constructing a separate campus in 1971. Now, the school has around 165 acres of property and 39 buildings, including dormitories, laboratories, classrooms and a gymnasium.
The community college is accredited, according to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and recently reaffirmed its accreditation within the state of California.
Associate degrees and lower division arts and sciences certificate programs are offered in a wide range of subjects, from agriculture and business to natural sciences and humanities. Even career paths can be studied, such as real estate, the automotive industry and fire technology, which will prepare graduates for competing and obtaining jobs within specific areas and fields.
One particularly interesting and unique field of study offered at Lassen Community College is gunsmithing, where students learn the specific skill sets required to repair and even sell firearms. Originally started in 1945, the program coordinates with the National Rifle Association and even saw an increase in the amount of participants over the last five years.
For students who cannot make it to the actual campus on a daily basis, online classes are available as well as written correspondence classes.
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The college does not have any specific admission deadlines; they use an open enrollment policy. Classes, however, are offered on a set schedule like most universities, with a fall, spring and summer term.
Enrollment requires a completed application, which can be picked up at the campus or received by calling the college at (530) 251-8808. Although SAT and ACT scores are not necessary, the school does require applicants to take placement tests in math, English and writing. The test scores, however, are more for helping students find appropriate classes than for allowing admittance into the school.
High school and previously attended college transcripts are also required for enrolling at Lassen Community College.
Financial Aid is available in the forms of federal aid, student loans and scholarships. To be applicable for federal aid, students are recommended to consult with the Lassen Community College financial aid office before filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, many federal work-study and student work programs are available.
Students are encouraged to start applying for aid after January 1st, and are asked to have all necessary documents in prior to June.
The school offers a wide array of scholarships, ranging from a few hundred to a thousand dollars in value. Students must fill out a scholarship application form before being eligible to apply and receive scholarship funding.
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The school has roughly 2,000 students enrolled annually with about 50% of them as full-time. Unlike most California schools, where the majority of the student body is from in state, Lassen Community College has a healthy balance of both in and out of state students.
Diversity is a big thing at Lassen and the school has an official committee that meets frequently to figure out ways to incorporate it into school and student life. Around 20% – 30% of the student body is from multi-cultural backgrounds.
Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher who have already completed 12 credit hours can apply to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which is one of the largest honor societies in American higher education. Maintaining membership within the society for the full two years of college requires keeping a 3.25 GPA.
With a mixture of young and old students, the school accommodates all types of needs that may arise. Dormitories are available for students who may need on-campus housing and services are available to assist students in finding employment. Also, childcare services are available for parents taking classes at the school.
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The LCC Cougars compete within the Golden Valley and Bay Valley conference and many local fans can be seen dawning the school’s signature black and orange colors. The school believes that providing an athletic experience is just as important as providing an educational experience, however no student can skip out on the ladder to participate in the former.
Such men’s athletics include baseball, basketball and wrestling while women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer are some of the highlights. Additionally, the school holds a varsity rodeo every fall.
And although no ski or snowboard teams exist at the school, Lassen Community College owns and operates a nearby ski area with eight trails, a bowl and recently constructed terrain park and half-pipe.