The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District was formed in 1962 when the citizens of Banning, Hemet, Beaumont, and San Jacinto voted in its favor. The college’s first classes were held in rented facilities in 1963 and the San Jacinto campus came into existence in 1965 with two buildings at the start. In response to the growing number of students, the Menifee Valley Campus of the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District opened in 1990. Over the years several important buildings such as the Alice P. Cutting Business & Technology Center, a state-of-the-art music building, the Allied Health and Fine Arts buildings, childcare centers, and more classrooms have been added. The Temecula Education Complex and the San Gorgonio Pass Campus have also been established to meet the growing demands of the students.
Presently, the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District operates from four different locations: the San Jacinto campus, the Menifee Valley campus, the San Gorgonio Pass campus, and the Temecula Education complex. The Mt. San Jacinto College campus is located on state highway 79 towards the north end of the San Jacinto valley and has a total enrollment of more than 22,000 students in credit, non-credit and community services classes.
The Mt. San Jacinto College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association and the U. S. Department of Education.
The different types of educational programs offered by the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District include: general education, transfer education, career education, transitional education, special programs and services for disadvantaged/disabled students, and community service programs. The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District offers degree programs such as Associate of Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate in Science – Nursing, and vocational certificate programs in specific occupational areas. The associate degree programs are comprised of general education requirements, required courses (majors), and elective courses. The AA/AS degree majors offered at the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District include various courses such as Allied Health – Medical Assisting, Alcohol/Drug Studies, Business & Office Administration, Child Development & Education, Liberal Arts, Music, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. The vocational certificate programs are offered in diverse areas such as Administration of Justice, Audio Technology, Business Administration, and Computer Information Systems.
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To seek admission in the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, students must be residents and non-residents of California who have graduated from high school, passed the California Proficiency Exam or General Education Development Exam (GED), or are 18 years or older and are likely to benefit from the education. Students are required to appear for the Accuplacer assessment tests in order to be evaluated for their reading, writing and mathematics skills. The assessment tests assist students in making right decisions about the choice of their courses. Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) also allows the use of assessments from other colleges taken within the last 3 years. The assessments taken at other colleges which are allowed in MSJC include: ASSET, Compass, Accuplacer, MDTP, CLEP, and CELSA (for ESL Students).
International students can seek admission in the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District by meeting the general admission requirements and submitting their TOEFL scores (if English is not the primary language). They also need to submit the official affidavit of support with a bank statement confirming their financial standing and ability to bear the expenses in the range of $17,928 USD per academic year.
The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The basic objective of financial aid is to bridge the gap between the family resources and annual educational expenses of Mt. San Jacinto Community College District students.
The different types of financial aid available to students include: federal financial aid programs, state of California aid programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Grants, locally administered scholarships, short-term book loan programs, and Veterans Educational Benefits. The federal financial aid programs available for students include Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Federal Work Study programs. To apply for the financial aid from Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, students are required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). California residents can also apply for the Cal Grant.
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There are various student-centered resources within the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District that make the learning experience lively. The Student Government Association is responsible for the development of the social and cultural interests of students. The main purpose of the Student Government Association is the promotion of college spirit and to boost the morale of the students, and it establishes activities in consultation with the college administration. There are numerous clubs in the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District, such as the culture club, ceramic club, child development and education club, Phi Theta Kappa, Allied Health and Science club, and the STEM club.
There is a Career/Transfer Center which offers useful career advice and conducts career assessment tests to guide students. It is also responsible for providing assistance with career planning, exploring career alternatives, and reaching employers. Students of the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District may also benefit from the services of the Counseling Department, which is responsible for academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling. The Talent Search program at the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District provides academic support and exposure for economically disadvantaged college bound students.
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The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District is a member of the Foothill Conference governed by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District sports teams are known as MSJC Eagles. There are intercollegiate teams for men’s basketball, football, golf, baseball, and tennis. The women’s sports include volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf and softball. The college’s official colors are black and red.
- Mt. San Jacinto College. Assessment And Placement. Web. 20 July 2011.
- Mt. San Jacinto College. Student Services AT MSJC. Web. 20 July 2011.
- Mt. San Jacinto College. Mt. San Jacinto College Catalog 2011-12. 2011. Print.