Located in Redding, California, Shasta College sits on a 337-acre campus in the midst of the California country on land that used to be inhabited by Native Americans known as the Wintu Indians. Today, the campus is home to more than 10,000 students that pursue studies in the more than one hundred programs (between certificates and associate degrees) that Shasta College offers in summer, spring, and fall. Excellence is always the ultimate objective, and so the college is continuously working to achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence for all programs in its eight divisions, which include health sciences, economics, and business.
These divisions have various accreditations, both at the state and the federal levels; Shasta strives to maintain its accreditations so that its students can continue to receive the best education they can aspire to. The most notable accreditations include those given by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the American Dental Association.
Shasta College is continuously investing in its infrastructure. New buildings and facilities, such as the Health Sciences and University Center, which was opened in 2007, possess the latest technology (including environment-friendly technologies) so that students always have the best resources and tools available while they study.
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Shasta College, like most community colleges in the United States, applies an Open Admission Policy, which means that any person interested in pursuing a college education has the right to do so. Shasta College offers more than one hundred degrees and certificates. The college offers 33 associate degree majors, 22 general studies associate degree emphases, and 24 university studies associate degree emphases.
All of these programs, which range from business to agriculture, help students grow as professionals, enabling those interested in pursuing further university education. In terms of admissions, it is important that you know that all you need to do is fill out the application form and submit official high school and/or college transcripts with it. Using these transcripts, it will be possible to guide all enrolled students in choosing a course of studies that suits his or her interests and capabilities best. Finally, you should know that there are no actual deadlines when it comes to applying for enrollment; there are course offerings for spring, summer, and fall.
Shasta College understands that not all students can afford to pay for tuition, books, housing, supplies, and the other costs associated with a college education. Because of this, the Financial Aid office works around the clock to try to procure resources to facilitate students’ studies. There are several financial programs available for those students who need it, including federal grants, student loans, scholarships, and fee waivers.
All applications are processed thoroughly in order to correctly assess who qualifies for financial aid and those who do not. Turnaround times will vary depending on the volume of applications that the Financial Aid office receives, so it is important that you are always checking in on the status of your application. Be sure to apply for financial aid in a timely manner because applications are processed in date order.
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Shasta College was founded in 1948 and since its inception more than sixty years ago, the college has managed to grow exponentially, going from just 250 students in 1950 to over 10,000 students at present.
As its student body has grown through time, so has the quality of the facilities installed in the college campus. In 2005, the college opened its very own state-of-the-art Early Childhood Education Child Care Center and Instructional Facility. Following this monumental endeavor, Shasta undertook a second project in 2007, year in which the construction of a new 44,000 square foot Health Sciences and University Center. This center is where Dental Hygiene and Nursing students take classes, and it is also state-of-the-art.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Shasta College believes that it is important to provide students with a well-rounded education, which is why the school offers a quality education and recreational activities that students can turn to when in need of taking a break from studying. The Shasta athletics department offers 13 different sports including swimming, wrestling, softball, track & field, tennis, and football. Most of Shasta’s teams have been league and state champions over the years; this speaks of the commitment and quality of the athletic programs sponsored by the college.
The idea of the Athletics program is not only to help students improve on their sporting skills, but also to help them grow as well-rounded individuals who understand the value of discipline, perseverance, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Shasta’s mascot is the Knight. A statue of the Knight, whose name is Oakey Doaks, was structured in 1955 by the Shasta College Motor Knights Club and it still stands today.
Prominent Shasta College alumni include:
- Ricky Ray – Professional Football Star
- Jason Sehorn – Retired NFL Star
- Ken Shamrock – Famous Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
- Terry Riley – Music Composer
- About Shasta College, http://www.shastacollege.edu/aboutsc/, web, 25 July, 2011
- Academic Divisions and Departments Overview, http://www.shastacollege.edu/cms.aspx?id=5052, web, 25 July, 2011
- Admissions, http://www.shastacollege.edu/admissions/, web, 25 July, 2011
- Athletics, http://www.shastacollege.edu/athletics/, web, 25 July, 2011.
- Financial Aid, http://www.shastacollege.edu/cms.aspx?id=769, web, 25 July 2011
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