One of the more than 100 campuses that make up California’s two-year college system, Solano Community College is a mid-sized public school of over 10,000 students. The multi-location campus is located in the northern part of the state, between San Francisco and Sacramento.
The school places a primary focus on meeting the needs of returning and non-traditional learners, with special emphasis on scheduling flexibility that allows its many students to maintain employment while seeking a degree. Thus it serves a wide variety of students in Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo, and Winters counties, as well as military personnel on Travis Air Force Base.
SCC offers an array of associate’s degrees and certificate programs. All tracks are divided among six schools: School of Career Technical Education & Business, School of Health Sciences, School of Human Performance & Development, School of Liberal Arts, School of Mathematics & Science, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences. Especially popular courses of study include journalism, marketing, management, automotive technology, ethnic studies, fine arts, and water and wastewater technology. The college cooperates with UC Davis to run a nursing student exchange program with Jinggangshan University in the Jiangxi province in China.
Special options include includes day, evening and weekend classes, multiple locations, distance learning, home study, and television-based classes. In addition, features like short-term classes, flexible entry and exit formats, and special interest workshops and seminars add value for busy students and professionals seeking to update their skill sets.
Accreditation is granted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
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In keeping with its mission to offer educational alternatives to a broad cross-section of the local population, the college has an open admissions policy, allowing virtually every student who enrolls a chance to initiate and complete a degree program.
However, there are still a number of pre-admission requirements that prospective students must attend to before enrolling. These include proof of age, high school diploma or equivalency, assessment of readiness and ability to benefit from college-level instruction, a clearly defined educational goal, and assessment for placement in the proper core curriculum classes. Some programs, such as nursing, may have further specific requirements—prospective students should check with their department before enrolling.
Although the rolling deadline system and frequent class start times make it easy for students to apply at their convenience, officials suggest beginning the admissions process well in advance to ensure that all requirements are dealt with before classes begin.
The financial aid office offers an array of fiscal options to its students. In addition to the standard options of grants, loans, need- and merit-based scholarships, and work-study jobs, students at the college also have access to a number of special programs geared toward California residents, including a fee-waiver program that allows low income students to reduce or even eliminate most of the tuition costs associated with attending the school. The financial aid process involves submitting a completed FAFSA form and other supporting documentation, and although the school accepts financial aid materials throughout most of the year, the financial aid office reminds students that applications received before the early-March priority deadline are most likely to receive the most substantial and comprehensive aid packages.
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The student body is a large and demographically diverse group. Although the school offers no on-campus housing, an array of on-campus groups, events, and activities lends the campus a cohesive feel. High-tech amenities such as widely available Internet access and state-of-the-art learning labs prepare students for today’s fast-paced business environment.
Several student publications, an active theater group, and dozens of clubs and service groups round out the campus’ recreational offerings. Clubs include such diverse options as African American Male Scholars, Gamer’s Club, Horticulture Club, Paintball Club, Theatre Club, and Women’s Empowerment Council.
The college runs children’s programs for children aged one to five, including preschool programs for the older years. These programs both provide an on-campus source of childcare for students with children, they also provide an excellent learning environment for students in early childhood education fields.
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Many students are actively involved in the school’s athletics program, as both participants and enthusiastic fans. Teams include football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, women’s soccer, water polo, softball, baseball, and swimming. The Falcons football team has been particularly successful in recent years, earning two Bowl berths and winning a Bay Valley Championship in 2005. The teams are affiliated with the Bay Valley Conference and the California Community College Athletic Association
Notable alumni include:
- Professional football players Mike Gibson and Rudy Sylvan
- Film director Joe Carnahan
- Professional baseball player Tug McGraw
- Professional basketball player Bakari Hendrix
- Musicians Sylvester Stewart and Johnny Colla
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