Citrus College is a community college located in Glendora, California that offers students a wide range of educational opportunities. Academic choices include earning an associate’s degree or professional certificate, completing continuing education requirements, studying abroad, or just taking a few classes in order to keep current professionally.
The college offers ten different academic divisions and programs that offer nearly sixty associate degrees, almost thirty certificates of achievement and fifteen skill awards. There are also four degrees that can be earned online as well as numerous individual classes in which students can earn credit.
Students seeking an associate’s degree may earn either an Associate of Art or Associate of Science. There are numerous degrees available in a wide range of subjects designed to be either stand-alone degrees or to prepare the student to move on to a four-year institution. Some of the areas of study include theater, nursing, automotive technology, child development and cosmetology. There are also degrees such as biological science and liberal arts that are especially suited to transfer to a four-year program.
Certificates of Achievement are used to demonstrate professional proficiency for entry-level positions in a new industry or to improve skills for a current profession. Typically, a certificate requires eighteen credits or less. Some of the certificates available are Dental Assisting, Wildlife Resources and Forestry, Accounting and Architectural Drafting.
Skill awards offer proof of proficiency in job skills in order to start a new job or meet the educational requirements of some professions. Some examples of skill awards that are available include Emergency Medical Technician, Home Health Aid, Medical Terminology and Nurse Assistant.
Students also have the opportunity to study abroad. Students may choose to study in such places as Costa Rica, Italy, England and Spain.
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Applying and registering for classes at Citrus College is a nine-step process. The first step is completing the application on the website. Applicants need to ensure that every response is completed and accurate. If not, there will be errors in the student’s master file that may delay registration. Next, students will need to submit official high school transcripts along with any college transcripts if applicable. Students wishing to apply for financial aid must have this information on file in order to be eligible.
The next step in the process is to register online for a student email account. This is required so that students may receive notifications from the college regarding financial aid, registration, and any other necessary communication. After the student has created the email account and submitted the application and transcripts, they will need to take an assessment test. These tests are required for all students that are enrolling in five or more credits or are planning to take English, math, science or reading classes. Photo ID is required the day of the test, and students that wish to have assessment test scores from other schools submitted need to have them sent to the Admissions and Records Office.
After completing the previous steps, students will need to complete orientation. Until this is complete, all registration will be placed on hold. There are a few different ways to fulfill the orientation requirement. Students may choose to participate in person, which is recommended, or may it may be completed with the assessment or during assessment/orientations held at high schools. Students may also choose to complete the orientation online.
After this requirement is met, students that are pursuing a degree, planning to transfer to a four-year college or would like to enter a career preparation program are encouraged to meet with an academic counselor. Next, students will be assigned an appointment to register. Students will then register for classes on WingSpan, the online registration site. This is the only way to register for classes. Finally, students are required to attend their first class. If a student misses the first day of class, the seat may be forfeited to another student who is waiting for a seat.
The Disabled Students Center is available to provide accommodation to students who need special assistance with the testing or registration process.
There are also additional or separate requirements for transfer or international students, or students who have been out of high school for a significant amount of time. These students should refer to the admissions office in order to ensure that all application and registration requirements are met.
Financial aid is available to students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work programs. Students that wish to apply for aid will need to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January. Students should be aware that financial information for both applicants and family will be necessary in order to complete the FAFSA, so students should have this information readily available prior to starting the application.
Students have a choice of many different options such as completing courses and degrees online, studying abroad, taking night or weekend classes and participating in the TAG program in order to continue on to a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution. The college wants every student to succeed and offers numerous support systems in order to make this happen. There are child-care options, disability services and mentoring groups in place for a wide array of students with different educational challenges.
Students wishing to compete in sports have several different varsity teams from which to choose as well as the option to participate in intramural sports and student organizations. Though there is no Greek life on on-campus housing, students have numerous social and community service options available to them.
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The Flying Owls fields several varsity team sports including men’s and women’s golf, soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field and water polo. Men also have the option to participate in baseball and football while women have to additional choices of softball and volleyball. The school’s colors are blue and white and they have some of the best sports facilities in California.
Citrus Stadium offers seating for ten thousand and has an all-weather track and field turf. There is also an additional practice football field. The college also boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Olympic-style free weight room, a therapy pool and a sixty-four-station fitness center. The softball complex was built in 2009 and the golf range is a premium thirty-six-station facility that is second to none. All of these facilities are located right on campus, so students don’t have to go far to watch their teams play.
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