With the main office located in Fountain Valley, California, Coastline Community College is a unique institution in that it does not have a traditional campus. Instead, students that choose traditional classroom courses may study at one of several sites that are located throughout the District. There are three main campuses located in Garden Grove, Westminster, and Costa Mesa and the administration building is located in Fountain Valley. This building is where students should go for enrollment services, counseling, to buy books, or to take care of any other administrative need that cannot be resolved at their home site.
Many traditional degree programs are offered such as psychology, philosophy, biology, computer programming and paralegal studies, but they also offer many different exceptional, innovative programs. Some of these include biotechnology and Informatics and studying Acquired Brain Injury. The school has an international reputation as one of the country’s most innovative institutions and strives to maintain that reputation.
Founded in 1976, the school is committed to providing an education to any student who seeks one and makes classes accessible in a variety of both traditional and non-traditional ways. Students may study in classrooms, or may take courses online. There are also options for hybrid classes, telecourses, and cablecasts. A vast majority of students take advantage of these sorts of courses for at least part of their program of study because of the flexibility that is inherent to the distance learning program. There are even courses now that students may take via their PDA.
Students have many educational options here. The school offers numerous associate degrees, career and technical programs, certificates of achievement, certificates of specialization and continuing education credit opportunities. The school also offers one bachelor’s degree, a Bachelor of Science, at their Garden Grove Center.
Students may pursue an associate’s degree either to begin a career in an entry-level professional position or in order to transfer to a four-year program in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree. More and more baccalaureate students are pursuing this course of action because of the reduced cost of a community college in comparison to a four-year institution. Some of the associate’s degree programs available include business, fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Career and Technical Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain the certification that will enable the student to pursue careers in highly demanded fields such as accounting, business computing, computer security, and real estate. The school also offers career counseling in order to assist students with finding the career path that is right for them.
Certificates of Achievement are earned in several different programs and during the course of study lead to technical competence in specific areas of study. Students must complete the program with at least a 2.0 in order to apply for the certificate. Many students use the certificate program as a jumping-off point towards an associate’s degree. The programs are designed to prepare students to enter a particular field, or to provide continuing education so that professionals may stay current in their fields. Some of the areas of study in the certificate program include accounting, business, emergency management, real estate, and small business ownership.
Distance learning is availabe for students that are unable to travel to the college to pursue a traditional education. The classes are a combination of internet, cablecast, telecourses, independent study, and hybrid internet and classroom. Students may study such subjects as accounting, business, counseling, human services, physics, and psychology and may even earn a degree in many topics. There are also specific military distance learning courses.
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Admission is an extremely simple process. They have an open admissions policy and the only requirements to attend are that the student must be at least eighteen years old and exhibit the ability to profit from instruction. For students under eighteen, the requirements are graduation from high school or, for those still enrolled who have completed the tenth grade and wish to dual enroll, a letter from the high school principal and parent will be required.
Students must complete the online application and will receive email confirmation. Computers are available at the school for students who do not otherwise have access to the internet. If seeking assistance paying for college, students should complete the financial aid application at this time as well. Within forty-eight hours, an e-mail confirmation will be sent. Within five business days, the student will receive an e-mail with information that will enable them to create an account on MyCCC, which is the site used to register for classes and communicate with the school.
In order to register for classes, students will need to schedule a registration appointment. The appointments are scheduled according to date of application and occur on a first-come first-served basis. Students need to apply a minimum of ten days prior to the first day of the classes that they wish to enroll in.
Adults, students transferring from another school, and international students have different registration requirements and should contact the school for more details.
Financial aid is offered to students that need assistance paying for an education in the form of scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. In order to determine eligibility for aid, students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid that is available online starting in January. Coastline recommends completing this application at the same time that the student applies to the college. Financial information regarding the student and the family will be required when completing the FAFSA, so it is a good idea to have that information available prior to starting the application.
The school does not offer an athletics program of any sort, nor are there intramural sports or any other kind of physical fitness programs.
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The school also has a vast network of businesses with which they have cultivated progressive relationships. An example of this is their relationship with the Workforce Investment Board. In conjunction with them, the school operates the Orange County One-Stop Centers, which are centers that offer employment services for both individuals and businesses. There is also a relationship with the United States Military to provide distance education opportunities to our military personnel.
Accreditation is provided by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
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