Unit 3: Understanding Post-Secondary Education
Part A: Post-secondary Educational Institutions – What are
Directions: Read the descriptions below
about educational options after high school.
Then answer the questions that follow.
California has more than 100 Community colleges. These public
institutions provide academic and occupational training at a very low
cost to residents of California. Non-residents may also attend a
community college, but they pay a higher fee. Community colleges
offer both short-term training for specific occupations and Associate
Degree programs. Short-term occupation training focuses on
preparation for a specific occupation or area of employment and
generally do not require many courses outside of the chosen field. An
Associate Degree is the first college degree a person can earn.
Individuals earning an Associate Degree can transfer to a college or
university to continue studying for higher degrees, or they can go
directly to work. Community colleges are open to everyone. Santa
Rosa College and City College of San Francisco are examples of
community colleges. Colleges and Universities
California has twenty-two public state colleges and nine public
universities that offer Bachelor Degrees and higher degrees.
Students apply directly to these institutions after high school or they
can attend a community college first to earn the Associates Degree
and then apply to attend a university. Public colleges and universities
are generally less expensive than private universities. An individual is
not automatically accepted into a college or university and an
Associate Degree does not guarantee admission to these institutions.
Sonoma State University and University of California, Berkeley are
public institutions. Stanford is a private university.
Directions: Read the questions and check
True or False
1. Some community colleges are private. __ __
2. Community colleges are expensive for residents. __ __
3. Non-residents cannot attend a community college. __ __
4. Community colleges offer an Associate Degree. __ __
5. An Associate Degree is the first academic degree. __ __
6. If you are not a high school graduate, you can not attend
a community college. __ __
7. Community colleges have short-term occupational programs. __ __
8. People with an Associate Degree can go directly to work. __ __
9. With an Associate Degree you transfer to a university. __ __
10. You must attend a community college before you apply
to a university. __ __
11. Public colleges and universities are more expensive than
private institutions. __ __
12. You are guaranteed admission the university of your choice
if you have an Associates Degree. __ __
Part B: Certificate and Degree Programs
Directions: Study this page
and fill in the blanks on the Bachelor Degree
120 or more semester units
Upper Division Program
May require Upper Division General
Additional Graduation Requirements
(varies by institution)
Two or more years of full time
56-70 Transferable Program Associate
Units vary 60 Semester
Lower Division Transfer Program
Freshman and Sophomore
General Education Requirements
Prerequisites for major
Two or more years of full time
Student enters a community college
Directions: Look at the chart on the previous page and complete the
1. A person who has just started college is called a _________________.
2. A students who has completed 60 units is called a ________________.
3. A senior is someone in an ____________________________ program.
4. A ________________has completed up to 89 units.
5. A students who has completed 60 units can earn an _______________.
6. Students need a minimum of ____________ to transfer to an upper
7. Students studying at a community college have three options. They can
earn a ______________, or ___________________ or _________.
8. A person who earns an Associate Degree can ___________________.
9. A person who earns a Bachelor Degree has completed _____________
10. A person who earns a Bachelor Degree has studied a minimum of _____
11. Write other questions that you have about earning degrees and
certificates bellow. Then invite a counselor to your class to answer your