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									Unit 3:           Understanding Post-Secondary Education

Part A: Post-secondary Educational Institutions – What are
the options?

Directions: Read the descriptions below
about educational options after high school.
Then answer the questions that follow.

      Community Colleges

      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.

Comprehension Questions

      Directions: Read the questions and check
      True or False

                                                               True 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
following page.
                                                         120 or more semester units

                                                     Upper Division Program
                                                     Major requirements
                                             May require Upper Division General
                                             Additional Graduation Requirements
                                                    (varies by institution)
                                               Two or more years of full time

                                56-70 Transferable     Program                         Associate
                                Semester Units
                                                        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
Comprehension Questions
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
   division program.

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 _____________
   semester unit.

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


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