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Your Southern California Educational Resource Guide
Get schooled in
growing careers Pg. 2
Find the dream job
you never knew existed Pg. 4
A guide to four-year
universities and community
colleges in Southern California Pg. 10
HIGHER LEARNING By Bob Young Special Advertising Sections Writer
Back to Class
New education options give students
a career tuneup
Last fall, Tina O’Dowd became a
victim of the financial meltdown
when she learned that after working at
a major American bank for 22 years, her
supervisor position would be eliminated.
Her reaction? When the econ- started doing this years ago.”
omy gives you lemons, sweeten O’Dowd is one of many
your career prospects by going Californians returning to college
back to school. She enrolled at to burnish their employment cre-
Glendale Community College for dentials in growing fields that hold
Many Californians are returning to college to burnish their employment credentials for careers that hold solid promise for the future.
the winter session to get started solid promise for the future.
on a certificate in accounting. She Accounting, business admin-
said it’s the best move she could istration, teaching and nursing are business that drives our economic ness and law schools. Ranked in the “Healthcare is the largest
have made. among the jobs that offer especially engine,” Dumond said. top 10 in four of Princeton Review’s single sector of our economy and
“I realized that I had been way good career prospects, according to Such classes teach techniques 2009 law-school categories, Chap- requires much more effective
too satisfied with my job security the California Employment Devel- to better manage people, money, man’s School of Law offers a num- management and leadership at all
and was just coasting along without opment Dept. And what better time inventory and capital to reduce costs ber of degree options, including a levels, from prevention programs
really trying to broaden my skill for a career tuneup? within an organization while pro- new LL.M. Master of Laws program to hospital treatment,” said Ira
sets,” O’Dowd said. “I realized that Enrollment in business classes at viding a quality output, she said. that combines law instruction with Jackson, dean of CGU’s Drucker
the only way I could get a job mak- Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) is up “When resources become tight- business and economics, film and School of Management.
ing what I made in banking was to 6% since last fall, according to Kathy er, these skill sets are increasingly in media arts. Such training will be essential
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go back to school. Every job opening Drake, marketing specialist for the demand,” Dumond added. “Similar- UC Irvine this fall will launch its to meet new challenges posed by
I saw required a degree or at least Mihaylo College of Business and ly, accounting continues to be a key new law school, which recently re- globalization, medical advances
some higher education.” Economics at CSUF. function in the control of organiza- ceived a $2-million grant for an en- and an aging population, accord-
Thanks to unemployment “Overall, we experienced signifi- tion costs, especially as regulation vironmental law clinic, intended to ing to the National Institute of
insurance and a good severance cant growth in interest in our MBA and taxes continue to change.” further interest in the legal aspects Medicine. The Assn. of Schools of
package, O’Dowd is taking at least programs and solid increases in ap- of public health and sustainability. Public Health reports that about
a year to attend school full-time, plicants,” Drake said Get down to business “This environmental law clinic 250,000 additional American
earn a certificate and work her way Ellen Dumond, chair of Mihaylo A wide range of business programs will provide our students with an public health workers will be
to an associate and eventually a College’s management department, are available throughout Southern incomparable hands-on experience, needed by 2020.
bachelor’s degree. said many of the new business stu- California, from fast-track certifi- allowing them to learn up close what “In addition to health being the
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“I figure I can get a good start, dents are returning to school after cates and two-year associate degrees environmental lawyers do on a day- largest sector of the economy, it is
get some education under my belt being laid off. at community colleges to graduate- to-day basis,” said Erwin Chemer- the only major sector that is con-
and then when I do get employed, “Even for those students who level MBA programs at Pepperdine, insky, founding dean of the law tinuing to grow and for which job
hopefully early next year, I can haven’t been laid off, the conversa- USC, UCLA and many other local school. “It will also provide students opportunities remain good — and
keep taking classes at night and on tion in the classroom often turns schools, including University of La with the opportunity to help protect they will be better as the economic
weekends,” she said. “Taking classes to the topic of how to become Verne, which has regional campuses the natural resources of Southern stimulus package plays out,” said C.
is fun and interesting. I should have more marketable in today’s lean in Burbank, Oxnard, Rancho Cu- California.” Anderson Johnson, dean of CGU’s
economy,” she said. camonga and other cities. School of Community and Global
A business degree is a wise Cal State Fullerton also offers an A healthy choice Health.
CUSTOM P UBL I SH I NG choice for individuals looking to MBA program along with master’s Bridging the increasingly narrow Overall, jobs in the medi-
Executive VP and CMO, enhance their employment outlook, business degrees in accounting, in- gap between the business, social cal industry are expected to grow
Targeted Media and Marketing Dumond said. Openings in ac- formation technology and informa- service and healthcare sectors, around 15% by 2016, according
JOHN T. O’LOUGHLIN counting and various business ad- tion systems. Claremont Graduate University to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Director, Product Development
ANNASTASIA STAFFORD ministration positions are projected More schools are offering dual (CGU) will launch a new MBA/ For registered nurses, the demand
Senior Marketing Manager by the state to grow from 13% to 22% programs that combine business Master of Public Health program through 2014 will be especially acute
ANTONIO CUEVAS by 2016. degrees with other disciplines, such this fall, the first step of a Health in California, with 26% growth fore-
Editor JAMIE WETHERBE
Art Director JOY JACOB “Business classes are an excel- as the joint MBA/JD (Juris Doctor) Systems Leadership Program that cast by the California Employment
Questions? Comments? lent choice for those seeking to at Chapman University in Orange will integrate scientific expertise Development Dept.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org. retool their careers because it is that blends curricula from the busi- with executive leadership skills. Laurence Shatkin, PhD, author
of “150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs,”
ranks registered nursing No. 4 on his
“Overall, we experienced significant moderate or severe disabilities, ac-
cording to the Dept. of Education.
“The main factor I took into
growth in interest in our MBA University of Redlands, which
also offers bachelor’s and master’s
consideration when ranking the
occupations is how immune they
programs and solid increases degrees in education, recently grad-
uated the first class in its Doctorate
are to economic downturns and
upturns,” Shatkin said. “Careers in applicants.” for Leadership in Educational Jus-
tice program, an innovative degree
in healthcare, especially registered — Kathy Drake, marketing specialist, CSUF’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics that highlights social justice issues.
nurses, are very high on the list.” It’s a perfect career path for Kim
Not only does nursing offer “It’s no secret that California for respiratory therapists and medi- In fact, the state projects Lium, 36, a student in the program
a potentially fulfilling career, it faces an ongoing nursing short- cal assistants. Tuition-free continu- that the need for postsecondary who was attracted by her desire to
can be lucrative, with an average age,” said Dianne Moore, ex- ing education classes offered by teachers will grow 23% by 2016. help reform a public school system
annual 2008 salary of more than ecutive dean of nursing at WCU, Glendale Community College train Helping fill the vacancies, Azusa she believes doesn’t always offer
$78,000 for registered nurses, ac- which also offers a two-year individuals for careers working in Pacific University and Claremont equal opportunities.
cording to the EDD. associate nursing degree. “With medical and dental front offices. Graduate University offer M.A. “Eventually, I’d like to teach edu-
And Southern California this new program, we can offer and doctorate programs intended cational justice at a university level,”
schools offer a growing number of students the opportunity to earn Getting schooled for higher education teaching and said Lium, a middle-school teacher.
nursing career paths, including in- their nursing degree within a While California’s ongoing bud- administrative positions. “Others [in the program] are look-
novative fast-track programs. high-quality fast-track program.” get crisis might scare some people Claremont also offers intern- ing to go on to administrative posi-
With campuses in Ontario and Careers in healthcare don’t al- away from a new career as a teach- ships for teaching elementary tions. There are lots of ways to grow
Los Angeles, West Coast University ways require advanced degrees. For er, the reality is that the need for through secondary students. A a career in education.
recently launched a new bachelor’s example, Concorde Career College educators can only grow in years recent $800,000 grant from the “At any level, teaching is an awe-
option in nursing in the form of a (with campuses in Garden Grove, to come, said Shatkin. U.S. Dept. of Education will fund some career with lots of opportuni-
nontraditional accelerated program North Hollywood and San Bernar- “The population simply keeps the school’s Preparing Urban Lead- ties for career advancement and
that allows new students to enroll dino) offers 13- and 20-week pro- growing, and young people are ers in Special Education (PULSE) teachers will always be needed.”
every 20 weeks, attend classes year- grams preparing students for passage going to have to be educated,” he Project, intended to serve the grow-
round, earn a bachelor of science of the state licensing examination for said. “The need is especially acute ing number of students with special Bob Young is a Glendale-based freelancer who
degree and enter the workforce licensed vocational nurses. for post-secondary teaching and needs. Since 2002, there has been a specializes in covering higher-education issues and
within three years. Concorde also offers programs adult education.” 22% increase in K-12 students with Southern California universities and colleges.
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trendsetters By John Hobbs Special Advertising Sections Writer
From bioethics to viticulture, this fall, there are seven degrees
separating you from the dream job you might not know existed
It doesn’t take a viticulturist to know program, master of arts or
10-week survey course
that the U.S. job market has soured Fall courses begin: Aug. 31
on the vine. With national unemployment Cost: $886 a unit for the grad-
figures rising to 9.5% in June and California Bioethics is the study of the
unemployment figures soaring even higher, moral dimension of the life sci-
ences and healthcare. (Think:
you may think that the only thing a viticul- the conscience of scientific in-
turist can do is suggest a nice merlot to novation.)
take the edge off. Loyola Marymount’s bioethics
program takes a closer look at such
But before you go looking for known as carpentry. critical issues through the prism of
the solution to your professional Here are seven outside-the- the Roman Catholic philosophical
woes at the bottom of a bottle of box academic programs through- and theological tradition.
vino, consider this: There’s never out Southern California that could In addition to a master of
been a better time to look at all be the ideal way to come out on arts program, which takes two to
those career paths not taken. In top of this economic downturn. three years to complete, the insti- Los Angeles Trade Technical College offers degrees in carpentry at $20 a unit.
fact, with the right education, tute offers a graduate certificate
you could find your calling in a Bioethics program, which can be finished With evening-only classes availability of financial aid (for
career you never knew was within Loyola Marymount University, in a year, and a 10-week survey taught by clinical bioethicists the master’s program only), this
reach — anything from viticulture Los Angeles course for healthcare and legal from hospitals across Los Ange- program is ideal for the 9-to-5
to bioethetics to the age-old art Programs: Graduate certificate professionals. les and Orange County and the set.
For more information, go to
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Reach Higher Los Angeles Trade Technical
College, Los Angeles
You know what you want—that Programs: Associate of sci-
promotion, a new career, ence, associate of arts
to indulge your passion for Fall courses begin: Aug. 31
learning. We can help you. Cost: $20 a unit for California
Our Fall 2009 certificate
Build a new career with your
own two hands with a carpentry
• Professional Meeting associate of science (day courses
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and Events Planning only) or a carpentry construc-
• Green Building tion technologies associate of
• Human Resources arts degree (night courses only)
• IT Management at Los Angeles Trade Technical
• Global Logistics
“The ideal student is one
who likes to put things together
• and much more…
and to see the results of [his]
Call for more information: labor,” said Thomas Vessella,
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www.ccpe.csulb.edu coordinator for the college.
“There are places for both the
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more get-it-done types.”
Topics covered in the two-
semester-long program include
hand and power tool skills, con-
crete forming, estimation and
California State University, Long Beach blueprint reading, finishing and
College of Continuing and Professional Education residential construction.
Don’t forget your hard hat: the In addition, students must meet like-minded people and
day course offers plenty of opportu- meet the Art Institutes’ general develop lifelong relationships
nities for hands-on experience. admission requirements, have with people they may work with
For more information, go to earned a cumulative high school someday. The gem and jewelry
www.lattc.edu. grade point average of 2.5 and industry may seem large, but in
submit a portfolio of their origi- reality it is a small and intimate
Crime Scene Investigation nal work for review. industry where everyone knows
UC Riverside Extension, Twelve quarters later, burgeon- one another.”
Riverside ing artists leave the institute with To sign up, go to www.gia.edu.
Programs: UC certificate program a bachelor of science degree and a
Fall courses begin: Sept. 11 professional art portfolio in hand, Homeland Security
Cost: $395 to $649 per class which have helped past alumni ICDC College, various
Go behind the yellow police land such creative positions as en- SoCal locations
tape with a certificate from UC vironment artist, character artist, Programs: Vocational di-
Riverside Extension in crime ploma program, associate of
animator, level designer and even
scene investigation. occupational studies
The program — which is of- Courses begin: weekly
fered in a year-long format or Financial aid is available, but Cost: For tuition and finan-
a four-week intensive format there are no weekend or night cial aid information, call
during the summer — prepares courses. 800.213.5229.
students to enter the field as an Learn more at www.artinstitutes. Think you’ve got what it takes
entry-level or trainee CSI. com. The Graduate Gemologist program requires graduates to have 580 hours of hands-on lab experience.
to keep America safe from harm?
Most students are working Find out at ICDC College, which
professionals seeking to expand because they are passionate Baker, GIA president and CEO offers a certificate program and an
their skill sets. Classes include about gemstones,” said Donna of the school. “At GIA, students
Gemological Institute of See Seven Degrees, Pg. 8
crime scene photography, crime
investigative analysis, fingerprint
Programs: Diploma and
techniques and impression evi-
dence, and forensic entomology.
Fall courses begin: Depends
Aside from a cast-iron stomach
on program. Because classes fill
to handle gruesome crime scenes,
up quickly, students are encour-
there are no prerequisites for the
aged to sign up two to three
certificate program. Night and
months in advance. Online stu-
weekend classes are available for as-
piring CSIs who work a traditional
dents can begin their course after
Find what you need
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receiving study materials.
schedule during the week.
Investigate further at
Cost: Ranges from $395 for the
online program to $17,400 for a
graduate gemologist degree
With a curriculum focused a
Game Art and Design little less on the traditional three MBA for WORKING PROFESSIONALS
The Art Institutes of California, Rs (reading, ’riting and ’rithme- ADN to MSN NURSING PROGRAM
various SoCal locations tic) and a little more on the four
Programs: Bachelor of science Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat
Fall courses begin: Oct. 5 weight), the Gemological Insti-
Cost: $8,048 a quarter or $503 tute of America gives students
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per credit hour interested in a career in gems
“Game Wizards is our most and jewelry a chance to take their
exciting class. Students pitch futures into their own hands, lit-
game ideas to each other, they erally: The Graduate Gemologist
vote on which idea would make program requires its graduates to
the best game and then that have 580 hours of hands-on lab
game is worked on collectively experience.
by the class for close to nine Other GIA curricula include
months,” said Nicholas Marks, a program in pearls, colored
academic department chair for stones and jewelry design — all
game art and design at the Art
of which can be completed in 26
Institutes of California. “Stu-
weeks or less if students attend
dents end the class with a fin-
ished product that they can then classes on campus.
Though it takes longer, dis-
For requirements and
use in their portfolio.”
tance learners can take advantage information sessions
But don’t think that any video
game geek with calloused thumbs
can get into this program.
of GIA’s eLearning program that
can be completed during nights
“Students have to be creative, and weekends for wannabe jewel- 213.477.2500 Los Angeles
be good at art and love to draw,” ers who work bankers’ hours.
said Marks. “Most students come to GIA T5
A CLOSER LOOK By Anne Burke Special Advertising Sections Writer
A Mountain of Learning
There’s more to Mount St. Mary’s than meets the eye
When a teenaged Janny Rivera start- daughter to apply anyway. “We’ll
find a way to make it work,” Car-
ed looking around for colleges, Mount men Rivera said.
St. Mary’s piqued her interest. With the help of financial
aid, Janny Rivera, 20, who lives in
The school is nationally known Mount St. Mary’s, a small Catholic West Los Angeles, graduated last
for its programs in nursing, a field liberal arts college, sounded “really spring with an associate degree in
that Rivera intended to pursue. expensive,” Rivera recalled. But her early childhood education (nursing
But one thing worried her: mom, Carmen, encouraged her turned out not to be her calling)
The popular ABN to MSN program makes it possible for working nurses to take night and
weekend classes toward a master of science degree in nursing.
and will return this fall to complete to the red-tile roofs of the campus’
University of La Verne her bachelor’s degree. Just as her
mom predicted, the financial issues
fell into place; financial aid helped
keep costs manageable.
Spanish Colonial and Mission Re-
Chalon offers bachelor’s degrees
in a dozen subjects, from liberal
THE TEACHING CAPITAL OF CALIFORNIA But Rivera’s money worries studies, mathematics, music and
point to just one of the mispercep- nursing to psychology, religious
tions about the 84-year-old college, studies, social work and Spanish.
which students, faculty and staff know Associate and graduate pro-
simply as “The Mount.” Far from a grams and a weekend college
Every day, over one million
college for rich, well-connected white leading to a bachelor’s degree are
students’ lives are impacted by kids, Mount St. Mary’s is as diverse as offered at the Doheny Campus in
University of La Verne teachers, any public university in California. the Historic West Adams District
counselors and administrators. The statistics tell the story. south of downtown Los Angeles.
We are the choice of education Among the first-year students Tranquil and tree-lined, this
professionals in California. working toward associate and bac- campus is remarkable for its historic
calaureate degrees, just 19% of the architecture. Majestic old Victorian
college’s nearly 2,480 students are and Craftsman mansions, now con-
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Campus locations throughout Caucasian. Nearly 60% are the first verted to classrooms, administrative
California. in their families to attend college; offices and dormitories, look much
36% come from families earning less as they did during the early part of
than $30,000 a year; 64% are from the 20th century when West Ad-
Celebrating 118 years of public high schools; and 98% receive ams was one of Los Angeles’ more
excellence in teacher education. some form of financial aid. fashionable addresses.
And while many students, like Standing regally in the middle
Janny Rivera, are of traditional un- of campus is the lavish Doheny
dergraduate age, Mount St. Mary’s Mansion, once owned by oil baron
students come from all stages of life. Edward L. Doheny and left to the
bachelors • credentials • masters • doctorate
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Kathleen Huddleston of Va- stewardship of the college.
lencia, for example, was in her early The Sisters of St. Joseph of Ca-
50s and approaching retirement rondelet founded Mount St. Mary’s
when she enrolled as a freshman in in 1925, but today fewer than half
University of La Verne Mount St. Mary’s Weekend Col-
lege, an intensive baccalaureate pro-
of students are Roman Catholic.
Linda A. Moody, graduate dean,
gram geared toward working adults. said most students choose Mount
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
“I really didn’t think I was col- St. Mary’s less for religious reasons
1950 Third Street lege material,” Huddleston said. than for the school’s top-notch
La Verne, CA 91750 “But I ended up graduating in the reputation, small class sizes, low stu-
top of my class.” dent-faculty ratio and mentorship
Call 877-GO-TO-ULV Mount St. Mary’s has two opportunities with professors.
or email: email@example.com campuses, each with distinctive per- Mount St. Mary’s history of
Knowledge • Service • Vision sonalities and offerings. The larger educating nurses dates to the
is Chalon, a residential campus postwar era. More than 600 stu-
offering traditional baccalaure- dents are enrolled in its nursing
ate programs for female students. programs. One of the more innova-
Chalon is located in Brentwood in tive — known as the ABN to MSN
the foothills of the Santa Monica program — makes it possible for
Mountains, where abundant green- working nurses to take night and
ery forms a picturesque backdrop
T6 See St. Mary’s, Pg. 8
By Lesley Goldberg Special Advertising Sections Writer A CLOSER LOOK
A Diversified Education
ICDC is a melting pot of students and programs
Ramirez, who grew up in a
These days, it seems everyone is talking barrio of Los Angeles, said his
about recession-proof careers. But for desire to help underserved popu-
one Southern California school, a focus lations comes from his own life
on secure, practical careers isn’t a trend. “The lack of opportunity, and
It’s a tradition. more importantly, the lack of ac-
cess to higher education is truly
ICDC College was founded in recent high school graduates to par- difficult to overcome,” he said.
1995 by certified public accountant ents re-entering the job market. “Many of the students have never ICDC’s programs highlight in-demand fields and are taught by faculty with real-world experience.
Anna Berger after she noticed that a “The institutional philosophy been able to voice their opinions family and self,” he added. to me because I would be able to
lot of her own clients were interested and purpose of ICDC College is a on topics such as family violence, Robert Gomez, a 40-year-old learn the skills to start in a new pro-
in working as tax preparers, said Da- dedication to training individuals police abuse and sexual discrimina- West Hollywood resident who is fession in the shortest amount of
vid Hall, the school’s regional director. for their chosen career,” Hall said. tion in the workplace.” in the paralegal program, opted for time and continue part-time work
“She then developed a broader “Our educational objectives pro- At ICDC, students are encour- ICDC in his bid to change careers. during the day.”
base of training programs in busi- vide training that is job-oriented aged to speak freely, said Ramirez. “I looked at several colleges in Jimmie Walk, a 58-year-old Van
ness, computer programming and . . . which includes hands-on ex- “Our program is anything but the Los Angeles area and chose Nuys resident enrolled in ICDC’s
medical areas,” he said. “Today, perience with the materials and easy and the mere fact that the ICDC because it offered a paralegal paralegal program, chose the school
ICDC College has a diverse and situations of typical industry job students attend class five nights program lasting only nine months,” because of its convenient location
responsive employment-based assignments.” [or] days a week for a strict nine- he said. “This intensive program,
month period is a credit to their which is five days a week, appealed See ICDC, Pg.9
objectives provide training
that is job-oriented.”
— David Hall, regional director, ICDC uclaextension.edu
collective of in-demand training Diversity is key to the school’s
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programs which focus on employer success, Hall said, adding that there
requirements.” are more than 2,000 students Knowledge. Connections. Growth.
Offering affordable ways to enrolled in ICDC classes. “What
They’re all within your reach with UCLA
earn an associate’s degree, ICDC makes ICDC College unique in its
provides training and job-place- industry is its diversity of vocational, Extension’s Business, Management,
ment services in a slew of fields for degree and online learning pro- and Legal Programs
students looking to enter — or re- grams,” he said.
enter — the workforce. Benjamin Ramirez, a paralegal Taught by working professionals for real-world results
With 21 vocational training instructor at ICDC’s Van Nuys and offering UCLA Extension’s signature academic excellence, our courses
programs, three associate of occupa- campus, said the diversity of the and certiﬁcate programs can help you excel professionally, build your resumé,
tional studies degree programs and student population also makes the and launch new career opportunities. Our convenient formats—from classroom
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three online associate of occupation- school stand out. to online—meet the needs of busy professionals.
al studies degree programs, ICDC’s “ICDC students are all unique; no
offerings highlight in-demand ca- two are alike,” he said. “The student BUILD YOUR FUTURE IN THE AREAS OF:
reers and are taught by faculty with body at ICDC is the best reflection of • Accounting and Taxation • Human Resources
real-world experience. the Los Angeles populace.” Management
The result: courses centered Medical assistant instructor
• General Business
around “recession-proof” careers, al- Stacie Rodriguez-Garcia said there • Communication and • International Trade and
lowing students to develop the skills “is not a specific type of student that Leadership Skills Commerce
to compete in this competitive job attends ICDC. It is more of a cen- • Entrepreneurship • Legal and Paralegal
market, Hall said. tralized melting pot. ” • Finance and Investments • Marketing and Advertising
ICDC programs, which can Students come from all walks
• Personal Financial Planning • Real Estate
be completed in less than a year, of life, making for lively classroom
include certificates in accounting, discussions, said Ramirez. • Hospitality Management
secretarial science, architecture, “From ex-gang members to
computer programming, dental bona fide professionals who have
Fall Quarter Begins September 21.
laboratory technology, legal as- recently been laid off because of For information about our certiﬁcate programs and fall schedule of courses
sisting, massage therapy, physical the poor economic situation, the visit uclaextension.edu. Learn more about UCLA Extension at a free open
therapist assisting and substance student body at ICDC is anything house in Westwood Village on Tuesday, September 15, from 5:30-8pm.
abuse and addiction counseling. but homogenous,” Ramirez said. Visit our website for details.
Hall said ICDC appeals to a “Their differences are the founda-
wide swath of individuals, from tion of our college.”
A CLOSER LOOK
Seven Degrees continued from Pg. 5 Certificate programs St. Mary’s continued from Pg. 6
Fall course begins: Aug. 17 weekend classes toward a master of Mount St. Mary’s College at a Glance
associate’s degree in homeland
Cost: $20 a unit for California science degree in nursing. Students
security. Profile: An independent Catholic ministration, early childhood educa-
residents enter the program with an associ-
One of the few homeland liberal arts college tion, graphic design, human services,
You’ll have to sip, not gulp, ate’s degree and leave 2½ to 3½
security programs offered by a liberal arts, media communications,
during the viticulture course this years later with a master’s. Locations: Chalon campus in
vocational institution, ICDC nursing and pre-health science
fall at the Temecula campus of “The majority of our students Brentwood; Doheny campus near
teaches students about disaster and
Mt. San Jacinto College. are employed full time as nurses. downtown Los Angeles Bachelor’s degrees: American
emergency preparedness, first-re-
The course, Introduction to They have multiple roles: parent, Enrollment: 1,980 undergradu- studies, art, biochemistry, biological
sponder and hazardous materials,
Enology, gives students an intro- spouse and also student. It’s chal- ate students; 500 graduate students sciences administration, chemistry,
intelligence collection and analysis,
duction to the science of wine lenging and rigorous, but it’s also
child development, documentary film
and crime scene security and evi- Diversity: Hispanic, 40%; white,
making, including the history and flexible. They can take as few class-
and social justice, English, English and
dence collection. 19%; Asian-Pacific Islander, 18%;
geographical distribution; grape es as they like or as many classes as
business administration, French, ger-
Upon completion (36 weeks African American, 10%; Native
varieties and wine types; and wine ontology, history, liberal arts, liberal
for the certificate program, 91 they like,” said Marsha Sato, associ- American, 1%; multiracial, other and
fermentation, handling, storage studies, mathematics, music, nursing,
weeks for the associate’s degree), ate professor and director of the unstated, 12%
and bottling methods. philosophy, political science, psychol-
graduates will be prepared to MSN program. Most popular majors: nursing,
Enology is one of four cur- ogy, religious studies, social science,
work for private businesses, air- Sato said the ABN to MSN biological sciences, sociology/social sociology, social work and Spanish
ricula — each designed by an program is popular among nurses
port security, seaport security, work, business administration and
advisory committee consisting of who want to climb the ladder into Master’s degrees: education,
school security and other law en- psychology
local wine experts — offered by roles as clinical nurse specialists, humanities, nursing, psychology and
forcement agencies in the federal Associate degrees: business ad-
Mt. San Jacinto College. administrators and educators. religious studies
Other areas of focus include The program “opens doors that
Financial aid is available for
viticulture, wine business and would not otherwise be open,” Sato
those who qualify. Students can comparable to what a community difference,” Huddleston said.
wine hospitality. said. She noted that more than 70%
also pursue the associate’s degree college charges, for general studies Huddleston was working as a
Students must be 21 years of of students in the program are mem-
online. coursework required for the bache- procurement officer for NASA
age to register for the Intro to bers of racial or ethnic minorities, an
Learn more at www.icdccollege. lor’s degree portion of the program. at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Enology course, which features important consideration in the deliv-
com. Among the newest of the col- in Pasadena when she began her
hands-on lessons at local wineries. ery of culturally competent care.
This class fills up fast, so lege’s graduate programs is the undergraduate studies at Mount St.
Viticulture, Enology And here’s something you don’t master of business administration. Mary’s Weekend College.
register early at www.msjc.edu. often hear from a college admin-
and Wine Making Classes are held at the Doheny The program is rigorous and
Mt. San Jacinto College, Te- istrator: “We’re having a sale right campus in the late afternoons, defies some common perceptions of
John Hobbs is a freelance writer based now,” Sato said. Students enrolled
mecula in Los Angeles.
evenings and weekends to accom- what an undergraduate education is
in ADN to MSN pay $30 a unit, modate working adults. all about. At the same time, “it really
The MBA program charges a works,” said Merrill Rodin, Week-
flat rate $31,760, which includes end College dean.
everything from tuition and fees to Students who take a full-time
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parking, commencement and an load of three courses attend class
overseas field-study trip. all day Saturday and Sunday for
This year, aspiring MBAs will six weekends spread over a four-
spend 11 days in China talking with month semester. A student who
business executives, inspecting an starts with no undergraduate
economic development zone and credits will finish in four years;
otherwise learning about how busi- those with an associate degree can
ness is done in one of the world’s finish in about two years.
biggest exporting nations. While the program may sound
The China-bound contingent hurried and impersonal, Rodin said
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includes Huddleston, who, after it’s anything but. Weekend Col-
earning her bachelor’s degree de- lege more closely approximates a
cided to continue on to an MBA at traditional college experience than
Mount St. Mary’s. a typical night-school program,
Leading Huddleston’s China- Rodin said. The immersion is so
bound group will be Katherine intense that by the first weekend,
Whitman, an associate professor of everyone — instructors included —
business administration and a self- knows everyone else’s names.
employed international business With all that Mount St. Mary’s
consultant whose work frequently has to offer, where can a degree
takes her to China. get you?
Like Whitman, most MBA Rivera plans to work with
faculty members bring real-world chronically ill children.
experience to their teaching. Janet Huddleston is leaving her
Robinson, who directs the MBA options open, but this much she
program, owns a commercial mort- knows: “As soon as I put on my
gage banking firm. Another faculty résumé that I was a graduate of
member is a top-level hospital ad- Mount St. Mary’s, the interest in me
ministrator, another an accountant. went up exponentially.”
Learning from professionals with
Anne Burke is a freelance writer based
their own businesses “really makes a
in Los Angeles.
ICDC continued from Pg. 7 appealing because “the success from disadvantaged backgrounds,”
Stimulating Education and knowledgeable staff.
rate that the school has of students
graduating and getting jobs.”
said Anguiano, who has been teach-
ing at ICDC for three years. “Many
“My instructor is a lawyer and
More money students who come here do not have
ith the price of every time I need answers, he not
tuition jumping The Perkins Loan program Popular programs the support of family or mentors.
only answers my question, but he . . .
439% percent in provides need-based, low-interest ICDC’s alcohol and drug coun- “Also, many of our students
gives me examples of how I would
the last 25 years, according to a loans to undergraduate ($5,550 seling program is also attracting a have already been out in the work-
use that information in a real work-
report from the National Center annual maximum) and graduate lot of students. ing world and are now going back
place situation,” he said.
for Public Policy and Higher Edu- students ($8,000 annual maximum) Gary Floyd, a 40-year-old to school to begin new careers. As
Students also benefit from
cation, college has become too at 1,700 colleges and universities. “ex-addict who spent 10 years such, our students take their educa-
ICDC’s multiple campuses (in
expensive for many Americans. Obama’s 2010 budget pro- in prison for armed robbery and tion a lot more seriously.”
Lawndale, Huntington Park, Van
President Obama is taking poses $6 billion in new Perkins possession of firearms,” said he Financial assistance programs
Nuys and Los Angeles) and as-
steps to make education more loans, enabling the program to was attracted to ICDC because of available at the private for-profit
sorted programs with assorted
affordable — here’s a list of loans reach up to 2.7 million students the “opportunity they have given college include veterans benefits,
schedules, including day and night
and tax credits to help fund your at more than 2,600 additional me to change my life and be a state and private assistance as well
higher learning. institutions. positive influence on society.” as such federal assistance programs
“That really helps when you
For guidance during the Mario Anguiano, an instructor as the Pell Grant and Subsidized
have two kids and a husband at
Student aid made simple: application process, visit www. in the alcohol and drug counseling Stafford Loans.
home,” said medical assisting
The Free Application for Federal salliemae.com. student Cynthia Garcia, 21, of program, said the students come to
Lesley Goldberg is a freelance writer based
Student Aid (FASFA) now has a Norwalk, who also found ICDC class “hungry” to learn. “Many come
— Caitlin Tortorici in Los Angeles.
shorter and simpler application
that skips questions irrelevant to
the candidate — like a parent’s
financial information if you’re 24
A new Web application allows
families to more easily provide in-
formation regarding income, taxes
and deductions by using their
tax returns, sparing the hassle of
collecting bank statements, invest-
ment information and documenta-
tion of untaxed income.
You can find the form at www.
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Pell Grants are designed to help
low- and middle-income students
with college tuition. The govern-
ment has increased these grants
from $4,731 to $5,350 for this
year and up to $5,550 for 2010,
and is working to expedite the Earn your
Students can apply for Pell Teaching Credential or
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Grants (as well as all federal, state Master’s Degree in Education.
and institutional financial aid pro-
grams) by filling out the FASFA.
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ously students could only qualify
For more information, visit
The following is a directory of Southland universities and colleges — from Orange County to the Inland Empire to Ventura County —
including many of the programs and specialty degrees that they offer, as well as their contact information.
FOUR-YEAR 800-222-2867 or visit www.aada.org. student-to-faculty ratios in the nation.
Undergraduate programs include bioethics,
of Law with campuses in Carlsbad and
Temecula, providing juris doctor and master
the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges.
For more information, call 877-CBU-3615 or
SCHOOLS American Film Institute: AFI Conservatory
political science, psychology and literature. in laws degrees; online courses are also write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
offers master of ﬁne arts graduate programs
Abraham Lincoln University: ALU offers Two graduate programs, the MBA in nonproﬁt available. For more information, call 760-
in cinematography, directing, editing, pro- California Design College: A branch of
an online live-interactive juris doctorate ducing, production design and screenwriting. management and MAEd in Jewish education, 929-5900 or visit www.aristotlelaw.com.
the Art Institutes, the Los Angeles-based
offer dual degrees, BA/MBA and BA/MAEd.
program for students looking to study law Students without bachelor’s degrees are Arizona State University: Phoenix-based California Design College features a wide
and pursue a career as an attorney. The awarded certiﬁcates of completion in lieu of For more information, call 310-476-9777 or
ASU offers the W. P Carey School of Busi- range of undergraduate programs in the
institution is registered with the Committee MFAs. Each discipline’s faculty is led by ac- visit www.ajula.edu.
ness, one of the largest business schools in creative arts — including graphic design,
of Bar Examiners. For more information, call complished senior ﬁlmmakers-in-residence. Antioch University: With campuses in L.A. the country. Undergraduates can earn a BS fashion design, Web design and interior
213-252-5100 or visit www.alu.edu. For more information, call 323-856-7740 or and Santa Barbara, this venerable institution degree in one of seven business disciplines design — developed in cooperation with
Academy of Art University: The San visit www.aﬁ.com. offers master’s degrees in education, or a BA with a concentration outside the W. P. industry professionals. For more information,
Francisco-based school, with more than American Intercontinental University: creative writing and psychology, among Carey School. The school also offers gradu- call 888-624-0300 or visit www.artinstitutes.
10,000 students worldwide, offers under- Located in the Playa del Rey area, AIU others. Bachelor’s concentrations include ate programs, master’s and PhD degrees. For edu/cdc.
liberal studies and child studies. For more more information, call 480-727-3278 or visit
graduate and graduate distance-learning provides a professional, team-oriented California Institute of Technology: This
online programs in graphic design, fashion environment that offers students a variety of information, call 800-726-8462 or visit www. www.asu.edu.
iconic Pasadena-based institution provides
antiochla.edu or www.antiochsb.edu.
design, ﬁne art, photography, animation and learning opportunities, including internships Art Center College of Design: Art Center undergraduate and graduate degrees in six
more. For more information, call 800-544- and frequent contact with leaders of Southern Argosy University: Local campuses in College of Design, a global leader in art academic divisions: biology; chemistry
ARTS or visit www.academyart.edu. California industry. Specialty-degree Santa Monica, San Bernardino and Fountain and design education since 1930, offers and chemical engineering; engineering and
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: programs include business, criminal justice, Valley offer associate, bachelor’s and undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well applied sciences; geological and planetary
This exclusive two-year academy — whose design and education. For more information, graduate degrees in education, psychology as public programs at its Pasadena campus. sciences; humanities and social sciences;
alumni include Robert Redford, Barbra call 888-594-9888 or visit www.la.aiuniv. and business. The programs are also offered The ﬁrst design school to receive U.N. and physics, mathematics and astronomy.
Streisand, Danny DeVito and nearly 350 edu. online. For more information, call 866-4AR- Non-Governmental Organization status for For more information, call 626-395-6811 or
Academy Award, Emmy and Tony nominees American Jewish University: With both GOSY, or visit www.argosy.edu. addressing humanitarian issues, the college visit www.caltech.edu.
Aristotle University: Founded in 2006, the offers academic exchanges worldwide. For
— offers instruction in acting and a variety urban (Bel-Air) and rural (Simi Valley) California Lutheran University: CLU is a
of screen and stage arts. For information, call campuses, AJU offers one of the lowest school boasts the Aristotle University College more information, call 626-396-2373 or visit
selective liberal arts and sciences university
located in Thousand Oaks, with centers
The Art Institutes: With campuses in L.A. in Oxnard and Woodland Hills. With an
and Santa Ana, AI offers a range of degrees enrollment of more than 3,400 students, CLU
and certiﬁcate programs in various areas offers 36 undergraduate majors and graduate
of fashion and graphic design and culinary programs. Doctoral degrees in educational
arts. Evening, weekend and online classes leadership and higher education leadership
are available. For more information, call 888- are also offered. For more information, visit
624-0300 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu. www.callutheran.edu or call 805-492-2411.
Azusa Paciﬁc University: This Christian Cal Poly Pomona: This state university
institution offers an MBA program and an consists of nine colleges, including a Col-
MA in HR and organizational development. lege of Hospitality Management, College
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A range of undergraduate, graduate and cer- of Environmental Design and College of
tiﬁcate programs are available in business, Agriculture with an Animal and Veterinary
computer information systems and manage- Sciences Department that houses breeds
ment through APU’s Center for Adult and of cattle, sheep and swine on 330 acres of
Professional Studies. For more information, range land. For more information, call 909-
call 800-825-5278 or visit www.apu.edu. 869-7659 or visit www.csupomona.edu.
Biola University: A 100-year-old private Cal State Channel Islands: Based in
Christian university offering more than 145 Camarillo, the school offers a range of
Enhance your career
academic programs and seven gradu- undergraduate degrees along with master’s
ate schools. Biola offers a wide range of programs including MBAs in education,
bachelor’s and graduate degrees, including bioinformatics, computer science and
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an MA and PhD in business, education, psy- mathematics. Extension courses are also
as an educator, professional, and leader. chology, theology, missions, organizational available. For more information, call 805-
leadership, apologetics and more. Modular 437-8400 or visit www.csuci.edu.
Claremont Graduate University’s and online options are available. For more Cal State Dominguez Hills: CSUDH offers
School of Educational Studies (SES) information, call 800-OK-BIOLA or visit www. 45 bachelor’s degrees, 10 public school
develops and engages educators who can promote equity, excellence, social justice, biola.edu. credential certiﬁcates and 21 master’s
and accountability in every area of education. Experience our unique approach:
Brooks Institute: Following the philosophy degrees in such areas as teacher education,
• Personal Attention of “learn by doing,” the college contains nursing, psychology, business administra-
• Individualized Programs four schools that offer bachelor’s degrees tion, digital media arts, computer science,
• Flexible Part-Time Options in ﬁelds such as professional photography, criminal justice and recreation and leisure
visual journalism, ﬁlm and video production studies. For information, call 310-243-3696
MA/PhD PROGRAMS MA/INTERNSHIP TEACHER and graphic design, as well as a master of or visit www.csudh.edu.
with emphases in: CREDENTIAL PROGRAM
(cohort program) ﬁne arts degree in photography. For more Cal State Fullerton: CSUF offers a range
• Teaching and Learning preparing teachers for: information call 805-966-3888 or visit www.
• Higher Education/Student of undergraduate degree programs including
• Elementary Schools brooks.edu. engineering, international business and
• Secondary Schools
Leadership California Baptist University: CBU offers business administration with concentrations
• Education Reform and • Special Education
25 master’s degree programs and more than in accounting, entrepreneurship, information
90 undergraduate majors and concentra- systems and more. Fifty graduate programs
• Education Policy and Evaluation
• Special Education tions. Founded in 1950, CBU is a private are offered, including instructional design
• P-12 Urban Leadership (cohort) comprehensive institution located in River- and technology, software engineering
side and is afﬁliated with California Southern and information technology. For more
Baptist Convention. CBU is accredited by information, call 714-278-2011 or visit www.
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encompassing acupuncture, herbal medicine try. GIA has a School of Business and offers
fullerton.edu. 909-621-8000 or visit www.claremont Concorde provides training for dental
and Western medicine. Student interns instruction in jewelry design and manufactur-
Cal State Long Beach: Myriad mckenna.edu. assisting, practical and vocational nursing,
spend two years treating patients supervised ing arts. For information, call 760-603-4000
respiratory therapy, medical assisting and
undergraduate and graduate degrees are Claremont Graduate University: Founded by licensed acupuncturists in the college or visit www.gia.edu.
offered, including a doctorate in education other healthcare careers. Training programs
in 1925, CGU is the graduate university of clinic. Externships are available at UCLA
are designed to be short, affordable and Keck Graduate Institute: KGI is the
and education leadership, and a doctorate the Claremont Colleges and offers a transdis- Ashe Student Center and Venice Family
hands-on. Concorde has three SoCal loca- only American graduate school devoted
in engineering. Full-year study-abroad ciplinary approach to graduate-level educa- Clinic. For more information, visit www.
tions in North Hollywood, San Bernardino to the life sciences. KGI offers a master of
programs are available in 18 countries. For tion. The university is composed of nine emperors.edu or call 310-453-8300.
and Garden Grove. For more information, call bioscience degree program, a PhD program
more information, call 562-985-4111 or visit schools: Arts and Humanities; Behavioral
800-464-1212 or visit www.concorde.edu. Fashion Institute of Design and in applied life sciences and a PhD program
www.csulb.edu. and Organizational Sciences; Math; Educa-
Marketing: FIDM is a coeducational, in computational and systems biology. For
Cal State Los Angeles: CSULA offers tion; Management; Politics and Economics; Concordia University Irvine: With 2,300
specialized private college dedicated to information, call 909-607-7855 or visit www.
undergrad and graduate programs in Religion; Information Systems and Technol- students, this Lutheran university maintains
educating students for the fashion, graphics, kgi.edu.
engineering, nursing, business and more. ogy; and the new School for Community and an average class size of 20 students and
Global Health. For information, call 909-621- offers a slate of majors, including those in interior design and entertainment industries. Harvey Mudd College: Established in
Several specialty MBAs are offered in various In addition to a variety of associate degrees,
8000, or visit www.cgu.edu. the arts, biology, business administration, 1955, HMC is one of the country’s premier
concentrations. CSULA has an extended the institution offers a new bachelor of sci-
Christian education leadership, theater, liberal arts colleges focusing on math,
education department that offers programs in Columbia College Hollywood: This ac- ence degree in business management. For
history, theology, psychology and exercise science and engineering and is a member
subjects such as accounting and jazz guitar. credited institution offers two-year associate more information, call 800-624-1200 or visit
sports science. For more information, call of the Claremont Colleges. Its nine sci-
For information, call 323-343-3000 or visit and four-year bachelor’s degrees in ﬁlm and www.ﬁdm.edu.
949-854-8002 or visit www.cui.edu. ence- and math-based degree programs are
www.calstatela.edu. TV production. The faculty is composed of
Gemological Institute of America: This grounded in a core curriculum that includes
Cal State Northridge: The nine colleges at entertainment industry professionals. For Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine:
worldwide institute, with Southern California a healthy dose of humanities and social
CSUN offer 60 undergraduate degrees, 45 information, call 818-345-8414 or visit www. Located in Santa Monica, ECOM is one of the
locations in Carlsbad and Culver City, offers science courses. For more information, call
graduate degrees and 28 types of education columbiacollege.edu. largest and most distinguished acupuncture
the graduate gemologist diploma, the mark 909-621-8000 or visit www.hmc.edu.
colleges in the nation, offering a master’s
credentials. CSUN recently introduced the Concorde Career College: For students of a senior professional in the jewelry indus-
degree in traditional oriental medicine Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
ﬁrst bachelor of arts degree in Central Ameri- looking for careers in the healthcare ﬁeld,
can studies available in the U.S. The Tseng
College of Extended Learning offers courses
aimed at career and personal advancement.
For more information, call 818-677-1200 or
Cal State San Bernardino: A wide range
of graduate and undergraduate degrees are
offered, including one in aerospace studies
and several specialty programs in education
studies. An Over Sixty program allows
older students to enroll at reduced fees. For
information, call 909-537-5188 or visit www.
California Graduate Institute of The
Chicago School of Professional Psychol-
ogy: California Graduate Institute and The Change is in the air.
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of Religion: HUC is the nation’s oldest information, call 800-255-0762 or visit Marymount College: Founded on Catholic visit www.pitzer.edu. Law, Business and Public Management, and
institution of higher Jewish education and www.lagunacollege.edu. principles in 1932, this private residential Point Loma Nazarene University: Education and Organizational Leadership.
the academic, spiritual and professional two-year college offers AA and AS degrees Founded in 1902, this selective liberal arts Undergraduate, graduate and law degrees
Loma Linda University: This Seventh-day with studies in the arts, education, sciences are offered, as well as a number of online
development center of Reform Judaism, Adventist institution offers associate, bach- university serves more than 3,500 students.
educating students for service as rabbis, and business. In conjunction with Webster In addition to more than 50 undergradu- programs. The school has several satellite
elor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as University, Marymount offers evening and campuses throughout Southern California,
cantors, educators and communal service well as continuing education and certiﬁcate ate areas of study offered on its San Diego
professionals. For more information, call weekend courses to earn AA, BA and MBA campus, PLNU offers graduate program re- including Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank and
programs in the health and science ﬁelds. degrees. Marymount also has a laboratory Oxnard. For more information, call 909-593-
213-765-2121 or visit www.huc.edu. A certiﬁcate program in clinical mediation gional centers in Arcadia, the Inland Empire,
preschool. For information call 310-377- Bakersﬁeld and Mission Valley (San Diego). 3511 or visit www.ulv.edu.
La Sierra University: Located in River- is designed to prepare counselors and other 5501 or visit www.marymountpv.edu.
side, La Sierra offers a range of undergradu- professionals to manage conﬂict in a variety For more information, call 800-733-7770 or University of Oklahoma College of Nurs-
ate majors, along with graduate degrees in of settings. For more information, call 909- Mount St. Mary’s College: Mount St. visit www.pointloma.edu. ing: The OU College of Nursing Program
business, education, religion and English. Its 558-8161 or visit www.llu.edu. Mary’s College offers undergraduate educa- Pomona College: Established in 1887, this offers a fully accredited nursing education
Students in Free Enterprise team was world tion for women, as well as a Weekend Col- prestigious coeducational institution is the taught at an accelerated pace. This program
Loyola Marymount: Celebrating 100 lege and graduate programs for professional combines online learning with hands-on
champion in 2007. For more information visit years in 2011, LMU is the largest Catholic founding member of the Claremont Colleges.
www.lasierra.edu or call 800-874-5587. men and women on two campuses in Los Its most popular majors include politics, clinical instruction at Glendale Adventist
university on the West Coast. The university Angeles. The mission of Mount St. Mary’s Medical Center. Those with a bachelor’s
Laguna College of Art and Design: offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees English, psychology, neuroscience and pub-
College is to provide a superior education lic policy analysis. In 2007, 27 graduating degree can earn a BSN in 14 months. For
Bachelor of ﬁne arts and master of ﬁne arts and programs, more than 30 master’s enhanced by an emphasis on building lead- more information, call 888-696-8276 or visit
programs are offered in graphic design, programs, one doctoral program and 15 seniors were awarded Fulbright Fellowships.
ership skills and fostering a spirit to serve. For information, call 909-621-8000 or visit www.ounursing.com/glendale.
illustration, feature animation, art history and credential programs. Rooted in the Jesuit and For more information, call 310-954-4000 or
more. The Laptop Program provides special Marymount traditions, LMU is committed to www.pomona.edu. University of Redlands: Graduate and
visit www.msmc.la.edu. undergraduate degrees are offered in the
discounts and warranties on Apple laptops, academic excellence. For more information, San Diego State University: San Diego
which are required of all students. For visit www.lmu.edu. New York Film Academy: This ﬁlm and State University’s MBA for executives in life College of Arts and Sciences, School of
acting school — with classes at Universal sciences is an online program designed Education and School of Business. Satellite
and Disney studios, as well as campuses to give working professionals the skills to campuses include those in Riverside, Ran-
worldwide — offers many programs ranging effectively lead the product development and cho Cucamonga, Burbank and Los Angeles.
from one week to two years in length. approval processes, accelerate the time to Business and education programs tailored to
Bachelor and master of ﬁne arts degrees in market, decrease costs and bring potentially working professionals are available. For more
ﬁlmmaking and acting are featured, along life-saving products to patients worldwide. information, call 888-999-9844 or visit www.
with courses in digital journalism (afﬁliated For more information, call 619-594-8279 or redlands.edu.
with NBC News), editing, screenwriting, 3D visit sciencemba.sdsu.edu. University of Santa Monica: USM’s
animation and more. For information call curricula center around spiritual psychology
818-733-2600 or visit www.nyfa.com. Scripps College: Founded in 1926, Scripps
College is a women’s liberal arts institution — the study and practice of the art and sci-
Occidental College: This Eagle Rock- with nearly 900 undergraduate students. Its ence of human evolution in consciousness.
based college, which specializes in signature academic program is also one of This approach is applied to the school’s
interdisciplinary degrees, offers teaching its oldest: the Core Curriculum in Interdisci- ﬁve graduate programs, including MA and
credentials and a master’s in teaching, as plinary Humanities, a program of study that PsyD degrees in spiritual psychology and
well as joint degrees with Caltech and Co- trains students to think broadly. Students can counseling psychology, and an MA in
lumbia University. Undergraduate programs take classes at any of the other liberal arts consciousness, health and healing. For more
include arts and humanities, sciences and schools within the Claremont Colleges. For information, call 310-829-7402 or visit www.
social sciences. For more information, call universityofsantamonica.edu.
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more information, call 909-621-8000 or visit
323-259-2500 or visit www.oxy.edu. www.scrippscollege.edu. UC Irvine: This Orange County campus
Paciﬁc Oaks College: The Pasadena cam- Soka University: Located in Aliso Viejo, offers a wide range of degree programs at its
pus offers upper-division and graduate-level SUA offers a four-year liberal arts degree with Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Paul
college programs in human development, concentrations in environmental studies, Merage School of Business and Donald Bren
counseling and teaching. Flexible weekend, humanities, international studies and social School of Information and Computer Sci-
evening and online courses, and a Children’s and behavioral sciences. SUA also has a ences. It also has schools in law, medicine,
School serves kids and their parents. For master’s program in second- arts, humanities and more. For information,
more information, call 626-397-1300 or visit and foreign-language education. SUA- call 949-824-5011 or visit www.uci.edu.
www.paciﬁcoaks.edu. offers an average class size of 13 and a UC Riverside: Inland Southern California’s
Pepperdine University: The Drescher study-abroad program for all undergraduates only research university offers graduate and
Graduate Campus in Malibu offers a number included in the cost of tuition. Free tuition is undergraduate degrees, teaching credentials
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of specialized MBAs and dual-degree offered to admitted students whose annual and continuing-education programs. Three
programs, as does the Graziadio School of earned family income is $60,000 or less. For multidisciplinary colleges cover humanities,
Business and Management. A number of information call 949-480-4150 or visit www. arts and social sciences, natural and agricul-
degree programs are offered through Pep- soka.edu. tural sciences and engineering. Together, two
perdine’s Graduate School of Education and UCLA: This sprawling Westwood institution professional schools and the Palm Desert
Psychology. Pepperdine offers study-abroad offers seven professional schools, including Graduate Center offer degrees in manage-
programs. For more information, call 310- the Henry Samueli School of Engineering ment, education and art, including a new
568-5500 or visit www.pepperdine.edu. and Applied Science, School of Public globally oriented MBA. For more information,
Health and Anderson School of Manage- call 951-827-6397 or visit www.ucr.edu.
Phillips Graduate Institute: This Encino-
ment, which offers a specialty MBA. The USC: The University Park campus, set in Los
based institution offers master’s and doctoral
degrees in psychology and human relations, Anderson School also offers dual-degree Angeles’ downtown arts and education cor-
as well as post-graduate credential programs programs such as the UCLA-National ridor, is home to the USC College of Letters,
and continuing education workshops for University of Singapore executive MBA Arts and Sciences and many professional
mental health practitioners. For more infor- program. Health sciences programs are schools. The Health Sciences campus,
mation call 818-386-5660 or visit pgi.edu. offered through the David Geffen School of northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home
Medicine, School of Dentistry and School to the Keck School of Medicine and the
Pitzer College: Founded in 1963, Pitzer of Nursing. UCLA’s EMPH program offers School of Pharmacy. Hundreds of graduate
offers more than 40 major and 19 minor an executive-style master of public health and undergraduate programs are offered,
areas of study and more than 70% of all program. For more information, call 310- including specialized MBAs that combine
undergraduates study abroad. As a member 825-4101 or visit www.ucla.edu. dual degrees. For more information, call 213-
of the Claremont Colleges, Pitzer beneﬁts 740-2311 or visit www.usc.edu.
from the shared resources of seven schools. University of La Verne: This institution
For more information, call 909-621-8000 or consists of four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Vanguard University: VU believes its
Pentecostal/charismatic Christian commu- engineering; and technical education. For offered. For information, call 714-484-7000 academic divisions including business, Beach-based campus offers associate
nity provides a supportive and challenging more information, call 661-722-6300 or visit or visit www.cypresscollege.edu. natural sciences and industry and technol- degrees and more than 25 certiﬁcate pro-
environment. VU offers a four-year bachelor www.avc.edu. ogy. Seventy-ﬁve associate and certiﬁcate grams — including audio and entertainment
Crafton Hills College: This Yucaipa-based
of arts or bachelor of science degree in California School of Culinary Arts: programs — including business manage- technology, architecture, digital arts and
college offers college credit and degree
34 majors and concentrations, as well as With locations in Pasadena and Hollywood, ment, fashion and Web programming — are international trade — as well as university
classes, career and technical education
master’s degrees in business administration, CSCA is one of few schools that partner with available. For more information, call 310- transfer programs. A nursing program and
classes, and classes to upgrade job skills.
education, theological studies and clinical internationally renowned Le Cordon Bleu. The 532-3670 or visit www.elcamino.edu. online classes are available. For information,
Its premier programs are the paramedic,
psychology. For more information, call 714- call 714-892-7711 or visit www.gwc.info.
Pasadena campus boasts the popular 561 ﬁre tech, respiratory care and radiologic Fullerton College: Fullerton offers 90
556-3610 or visit www.vanguard.edu. Restaurant, where students gain real-world technology programs. The college’s small associate degree programs and more ICDC College: ICDC offers degrees in
Webster University: This worldwide experience. For more information call 626- size affords students one-to-one time with than 100 certiﬁcate courses. Many of the today’s top career choices, including associ-
institution, with centers in Irvine and Palos 229-1300 or visit www.csca.edu. instructors. For more information, call 909- programs — including business administra- ate degrees in Paralegal Studies, Alcohol &
Verdes, offers MBAs and graduate programs Cerritos College: This Norwalk-based 794-2161or visit www.craftonhills.edu. tion, environmental technology, journalism Drug Counseling, and Homeland Security in
including counseling, human resources and and computer information systems — offer addition to 20 other diploma programs. For
campus offers university transfer and East Los Angeles College: Associate
information. Bachelor’s degrees are offered two-year associate degrees, as well as adult degrees and certiﬁcates. For information, call more information, call 800-213-5229 or visit
degrees, certiﬁcates and university transfer
in management and psychology. Webster vocational training in the health, computer 714-992-7568 or visit www.fullcoll.edu. icdccollege.com.
programs are offered within 28 depart-
draws many of its faculty members from the welding and pharmacy clerk ﬁelds. Classes ments. The Program for Accelerated College Glendale College: University transfer Irvine Valley College: Associate degree
business world. For information, call 949- to earn GED certiﬁcates are available. For Education allows working students to earn an programs and a range of associate degree programs include courses in life science and
250-7855 or visit www.webster.edu. more information, call 562-860-2451 or visit associate degree and transfer to a university and certiﬁcate options are available. More technology, business sciences, ﬁne arts,
Western University of Health Sciences: www.cerritos.edu. in ﬁve semesters. For more information, call than 30 academic departments offer courses computer science and engineering. Specialty
The Pomona-based university features a Chaffey College: Chaffey offers university 323-265-8712 or visit www.elac.edu. including nursing, aviation and computer courses at IVC include digital media art, de-
range of graduate programs that include animation. For information, call 818-240- sign and model making, a ﬁtness specialist
transfer curricula, associate degrees and El Camino College: With its original
osteopathic medicine, physician assisting, specialty programs including the Health 1000 or visit www.glendale.edu. certiﬁcate program and an electrician trainee
campus in Torrance and another at Compton
veterinary medicine, physical therapy, program. For information, call 949-451-5100
Science Career program, which can lead to College, El Camino offers courses in nine Golden West College: This Huntington
nursing and pharmacy. Additionally, degrees a nursing career in eight weeks. The main
in dental medicine, optometry and podiatric campus is in Rancho Cucamonga, with sites
medicine will be available beginning in in Fontana, Chino and Ontario. For more
August 2009. For more information, call 909- information, call 909-652-6000 or visit
623-6116 or visit www.westernu.edu. www.chaffey.edu.
Whittier College: This independent liberal Citrus College: This Glendora campus
arts college is distinguished by its small size, offers university transfer programs and
nationally recognized liberal arts curriculum two-year associate degrees in seven
and innovative interdisciplinary programs. concentrations including performing arts,
Whittier College offers students a choice of language arts and physical education, as
30 majors in 23 disciplines, as well as self- well as online distance-learning classes. For
designed majors. For more information, call information, call 626-963-0323 or visit www.
562-907-4200 or visit www.whittier.edu. citruscollege.edu.
Woodbury University: This Burbank-based Coastline Community College: This Foun-
school offers undergraduate and graduate tain Valley college offers transfer programs
degrees within its School of Architecture, to four-year schools as well as certiﬁcates
School of Business and School of Media, and associate degrees. Distance-learning
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Culture and Design. For information, call and military programs are available. For
818-767-0888 or visit information, call 714-546-7600 or visit www.
College of the Canyons: Located in Santa
COMMUNITY Clarita and Valencia, COC offers university
COLLEGES transfer programs as well as a range of
two-year associate degrees in ﬁve academic
Advanced Technology & Education Park: divisions including allied health and ﬁne arts.
This innovative new campus in Tustin, with The Small Business Development Center
course offerings from Saddleback and Irvine provides assistance in applying for ﬁnancing
Valley colleges, provides unique techno- to get a business started. For information, call
logically advanced programs for students, 661-259-7800 or visit www.canyons.edu.
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professionals and business organizations. College of the Desert: Based in Palm Des-
Specialized technology labs and classrooms ert, the school offers an array of educational
are key components of the Center for Applied opportunities, including associate degrees
Competitive Technologies, which specializes with an emphasis on transfer preparation
in optics and photonics training. For more and degrees that emphasize employ-
information, call 949-282-2700 or visit www. ment preparedness. For more information,
atep.us. call 760-773-2516 or visit www.college
American Career College: With cam- ofthedesert.edu.
puses in Los Angeles, Orange County Copper Mountain College: Serving 5,000
and the Inland Empire, American Career students annually, CMC has a full-time facul-
College offers programs in a variety of ty of 30 and an adjunct faculty of 100. CMC
medical professions, including dental offers associate degrees and certiﬁcates in
and medical assisting, massage therapy, more than 24 ﬁelds of study, plus a nursing
surgical technology and medical billing. program. For more information, call 760-
For more information call 888-844-6522 or 366-3791 or visit www.cmccd.edu.
Cypress College: Two-year associate
Antelope Valley College: This Lancaster- degrees and university transfer programs
based school offers university transfer are available at Cypress, which offers wide-
programs and two-year associate degrees. ranging curricula. A Business/Computer In-
Six academic divisions include business, formation Systems Center and Math/Science
computer and media arts; math, science and Learning Center are among the resources
or visit www.ivc.edu. degree and university transfer programs, as call 323-241-5225 or visit www.lasc.edu. Associate and bachelor’s degree programs degree and certiﬁcate programs in traditional
well as the Program for Accelerated College Los Angeles Trade-Technical College: are offered in management or psychology, academic ﬁelds as well as aviation science,
Long Beach City College: Two campuses
Education. A new culinary arts program is This public community college offers more as well as an MBA program and master’s pet science, agribusiness and fashion design.
in Long Beach offer a wide range of university
available. Extension and online courses are than 65 vocational and career technical train- program in international business. Curricula Also available are university transfer programs.
transfer and associate degree programs in ﬁve
offered. For more information, call 310-233- ing programs, including culinary arts, fashion are designed for the working adult. The Study-abroad programs offer travel to Italy,
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4400 or visit www.lahc.edu. design and merchandising, construction innovative Make Your Company a College Spain and Mexico. For information, call 909-
ence; creative arts and applied sciences; and
Campus option brings the Marymount 594-5611 or visit www.mtsac.edu.
health and science. Many vocational programs Los Angeles Mission College: This technologies, “green” technologies, robot-
ics, machining and cosmetology. The Child College/Webster University faculty to your
are available, including aviation, drafting and Sylmar-based college offers university
ofﬁce in the afternoon or evening. For more Mt. San Jacinto College: Since 1963, the
horticulture. For more information, call 562- transfer programs and associate degrees in Development Center provides extensive day college has grown into a massive institution
care. For information, call 213-763-7000 or information call 310-377-7742, or visit www.
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Los Angeles City College: LACC offers a and cinema to marketing and Spanish. Some in Riverside County. The school is split into
classes are offered in video-streaming format Los Angeles Valley College: Courses at Moorpark College: Associate degrees, two main campuses, in San Jacinto and
wide range of traditional associate degree
over the Internet. For more information, call this Valley Glen-based school count toward certiﬁcates and university transfer options Menifree, and online curriculum is available,
programs as well as university transfer
818-364-7600 or visit www.lamission.edu. associate degree, university transfer and are offered at this Ventura County campus. as well. For more information, call 951-487-
options, with courses offered in law, cinema,
Several of the courses — including bio- 3215 or visit www.msjc.edu.
nursing and more. The school’s two-year Los Angeles Southwest College: LASC occupational certiﬁcate programs. Several
of the courses — including nursing, music, technology, computer science, multimedia
Accelerated College Transfer program offers offers a number of associate degree and Musicians Institute: Located in Hollywood,
broadcasting and child development — offer and interior design — offer at least two of
ﬁve-week courses consisting of classes two transfer programs in behavioral sciences, MI offers a comprehensive, hands-on educa-
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assistance for students whose primary lan- 2600 or visit www.lavc.edu. Mt. San Antonio College: Based in Walnut, elite, and graduates include several famous
Los Angeles Harbor College: Based in
guage is not English. For more information, Marymount College/Webster University: Mt. SAC offers more than 200 associate musicians. For more information call 323-
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462-1384 or visit www.mi.edu.
Orange Coast College: With a student
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exemplary programs leading to associate in
arts degrees, associate in science degrees
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Oxnard College: Twenty-seven two-year
academic and high-tech occupational pro-
grams are offered, including anthropology,
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Pasadena City College: PCC offers online
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information, call 626-585-7123 or visit www.
Pierce College: Set in Woodland Hills,
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