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The Community College Pathway

How to Succeed in Community College

Learn why going to community college is a great pathway to college and career success! Our Fellows and community college students will debunk the most common myths about community college and will give you tips and tricks on how to maximize your success in community college thru transfer to a four-year university to maximize your success in community college, whether you are pursuing a 2-year degree or planning to transfer to a four-year university.

Toolkit includes:⁠

  • Tips for Community College & Transfer Success (video)
  • Community College Tips for Freshmen (infographic)
  • For High School Seniors
    • Community College Myths Debunked! (video)
    • Summer Bridge at College of Marin (video)
    • Summer Bridge: What students are saying! (video)
  • Town Halls
    • New Policy & Advocacy Challenges Impacting Community College Student Success (video)
    • How COVID-19 Is Radically Changing Community College Student Support (video)

Tips for Community College & Transfer Success (11:50)

Discover what you need to do to transfer from a community college to a four-year college in this video! With great tips from our 10,000 Degrees Program Director of New Markets, Christopher Gonzales, and our San Francisco Program Manager, Saga Apostol Guedez, you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect with your academic counselor
  • Build a college transfer list
  • Apply to colleges
  • Reapply for financial aid
  • Go over your acceptance follow-up items
  • Review your financial aid reward letter
  • Succeed in your first year at a four-year college!

For High School Seniors

Debunking Community College Myths (4:16)

Our 10,000 Degree Fellows debunk the most common myths about Community College and answer your questions like – Is Community College just like high school? Does more affordable mean a lesser quality education? Am I smart enough to attend? And many more.

Summer Bridge at College of Marin (1:55)

Summer Bridge is a three-week program that is designed to help graduating seniors successfully transition into college. In addition to providing math and English support, goals include preparing more students for full-time matriculation through completion of priority enrollment steps, increasing students’ confidence in college ability and study habits, connecting students to campus resources, and facilitating a positive learning community.

The program is presented in partnership with College of Marin, a community college in Kentfield, CA. Every year, roughly 100-150 students participate in Summer Bridge.

Launched in 2014 with a cohort of 24 students, Summer Bridge was designed as an intensive multi-week session to prepare first-generation college students beginning classes in the fall. Since then, the program has expanded each year and has helped hundreds of students improve their scores on English and math placement tests, develop good study habits, learn about resources available on campus, and create their academic plan.

If you are interested in the program, reach out to Tania Requenes at trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org.

Summer Bridge at College of Marin – What Students are Saying! (4:41)

Summer Bridge is a three-week program that is designed to help graduating seniors successfully transition into college. In addition to providing math and English support, goals include preparing more students for full-time matriculation through completion of priority enrollment steps, increasing students’ confidence in college ability and study habits, connecting students to campus resources, and facilitating a positive learning community.

The program is presented in partnership with College of Marin, a community college in Kentfield, CA. Every year, roughly 100-150 students participate in Summer Bridge.

Launched in 2014 with a cohort of 24 students, Summer Bridge was designed as an intensive multi-week session to prepare first-generation college students beginning classes in the fall. Since then, the program has expanded each year and has helped hundreds of students improve their scores on English and math placement tests, develop good study habits, learn about resources available on campus, and create their academic plan.

If you are interested in the program, reach out to Tania Requenes at trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org.

Learn More About the Future of Community College

New Policy & Advocacy Challenges Impacting Community College Student Success (1:02:20)

Find out how Community College Student Support is radically changing in this panel discussion moderated by Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Policy & Government Relations Director at 10,000 Degrees.

About this Town Hall

Community Colleges are on the frontlines of serving students from low-income backgrounds most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, funding for higher education institutions and the students they serve may be in peril due to new restrictions in how federal emergency relief funds are disbursed along with expected policy changes within the CA State Budget due to a projected, long-term recession.

  • Learn about ongoing national, state, and local efforts to maintain funding for students from low-income backgrounds.
  • Discover opportunities to join advocacy efforts to maintain and increase student aid, college affordability, and efforts to modernize the Cal Grant.
  • Find out how we can work together to support student access to higher education.
  • Hear how organizations are supporting students during the pandemic through financial aid, college advising, and more.
  • Learn about emerging policy issues around higher education in this dynamic legislative environment.

Panelists

  • Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Attainment Network
  • Tyler Wu, California Policy Director, uAspire
  • Laura Szabo-Kubitz, Associate California Program Director, The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS)

How COVID-19 Is Radically Changing Community College Student Support (55:53)

Find out how Community College Student Support is radically changing in this panel discussion moderated by Traci Lanier, 10,000 Degrees VP.

About This Town Hall

Community Colleges are on the front lines of serving students from low-income backgrounds most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Hear how community colleges are meeting the moment from our panelists, who represent student support services, student success advisors, and community college students themselves. In this Town Hall you will:

  • Hear the lessons learned so far by community college student support providers in the COVID-19 era.
  • Discover the new ways that students’ immediate needs are being addressed.
  • Find out how the pandemic is changing how relationships with students are built and maintained.
  • Learn how we can work together to support students to success through community college in the coming months.

Panelists Include:

  • Anna Pilloton, Director of School & Community Partnerships, College of Marin
  • Tania Requenes, 10,000 Degrees College Success Manager
  • Gabby Hojilla, Community College Student Trustee
  • Nigel Haikins, M.A., COMPASS Program Coordinator, College of Marin

For more information, contact:

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Vanessa Bishop
Chief Program Officer

vanessa.bishop [at] 10000degrees.org

Tania Requenes

Tania Requenes
Director, Community College Success
Phone: 415.246.8283
Email: trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org