Understanding Chaffey College Educational Programs Occupational Certificate Programs
Certificate programs are designed for students seeking a program of
study that will prepare them to work in a desired career immediately
upon completion of a course of study. These programs are typically
short in duration and do not include courses in general education unless
specified by the major. Students are only required to complete the
required courses for the certificate then apply for a certificate through
the Counseling Department.
Associate Degree Programs
Like certificate programs associate degree programs are designed to
prepare students to enter into their chosen career upon completion
of the degree. The associate degree programs include courses in a major
and in general education. General education includes courses that help
students develop critical thinking, writing, reading, and math skills
in addition to their specific major. Graduates with an associate’s
degree are better prepared to enter into careers that require a higher
level of education, even though this program is longer in duration.
Students choosing to begin their 4-year college or university degree
at Chaffey are taking advantage of the many benefits of completing
their freshman and sophomore levels prior to transferring. Since Chaffey
is more affordable than most 4-year colleges and universities, students
can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in their college fees
and tuition. In addition to this, many students are eligible to receive
financial aid to assist them with college expenditures.
Many students value the convenience of attending a college in their
community while living at home or staying local. This can make for
an easier transition to university life especially if you plan on attending
a distant college. Since Chaffey is a community college, its primary
focus is freshman and sophomore level students. Our courses are taught
with that focus in mind by faculty whose purpose is to teach their
subject to students completing general education or lower division
courses for their major. All public colleges and universities and almost
all private colleges accept transfer students and their transferable
coursework from Chaffey College.
Review the various transfer programs and the requirements from the
Once you choose your major and decide that a bachelor’s degree
or higher is needed to complete your educational objective, it will
be necessary to research a college or university where you can complete
your degree. The following includes some important considerations when
choosing a college or university:
Does the college or university offer your desired major?
Does your educational objective require you to earn an advanced
degree and is it important to you to get more of a theoretical background
to your bachelor’s degree and an applied orientation in your
What kind of financial resources do you have to pay your tuition
and other related costs? Are they limited or unlimited?
Do you plan to transfer to a distant college or do you intend to
Do you plan to attend on a full-time or part-time basis?
Most students who plan to transfer to a public college or university
in California will choose a college from the California State University
or University of California systems. The fundamental differences between
these two major college systems are fairly simple to understand; however,
colleges in both systems have unique and outstanding attributes that
take much time and research to fully comprehend.
Basically, the California State University system (CSU) is geared toward
students seeking an applied degree that can be employed in a real life
context once one enters the world of work. The CSU system only offers
masters degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree in its graduate
programs and most of those are in applied fields as well. CSU accommodates
the working student best because they do not require students to attend
on a full-time basis. The average cost for full-time enrollment is
approximately $4000.00 a year. There are 23 colleges in this system.
The closest CSU campuses are Pomona, Fullerton, and San Bernardino.
The University of California, on the other hand, has a more theoretical
approach to its programs of study. Students attending UC typically
plan on pursuing an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s degree.
The theoretical approach taken by the UC system suits those students
best because they learn critical research skills necessary to be successful
in research-oriented study in graduate school. The UC system graduate
programs include law schools, masters and doctoral programs. Students
are required to attend full-time both in the baccalaureate and graduate
programs. Average cost for full-time enrollment is approximately $6,000.00
a year. There are currently nine campuses in this system with a new
campus planned for Modesto. The closest UC campuses are Riverside,
Irvine, and Los Angeles.
Independent colleges and universities are another option for students
wanting to transfer. These colleges are tuition based and are located
throughout the state and country. Some are renowned for their world-class
college programs and degrees. Others have specialty programs that are
in high demand. Most offer small classes with intimate surroundings
for their students to have the most direct learning experience with
their professors. Tuition ranges from $15,000.00 a year up to as high
as $30,000 per year. Students combine personal and family resources,
financial aid, and scholarships to cover tuition and other costs.
Other considerations are presented at the College Board website. Use
this site to assist you with choosing a transfer college, www.collegeboard.org
If you know that you plan to transfer to a California State University
or University of California and you want to find information on major
lower division requirements at a specific college in either of those
two systems, use the ASSIST website. In most instances, courses suggested
for each major are taken in addition to meeting either CSU or IGETC general education and admission requirements. www.assist.org/
If you would like more information on colleges in the University of
California system you can inquire using the UC pathways website, www.ucop.edu/pathways.
If you would like more information on colleges in the California State
University system you can inquire using the CSU Mentor website, www.csumentor.org.
Now is the time to come and complete your educational plan either through a workshop or a one-on-one with a counselor. Please call the Counseling Department so that we can set you up for the right appointment.