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Sierra College offers degrees with California State University transfer guarantee

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - The California Community Colleges and the California State University have launched a new website that provides comprehensive information about the new Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) pathway that lets students earn an associate degree and a bachelor's degree, with no wasted units. The website, ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com, is the ultimate resource for students and parents to learn about the Associate Degree for Transfer.

Sierra College currently offers 10 Associate Degrees for Transfer.

"An Associate Degree for Transfer will ease the transfer process for California community college students to transfer to a CSU campus and ADegreeWithAGurantee.com is the best place for students and parents to get information about this exciting new program," said Acting California Community Colleges Chancellor Erik Skinner.-

"ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com" target="_blank">class="NormalParagraphStyle">"ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com explains how the new transfer pathway works and the many benefits for students to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer," said Ephraim P. Smith, California State University executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. "This is an excellent tool and we're excited to share it with students, parents and the people who will help them make informed decisions about pursuing their bachelor's degrees."

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, Padilla) became law in 2010 and requires the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of AA-T and AS-T degrees. Upon earning these degrees, students will be guaranteed admission to a California State University campus with junior standing. While not guaranteed admission to their campus of choice, students will be given priority consideration for admission to a California State University campus that offers a program that has been designated as "similar" by California State University.

Once enrolled at California State University campus, students will be able to complete a bachelor of arts or science degree with no more than 60 additional units.

Sierra College offers the following Associate Degrees for Transfer: Art history for transfer, communication studies for transfer, early childhood education for transfer, English for transfer, geology for transfer, history for transfer, mathematics for transfer, political science for transfer, psychology for transfer and sociology for transfer.

"The associate degree for transfer makes it easy to transfer from Sierra College into the CSU system. In addition to all of the degrees and certificates students can earn or begin on the Tahoe-Truckee campus, now students can also earn their AA-T in psychology or early childhood education without leaving the community," said Kim Bateman, Ph.D., Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. The AA-T reduces the need to take unnecessary courses, thereby shortening the time and cost from community college to a four-year degree.

As noted on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office web site (californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu), even if students do not complete or delay finishing their bachelor's degree, they still have an associate degree and that can significantly increase earning potential and provide the skills sought by employers.

Please refer to sierracollege.edu or meet with a counselor for complete information on degrees and requirements.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 29, 2012 03:27PM Published Oct 29, 2012 03:24PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.