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Admitted to your college? It's time for a fresh look

Original post made on Mar 22, 2010

"I would bet that the Class of 2010 seniors will be spending some time at their mailboxes and checking their email messages over the next few weeks," writes college admission advisor Elizabeth LaScala [Web Link in her latest Doing College blog.] "They will have plenty of company as seniors throughout the nation do precisely the same thing. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, I have some recommendations to share with you that I hope will prove helpful."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 5:53 PM

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Posted by Flash Gorton
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

DVC is the way to go. Save thousands of dollars, do a year and a half - two years(depending on taking easy summer classes online), and transfer to UC/CSU. While your value way not be as high as opting for 4 year universites right out of high school, your savings really is. And how many of us know a kid who goofs around too much and their parents pay to have that kid living at chico per se.

But if you gotta go, go out of state. Easier admission, lower tuition(tution-not everything else housing, fees,books etc) and states like Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Montana and Wyoming are beautiful. "Go west young people"

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

Tuition is cheaper out of state? Definitely hasn't been the experience with my kids - you have to pay additional "out of state" tuition.

Sadly, my daughter is just now pulling it together academically in her junior year yet really wants to go to a university. Paying for the sins of the past is a tough lesson. DVC may just be the answer for her.

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

DVC is only an extension of high school for our young unmotivated people and in most cases, classes are not transferrable to the University system.
It would be a better choice to have your student take a year off and work, or apply straight to a local University. It's a wrong decision to think your child will "get it together" at DVC.
However, for the older student who wishes to advance themselves thru extended classes the Community College is a great venue.

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Posted by Lucy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I would disagree with you, Alamo resident. Going to DVC allows students to take numerous classes at a lower cost rather than wasting time and a lot of money in the UC or state systems. In less the student is on target and knows exactly what they want their major to be, then transferring to a UC or state school is a great answer. If the student isn't sure what they want to do, want to learn a lot at a fraction of the cost, then transferring to DVC is a great choice.

I believe A LOT of classes are transferrable into the UC and state systems.

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Posted by Danville mom
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I would also disagree with you Alamo resident. Wow... so may kids start at a community college for so many reasons. They want to go a very specific school and they can not get in as a freshman, so they apply as a Junior. They did not play the super competitive, crazy game in high school to get all the over inflated grades to get into the universities as a freshman. They are just not ready to go away to school. Or how about, their families can not afford 4 years at a university? Many, Many of the courses offered at the community college are transferrable. They have college counselors that help the students make sure they are taking the correct classes to transfer. Hmm, I am thinking maybe your experience with the community college system may have been from a long time ago.

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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

My experience with DVC was very positive "back in the day" -- but my more recent experience with my child is what I based my comments. Let's hear from people who have sent their child to DVC as a holding tank until they were "ready" and see if there are a lot of success stories. Those who wrote that a LOT of classes are transferrable, but when the time comes to transfer, they are not the ones the colleges accept -- increasing the college years from 4 to at least 6.
I am not bashing the CC system, only advising people to go into it equipped with the right information. If DVC concentrated on GED transferrable courses, I would recommend it.

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Posted by SAMUEL
a resident of Danville
on Apr 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Going to a JC does not prepare one in any way to attend a UC, at least not Cal. Kids I knew at Cal who transferred in junior year were absolutely crushed by their inability to compete after taking it easy at a JC for 2 years. We should work with our kids to pick colleges that are appropriate for their abilities and work ethic and be supportive of them no matter where they end up.

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