FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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  • What programs are available? (Back to top)
    • ​​​​​We currently have offer the following programs (the General Catalog has more information; each major's specific page number is listed below)
    • ​​For those that want to transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor’s degree:
      • Business Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T.1001) (page 49)
      • Psychology Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T.1006) (pages 91-92)
      • Sociology Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T.1002) (pages 92-93)
      • Social Sciences University Studies Associate (AA.1501) (page 92)
      • Social Work Bachelors preparation: the Psychology/Sociology/Social Sciences pathway also include the pre-requisites necessary for the Bachelor's in Social Work at CSU Chico and Humboldt State
    • ​​For those that are NOT interested in transferring
      • ​​Associate in Business: Marketing and Finance (program number coming soon)
      • Associate in Business: Management (program number coming soon)
      • Certificate in Web Design (levels I and II) (program numbers coming soon)
    • For details about program offerings, see the ACE Programs page​

 

  • What does “cohort” mean?(Back to top)
    • ​A cohort is a group of students that start the program together and move through the classes as a group.  The advantage of a cohort is that you get to know your classmates very well and they become a support network for you. They encourage you, listen to you vent, and cheer you on towards your goals! It’s not uncommon for students who go through a program together as a cohort become friends for life. ​​

 

  • How are the classes structured? (Back to top)
    • ​Classes are hybrid (in-person and online) or fully online. Programs are designed to be either a combination of hybrid and online, or fully online.
    • Classes are 8-weeks in length
    • ​The program is designed for you to take 2 classes at a time
    • Visual representation of the sequences of classes

 

  • I don’t have a computer or internet access at my house and/or I’m not very comfortable on the computer.  Will I be ok in the program? (Back to top)
    • ​​​​Because EVERY class will have some online instruction, it is important to be comfortable using AND have access to a computer for email, word processing, accessing resources online (like library books or journals) and using the Shasta College Canvas system for online classes.  
    • ​If you are really interested in the ACE program, but are currently not comfortable with computers, consider taking the CIS 1 – Computer Literacy class BEFORE starting the ACE program and building your computer skills.
    • ​If you don’t have a computer or internet at your house, it is technically possible to still do the program, but you would have to rely on free public computers through the Shasta College campus (there are labs on the main campus open til 7 pm Monday-Thursday during Fall and Spring and til 6 pm in Summer, but closed on the weekends) and your local public library.  It is not ideal.  Your best bet for success in the program is to have your own reliable computer with internet access.

 

 

  • ​​Can I combine regular semester-long classes with ACE classes? (Back to top)
    • ​​Yes, BUT you need to be aware of two things:
      • ​​​ACE classes are VERY intensive.  If you are already taking 2 ACE classes at a time and working full-time, we generally do not recommend taking any additional classes. If you are working part-time and you have additional hours in your day/week and are highly motivated, you could consider adding a regular length class on top of your ACE classes. Work with your ACE Counselor to identify potential classes.
      • ​​Financial Aid implications: adding extra, regular-length semester coursework to the full ACE schedule is fine (except for the time consideration stated above).  If you are receiving federal financial aid funds (Pell Grant, loan), please talk to the Renee Garcia in the Financial Aid Office before making modifications to your ACE education plan.

 

  • ​​Are there any breaks in the schedule? (Back to top)
    • ​Students have a one week mid-semester break between the two blocks of 8-week classes each Fall and Spring semester (except for the Web Design certificate). 
    • In addition to the mid-semester break between 8-week blocks, ​students get a week off at Thanksgiving and a week off for the campus Spring Break.
    • ​There is a 2-week break between Spring and Summer, a 2-week break between Summer and Fall, and a 4-week break over December-January.
    • ​If you need/want to travel (family vacation, etc.), please make every effort to schedule your travel during a regularly scheduled break.
    • ​See the program schedules for details.

 

 

  • What if I have already completed some college coursework? (Back to top)
    • Your ACE Counselor will meet with you, review your previously completed coursework, and help you build an educational plan (“ed plan”) - a term by term layout of what classes you need to take to finish your graduation requirements)
    • ​If you have previously completed a class/requirement, you may have a “hole” or “break” in the schedule during the term that class/requirement is normally taught.  You have some options:
      • ​​Take the break (and enjoy it).
      • ​​Look at the other ACE cohort’s class offerings during that window of time and see if those classes will fulfill one of your requirements.  
      • Talk to your counselor if you want to take an “extra” class from the other cohort. This is helpful if you are considering transferring to a university that accepts additional community college units.

 

  • What if I’m not ready for English 1A or the Math in the ACE program? (Back to top)
    • The Associate degree for transfer programs are structured for students who meet the pre-requisites for or whose assessments resulted in placement into English 1A (all ACE students), Economics 1A (Business students), and Math 14 (students pursuing a transfer degree in Business or Psychology).  If you are not ready for those classes, your ACE Counselor will help you develop a plan to get ready, and will recommend an ACE start date that is appropriate for you.
    • The Associate degrees that are non-transferrable and the certificate programs do not require transfer level Math and English.
    • More information about English and Math pre-requisites, assessment and placement is available on the Assessments Center page.

 

  • What financial aid is available? (Back to top)
    • ​All of the same financial aid available to “regular” Shasta College students is available to ACE students. This includes federal and state grants, the California College Promise Grant (CCPG - formerly the BOG Fee Waiver), scholarships, loans and federal work-study (an opportunity to work on campus and receive a salary).  General Financial Aid information is online.
    • ​The ACE program has a designated Financial Aid staff member:  Renee Garcia. If you have questions about ACE Financial Aid, she is your “go-to” person:  rgarcia@shastacollege.edu or 242-7708.
    • More information about ACE Financial Aid

 

 

  • How much does the program cost? (Back to top)
    • ​Classes have an enrollment fee of $46 per unit (e.g., a 3-unit class costs $138, a 4-unit class costs $184).
    • ​Each term (fall, spring, and summer) has a “campus fee” and students are required to have a parking permit.  Those fees are slightly different for Fall, Spring and Summer terms.  The Admissions Office has details about those fees.
    • ​Based on 2017-18 fees, the entire ACE program, assuming you have not taken any college units and need to take every ACE class for your degree, would cost approximately $2,989 (unit and campus fees) over the 24 month period (note: fees are subject to change each year). The certificate program would cost approximately $1,500. This amount does not include books and supplies.

 

  • Are textbooks and supplies required? (Back to top)
    • ​Textbooks and supplies are an additional cost.  The Shasta College Financial Aid staff estimates that students will spend approximately $1,792 for a 9-month academic year.  Since ACE is 24 months, a student might spend approximately $3,584 overall for textbooks for the program.
    • ​You can significantly cut down how much you spend on textbooks by buying used textbooks, downloading electronic textbooks, renting textbooks, or by planning ahead and comparing the cost of textbooks using cost comparison websites. The Campus Bookstore has new, used and rental textbooks, the advantage of convenience, and you don’t have to worry about your book getting lost in shipping.
    • Some of our instructors are using fully online text resources, so for some of our classes, there is no cost for books.
    • It is to the student's advantage to have access to their own computer (laptop/tablet) and the internet.  There are computers labs on campus, but hours are limited (especially if you work during the day), closed on weekends, and not all campus computers have the software you need.  
    • PC or Macintosh (Apple) computers? For most students, either will work.  The CIS 1 class uses Microsoft Office Suite applications, which are designed for PCs. There is a version of Microsoft Office Suite for Mac computers, but the applications are slightly different, which may make following instructions for assignments take a bit longer to figure out.  Also, Microsoft does not make Access (a database application) for Mac computers, which is part of the CIS 1 class.  If you have a Macintosh computer, you would need to figure out how to access a PC during the week of assignments that deal with Access. 
      • ​Special note for Web Design certificate students:  It is advisable to have a PC.  Most coding/programming software is written specifically for PC computers, and some of the software is not available for Macintosh/Apple computers. 

 

  • Is there any help with textbooks? (Back to top)
    • ​The ACE program has a  small lending library and an application process for borrowing books from that lending library. The ACE program lending library application will be emailed to every ACE participant every month before your next class starts.
    • ​Other textbook assistance on campus:
      • EOPS lending library/book voucher
      • Student Support Services (SSS also called TRiO/SSS) 
      • Campus Library: instructors often put copies of their textbooks on “course reserve” in the library.  These materials can be checked out for a limited time (2 hours) and must stay inside the library.  Sometimes you can check the book out overnight. 
      • Shasta College Financial Aid has a Book Grant and Book Loan program.  
      • The Student Senate has a textbook lending program (requires that you purchase the $10 Student ID card).
      • ​Check the public library.  They may have a copy of the textbook you can check out for a longer period of time.

 

 

  • When can I start the program? (Back to top)
    • ​​ACE cohorts start in Fall (August) and Spring (January).
    • You will meet with an ACE Counselor to submit your ACE Participation Packet and Statement of Understanding, to review your Math and English assessments and any previously completed coursework, and to develop an educational plan. Your ACE Counselor will make a recommendation for a start date for you.  The ACE Director will review space availability and contact you via email to confirm your start date. 
    • ​A note about college readiness:
      • ​If your ACE Counselor informs you that you need to meet any pre-requisites or achieve a certain placement level on assessments for Math and English coursework, that must be completed prior to your ACE program start date.
      • ​Example: your counselor informs you that you need to complete Math 114 (Pre-Statistics) to be ready for Math 14 (Statistics), which is required for the transfer Associate degree for Business and Psychology.  You would need to complete Math 114, or otherwise do enough math review on your own in order to redo your math assessment to demonstrate that you will be successful in Math 14.  This would need to happen before your ACE program start date.

 

  • Can I start in summer? (Back to top)
    • You can take classes in the summer from the ACE program and get a jump start on the program. Work with your ACE Counselor to determine what classes would make the best use of your time!

 

  • Can I take ACE classes if I am not part of the ACE program? (Back to top)​
    • ​Yes! However, ACE classes are initially reserved for ACE program participants during registration.  Approximately 3 weeks before the start of each term, the restrictions on ACE classes are removed and any student can enroll. Also, please be aware that these classes are intensive; all the content, reading, homework and studying expected in a 17-week class has been condensed into a 8-week class.  These classes are not "watered down" in any way.
    • ​There are typically spaces in most ACE classes available to non-ACE students. The ACE classes that typically come close to filling with just ACE students are ACCT 2, ACCT 4, CHEM 10/11, and CMST 60.

 

  • Can I do the ACE program part-time? (Back to top)
    • ​You can do the ACE program part-time, but please consider the following:
      • Doing the Associate degree programs full-time (2 classes at a time) will take 24 months; doing the program part-time (1 class at a time) will take 48 months.
      • ​If you are receiving federal Pell Grant and/or federal student loans, doing the program part-time will reduce the amount of financial aid you can receive.
    • If the pace of the ACE program is not a good fit for you, we recommend taking regular, semester-length classes and/or taking ACE classes as they fit into your life and plans.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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