It's Not Rocket Science

The Ignite program is a First Year Experience program that places first-year students (students working on their first 30 units), into a cohort for the first year and provides support around a set of classes that students will be taking together. Ignite offers multiple VIP benefits to help students move through their first year of college and navigate the college experience. If you have any questions about how to apply or what the program entails, please contact Sonia Randhawa (530) 242-7957.

How to Join the Ignite First-Year Experience Program at Shasta College

To apply for the 2024-2025 Ignite Cohort, click HERE! Spaces are limited and are competitive so please apply early and include as much information as possible.

Ignite FYE VIP Student Benefits

  • A rocket boost for your college education
  • Year-long personal/academic support as you transition to college
  • Summer Arrival and Survival Event
  • Year-long personal/academic support as you transition to college
  • Valuable introductions to student support services
  • Textbooks provided for courses required as part of your first year
  • Dedicated support throughout your first year of college education
  • A stable community of peers in classes
  • Individualized academic/career counseling and guidance
  • Priority Registration
  • Enrollment Assistance
  • Transfer Guidance
  • Career Planning
  • On-going social gatherings
  • Embedded Tutoring ENGL-1AX Course Support
  • Embedded/SI MATH-14S & 2AS Course Support
  • Academic Success Workshops

Program Components

Students in the Ignite Program Cohort MUST register for the following courses:

  • ENGL-1AX
  • MATH-14S or 2AS
  • PSYC-1A
  • CMST-60

The Ignite Arrival Survival is designed to assist incoming students with their transition to  Shasta College. The Arrival Survival consists of an overview of the Ignite program, structured time to engage with their peers, various workshops, and the chance for students to familiarize themselves with campus. Each new student will be assigned a Peer Leader that will assist with their transition throughout the year. 

There will be campus tours, food, games, and swag!

Learning Outcomes

  • The student's transition to Shasta College will be guided  through a process of informing, learning, and experiencing.
  • Students will learn about preliminary tools necessary for success in college (supports, portal, canvas, fin. aid., tutoring, etc.).
  • Students will become familiar with the physical campus and available resource locations.
  • Students will understand and be empowered to utilize campus resources.
  • Students will be able to establish and sustain important academic and professional networks through relationship building activities.
  • Portal/Canvas
  • Navigating MyShasta/Registration
  • Communication
  • Academic Resilience
  • Financial Aid Basics
  • Career/Major Exploration 
  • TLC Math Workshops
  • TLC Writing Workshops
  • Time Management
  • Outdoor Movie Night
  • Swim Social
  • Game Night
  • Friendsgiving Potluck
  • Tailgate / Football Game

Field Trips

Ignite FYE Success Team

Ingite Success Team  
Ignite Counselor Sonia RandhawaChase Brown
Ignite Math Faculty Chelle Sugimoto
Ignite English Faculty Kylee Cox
Ignite Tutoring Team Tina Duenas & Jim Dyar
Ignite Event Specialists Nate Costa
Ignite Peer Coaches/Mentors Tutors / Previous DE Mentors / PTK