Top Ten Ways to Start a New Semester

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It is a new year and a new decade, as well as the new spring semester, is upon us.  So now is the time to organize and plan on making this new semester, new year, and new decade start off on the right track. What are some of the best ways to start a new semester? Well, this blog and a few Coastline College experts are here to help give you some beneficial and effective suggestions of how to start this Spring semester off in the right way and build good habits for a lifetime.    

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Press Release: Orange County’s Coastline College is Recognized for 2 Top Degree Programs in the U.S.

January 22, 2020, 08:05 ET | Source: Coastline College – Marketing and Communications Director

Orange County, California, Jan. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The best-kept secret in the state, Coastline College, located just outside of Los Angeles in Orange County, California has been a top front runner of both the 1700 community colleges nationwide, as well as four-year universities, in many categories.   Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has awarded Coastline College top-ranking status for multiple degree programs, including Best Certificate Degree Programs and Best Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020.  

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How Going Back to College Keeps You on the Cutting Edge

Have you thought of going back to college to learn new skills or to change your career?   Maybe you reached a midlife milestone and are making a career switch. Well now is as good of a time as any! Going back to school can keep you on the cutting edge and provide you with the expertise and knowledge you may need for a new career pathway.  For those of you 40 and over, if you are in the market for a whole new career and willing to go back to school, you are not alone.  Of the 21 million people enrolled in higher education programs, 2.3 million are between the ages of 40-64, up from 1.9 million in 2007. https://nces.ed.gov/     

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Press Release: Coastline College’s Cybersecurity Program Receives the Exemplary Program Award for 2020

ORANGE COUNTY, CA, Jan. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has awarded Coastline College’s Cybersecurity program the Exemplary Program Award, one of two colleges out of the 115 California community colleges for 2020.  Sponsored annually by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Board of Governors established the Exemplary Program Award in 1991 to recognize outstanding community college programs that support the community college mission and serve as models for other community colleges.  The California Community Colleges system is the largest public higher education system in the country, enrolling over 2.38 million students annually.  

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College Student Gift Giving Guide

It’s a pretty well-known and widely accepted fact that the majority of college students experience very tight finances during at least one semester of their college career.  Between tuition and textbook costs, school supplies, and general everyday expenses, being able to add holiday gifts into a college student’s budget can be a daunting task.  Here are five tips for still being able to provide some holiday cheer to your loved ones without inflicting a big hit to your wallet!

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5 Ways to Get Free Money for College

How does free money for college sound?   It is that time of year again. Not just for holidays and gift-giving, but also for the start of the scholarship season. The great thing about scholarships, unlike other financial aid help like loans, is that they don’t have to be paid back.  A scholarship is a financial aid award for students to further their education and the money is yours to spend on your schooling needs.  In this blog, we will discuss the best ways to get free money for college through scholarship opportunities. 

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7 Ways to Make the Best of Your Winter Break

The holidays are fast approaching and for many students that means one thing they’ve likely been counting down to – WINTER BREAK!  Woohoo, you’re free!  However, not everyone’s winter break looks the same.  While some revel in the time off and don’t plan to leave their bed or couch for a solid week or more, plenty still like to stay busy and either get a head start or catch up on various tasks or projects.  Here are seven ways you can maximize your winter break to get yourself in a prime position to start your Spring semester on the right foot.

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How to Upgrade Your Brain – Top Ten Reasons to Take Read C102


You know how to read, of course. But do you know how to read well enough to ace your college classes? They’re two different skills. However, I learned this the hard way. I used to go through books as a kid and absorb as much information as possible, but what I didn’t know is that I could do more with the skill of reading than by, well, uh, merely reading! I had no clue I could take reading comprehension to this great high Zen level that could make college and my future job not only easier but make me more successful in the process.

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Intelligent.com Announces Best Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020

Degree holders gain increased earning potential with career opportunities upon graduation from these top-ranked institutions.

SEATTLE, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 47 Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 81 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

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Working and Learning Remotely: How to Earn a College Degree or Teach College at Coastline While Living on an Island

Professor David Michael Lee

You may have heard of expatriates living on a tropical island teaching English to the native population, but you may not know is that you can live on an island, Catalina Island in this case, which is located just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles County in Southern California and teach at a college or even earn a college degree!

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Press Release: Coastline College is honored again by Military Times as one of the Best for Vets Colleges for 2020 and salutes U.S. Military Veterans on Veterans Day

ORANGE COUNTY (November 8, 2019)

Serving the Military for more than 40 years, Coastline College located in Southern California has been dedicated to supporting the unique and mobile lifestyle of its military students, families, and veterans. As a result of the college’s commitment to these students, Military Times has recognized Coastline College, once again, as a Best for Vets College. The 2020 award is in the Online and Nontraditional Schools category.  

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Local Middle School Student Highlights Coastline’s Cybersecurity Program in Fullerton Observer

If you have not heard already, Coastline’s Cybersecurity Department produces local programs, events, and camps for interested members of the community including specialty programs for young students, which was recently attended by middle school student, Francine V. Feeling inspired and encouraged in her interest, Francine shared her experience with the Fullerton Observer about upcoming Coastline events, information about Cybersecurity and her time with Cyber Tech Girls, a program that encourages middle and high school female students in the field of Computer Science.

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Fullerton Observer Article

If you’re in middle school and you want to learn more about cybersecurity, Troy High School is holding free training every Thursday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, in preparation for the CyberPatriot XII National Competition on March 19-23, 2020 in Maryland.

Troy High School was the 2018 and 2019 national champion and their champion team-members are helping to train middle school students.  No experience is needed and all you have to do is join your school’s CyberPatriot Club so your school can help you sign up.

First of all, what is a CyberPatriot?  According to the AFA CyberPatriot website, “CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.”

Francine V. original Article. *Article has been altered to maintain privacy.

This program was started by the Air Force in 2009.  There are many features associated with the program including CyberPatriot competitions, free training, CyberPatriot clubs in schools and the Cyber Tech Girls (CTG), organized to encourage more middle and high school female students to gain interest in computer science. The reason this program was created is not only to address the lack of female professionals in the cyber security industry, but also, according to GenCyber Program Director Tobi West, professor of Coastline College, “It is imperative that female students are encouraged to enjoy experiences related to cybersecurity in a fun, no-pressure environment.  These types of experiences can help guide and develop future interest in cybersecurity education and professions.”

An example of a job in cyber security is Cyber Security Consultant with an average salary of $100,000.  These professionals play both the attacker and the defender.  They determine the weaknesses of a computer system and figure out how to strengthen it to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities.

If you are interested in any cyber security program, you can join upcoming events such as the CyberTech Expo 2019 on October 18 from 6-9pm and/or CTF (Capture the Flag) Cyber Defense Competition for Beginners on *October 19 from 9am – 2pm, all happening at Coastline College in Garden Grove.

*This article has been revised by Coastline College as the event is now October 19th.

Why College Grads Earn A Million More Than Those Who Don’t Go

To be, or not to be,” that is the question asked by William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet.  The proverbial question one asks oneself when growing up is;  what do I want to be, who do I want to become, or what career do I want, to have a nice life and make a good living?  With all these questions, comes the next step, do I need to go to college to achieve my chosen goal? 

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BE “IN-THE-KNOW” YOUR FIRST WEEK AT COASTLINE

Welcome! The faculty, management, and staff of Coastline College are excited to welcome you to the Fall 2019 term. We look forward to supporting you every step of the way as you pursue and achieve your academic goals. All of our caring personnel are eager to help and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to explore our extensive student support services and take advantage of all that’s available to you!

Classes begin the week of Monday, August 26th!

*IMPORTANT*- DROPPING CLASSES & REFUNDS

If you decide not to attend one or more of the classes in which you are enrolled, you need to drop the classes by the refund deadline. Refer to your Student Class Program, Web Schedule Bill for drop dates for each of your courses to ensure the fees are cancelled. For a successful start to your semester, follow these steps:

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Teacher Feature: Tobi West

This week’s teacher feature is professor and department chair, Tobi West (CISSp, GCFE, CCFE) of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Services Technology (CST). From hosting camps and workshops for teen girls in cybersecurity and technology called CyberTech Girls to spearheading Coastline College apprenticeship program, watch Professor West share her expertise with ITProTV for a special interview (above).

As the chair and professor for the department, Professor West has spent a great deal innovating offerings to provide the best for students, which was featured in last week’s Teacher Feature: Innovative Instructors. With this approach, the department has been recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Blog: The Evolving Future of the MBA Program

As many students probably have experienced by now is that the way we learn is changing. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons such as innovative technology, online teaching platforms (ex: Udemy, Skillshare and Teachable), self-hosting vloggers, the rise of social media influencers, or simply finding success outside traditional means.

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Student Spotlight: Artis Knox

Presented by SoulPancake and Bonobos, check out the video and Coastline ask that you share his story as it might inspire as well.

Each semester, Coastline College celebrates the accomplishments of our students and nothing commemorates that better than graduation. From their academic successes to their personal triumphs, each graduate has their own unique journey to the stage.

One story that stood out this year is that of Artis Knox from our 2019 Spring Commencement. Faced with many challenges on his path, Artis successfully earned a college degree while incarcerated and after his release. This was due to Coastline’s initiatives towards providing education to incarcerated students as well.

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News: Coastline College President Awarded for Excellence in Leadership

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., President of Coastline College

Dr. Loretta Adrian, Ph.D., president of Coastline College in Orange County, California, was recently honored with the “Outstanding President” award from the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development. The award is presented to a president/chancellor in the California community college system to recognize excellence in

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Press Release: Coastline College Honored Again as #2 of the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Nationwide

Dr. Lori Adrian, President, collaborating with Coastline staff members.

Every year, Diverse Magazine: Issues in Higher Education, spotlights the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges. For both 2018 and 2019, Coastline College has been recognized as #2 on this list in the nation, in addition to being the only community college in California.

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Press Release: Coastline Promise Program Helps First-Year College Students to Attend College for Free

What if you could attend your first year in college – for free? The Coastline Promise Program helps provide financial and academic support to recently qualified high school graduates to attend community college while eliminating the financial barrier facing students and allow them to focus on education and not on student debt.

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Lovin’ and Learnin’: 6 Economical and Educational Valentine’s Day Date Night Ideas

For college students, planning a date night for Valentine’s Day can sometimes feel pretty daunting.  You’ve just started a new semester so one, trying to squeeze a free night into your already-rapidly-filling study schedule is difficult and two, your wallet still might be recovering from all the books and supplies it recently got hit with.  What if you could plan a date night that not only didn’t dent your recuperating wallet but also managed to help you out in one or more of your classes?  Check out these ideas for Valentine’s Day date night that’s not only economical but educational too!

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Press Release: Walk with Coastline’s Umoja Community in Anaheim’s 40th Annual Black History Parade

Orange County, CA, Jan. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This year Coastline College’s Umoja Community will be participating in the 40th Annual OC Black History Parade & Cultural Faire on Saturday, February 1st in Downtown Anaheim.   As the only black heritage parade in the county, this event showcases Anaheim’s and Orange County’s culturally rich African- American community. 

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