Today, we bring you a Student Success Story about Teresa Moses, who overcame obstacles, wants to help create social justice programs, and practices her probabilities while she drives a bus for work.
Having an open mind, a curiosity and desire to learn, is a highly underrated skill. Whether you are a child struggling to try a new food, a person experiencing a new culture for the first time, or a student taking their first statistics class, being open minded is essential to not just learning information and moving on, but to actually enjoying the process of learning itself and maybe even inspiring you to learn more.
In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it’s time to learn about a career that can defend our data and is worth every digital penny.
Just a few days ago, news reports emerged that Russia, our enemy of past and present, planned on hacking the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games before the games themselves were pushed back to 2021 (due to the Pandemic). I can only speak for myself here (but I’d be willing to guess for you too) in saying that that would be a final straw. Finagle with our elections all you want, Kremlin (actually please stop doing that), but never mess with our right to watch captivating top tier athletes drape gold, silver, and bronze medals across their muscular necks and chiseled clavicles.
Forget the NFL. It’s Scholarships Season! Just kidding, that’s year round; But how to get one? Or two? Here’s a quick guide on not just finding scholarships, but nailing your application too.
Where are you right now—work? Home? School? Wherever you find yourself, the odds are you qualify for some kind of scholarship. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of scholarships out there, for people of all walks of life, not just graduating high school students. There are job-specific scholarships; there are regional scholarships; there are those aforementioned high school scholarships, and a whole lot more besides.
Voting as a college student isn’t just a worthwhile act of civic engagement. It’s also your opportunity to tell those old fellas in power what’s what.
I am a voter. That seems like an uncontroversial statement to make in this nation of supposedly (so far at least) free elections. To talk about voting in the United States is such a common refrain that it feels almost cliché. But guess what? I’m an anomaly.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Here are some resources for when a friend, peer, student, or whoever, is facing relationship violence and abuse, for Pandemic times and all other times.
Every day, it now seems, has a host of meanings tacked on to it. National Ice Cream Day, National Puppy Day, National Fluffernutter Day; the list goes on and on. There are also many month-long remembrances, but these tend to take on more meaning, which is fitting considering they are undoubtedly more worthwhile to remember than many of the “National Days.” And that’s why it’s so important that we do keep track and do talk about what is going on each month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is, without a doubt, an issue that needs to be talked about not just in October, but year round.
Fashion Month has just concluded (Sept. 14 – Oct. 6) and that’s too bad. There’s really nothing better, in this writer’s obviously biased opinion, then watching showcases of luxuriant and out there fashions. We saw highlights from Loewe, subverting said luxury with a bit of a wink and some very bubbly looking garms; on a separate note, we also had the privilege (not really) of witnessing a sneaker collaboration between Cole Haan (the folks who make the dress shoes you get at the mall) and workplace messaging company Slack.
If you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19, going back to school may be the smart move. Here’s a few tips on how to get started.
Let’s not beat around the bush. This has been an extremely tough time for so many people, around the world, and all across the United States. The current pandemic has stretched our patience, our budgets, our health, and our wellbeing beyond words. Besides the number of global and American lives lost, for many people this time has been even worse for one simple reason: they lost their job.
A primer on how to talk about anxiety and depression, two of the most prevalent mental illnesses facing college students and Americans in general.
My balance was off kilter. My vision blurred. My breathing was shallow and quick, like I’d run a marathon without rest. But my legs wobbled to the point that I could hardly walk. I felt like vomiting. I stumbled from the shower without completely washing and collapsed on my bed. I had no idea what was happening. All I knew was that I didn’t want to play the baseball game that I was supposed to play later.
I remember the first time I saw Ordinary People (1980). It was just a month or so after my grandfather died. I think what struck me then, and still strikes me to this day, about legendary actor Robert Redford’s directorial debut is how the film’s characters cope with their grief at the loss of a son and brother. Each of the Jarrett family grapples with loss in their own way, some better than others, but the film allows each the dignity of their own grief and suffering.
Have you finished your degree or certificate? Are you looking for a summer internship? Or maybe you are looking for your first career position in today’s job market. We are here to give you some insights and guidelines to help market yourself for that all important first internship or beginning career employment. Below are some of the important fundamentals and rules you need to follow to land that first coveted job placement towards your path of career success.
Saturday, June 6th is National Higher Education Day. What better way to reflect on this day than to reflect on the pros and cons of getting a higher education. There are those college dropouts like a Steven Jobs or a Bill Gates and others out there who have gone on to make millions and billions of dollars, but they literally are the exceptions. Realistically, the value of a college education and earning a college degree for the rest of us, can open-up career opportunities that would not otherwise be available. A college degree can also generally provide a higher standard of living and as well as a better life.
Graduation is upon us and, you have finished your finals. With all the hard work behind you and prepare for your new future, you are ready to go out into the workforce with your degree or certificate. We are here to help you get your resume in tip-top shape to conquer and land your dream job.
Remember, along with your degree or certificate, your resume is a reflection of who you are, what you have accomplished, and what you are capable of doing. It is a marketing document showcasing your ability and skills. You need to create an attractive and appealing resume that contains information employers require. Without a proper resume, you will not get the interview or the job you want.
How many times have you glanced at a book or picked up a magazine to read and flipped through them briefly? How long did it take you to decide whether or not to continue? A few seconds maybe? Well, that is the exact same scenario with your resume. You need to show a compelling and convincing reason to make your potential employer want to meet with you for an interview.
It is that time of year where graduation is upon us. Each year, 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. Half of US college students are the first in their family to go to college and this year is no exception. Each student has reached this chapter in their educational pursuit bringing their own individual experiences, efforts, and struggles to attain their degree or certificate. Coastline’s faculty and staff has always been deeply committed to our students’ success. We believe in a collaborate effort to guide our students through these challenges by providing a variety of resources and support to them through their educational endeavor. This year we are highlighting our students who are completing their studies at Coastline and transferring on to a 4-year pathway college, CSU, or UC. We applaud them and have asked them to share their stories which have shaped their academic experience. Here are a few of their stories:
Most people don’t want to consider themselves disadvantaged or coming from a background in life that may have not been the greatest. There are several ways you can look at this, sometimes you have less hurdles than you really think. Possibly no one in your family ever graduated college so you think it is not even a reality for you. Maybe you are a single parent struggling to make ends meet and you may qualify for a program that will help you rise above your situation. I was in similar shoes one year ago when my father died, and I needed something in my life to change. I was dissatisfied with where I was in my life overall. I knew I could do better. I wanted to do better and improve my situation. I came to realize that people judge you based on your accomplishments. As a mother with two teenage kids, time was going by and I was not making moves fast enough. So, I decide to go back to school after 20 years. I did not have a dollar in my pocket, but I enrolled anyway, and I did not know how I was going to do it. Someone in student services suggested that I visit the EOPS office for aid in paying for my textbooks. The next day I walked in to the EOPS department for textbooks and to my surprise I walked out with groceries, my classes paid for, and a voucher for all my textbooks. It gave me a new lease on life and I knew the future I was hoping for was truly possible.
Looking for ways to help pay for your college? Then you need to look at Federal Work-Study as an avenue to help defray the cost of getting a higher education. What is work-study?
According to the US Department of Education, Federal Work-Study provide part-time jobs for students with financial needs that allows them to earn money while in school to help pay for their education expenses. The program encourages community service work and gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while pursuing a college degree. Many of the jobs are located on the college campus. Here are some caveats and the steps to get to work-study opportunity at Coastline:
Once again, it’s that time of the semester when everyone at school start saying the “F” word. My heart skips a beat whenever someone brings it up . Yes, we’re talking ……FINALS! I don’t know about you, but it seems that every single time the instructors start passing out that midterm final study guide, I’m always perplexed. Why? Because it always seems too soon to be at the halfway point of the course, especially for somebody who needs to catch up on their work.
Fountain Valley, CA, May 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recently announced that Dr. Vincent Rodriguez, Vice President of Instruction at Coastline College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2020-21 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selected leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success. The Rising Presidents Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2020.
| Source: Coastline College – Marketing and Communications Director
Orange County, CA, April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Coastline College announced that it will begin summer classes as scheduled on June 8 with online instruction offering a variety of online courses for 8 week and 10-week classes. Coastline College was recently ranked #4 in the US for best online community colleges for 2020 by College Consensus. The criteria used by College Consensus focused exclusively on regionally accredited, reputable institutions identified as community colleges or technical colleges and determined by the number of available online degrees, web presence, transparency about their offerings, and user-friendliness of the learning platforms.
To identify the Best Online Community Colleges 2020, College Consensus focused exclusively on regionally accredited, reputable institutions identified as community colleges or technical colleges. Editors researched the number of available online degrees, then added three further factors to rank:
transparency about their offerings
user-friendliness of the learning platforms
These three factors help students and their families determine whether the community college they are considering will have a real, qualitative impact on their careers and lives.
Social distancing has brought with it a new reality that would directly impact our education system for the next few months. Moving forward, the class lesson plan will continue online. Unless you’ve already had some experience with them, taking online college courses can represent a bit of a learning curve according to BestSchools.org. Hopefully they could benefit you . Remember as all things practice makes perfect. There are many benefits to online courses such as developing self-motivation. For many students this is a convenient way to juggle personal, professional, and academic responsibilities. Online students will have the flexibility to schedule class time in a way that works around their lifestyle.
It is no longer necessary to be in an office full-time to be a productive member of the team. For employers, working from home can boost productivity, reduce turnover, and lower organizational costs, while employees enjoy perks like flexibility and the lack of a commute. Recently the arrival of Covid-19 triggered a chain of events including a declaration of a national emergency. Citizens all over the globe have followed the Stay-At-Home orders in order to stop the spread of the virus. Many companies have had to transition to employees working from home. Due to the sequence of events that have taken place under the state of emergency, you are going to want to make sure that your productivity stays in tip top shape while working from home.
Orange County, CA, March 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Coastline College located just outside of Los Angeles in Orange County, California through innovation, technology, and education, has been a leader in online education and distance learning since it was founded in 1976. Coastline College has four campuses, yet 80% of these courses have always been offered to students online or in a distance learning format. Since the spread of the coronavirus became a pandemic, the dynamic has changed disrupting the U.S. education system. Schools, colleges and universities completely closed across the country while trying to transition to online learning. However, this contemporary wave of education to online learning is old school for Coastline College.
The internet has opened amazing doors of opportunity for the world. Before the internet, if you wanted to get an education or degree, you had to go to a physical location and live in close proximity to a college or institution. Nowadays with online education you are no longer subject to these traditional barriers to education. Courses can be taken online from colleges and universities no matter where the school is located. Additionally, with the flexibility that online classes offer, you can also manage your work schedule easier around these flexible class schedules. As a result, the workforce is being educated while working which is a new trend in the history of higher education. What was unheard of a generation ago, is becoming common place. Now you can get your degree online, anywhere, anytime, without the constraints of having to be physically located on a college campus.
The cost of college is getting more expensive year after year. But it is important and quite valuable to get a college education and obtain marketable skills in today’s competitive workforce. The thought of paying for four years of college may seem unattainable but there are smart, economical ways to make the cost of college possible. That is why a “hybrid” college experience can make financial sense.
So, what is a hybrid college experience? This is where the student attends a local community college for the first 1-2 years of higher education, and then transfers to a four-year college to finish a degree. The average cost of attending a two-year college is much less than that of a four-year institution and it is one of the smartest choices to reduce the cost of your college education.
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.
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.
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/
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!
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.
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.
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.
Degree holders gain increased earning potential with career opportunities upon graduation from these top-ranked institutions.
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.
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!
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.
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.
See full article below.
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
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.
“To be, or not to be,” that is the questionasked 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?
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:
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.
Want to learn more about the Cybersecurity. Interested in a career in technology?
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.
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.
It used to be that having a degree helped you stand out from the crowd and make you a front runner to potential employers. However, degrees are becoming an increasingly common sight on applications and resumes.
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.
What if you could attend your first year in college – for free? TheCoastline 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.
What do red hues, street decorations, red envelopes, festivities, and January 25, 2020, all have in common? The Lunar New Year is here! Coastline College, along with many others communities, kicked off the Lunar New Year celebration on January 25th.