10 Reasons Why You Should Become a Student at Coastline College

There is a lot of talk going on about whether or not you should go to college. But once you decide to go, then what? There are so many factors to consider when picking a higher institution from should I save money and go to community college or should I head to a state college? How does one begin to sift through all the information to make a choice?

Well, first step is it depends on your goals and needs. Do you need online courses? Want a guaranteed acceptance to a four-year and a be on a path towards earning a Bachelor’s Degree? Or unsure on how to plan for the career you want? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here are 10 reasons why Coastline might be the college for you.

1. Coastline Goes the Distance for Students

Coastline College prides itself on meeting students wherever they are. Our Academic Success Coaches will help you get started and personally guide you through the on boarding process and be by your side throughout your academic career. This free service is offered to help students develop a plan and strategies to navigate college and achieve goals.

Our coaches work individually with students in person, by phone, and/or online. Instructors are even encouraged to email coaches for in-class presentations on tips and connect students who may be struggling academically or need personalized assistance such as:

  • Intro to college life
  • Provide prompt and individualized attention
  • Support your academic, professional and personal goals
  • Attending to any type of your distress
  • Connecting you to resources
  • Hosting workshops for instructors and students
  • And more!

Need help quickly? Coastline coaches offer Cranium Cafe, which is a video conferencing application to service students and express coaching for quick questions.

2. Building School Around You

Newport Beach Campus

Coastline offers exceptional class flexibility to meet your current lifestyle. Coastline offers hybrid courses, classes that are mainly online with minimal in-person class time, and in-person classes at three different locations within Orange County,

and we offer hundreds of courses online , Independent Study, and Telecourses available through Distance Learning. Additionally, you have the option of multiple start dates with 4-, 8-, 12- and 16-week classes.

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Planning on continuing to a Bachelor’s? We also offer a pathway to a Bachelor’s with partnered schools through Learning 1st. The program offers an affordable, convenient, student-centered path to an accredited online four-year institution. Students can earn a degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Global Business, Human Services or Psychology.

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3. Career Planning

Coastline provides many opportunities for students to learn life and career planning skills that are necessary to develop and achieve their educational and personal goals. Available at all of our campuses including College Center, the Counseling Department is housed on the 1st floor. What can students expect? Our professionally trained counselors assist with educational planning, career exploration, re-entry services, counseling courses, transfer planning and more! Are you an online student? No problem, counselors are available online and by phone as well.

The department provides support through the following services:

  • Educational Planning
  • DegreeWorks
  • Career Exploration
  • Re-Entry Services
  • Counseling Courses
  • Transfer Planning

In addition, our helpful and responsive counseling support team is available to assist you with

  • Scheduling of initial or follow-up counseling appointments
  • Answering commonly asked questions
  • Resources

Appointments are available for students both day and evening as well as in-person, by-phone, and video counseling with Cranium Cafe, a meeting and collaboration platform designed specifically for student support.

4. Financial Aid

Student researching scholarships

Another service to help students succeed is our financial aid office. If you are a current or prospective student, Coastline has several available opportunities for students to apply for aid such as scholarships, FAFSA, California Dream Act, Grants, California Promise Program and more.

Financial Aid isn’t just available to full time students. Coastline offers a a variety of options that students may qualify for such as: full time, part time, military students, and first year’s with Coastline Promise, which helps recent high school graduates transition into Coastline College students with financial and academic support. The program provides benefits like covering your first year’s fees textbook vouchers, priority registration, dedicated career planning, free tutoring, and MORE!

Need more help? Have specific questions? Need deadline dates? Speak with a specialist today!

Financial Aid Specialist

5. Student Success Centers (Free Tutoring)

Student receiving additional assistance

Offered year round, we offer free tutoring on a variety of topics and study spaces for students to further their learning, plan ahead, organize and most of all, never give up. What can students expect? Free access to tutors on any assignment for any course, space for individual or group study, available computers internet connected computers and online tutoring for online students.

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In addition to in-person tutoring, students can enjoy the convenience of online with Smarthinking Online Tutoring, an online tutoring service that Coastline provides to all active students. Students can receive help in a variety of subjects.

Coastline offers student success centers at the Garden Grove Campus, Newport Beach Campus and Le-Jao Westminster.

6. Online Library

Did you know our library is 100% online? That’s right, if you’re studying last minute or need a resource quickly, our online database is full of resources for students.

Student can utilize the following:

  • eBooks & Databases – Coastline offers online eBook and Databases for general research, business, media and video, health, nursing, & medicine, psychology, technical & career education, and more!
  • Library Workshops – Students can enroll in workshops and get the support they need to be successful such as Avoiding Plagiarism, Library Orientation, and more!
  • Places to Study – Need a place to study? The library compiled all the best places to study around our three campuses.
  • Research Help – The Library can help students with research as well! Whether it’s through the YouTube Channel, Canvas or other resources, take advantage or the tips we have.
  • Textbook Information – Coastline has plenty of textbook options for students including Coastline Bookstore, List of Textbook for courses and a Reserve Library.
  • VEP/Proctors – Resources for education partner and proctors including free eBook Collections, YouTube Channel, Academic Database, and Proctor Resources.
  • And more!

Don’t know where to start? Elizabeth our Librarian is here to help with her video series.

7. Veterans Resource Centers

Veteran taking online courses

Are you a veteran looking to continue your education? Are you a dependent? Coastline offers assistance to Veterans and dependents for those seeking benefits under state and federal regulations.

As an institution helping to fulfill the growing demands of veterans needs, Coastline offers priority registration for first two years, approved VA school certifying officials and college credit for military experience.

8. Student Life at Coastline

Students enjoying campus life

Join a college where you can get involved! Coastline provides a safe and fun environment to learn and discover your full potential.

Clubs are a great way to bridge the gap for students and establish relationships with other students over common interests and build their network. We offer a variety of ways for students to participate in student clubs such as Pre-Med Club, Pride Club, and Psychology Club and college activities. Students can also engage in leadership opportunities with the Associated Student Government.

Are you an online student? Coastline supports the college experience 100% no matter where students are learning from. Not just limited to on campus students, we encourage virtual students to create clubs. This way all student voices are represented.

Additionally, during the first week of classes, students are ‘greeted’ during Welcome Week. During this week, students are welcomed with information booths, events, Meet the Deans and of course, free swag!

Looking to join a community? We also offer students the chance to build bridges with the local community through special programs such as College Promise, STAR 2.0, and others, we encourages student to get involved.

9. Coastline Art Gallery

Dedicated to fostering art, Coastline College Art Gallery provides the local community and provides opportunities for interactions between students, artists, art professionals and the public. In addition to the exhibition program, students can relax and enjoy exhibits, opening receptions, artist lectures, artist in residence programs, art sales and other art related events.

Admission to the gallery is free! Make sure to check out the blog for the latest information.

Coastline Art Gallery

10. Grow Your Network

Group of business professionals networking

Your experience at Coastline will open the door to your next step in your career. We provide pathways to transfer to a four-year, take your career to the next level or directly into the workforce, you’ll find it all at our Career Service Center.

Explore ways to get a jump start before graduation by improving career marketability and competitiveness through Coastline. Our career center provides the following services:

  • Career exploration
  • Career assessments
  • Job, Internships, volunteer opportunities
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume and cover letter critiques
  • Career Fairs
  • In-person and virtual career workshops
  • Graduate school planning and applications

Our career center also understands that certain individuals may certain needs and assist all backgrounds. Through this, Coastline identifies personality, strengths, interests, values, skills, passions and connect students with a career that best fits those factors.

What makes Coastline’s career center unique is the backwards planning approach. Instead of choosing a major and hoping there will be a job waiting for you after you graduate, we look at the job market to determine the demand for what you’re studying. We assess your strengths, skills, values, and interests and match it with potential occupations and majors that fit best. We plan for what experiences you will gain in addition to your education so you can gain valuable skills and increase your marketability after you graduate. We connect you with individuals in your field as these leads to letters of recommendations, professional references, and potential mentors. We have a philosophy of focusing on, not just having an education, but improving social mobility.

Paolo Varquez, M.S. Career Services Center

Coming in soon! You will also get an automated version of Career Assistance at Coastline with our new online Career Coach. When students have a career vision, they’re more likely to complete their program of study on time and succeed in their careers if they have a coach. Career Coach gives that vision and helps with planning. This powerful online service, coming soon, uses Emsi’s comprehensive labor market data to help students find careers that match their strengths and discover programs at Coastline that will prepare them for success. Also, the online Career Coach will provide self-assessments that will match you up with careers based on things you are interested in and it allows you to compare career pathway: salaries, required education, and more! Finally, Career Coach will even suggest tasks and skills to include based on your work experience! You’ll be able to create your resume and send it directly to employers within Career Coach!

Want to learn more about Coastline? Ready to get started? All you need to get started is Apply!

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