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.Continue reading “5 Ways to Get Free Money for College”
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.Continue reading “7 Ways to Make the Best of Your Winter Break”
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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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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.Continue reading “Intelligent.com Announces Best Associate in Psychology Degree Programs for 2020”
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“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”Continue reading “Press Release: Shine Your Light” On A Coastline College Student This #GivingTuesday”
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!Continue reading “Working and Learning Remotely: How to Earn a College Degree or Teach College at Coastline While Living on an Island”
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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.Continue reading “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”
College professors teach and research a wide variety of topics; humanities, science, business, computer science, engineering, law, etc. These professors are hired at colleges because they are extremely knowledgeable and generally experts in their field. They have a vast array of experience and firsthand knowledge gained through study or their professional careers. They can connect students with influential authorities in the community who can provide career perspectives. They can recommend students for jobs, projects, and internship opportunities. So, the smartest plan as a student to learn and excel is by getting to know your academic scholars. At Coastline College we have some of the best, check them out here.
Invest in You
Investing in a college education is still the smartest investment you can make and the faculty and staff at Coastline are committed to your success, by providing an up-close and personal experience for our students. We spoke with some of these professors and faculty members and asked them for their advice about what is the best way for students to learn from experts.
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Planning Your Career
Career Counselor, Paolo Varquez runs the Career Center at the Fountain Valley Campus which provides career services including career development tools, knowledge, and skills needed to improve career marketability and competitiveness in the 21st-century workplace. Paolo also teaches career and life planning and as he says we are living in a digital world, so he advises:
- Students should create an online profile that shows academic and professional work experience.
- Build relationships with your professors, reach out to those who can be mentors, and some may be able to help you gather work experience in your field of study. They may be able to help you find internships. They can recommend conferences to attend and as a student, the benefits are the costs to participate are usually highly discounted.
- Join organizations and associations within your field of study and actively network.
- Read biographies on authorities in your field of study to learn how they became successful in their careers and help find a strategy for your career pathway.
As an example of how this has worked for students within our Paralegal Department, Department Chair and professor, Stephen Barnes, (a lawyer as well), says one of the best ways for a Paralegal student to learn about their field is to join the local Orange County Paralegal Association. The OCPA holds monthly student sections meetings with presentations of various experts from the legal community. This provides students not only the opportunity to learn from experts in the field who have been where the students are sitting but is also an opportunity to network with other students and paralegals working in law firms or corporations who may be hiring in the future.
Another beneficial way Professor Barnes recommends learning from experts in the field is to volunteer at the Veteran’s Legal Institute, Legal Aid Society, local courthouse or other community organizations. Students will be given hands-on experience that is invaluable to their future career. These pro-bono activities are also great for networking. You never know when one of the attorneys working as a volunteer will be hiring or know of someone who is hiring.
“Sometimes finding a job happens by being in the right place at the right time,” says Barnes.Professor Stephen Barnes
If you expand your network through joining the local paralegal association and/or volunteering for pro bono community organizations, you are more likely to be in the right place when the opportunity arises.
Account Me In
Professor Kevin Erdkamp is the chair of the Accounting Department and is a CPA as well. He says college students that study accounting can join both national and state-based professional accounting organizations of professionals for free. The national organization is the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The California state-based one is California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). Both organizations have local events that are free or low cost for students to attend. Some paid events may have scholarships so students can attend for free.
While these are great organizations, Professor Kevin Erdkamp says the quickest way to success is to volunteer and or do an internship with firms and organizations that offer them. Coastline has an income tax preparation site called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance that is a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and United Way, where students can volunteer to gain important job skills. Volunteers can start as greeters and work their way up to literally preparing real tax returns for our local taxpayers by taking classes at Coastline. Internships are more competitive for students to get than a volunteer position, but they can be a great way for students and potential employers to learn about each other before a student graduates.
These are some examples getting to know your professors can help guide you in your pathway as a student to your prospective rewarding future in your chosen endeavor. These professors are vital resources who can have a significant impact on that potential successful life. Reach out, connect, and network with your academic scholars, you never know where it can lead.
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.”
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.
Initially evolving from a “Day of Unity” in 1981, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The focus of the month is to shed light on what domestic/relationship violence is. Often, domestic violence happens behind closed doors and numerous occasions people are ashamed, embarrassed, or not sure of their situation. However, three in four people know someone who has been involved in a Domestic Violence case. Through awareness, we are able to empower survivors to seek help, speak out, and not stay silent.Continue reading “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month”