Prospective pupils utilize helpful programs to assist in transfer process.
Story and Photo By Carlos Ochoa/Staff Writer/@CarlosOchoaLBCC
One of those options at LBCC is the Community College Partnership.
Albert Moreno, a student-volunteer and peer mentor for the University of California Los Angeles’ CCP center, said the main focus of the program is to give “knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a top university.”
CCP reaches out through peer mentors such as Moreno, who spread information by holding on-campus information booths.
Moreno said he works mostly with minority, undocumented, poor and disabled students, but said the program is open to anyone who meets the CCP criteria.
As a transfer student and former scholar at LBCC, Moreno said he understood the “obstacles and hardships students have experienced,” which sparked an interest to help future transfer students.
According to the 2016-2017 transfer admission guide, students who chose to use the transfer pathways offered by the center were admitted at a rate between 60-73 percent between majors where the acceptance rate was only 10-20 percent for students who were not a part of the program.
Another program is the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) workshop offered by the Career and Transfer services.
According to the LBCC transfer center site, the workshops help students reach UC level criteria by September, to become admitted by fall semester the upcoming year.
Transfer coordinator Ruben Dario Page, said the primary focus of TAG is to “educate students on how to prepare for ‘the guarantee’.” Page said TAG “helps get those juices flowing for transfer early on” in a student’s college career.
Page said it takes some pressure off students by guaranteeing admission to at least one UC school as long as the requirements are met by the TAG deadline; information that could be provided by the LBCC transfer center.
Along with TAG, the UC website holds a Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) which Page said helps UC schools connect to students and extend opportunities by knowing what courses students have taken and plan to take. The transfer coordinator said schools can see what students are interested in and send reminders and recommendations.
Students can make an appointment for the TAG workshop on the LBCC website.
Moreno wanted to remind students who are struggling to keep up their ambition and hard work and take advantage of the resources available.
Page wants students who are eager to transfer to “really keep your options open.”
For any information, students are encouraged to visit the transfer center.