Turn your associate degree into a bachelor’s

Transfer-FairSavvy students who like to save money while still receiving the best education possible know that the associate degree has become one of the more valuable assets that a person can have in their toolbox. Students are opting to first start with a two-year degree and then transfer to a four-year institution to earn their bachelor’s degree. Not only is this one of the most cost effective ways to gain a quality education, but it also allows a student to change their mind about their focus without losing too much time.

Maybe it’s the saved money, or the convenience or even the flexibility of scheduling that has driven people to go to community colleges, but one thing is for sure: the transfer options and assistance are what ensures success after graduation.

Transfer simplified

One of CCA’s top priorities is ensuring that the transfer process is as easy and seamless as possible. With guidance, tools and resources, CCA students have more potential to succeed than ever. The designated degree program ensures that all classes and credits will transfer to one of the four-year institutions that the college partners with. This means that when you transfer to a university, all of your classes will come with you, making completing a bachelor’s degree more affordable.

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5 ways joining a club will better your life

studentclubblog-imageOne of the best things about being a college student is all of the new opportunities you are afforded.  Beyond the classroom there are many ways for a student to realize their full potential, and joining a student club is one of the best ways to get involved on campus.

There are many reasons why joining a student club is beneficial, both personally and professionally. What areas of your life do you want to improve?

Make new friends and connections

Once you graduate and move into a professional field, networking will be essential in both job growth and reach. This is true of almost any area. Joining a club gives you the opportunity to not only make some new, like-minded friends, but also stretch your networking muscles. Continue reading »

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Why it’s important to observe Black History Month

BHMblog-imageIn the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month, and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history. The celebration can be felt nationally and worldwide as many organizations, cities, states and countries host events that educate on the rich culture, and memorable figures of African American history. As a new month of remembrance begins, let’s consider the important reasons why Black History Month is observed each year.

Celebrate with knowledge

Carter G. Woodson was the sole individual responsible for creating Negro History Week in Washington, D.C., in February 1926. To Woodson, the black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics, and believed that his role was to use black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift. His goal was to ensure that school children be exposed to black history. Woodson chose the second week of February in order to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Continue reading »

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Three ways to upgrade your note taking IQ

notetakingThe semester has kicked off and you’re no doubt starting to feel a little more comfortable with your schedule and are easing into your new class curriculum. Attending class each day is vital in learning the material, but you need to also pay attention. At this point, it’s common knowledge that if you write something down, you’re more likely to remember it. This works in several ways when you’re a student. First, if you’re taking notes during a lecture, you’re more engaged in the material, second, by writing it down you’re more likely to remember it, and third, because you wrote it down you now have reference material to use later for studying.

Taking good notes doesn’t start in the classroom, instead you should get primed before you get there.

Be prepared: Do your homework and reading before you get to class so you’re familiar with the content.
Pick a good seat: For some this will be near the front of the room so the material can be better heard and seen. For those that thrive on distraction, sometimes off to the side works better. Know yourself and pick wisely.
Ask questions: If you miss something, or don’t understand the concept discussed, speak up (or stay after class to ask). Your notes will be far more useful if you can actually comprehend them. Continue reading »

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A CCA Welcome Back Guide

Welcome-ImageWhether you’re a new student or an old pro, the first few days of a new semester can be a whirlwind of activity and have the potential to cause some pretty major stress. Rather than wasting precious time and energy worrying about the details, we want students to focus on their studies, so below is some helpful information that should ease your transition into the new semester.

Campus Resources

There are many resources available to assist CCA students during every step of their educational journey. It’s good to be aware of these options so if you find that you need a little extra help, you know where to turn. Continue reading »

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