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Choices Beyond ESL

 The following are some of the choices students have after completing our ESL program.  Speaking with a counselor can help you make this important decision.  Some programs are:

    • VESL Career Paths 
      Vocational ESL (VESL) Career Paths is a program for advanced ESL students who are preparing to transition to college and credit classes, vocational certificate programs, are seeking better job opportunities.  For more information, contact the VESL Outreach Specialist at (909) 274-5236.
    • Non-Credit Certificate and Short-Term Vocational Programs 
      Mt. San Antonio College's Continuing Education division offers a variety of noncredit certificate programs designed to develop or enhance vocational skills.  These certificate programs are similar to those awarded through the credit programs at Mt. San Antonio College.  They are well recognized by business and industry, and frequently used as a requirement for professional advancement.  See our ESL Counselor or call the Community Education office for more information at (909) 274-4220.
    • Transfer to Credit 

      If you are interested in taking credit classes, you must take a college placement test called the Assessment of Written English (AWE). The AWE determines your credit English placement.  You may be eligible for American Language (AmLa) classes, English 68, or English 1A.  The ESL Student Services Team provides Application Workshops and Credit Orientations.  You will have a level of priority registration when you apply for credit programs through our department.  If you are thinking about transferring to credit, it is a good idea to make an appointment with the ESL Counselor!

      1. Application - Go to CCCApply and fill out the online application. 
      2. Assessment - Schedule placement tests at the Assessment Center in the Student Services Center, or call to make an appointment at (909) 274-4265.
      3. Orientation - You will be introduced to college programs and services, and you will be advised of your rights and responsibilities as a Mt. San Antonio College student.  To schedule for an orientation, call the Counseling Department at (909) 274-4380.
      4. Counseling & Advisement - Counselors will help you develop an educational plan and provide information on resources that you can use in order to be successful in college.
      5. Registration - You will receive a registration date by claiming your account and logging on to your MyPortal account.  You must register using the MyPortal system.
      6. Fees - Pay your fees online or at the Cashier's office within 5 working days after you register.
    • Certificates, Transfers, and Degrees Vocational Certificate 
      Mt. San Antonio College offers certificate programs in a series of major courses, all related to a particular occupation skills.  Objective of these programs is immediate employment. 
    • GED Exam Preparation 
      The General Education Development (GED) certificate is considered equivalent to a high school diploma.  You may earn this certificate by passing the official GED test.  Coursework is offered in the basic skills lab to prepare students to pass the GED test.  For more information, call the Community Education Center at (909) 274-4935.
    • Associate's Degree 
      Mt. San Antonio College offers two associate degree programs.  The Associate in Science degree is designed for vocational majors while the Associate in Arts degree is appropriate for students seeking a baccalaureate degree.
    • Bachelor's Degree 
      This normally requires 4-6 years of full-time work.  You may complete the first two years at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year college/university.
    • Master's Degree 
      This is a professional degree that requires 2-3 years of study after completion of a Bachelor's Degree.
    • Doctorate's Degree 
      This degree requires 3-5 years of full-time study in specialized area after completion of a Master's Degree.