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.
  • Noncredit Certificate and Short-term Vocational Programs 
    Mt. San Antonio College's School of Continuing Education 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 may take the English Writing Placement (EWP). The EWP determines your credit English placement.  If you complete Levels 4 to 6 or the VESL program and pass, you may progress into AMLA classes without taking the EWP.  If you are thinking about transferring to credit, it is a good idea to make an appointment with the ESL Counselor!

    Steps to take credit classes for those who are not currently enrolled in ESL Programs (
    1. Online Application - Complete an online Mt. SAC Application for Admission at  After you apply, you will receive an email with account activation instructions and a username to get you started. 
    2. Assessment Questionnaire - Schedule an appointment to take placement tests at the Assessment Center (9B), or call to make an appointment at (909) 274-4265.
    3. Orientation (Bldg. 9B) - 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.  Online orientation is available through the student portal (
    4. Counseling (Bldg. 9B) - 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. Register Online - Go to the student portal ( Remember, before you can proceed, you must have already claimed your online student account.  Once logged in, you can view your assigned registration appointment date and time.
    6. Fees - Pay your fees online or at the Bursar's office (Bldg. 4) 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 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 Degree 
    This degree requires 3-5 years of full-time study in specialized area after completion of a Master's Degree.