Recently I had lunch with a friend. We started talking about my thoughts on getting an A.A. degree at a junior college to make transferring into a university easier. Here is her story.
Her daughter attended public school and participated in the program here in Washington called Running Start. This is where you can earn credit for high school and earn credit for college.
Her daughter was accepted at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Keep in mind she is a resident of Washington state. She has her A.A. in hand. She actually goes down to the university and is getting the tour of her dorm room when it somehow comes up that she will need to take some additional credits because while she does have an A.A. degree not all off those credits are transferable. WHAT!
The daughter ends up attending University of Washington without a problem. Her A.A. accepted. Hmmm . . .
In state sounds like a better idea. But get this, she earns a degree in communications and is now working as a caregiver because she can not find a job. Wow.
There is a lot to think about today isn’t there. This young lady is saddled with student loans and is working for a job that pays close to minimum wage. Which in Washington, our county, is $9.30.
This video is a little different but I liked his point of view and he brings up some good points. It’s a bit long but his thoughts may resonate with you.
Any other insights?
Last night my 16 year old son and I were watching a junior college orientation online about a program here in Washington state called Running Start. This program is for juniors and seniors. These students can receive free tuition for college classes and the classes give the student college and high school credits. Sounds like a great idea right. Well, my highly intelligent son, told me he had a concern. What?
He told me that some universities do not accept all of the credit you may have earned that you want transferred. Hmmm, how can my son know more then me. Shoot, I only graduated about 20 years ago. I head to the internet and start searching. Granted I only looked at NYU and UCLA but here’s what I found. NYU will only take 12 credits from another college and UCLA will take 70 units i.e. credits. This is important information.
Being that I am the high school counselor I better do some more research. The first thing that we had been planning on doing for a while is contact the colleges that offer his major. We did this when he was a freshman but that is a different post. Needless to say he has changed his mind about what he wants to do. The other thing I am wondering about is if he gets an A.A. and then applies to a college how do they work with that. You would think that it would be easy but nothing ever seems to be simple. Let’s pray it’s is cut and dry.
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