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What is Retail Management?

Retail management is an area in business emphasizing processes and strategies associated with training, managing, organizing, leading, and training individuals and teams within a retail organization.  A retail manager is also known as a retail supervisor in many regions.  Retail managers possess willingness and capacity to manage resources, develop plans, and organize people within a retail business.  Managers will need to carefully assess opportunities and risks as a store or company strives to meet a collective set of business objectives.

In a traditional sense, retail managers are charged with controlling a public or private, walk-in store location or a set of locations in an efficient, profitable manner to take advantage of a business opportunity, satisfy customer demand, or set of market inefficiencies.

According to the BLS, retail management is a vital role in the growth of the United States economy.  Despite common perception about retail shopping, it continues to swell over time.  In fact, retail sales have doubled in the past decade despite the belief online sales were taking over the economy at the expense of all retail commerce.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$43,910

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

15.59%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

1,194,290

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Retail Management Degree

Drexel University is a top public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel University offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of its academic programs are nationally ranked, and the renowned faculty is made up of leaders in their fields.

Drexel University excels at offering a convergence between theoretical and practical approaches to learning, integrating media, technologies and sciences to create a learning environment that includes research, discovery and discourse. Many programs are interdisciplinary, with cooperative education offered among Drexel's 13 colleges and schools.

The research advancements at Drexel are well-known, and the university's research activities result in more than $100 million annual expenditures in sponsored research projects. Research projects encompass medical and health sciences, engineering, biotechnology, basic science, information science and business. Integrative research projects at Drexel have included efforts to improve transportation infrastructure, move alternative energy sources mainstream, and improve medical care.

Drexel University also offers study abroad programs, and recently opened its Center for Graduate Studies, which caters to working professionals who are seeking additional education for advancement in their careers. Drexel offers seven of its highly-ranked programs at its Sacramento, California location in flexible online or onsite formats. Graduate programs at this site include:

  • MBA
  • MS Finance
  • MS Human Resource Development
  • EdD Educational Leadership and Management
  • MS Higher Education
  • Executive Master of Public Health
  • Interdepartmental Medical Science

History

In 1891, philanthropist and financier Anthony J. Drexel founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. His goal was to launch a tradition of innovation in education. In 1914, Drexel was approved to grant bachelor's degrees. In 1927, Drexel gained the approval to confer master's degrees. In 1965, Drexel was approved to confer doctoral degrees. Over the years, Drexel developed its curricula evolving into multiple colleges and schools. In 1970, the Drexel changed its name to "Drexel University."

Academics

At Drexel University, the majority of study programs operate according the quarter system, though some follow the semester system. Students are advised to consult their individual college or school to determine if their program of study follows a quarter or semester format. The colleges of medicine and law also follow separate academic calendars.

Colleges and Schools

Within each college or school at Drexel University, there are also many centers and institutes.

  • Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • School of Education - Goodwin College
  • College of Engineering
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • School of Public Health
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology
  • Earle Mack School of Law
  • Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • School of Technology and Professional Studies - Goodwin College

Student Life

Drexel University's Office of Student Life has resources, programs and activities available for all students, including student support services. More than 200 student clubs and organizations are available for involvement, to bring students together for social, academic, professional or service projects. The Office of Campus Activities is a source of additional information for students seeking involvement, recreation and entertainment beyond the classroom.

There are many local chapters of fraternities and sororities that offer activities to members, as well as housing in the historic Powelton Village in Philadelphia. Students seeking recreation and fitness have the Drexel Recreation Center at their disposal, with many exercise studios, a climbing wall, jogging track, and more.

Traditions

The Drexel University school colors are blue and yellow (gold). The Drexel University mascot is the dragon, and the university's athletic teams are nicknamed the Drexel "Dragons." The mascot, "Mario the Dragon," appears at Drexel sporting events in a blue dragon costume with yellow accents. Spirit and cheer teams work with "Mario" to encourage school spirit at events throughout the year.

Athletics

More than 400 Drexel student-athletes compete in intercollegiate sports in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel's varsity sports include:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis

Satellite Campuses

The Drexel network of satellite campuses and learning centers include:

  • Drexel University Online
  • Drexel Sacramento (Center for Graduate Studies)
  • Drexel at Burlington County College (BCC)
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Community Life

The Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University offers students many opportunities to interface with the local community in Philadelphia. Drexel collaborates with many community non-profit organizations and local government offices, providing students the opportunity to get involved in more than 150 civic engagement initiatives each year.

Acceptance Rate

74.7

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Students at St. John's receive an education that includes both academic study and service to those less fortunate. The curriculum at St. John's includes centers of excellence that provide research opportunities in sustainable global development and social justice. Students can participate in volunteering, mentoring and "service learning" programs at all of St. John's campuses and beyond.

Among its more than 100,000 alumni are officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, leaders of well-known businesses and industries, and at least one successful producer in the entertainment industry.

History

The Vincentian Community founded St. John's University in 1870 as an educational institution committed to the values of St. Vincent de Paul. The St. John's approach to education places an emphasis on the teachings of St. Vincent, which focus on respect for the individual, human solidarity, service to the needy and making the world a better place.

Academics

The academic calendar for St. John's University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. Students have several ways to earn college credit during the summer through four summer sessions: Pre Session in May, Session I in May-July, Session II in July-August, and Post Session in August.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of St. John's University are:

  • St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  • College of Professional Studies
  • St. John's Distance Learning
  • School of Law 

The centers and institutes at St. John's University include:

  • Center for Community Services
    • Center for Psychological Services
    • Reading and Writing Education Center
    • Speech and Hearing Center
  • Center for Global Development
  • Center for Professional Education
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • CLACS - Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Division of Academic Support Services
  • Division of Special and Opportunity Programs
  • Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center
  • Emergency Medical Services Institute
  • English Language Institute: The Language Connection
  • Financial Services Institute
  • Grants and Sponsored Research
  • Health Education Resource Center (HERC)
  • Imagery Institute
  • Institute for Asian Studies
  • Institute for Biotechnology
  • Institute for Core Studies (ICS)
  • Institute for Writing Studies
  • Italian Cultural Center
  • Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • ROTC
  • Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
  • Vincentian Center for Church and Society
  • Women in Science Program

Student Life

Student life activities at St. John's University include campus ministry, multicultural affairs, intramural sports for men and women, campus fitness and recreation, and special campus activities like grocery bingo, where students can play bingo to win free groceries.

The student wellness program at St. John's, called "SWELLness," is committed to helping students maintain a holistic approach to their health in all areas, including physical, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual and intellectual. The SWELL calendar offers many health-related workshops and seminars through the year, including meditation courses.

St. John's three campuses in New York provide residential living. The Queens Campus provides six high-tech residence halls with wireless Internet access, study rooms, a computer center, lounges, dining hall and 24-hour security.

The Staten Island Campus offers modern, apartment-style living adjacent to campus, and the Manhattan Campus offers limited student housing in a 10-story high rise.

Traditions

The athletic program at St. John's University was founded in 1907 with its intercollegiate men's basketball program. In the beginning, this team was traditionally referred to as the "Wonder Five." The baseball team was established at St. John's at a later date, and made it to the College World Series several times between 1949 and 1968. Women's athletics were added in the 1970s. In the 1990s the St. John's athletic teams changed their nickname from the "Wonder Five" to the "Red Storm," a nickname that continues today.

The color of the athletic uniforms for St. John's has been red since the early days, and the traditional colors for the university are red and white.

Athletics

St. John's 17 "Red Storm" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its primary campus in Queens, New York, St. John's University has five satellite locations, including:

  • Staten Island, NY
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Oakdale, NY
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France

Community Life

St. John's University has strong partnerships in the diverse communities of New York City. The Offices of Community Relations and Community Business Development at St. John's facilitate civic groups, social organizations, arts agencies, free concerts, special events, blood drives, food drives, community support for local businesses, and many charitable efforts.

Acceptance Rate

72.34

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

The University of Arkansas offers degree programs in everything from history to drama, engineering to geosciences, and accounting to animal science or landscape architecture. Many students take courses abroad during their college careers, completing their degrees under the auspices of University of Arkansas. Students at the graduate and undergraduate levels participate in research, development and inventions.

There is a prestigious faculty at University of Arkansas, and past faculty members in the School of Law were Bill and Hillary Clinton. Alumni of the University include top executives of national and international companies, and award-winning writers, scientists, and more. A particularly notable alumnus of the University was J. William Fulbright, a Rhodes Scholar who later became president of the University and a U.S. Senator. He founded the Fulbright Grant Program, one of the greatest international exchange programs for faculty and students in the world.

 

History

The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 as a land-grant university and state university. The community of Fayetteville raised the funding for the university's campus as part of a competition inspired by the Organic Act of 1871 to support agricultural and industrial education.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Arkansas follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

  • Honors College
  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
  • Fay Jones School of Architecture
  • J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • College of Education and Health Professions
  • College of Engineering
  • Global Campus
  • Graduate School
  • School of Law

Student Life

The University of Arkansas boasts 300 registered student clubs and organizations for those looking to get involved with groups that focus on special interests, religion, culture, academics, professional careers, and more. There are also many local chapters of sororities and fraternities available for involvement. The intramural sports program offers activities and tournaments for students who seek active involvement beyond the classroom. The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building offers many opportunities for exercise and fitness, including racquetball, basketball, swimming, and rock climbing, among others.

There are more than one dozen residence halls that offer on-campus living at the University of Arkansas, and there are many opportunities for off-campus living as well. The eateries on campus offer plenty of selection and dining options.

Other venues and activities on campus that offer recreation and entertainment include music and theatre performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, guest lectures, and outdoor movies.

Student services include counseling, healthcare and wellness services, and academic guidance and support.

 

Traditions

The school colors for the University of Arkansas are red and white. Since 1909, the school mascot has been a razorback hog, when the athletic coach referred to his teams as "...a wild band of razorback hogs." The athletic teams have been nicknamed the Arkansas "Razorbacks" ever since.

Beginning in the 1920s, the Arkansas Hog Call, or school yell, was heard at school games. It sounds like "Wooo, Pig, Sooie."

The logo of the Arkansas "Razorbacks" is known officially as the "Profile Hog," but is called the "Helmet Hog" by fans, because it is emblazoned on the team football helmets.

Athletics

The University of Arkansas "Razorbacks" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The University of Arkansas has one, primary campus in Fayetteville, AK.

Community Life

Fayetteville, Arkansas is located in a "metroplex" area that is home to many large corporations, including Tyson Foods and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Recent reports have named Fayetteville one of the "Best Performing Cities" for its economic performance, and "One of America's Most Livable Cities." It is considered one of the least stressful metro areas in the nation, and an excellent place to live, study and retire.

Acceptance Rate

77.09

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The University of North Texas (UNT) is an institute of higher learning that offers 4-year undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees.  UNT has been a leader with many of its college programs including the first jazz studies program in the United States.  It also established the first doctoral program in art education and the first comprehensive training and research center for Spanish-language media.

The UNT has been widely recognized for its excellent faculty.  Among its faculty are many well-known researchers and award winners including Fulbright scholars, National Science Foundation CAREER award recipients, as well as many Grammy, Pulitzer and Emmy winners, among others.  Additionally, many UNT students have been named Goldwater Scholars for their achievements in math, science and engineering.

History

The University of North Texas was founded in 1890, and is the oldest university in the region of North Texas.  The first classes of UNT were held at Texas Normal College and Teacher's Training Institute when Denton, Texas was still a developing frontier city.

The UNT had many presidents who instigated many changes and improvements over the years.  In 1999, UNT was designated as an official university system, called the UNT System Center at Dallas or the UNT Dallas Campus, which was opened as an extension of UNT.  In 2001, the UNT System was recognized as one of six higher education systems in Texas.

Academics

The UNT's academic calendar follows the semester system, called "terms," with a fall, spring and summer term.

Colleges and Schools

The University of North Texas has many departments in its different colleges and schools that, among them, offer 97 bachelor's degree programs, 88 master's degree programs and 40 doctoral degrees.

UNT Colleges and Schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • Honors College
  • College of Public Affairs and Community Service
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information
  • School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management
  • College of Music
  • College of Visual Arts and Design
  • Toulouse Graduate School
  • Mayborn School of Journalism

Student Life

There are 14 residence halls at the University of North Texas, offering a variety of on-campus living options.  A cafeteria and five different on-campus cafes provide places to meet and hang out with friends.

The more than 300 student organizations at UNT that include several fraternities and sororities, 42 academic associations and 54 honors societies, multicultural and political groups, service and religious societies, spirit and special-interest groups, recreational sports teams, as well as a student newspaper, radio station and cable television station.

The UNT Student Activities Center provides resources, services and advising to help students operate organizations.  It also runs many of the larger campus events.

UNT students who enjoy arts and entertainment will appreciate the nearly 1,000 concerts the College of Music presents each year, including the jazz music that UNT is best known for. Numerous art exhibits, film showings and theatre and dance performances are available on and around campus.  Adventure trips and equipment rentals are available at UNT's Outdoor Pursuits Center.

UNT Student Services include free tutoring, counseling, a career center, a low-cost eye center, pharmacy, medical evaluations, study skills and money management seminars and free legal advice.

Traditions

The University of North Texas is rich in school traditions like fight songs, a hand signal and other practices that promote a strong sense of pride and unity among its student body.

The UNT's mascot is the eagle, its school colors are green and white, and its athletic teams are the Talons, but nicknamed "Mean Green."  The eagle claw hand signal is a traditional symbol of pride and unity at UNT.

The lighting of McConnell Tower on the UNT campus is a tradition that symbolizes success, "the lamp of learning," and academic excellence.

The "spirit bell" is a UNT tradition that began in 1891 when a large bell was brought to the Denton campus to be rung to signal class changes and evening curfew.  Through the years it was also taken to sports games and rung there to signify team spirit.  The original bell was damaged, and has been replaced by a new bell that continues to be rung at games, pep rallies and school events to promote school pride and spirit.

Athletics

The UNT has 16 intercollegiate athletics teams for men and women, including its award-winning men's basketball team.  Other "Mean Green" Talon sports teams include women's basketball and men's football, as well as soccer, softball, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. More information can be found at MeanGreenSports.com.

 Community Life

The University of North Texas campus is in Denton, Texas.  Denton is a town of approximately 100,000 people.  It is located 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

The UNT offers numerous student organizations that are dedicated to service and volunteerism, allowing students to connect with and help the local community.  Some of these organizations are Alpha Phi Omega, America Reads Academy of Empowerment, Champions of Equity and Diversity, and Sister 2 Sister, among others.

Acceptance Rate

73.61

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson was the first university to be established in the state of Arizona, in 1885. The three campuses stretch over 387 acres and constitute the oldest continually maintained 'green space' in this otherwise desert region. The university serves over 35,000 students across all disciplines, including both undergraduate and postgraduate students. For example, UA offers 300 undergraduate degrees in 20 colleges and 11 schools. The faculty includes Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners and the National Science Foundation has ranked the University of Arizona as the 16th top public university in the country.

There are a large number of residences for students, almost all of which are co-ed. Residence Life has all the information you need to apply to a residence hall and be sure of getting the most out of your time on campus. The Admissions Office provides information on a wide variety of scholarships and financial aid as well as everything else you need to know about applying to the university.

Communication and community spirit are encouraged at UA. The Faculty Fellows is one example of a program in place to help generate both of these. The aim of this program is to enable the students to spend time with the faculty outside of the classroom and engender a spirit of community in the university. UA aims to be as diverse as possible and has a number of programs in place to ensure the continued diversity of both the student body and the faculty. This diversity includes both minority groups, international students and disabled staff and students. Disabled staff and students should contact the Disability Resource Center to learn about the specific details of assistance. Outreach programs are also available, as UA is committed to making a difference in people's lives.

The Student Recreation Center provides information on a variety of different things to do besides studying. A wide variety of sports are offered at the university as well as a variety of other student societies. There are art galleries, museums, theatres and a large number of libraries with an enormous amount of resources on offer to the student.

Acceptance Rate

84.59

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

LIM, located in New York, NY, is a private art institution that offers students a comprehensive education and training in the arts. LIM College offers several great programs to select from. A list of the more popular programs being offered for students includes:

  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services
  • Design and Visual Communications
  • Business Administration

To help students and alumni succeed, LIM may offer student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Student success after graduation may be determined by a number of factors, including graduation rate and loan default. At LIM College, the graduation rate is around 53%, and the school has an average loan default rate of around 6%.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited the education provided by LIM College for over thirty-seven straight years. To learn more and get consumer disclosures, please visit limcollege.edu.

Acceptance Rate

83.46

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Lindenwood University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Saint Charles, Missouri, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. LU has a yearly student enrollment of approximately eleven thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Students may take either the SAT or ACT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score in a range of 1250 to 1640 on the SAT, or 20 to 24 for the ACT is usually submitted among admitted students. This school admits about 50 percent of students applying annually. Of those accepted, about 58 percent of students enrolled. More information on admissions can be found at lindenwood.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $15,000, but may change each year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The mascot for LU is the "Lions", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)

Students who wish to view more about this school may take a look at their website at http://www.lindenwood.edu.

Acceptance Rate

87.56

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Columbia College Chicago provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Chicago, Illinois and operated as a private institution. Approximately twelve thousand students are enrolled per year at Columbia College Chicago.

Areas of study offered at Columbia College Chicago include:

  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Communication Technology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

The school has an open enrollment policy, admitting any applicants that meet the basic requirements for admission. Submission of transcripts, records, test scores, and letters of recommendations may be needed for certain programs.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $23,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and that is why students should use the school's tuition calculator to identify their cost of attendance. This school may offer financial aid for students that qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Students who would like to see more about this school may check out their website at http://www.colum.edu.

Acceptance Rate

90.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

History

The University of Northwestern Ohio was founded in 1920 as the Northwestern School of Commerce. Over the last 90 years the school has gone through several name changes, finally arriving at its current name in 2000. UNOH is located in Lima, Ohio, and houses five colleges on its campus:

College of Business

College of Applied Technologies

College of Health Professions

College of Occupational Professions

Graduate College

UNOH is a low cost private institution that has no additional out of state tuition fees.

Academics

UNOH offers certificate, diploma, bachelors and masters degree programs. Additionally, UNOH offers online courses for a majority of its programs to accommodate distance learners and provide flexible scheduling. The goal of the institution is to deliver a quality education to individuals and help make them productive members of society.

Some of the programs offers:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrolling at UNOH should complete and submit an application which will then be reviewed and responded to by the admissions staff within four weeks. If accepted, students will either receive full or conditional acceptance with full acceptance having no restrictions and conditional acceptance being for one semester to see whether normal academic progress is achieved.

Financial aid is also available. UNOH asks that students check local scholarships and apply prior to the deadline along with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), after which eligibility for federal aid will be determined by the Student Aid Report (SAR). Further queries can be made to the financial aid office.

Athletics

The UNOH Racers compete in the NAIA in the WHAC conference. UNOH is the only university in the United States to own a race track and to offer scholarships for motorsports.

Sports programs:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Motorsports
  • Cheerleading

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

24:1

Irvine Valley College has many outstanding programs to choose from. IVC offers more than 60 associate degrees as well as over 50 certificate programs. Student enrollment exceeds 15,000 students with students from over 50 different countries. Tuition for California residents is $46 per credit. Not only is Irvine Valley College affordable, but it offers an education that propels students to success. Many students have gone on to earn advanced degrees in medicine and law. The college has developed agreements with four-year institutes which include transfer programs. These programs allow students to transfer to California State University campuses.  An outstanding honors program provides high achieving individuals a challenge. Students who finish the honor program are given top priority when applying to UCLA and other top universities. The school emphasizes STEM students. Irvine Valley College provides chances for students to work together to achieve more.  In addition, Irvine Valley College works with veterans to help them transition to an academic program. Over 3,000 veterans are currently enrolled. IVC has been designed a Military Friendly School for 2013. The college offers many outstanding services that assist students. There is a counseling center that provides students the help they need. Child care is also available for parents who want to attend Irvine Valley College. Student clubs and organizations help enhance ones college experience. On campus clubs include Art Club, ASEC, BEES, Biological Society, Business Leaders Society, Cheer Club, Chinese Club, Finance Club, Forensics, Geography Club, Math Club, Pre-med club, and Green Team Alliance.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

31:1

Serving the Tri-Valley area of San Francisco, or Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, Las Positas College (LPC) provides commuter students both transfer curriculums and degree programs in a number of career-ready areas of study.

Two-year transfer programs allow students to earn the credits needed to complete degree programs at four-year colleges. Programs of this type are offered in computer science, business administration, psychology, chemistry, and the liberal arts. Programs that lead to employment shortly after graduation or that focuses on occupational specialties include:

  • Fire service
  • Viticulture
  • Computer information systems
  • Business entrepreneurship
  • Early childhood development
  • Automotive technology

Students can take classes online as well as on campus. The school, which focuses on making a commitment to the environment, is involved in sustainability programs and recycling. The large career college currently has an enrollment of just over 9,000 students. Students who live in California pay a much lower tuition rate than students from out of state.

The school, which has a 75% retention rate, charges California residents $46 per unit and non-residents $272 per unit – a substantial difference if you don’t live in the state. Contact the college for further information by phoning them at 925-424-1000. They are located at 300 Campus Hill Drive in Livermore, California.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1

Saddleback College is a two-year community college located in South Orange County, California. It offers lifelong learning, academic transfer programs, associate degree and certificate programs and career training. There are more than 300 academic programs at the associate degree level, and more than 190 occupational skills programs that prepare students to join the workforce.

Academic study areas include everything from accounting, acting and musical theatre, to economics and education, and nursing or nutrition to oceanography or psychology.

Saddleback College also offers online learning and study abroad programs. Its successful transfer program for students transferring to the University of California or California State University systems ranks high. Universities and colleges that Saddleback students transfer to include UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State University, among others.

Saddleback College offers a comprehensive selection of arts programs, where students can choose from degrees in music, photography, art, cinema-television-radio, speech and theatre. There is an on-campus television station, radio station, and 400-seat theatre (McKinney Theatre) - all offering state-of-the-art facilities.

History

Saddleback College was founded in 1968 in Mission Viejo, California.

Academics

The academic calendar for Saddleback College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year community college, the academic units for Saddleback College are divided into departments and divisions, rather than into colleges and schools.

Student Life

Students at Saddleback College can choose from more than 50 student clubs and organizations, or enjoy some of the many sports events, cultural activities or campus arts and entertainment.

Student services include advising, counseling, career planning, job placement services, on-campus childcare, a health center, re-entry services, veterans educational services, and more.

Traditions

Saddleback College is the "home of the Gauchos"(college mascot). The official school colors are cardinal red and gold, with white as an accent color.

Athletics

The Saddleback College "Gauchos" athletic teams have won three national championships, 24 state championships, and many regional and conference titles. The "Gauchos" compete in 20 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Online courses and programs are available through Saddleback College, but there is only one campus location, and it is in Mission Viejo, California.

Community Life

Saddleback College offers a Community Education program with classes that complement the academic curriculum. These are short-term, non-credit classes. Community Education classes are geared for both children and adults in response to a community need. Classes for the community include dance, music, sports, arts, reading and writing, among others.

The Saddleback College Emeritus Institute is a community program that offers courses in subjects geared towards older adults, or senior citizens. These courses are offered at community centers throughout Orange County.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

26:1

A community college located in Olympia in Washington, South Puget Sound Community college is a 125 acres school that serves around 7,000 students each year. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities thereby ensuring that the quality of education taught in SPSCC meets beyond the standard.

South Puget Sound Community College has two campuses. The main campus in Olympia is surrounded with tranquil and lush woods which make it a perfect setting, conducive for learning while the Lacey Campus is located near residential areas providing access to local students.

There are a variety of academic programs in South Puget Sound Community and aside from the associate degrees and certificates, the school also teaches technical courses, non-credit programs, workshops and employee retraining courses. For this Academic Year (2013-2014), the tuition fee rates of South Puget Sound is $107 for enrollees living in  Washington while out-of-district and out-of-country students have to pay $120 and $279 respectively.

South Puget Sound Community College offers transfer services to students who want to pursue a four-year bachelor’s course using their associate degrees. Fortunately, SPSCC is part of the Washington Transfer Curriculum thus students do not need to worry about their units not being credited by other schools.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Orange Coast College (OCC) is a two-year community college located near the coastline south of Los Angeles, in Costa Mesa, California. OCC has more than 130 academic and career training programs that lead to a certificate of achievement or an associate's degree. OCC prepares a significant number of its students for successful transfer into the University of California and California State University systems, as well as private colleges and universities nationwide.

OCC has state-of-the art classrooms with the latest technology, and the OCC faculty provides different teaching methods for different learning styles, as well as various lectures and labs. OCC offers both on campus and online classes.

Career and certificate programs at OCC range from accounting to airline service careers, aviation pilot training to jewelry design or Web design, computer programming to dental assisting, from early childhood education to emergency medical technician, and hotel management to professional mariner training, welding, and many more.

History

Orange Coast College was established in 1948 with 500 students enrolled. Over the years, it has grown into one of the nation's largest community colleges, with thousands of students enrolled each semester.

Academics

The academic calendar for Orange Coast College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks in length. OCC's summer session offers six and eight-week classes, which begin in June. A short winter intersession is also sometimes offered.

Colleges and Schools

The academic study areas at Orange Coast College are grouped into divisions, rather than into colleges and schools. The OCC academic divisions are:

  • Business & Computing
  • Consumer & Health Sciences
  • Counseling Services
  • Literature & Languages
  • Mathematics & Sciences
  • Physical Education & Athletics
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Technology
  • Visual & Performing Arts

Student Life

Many student clubs are available at the OCC campus, as well as leadership opportunities through student government. The latest news and events on campus can be found in the "Coast Report," the student newspaper. Intramural and intercollegiate sports are available.

Student services and amenities at OCC include an assessment center, children's center, bookstore, counseling, special services for people with disabilities, student health, computing, a veterans office, student success center, and more.

There is no on-campus housing available, but several dining options are available.

Traditions

The OCC school colors are blue, white and orange (gold). The school mascot is the pirate.

Athletics

The Orange Coast College "Pirates" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

OCC has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art, two-story Fitness Complex that boasts a multipurpose room/gymnasium, training facility for sports medicine, equipment and cardio rooms, fitness studios and classrooms.

Community Life

Orange Coast College is located near the beautiful beaches and harbors of Orange County in Southern California, and has a large community sailing program.

The Recycling Center located on the OCC campus accepts donated recyclables from the community, and donates profits to scholarships for OCC students.

Many of the facilities on the OCC campus may be rented to community groups for events.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

29:1

About
Montcalm Community College, located in Sidney, Missouri, was established in 1965 with overwhelming support by the local populace to establish a two year public institution. The school has expanded since its founding, both in student enrollment and facilities. Currently over 2,200 students a year partake in the school's program offerings a service. The school is situated on a 225 acre campus that was once the site of the Anderson Farm. Upon these grounds buildings and facilities have been erected to provide the students the best educational opportunities possible. The school is constantly reviewing its offerings and facilities to ensure they remain modern and meet student and community needs, revising and renovating as needed to maintain their standards.

Academics
Montcalm Community College offers over 60 programs of study that provide academic transfer opportunities and career training programs. Academic transfer allows students to complete the first two years of a four year education followed by transfer to a four year institution to complete one's bachelor's degree. Transfer to public schools in Missouri are facilitated by agreements in place between the school and those institutions based on minimum grades and courses taken for guaranteed admission. Students interested in transfer should meet with an academic counselor to outline their curriculum and educational path. Career training programs provides students with the skills and experience necessary to enter the workforce as professionals. Graduates will be able to obtain entry level positions immediately after graduation, having earned an associate degree or certificate signifying their qualifications.

Programs offered include:

Non-credit courses are also available, allowing individuals to participate in courses for personal interest or pleasure, without the need to complete assignments or take exams.

Admissions and Financial Aid
Montcalm Community College is an open door institution that admits all applicants who are at least 18 years of age or a have a high school diploma. Interested individuals may apply to the school online, providing all pertinent documents, such as standardized test scores and transcripts, thereafter. Registration begins shortly before the start of a given academic semester, with tuition fees due shortly after the start of the semester.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. FInancial aid is awarded based on need, which is determined through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the resulting student aid report of which is used to identify eligibility and awards. Students may be asked to provide additional information to verify accuracy prior to the disbursement of funds. External scholarships are also available, requiring a separate application for each, and awarded for a variety of reasons.

Recreation Facilities
Montcalm Community College has a number of facilities open to students for free that provide recreational and physical fitness opportunities. The gymnasium, fitness center, swimming pool and climbing wall are all accessible by students, requiring no fees. Entry and use requires students to present their student ID. Residents of the community purchase day or month long passes for use.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Lower Columbia College, located in Longview, Washington, is a public, two year institution founded in 1934 when it was known as Lowe Columbia Junior College. Students originally registered for courses through local businesses in various cities with classes held at R.A. Long High School. Over the years the college grew in size and enrollment, eventually getting its own campus and permanent home. The school became a community college in 1961 and joined the state supported Washington Community and Technical College System in 1967.

Academics

As a comprehensive community college, LCC offers a variety of courses aimed at academic transfer or career development. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a college education, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to continue one's education and earn a bachelor's degree. Career training programs assist students in receiving an education in a given are or field with the intention of seeking employment in that field upon graduation. Programs take between one and two years to complete and confer a certificate or degree upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Lower Columbia College is a public, two year institution that maintains an open enrollment policy that admits any individual who meets the minimum requirements. Students must submit an application, provide transcripts and test scores, and pay all associated fees, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships which are awarded based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

West Hills College – Lemoore, located in Lemoore California, is one of two campuses that together form West Hills College. The Lemoore campus was built in 2002 to serve residents of the San Joaquin Valley. The Lemoore campus boasts one of the most advanced libraries in the state alongside a state of the art research facility known as the collaboratory, a cooperative laboratory system that is quickly being replicated elsewhere. The school also offers videoconference lectures from California State University, Fresno, and on site bachelor degree programs from Fresno Pacific University.

Academics

WHC Lemoore currently offers a smaller selection of programs than the Coalingo campus. The programs offered by the Lemoore campus can result in a certificate or associate degree. Students pursuing transfer to a four year institution can find transfer opportunities through the school. Additionally, some programs are designed to prepare individuals through vocational training for immediate entry in a career after graduation.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in attending WHC Lemoore must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  • High School Graduate
  • GED or Equivalent
  • 18 Years Old
  • Principal Recommendation and Parental Permission (If a High School Student)

If a student satisfies any of the above criteria, he or she will be able to enroll by completing the application and paying any associated costs. Financial aid is available to eligible students. Eligibility is determined by obtaining a Federal PIN and submitting a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The subsequent student aid report (SAR) will be used to determine which financial aid awards one qualifies for.

Athletics

The Lemoore campus of West Hills College offers sports programs in soccer, golf, cross country, and wrestling.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

28:1

College of the Canyons is a two-year community college offering associate's degrees in more than 60 programs, and professional certificates in more than 65 programs. Academic programs range from television, film and video production to video game animation, or biotechnology to child development studies, from paralegal studies to industrial manufacturing or theatre arts.

College of the Canyons has recently received funds to improve existing programs and expand into new areas. It will soon add more classrooms, labs and facilities at its new Canyon Country campus. It will also upgrade its technology at the existing Valencia Campus in Santa Clarita, California, and expand instruction in public safety and a variety of other high-demand professions.

History

The College of the Canyon was created in 1967, and it officially opened in temporary quarters in the local high school in 1969. In 1970, the college purchases 153 acres in Santa Clarita along the Interstate 5. Since that time, College of the Canyons has expanded from a small community college holding its classes in modular buildings, to one of the nation's fastest-growing community colleges. The college is currently undergoing the highest rate of construction on its campus since its first buildings were erected in the early 1970s.

Academics

The academic calendar for College of the Canyons follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. There is a winter "intersession" between the fall and spring semesters. There are several short sessions offered within the 10-week summer semester.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units at College of the Canyons are divided into academic departments, rather than into colleges and schools. The academic departments are comprehensive, covering traditional disciplines and high-demand career areas such as fire technology, nursing or administration of justice.

Student Life

College of the Canyons has many student clubs and organizations available for participation on campus. Students that don't find a club that covers their interests among the nearly 100 existing clubs or organizations may establish their own club.

Student services at College of the Canyons include:

  • Admissions, Records, and Online Services
  • Adult Reentry
  • Assessment Center
  • Associated Student Government
  • Campus Safety
  • Career Center
  • Continuing Education
  • Cooperative Work Experience Education
  • Counseling
  • Disabled Students Program and Services
  • Extended Opportunities Program and Services
  • Financial Aid
  • International Students Program
  • Matriculation
  • Service Learning Program
  • Student Business Office / Cashier
  • Student Development
  • Student Health Center
  • Transfer Center
  • Veterans Affairs

Traditions

The traditional school colors for College of the Canyons are yellow, black and white. The school mascot is the cougar, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Canyons "Cougars."

Athletics

In addition to the option of studying sports medicine and strength and conditioning, the College of the Canyon "Cougars" athletes compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main Valencia Campus in Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons has a satellite Canyon Country campus, also in Santa Clarita.

Community Life

College of the Canyons offers many non-credit classes for the community. Current offerings include a series of classes on the issues of aging, a Federal and State Tax class, classes for English learners, and traffic school online.

College of the Canyons offers a variety of resources to the community, including many events that serve locals. The college staff participates in workshops, forums and information sessions that provide valuable assistance. Community members are encouraged to visit the College of the Canyons events calendar for a list of events and resources.

Single Mothers Outreach through College of the Canyons empowers single parents and their children by providing support and resources to help families become self-sustaining.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

26:1

Pasadena City College is a two-year community college located in Pasadena, California, adjacent to the city of Los Angeles. PCC offers a range of academic study programs for the associate's degree or as a transfer program to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree.  Academic study areas include everything from French, to Business or Urban Studies. Distance Learning, workforce training and continuing education are also available.

Among Pasadena City College's illustrious alumni are best-selling adventure novelist Clive Cussler, fashion designer Bob Mackie, actor Nick Nolte, singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, philanthropist Herbert Hoover III, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, and rock star Eddie Van Halen, among others.

History

Pasadena City College was founded in 1924 as Pasadena Junior College. By 1939, the Pasadena City College Bulldog band had become the official band of the Tournament of the Roses Parade - now the Rose Bowl Parade. During World War II, PCC's West Campus was used for specialized military training. In 1943, the U.S. Army assumed control of the site.

The Post-War Boom led to unprecedented growth in Pasadena. The G.I. Bill allowed many veterans to buy homes and continue their education in the area. PCC had to expand to accommodate their increased student body, so it re-opened its abandoned West Campus as John Muir College.

In the 1950s, the school expanded further and also changed its mascot from a bulldog to a lancer (a Medieval Knight on foot or on horseback, holding a lance). In the 1960s and 1970s, PCC experienced the turbulence of the era, and many student protests were held on campus.

The 1980s brought a demand for social and ethnic studies, and PCC expanded its curriculum to include these programs. In the 1990s, diversity among students and faculty increased and the curriculum expanded again to incorporate emerging technologies and multimedia.  The campus facilities were extended during this period as well, bringing PCC up to date for the new millennium.

Academics 

The academic calendar of Pasadena City College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and shorter winter and summer "intersessions."

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year college, PCC divides its academic units into instructional divisions, rather than into colleges and schools.  The instructional divisions of PCC include:

  • Business and Computer Technology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology, Health & Athletics
  • Languages
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Performing and Communication Arts
    • Dance, Music, Speech, Theater Arts, TV and Radio
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts and Media Studies
  • Community Education Center

Student Life

Students at PCC have a history of being very involved in campus activities, and that is greatly encouraged.  There are many involvement and leadership opportunities at PCC, including student government, a cross cultural center and planning board, cultural awareness and leadership retreats, countless clubs and organizations representing a range of interests, and many more events and activities to participate in.  The PCC Student Affairs Office hosts a range of student services and events.

Traditions

The school mascot is a Lancer - a medieval knight who carries a lance.

Athletics

PCC "Lancer" athletic teams offer cheerleading and compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track 

Women's Sports:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

PCC offers many programs that connect the school to the Pasadena community through support and services. There are programs that offer high school students off-campus credit courses, a community business center on the PCC campus that offers child ID services and, passport applications and fingerprinting, and a community education center that offers non-credit, no-fee classes, including English as a Second Language, Parent Education, and more. Extended learning programs offer enrichment classes to community members.

Pasadena, the home of the Rose Bowl Tournament and Parade, is a diverse city with a small-town feel. The temperate climate and proximity to the city of Los Angeles and all its cultural and entertainment venues, as well as the wonderful California beaches and mountains, make the area popular with students and visitors alike.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

26:1

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has two primary campuses in Sonoma County - one in Santa Rosa, and the other in Petaluma - just 52 miles north of San Francisco. SRJC is one of 108 community colleges in California. The Santa Rosa Campus is situated on a beautiful 100 acres with towering oak trees and turn-of-the-century brick buildings, offering modern classroom facilities. The Santa Rosa campus boasts a planetarium, art gallery, the Jesse Peter Native American Museum and a Summer Repertory Theatre. The Petaluma campus is situated on 40 acres and includes a Technology Academy. SRJC also has a regional Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, a 365-acre self-supporting farm near Forestville, a Culinary Arts Center in downtown Santa Rosa.

SRJC grants associate of arts (A.A.) and associate of science (A.S.) degrees. It also offers a study program for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 170 career skills certificate programs. SRJC has a basic skills program prepares students for college level courses. SRJC offers a Study Abroad Program, an award winning athletic and forensics teams, popular performing and visual arts programs, and an active student government.

The SRJC Robert Shone Farm is a self-sustaining farm in the Russian River area that generates income from the sale of products from of SRJC's vineyard, oat, sheep and swine operations. Students majoring in agriculture and forestry have many opportunities for hands-on education at the farm.

History

Founded in 1918, Santa Rosa Junior College is the tenth oldest publicly funded two-year educational institution in California. It initially had 19 students enrolled, and is now one of the largest college districts in the U.S.

In the 1960s, the college began recruiting minority students and offering ethnic studies. The college now has a very diverse faculty, staff and student body.  The SRJC Foundation was established in 1969, and now awards more than 600 scholarships each year.

Academics

The academic calendar of Santa Rosa Junior College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

As a two-year junior college, SRJC's academic units are not divided into colleges, but rather into academic instructional departments, certificate programs, associate's degree programs, and programs for transfer preparation, job training and workforce development, and study abroad.

Student Life

The many student clubs and organizations on SRJC's campuses offer students a range of topic focuses from AG Ambassadors who guide students in service projects in agriculture to American Sign Language (ASL) clubs, and California Politics to Vocational Nursing.

Student Services at SRJC include assessment services, adult re-entry assistance, CalWORKS, Career Development Services, a tutorial center, veteran affairs, and assistance finding off-campus housing, among others.

Athletics

The SRJC "Bear Cubs" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports in the junior college division, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Santa Rosa Campus, Santa Rosa Junior College has several satellite campuses and learning centers, including:

  • Petaluma Campus
  • SRJC Technology Academy (Petaluma, CA)
  • SRJC Public Safety Training Center (Windsor, CA)
  • SRJC Culinary Arts Center (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • SRJC Shone Farm (Forestville, CA)

Community Life

The many events, venues and performances on the SRJC campuses are open to the general community. SRJC is considered a cultural hub of the Santa Rosa community, and its holiday chorale and other musical performances are popular with the locals, as are performances by the Summer Repertory Theatre, the Arts & Lecture series, and Planetarium shows.

SRJC offers community classes for personal interest and professional development, as well as cooking classes at the SRJC's Culinary Arts Cafe and Bakery.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

About

Whatcom Community College is located in Bellingham, Washington and was founded in 1967. The school serves Whatcom County by offering a variety of programs and services that assist in education and workforce development of the region. The school is supported by the state and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities.

WCC school maintains an annual enrollment of 7,000 students.  School administration ensures quality education, academic services, and facilities by perpetually reviewing each to remain on the leading edge for students.

Academics

Individuals studying at Whatcom Community College will be able to choose between a variety of academic transfer and career development programs. Academic transfer is accomplished through the completion of a program that mirrors the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a four year institution in order to continue one's education and eventually earn a bachelor's degree.

Technical and career programs offer students education and training in a high demand field or industry in order to enter the workforce as a qualified professional upon completion for the purpose of long term employment.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid

Whatcom Community College is an open enrollment institution that admits any applicants that are at least eighteen or have a high school diploma. Students are asked to complete an application, pay all related fees, provide transcripts and test scores if available, and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration.

Participation in orientation and meeting with a counselor are also encouraged. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships which are awarded based on need a determined by the information provided by students on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, California is one of the largest of California's two-year community colleges.  It is comprised of a single campus, located in the San Gabriel Valley, and serves communities east of Los Angeles. Mt. SAC offers over 200 degree and certificate programs.

Over the years, students and faculty of Mt. SAC have received awards of distinction for their academic and professional accomplishments.  Recent awards won by Mt. SAC students have included the 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the Guistwhite Scholarship, gold medals from SkillsUSA for vocational students, honors in national speech championships, national titles in men's football and soccer, "Outstanding Performance Award" for the Mt. SAC vocal jazz ensemble, and more.

History

Mt. SAC was founded in 1945 as "Eastern Los Angeles County Community College." It was later renamed for the snow-capped mountain that is visible in the distance from the campus (commonly known by locals as "Mt. Baldy").  Mt. SAC's 421-acre campus was once part of the La Puente Rancho.  There was an army hospital on the site during World War II, which later became a Navy hospital. In 1946, this facility opened as Mt. San Antonio College.

The area around Mt. SAC was not yet populated, and was accessed by dirt roads that ran through grasslands and fields of cactus.  The local area began to develop as Mt. SAC grew in size.  The city of Walnut, California sprung up around the Mt. SAC campus, and the college district now includes cities such as Baldwin Park, Covina, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Irwindale, La Puente, Pomona, West Covina, and more.

Academics

The Mt. SAC academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters running 16 weeks.  There is a shorter, 5-week winter "intersession" and a summer "intersession."

Colleges and Schools

Mt. SAC has Divisions and Departments, rather than schools, and they are:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Continuing Education
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Library & Learning Resources
  • Physical Education
  • Technology & Health

Students at Mt. SAC may pursue professional certificates, Associate's degree programs, distance or online learning, and courses for transfer to a four-year university. Mt. SAC offers "Career Clusters" for students who want to focus their study plan via courses linked to a profession or vocation. Career Cluster course plans may be followed to earn a degree or certificate, or to transfer to a four-year university program for advanced study.

The Mt. SAC Career Clusters are:

  • Agricultural Cluster
  • Business & Computer Cluster
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Cluster
  • Health Sciences Cluster
  • Media & Design Cluster
  • PE / Kinesiology Cluster
  • Public Safety & Counseling Cluster
  • Science Cluster
  • Teacher Preparation Cluster
  • Technology Cluster

Student Life

Mt. San Antonio College has a Student Life Office available to all students, which provides activities and services that make life on the Mt. SAC campus as rewarding as possible.  There are 40 clubs and organizations to join, many social activities and events, as well as leadership opportunities.  Mt. SAC also offers its students many services and amenities such as a Student Center, Career Placement Services, housing and rental information to help find housing in the surrounding community, and more.

Athletics

The Mt. SAC "Mounties" athletics teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, and they have won national championships in several sports.  The Mt. SAC Athletics Department has captured nearly 50 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships in recent years, as well as several NATYCAA honors.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer & Dance
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cheer & Dance
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Community Life

Mt. SAC is located in the San Gabriel Valley, an area of diverse cultures, thriving businesses, and centers for science and the arts.  Students at Mt. SAC will have access to local sites and organizations such as The Huntington, Caltech University, City of Hope, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, among others.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

24:1

Everett Community College, located in Everett, Washington, is a single-campus institution that offers a vast array of two-year college transfer plans, as well as vocational, technical, and career training.

With a wide offering of fun and exciting student activities, EvCC is a great place for students who wish to be active in various clubs and organizations such as: art club, German club, engineering club, Spanish club, photography club, Veteran’s club, writing club, and many, many more.

Athletics are also an integral part of life at Everett Community College. EvCC offers men’s baseball, basketball, and soccer. Also offered are: women’s basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.

Students at EvCC will also have the opportunity to have their voices heard through the Student Government elections and hearings. The student government helps to establish campus policies and procedures, as well as allocate student activities and service fees.

The cost of attending EvCC is $107.00 per credit hour for in-state residents. Out-of state students can attend Everett Community College for $279.00 per credit hour. There is a reduced rate for out-of-state students that can prove their permanent residence status in the United States.

EvCC also offers tutoring and academic services for those students who feel they need extra assistance to reach their goals. The college also offers services and assistance to military veterans, individuals in the foster system, transferees, and those looking to get their GED.

If you are interested in applying at Everett Community College, or would like more information, click here to access the official EvCC website.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

West Valley College breeds success. The college seeks to offer one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. Many students have been successful. Last year 571 students transferred to the University of California and California State University. Additionally, 552 students were awarded Associate degrees. Tuition at West Valley College is $46 per unit for California residents.

The college host students from 25 countries that will become future global leaders. Classes are offered on a 143 acre campus in Saratoga, California which is at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Student enrollment is currently over 11,000. There are 166 full-time professors and 275 associate faculty members. Currently, there are 58 associate degree programs offered as well as 91 certificate programs. West Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

West Valley College is an excellent place to start a new career. No matter if you just finished high school or are looking to start a second career, West Valley College offers a career program right for you. Programs are offered in Administration of Justice, Business, Child Studies, Community Education, Computer Application Programs, Computer Arts, Animation, Computer Information Systems, Court Reporting, Interior Design, Geospatial Technology, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and Park Management.

Athletic competition helps to create all-around individuals that succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Sports breed a strong work ethic through practice. West Valley College offers baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.

Acceptance Rate

-

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

Clover Park Technical College, located in Lakewood, Washington, is a technical college that offers the opportunity to earn both a two-year degree, and many career certificates. Despite CPTC being labeled a technical school, it has the academic and extra-curricular offerings of a large community college.

CPTC offers programs of study that span across all subject matter, including: aerospace and aviation, dental hygiene, nursing, surgical technology, and welding. With over 30 total programs, there is something for everyone at Clover Park Technical College.

Also offered at CPTC, is extensive assistance for disabled students. CPTC has pledged to go above and beyond to help all students, especially those with disabilities, to succeed.

Clover Park Technical College also offers tutoring services, free of charge, to students who feel as though they may need extra assistance when it comes to reaching their academic goals.

The cost to attend Clover Park Technical College for students who reside in Washington State and also outside of Washington State, is charged on a quarterly basis. In-state students can expect to pay approximately $1500.00 per quarter, depending on the program of study they have selected. Out-of-state students can expect to pay approximately $3200.00 per quarter, depending on the program of study they have selected.

If you are interested in applying to Clover Park Technical College or if you would like to get more information about the programs of study offered by CPTC, click here to access the Clover Park Technical College official website.

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Top Retail Management Degrees

Pathways to a career in Retail Management will not be identical for everyone.  In fact, some students may elect this career path early on in their lives while others will decide to go back to school to earn a degree later in life.  In either case, obtaining a job as a retail manager will be a combination of your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, communication skills, business acuity, and professional contacts.

Certificate and degree programs offered from accredited colleges will be either indirect or direct degree programs.   Indirect degree programs provide many of the transferrable skills required to succeed in management while direct degrees are designed specifically for a targeted job or career.

Direct and indirect degree programs be an important academic tool to help you succeed in a retail setting when properly coalescing with relevant business skills, life experiences, and management experience.  To help you find the best degree program, we have assembled the top degree programs for you to research.

Retail Management Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are available in retail management to support industry demands for quality leaders in this arena.  A certificate program is a tightly clustered group of classes designed to provide direct entry into a designated field.

Retail store management is a certificate track to help provide the essentials of business and customer service to students.  Examples of classes found in a typical program may include: introduction to business management, project management, organizational leadership, supervisory management, organizational behavior, and human resource management.

Retail Management Associate Degrees

Associate degrees are designed to be completed in two-years for full-time students.  Part-time students will take longer to complete based on the requirements established by the college and student course load.  Degrees will be conferred as an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS).  Students can expect to take a number of general education courses such as history, psychology, communications, sociology, and English composition in addition to core business classes.

Core course in a retail management program will vary slightly from school to school.  Many classes will be similar and will typically include classes such as:

Retail Manager Educational Requirements

Retail supervisors are expected to possess a level of mastery within their store and in their industry.  As an example, a first-time manager of a small retail outlet in a strip mall will have a different set of expectations than an experienced manager of a high-end established store in an affluent community.    As such, managers will be well served to adopt a growth mindset and continue to learn and upskill throughout their lives to remain competitive & relevant in a supervisory capacity.

In terms of educational requirements, Retail Management degree holders will have typically studied the following courses while in college:

Online Colleges Offering Degrees in Retail Management

Employment Information & Management Specializations

College graduates with a degree in retail management will have multiple industries to consider joining. In fact, retail organizations can span from esthetics and fitness to telecommunications and hardware stores. Levels of employment within an organization will depend on work experience, organizational fit, proficiency, and career trajectory. Managers in a retail setting can find themselves working in various capacities such as project specialist, facility managers, directors, leaders, human resource manager, sales executive, organizational trainer, and regional director.

Retail Management Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor statistics estimates the job growth for retail manager to increase at a clip greater than the national average. A published report from the BLS indicates a rise in employment for first-line retail managers of 8% and seven percent for sales managers during the coming decade. Compares to a national average of six percent, both are a steadily growing sector of our bustling economy.

Mean annual income of a first-line retail manager is currently $43,580. Employment of retail managers is over one million individuals which creates career opportunities when considering future growth. Industries employing the most retail managers include shoes, apparel, spirits, and consumables. For a list of top retail management colleges in the country, simply request information below today.

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