University description (as per official university website)
The main campus of Sierra College, in Rocklin, California, is located near the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada, one half-hour from the State Capitol, 108 miles northeast of San Francisco and 110 miles southwest of Reno NV.
In addition to the 300 acre Rocklin campus, the District has a 115 acre Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley, a new campus in Truckee and a campus in Roseville. The Sierra Community College District, a district that covers over 3,200 square miles – an area larger than the state of Delaware – serves Placer, Nevada and parts of El Dorado and Sacramento counties.
Reputation of Quality Education
Sierra College has an excellent reputation for general education transfer preparation and in career/ technical programs and training. Sierra College is also recognized nationally for excellence in athletics.
The emphasis at Sierra College is on student learning and high quality teaching. Approximately 125 degree and certificate programs are offered in a wide variety of configurations taught by 950 full and part-time faculty members. Faculty typically has the minimum of a Master’s degree in their fields and enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise.Sierra students
Quality instruction contributes to Sierra College being ranked first in Northern California in transfers to the University of California and California State University systems.
Sierra College prepares many graduates to transfer to top quality public and private institutions to complete their final two years of undergraduate work including guaranteed transfer for students meeting academic requirements. Graduates with two-year degrees pursue careers in businesses and industries throughout the region. Sierra College graduates receive high praise from these institutions and employers.
Education for the Community
As a contributing member of a dynamic and growing community Sierra College is the principal source for lifelong learning in the region including its Community Education program and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The College’s economic development programs improve and support a highly skilled workforce contributing to the economic growth of the region.
The Rocklin, Roseville, and Auburn areas offer excellent living, reasonable housing and very good schools. The climate is warm in the summer and pleasant in the winter. There are many golf courses, river systems and lakes within a 30-mile radius of the Rocklin campus. In just one hour by car, one can be in the beautiful Lake Tahoe region that offers miles of trails and lakes for skiing, hiking, horseback riding and boating.
Sierra College is dedicated to meeting the demands of a larger and more diverse population moving to the District. It is evolving to meet the changing career options and opportunities developing in our service oriented, information and knowledge based world. Sierra College Trustees, faculty, management, and staff are committed to providing students with opportunities to succeed.
The College was officially founded in 1936 and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is governed by a Board of seven trustees who are elected District wide and a student trustee. The constituent groups within the District – Trustees, Faculty, Students, Management and Classified Staff – are committed to the principle of shared governance for assuring broad and deep participation in all decisions critical to the College and District. Sierra College has enjoyed and benefited from extraordinarily stable senior leadership; only five individuals have held the post of President in the last 50 years.
2009-2010 Financial Aid
The 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at http://www.FAFSA.gov. This application will be for Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and Summer 2010 financial aid. Sierra's school code is 001290 - don't forget to put it on your FAFSA.
All Sierra College students will be able to access their Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 financial aid information online. Students will be required to submit a Sierra College Application for Admissions before being given online access.
2010 Summer Financial Aid
Federal PELL Grants and Federal Student Loans will be available to eligible students who enroll in Summer 2010 courses. All students interested in Summer 2010 financial aid, must fill out and submit a Summer 2010 Financial Aid Request Form to the Rocklin or Grass Valley Financial Aid Office no later than June 1, 2010. Make sure you read the form completely before you fill it out. Pay attention to all the requirements and deadlines on the form.
2010-2011 Financial Aid
The 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at http://www.FAFSA.gov. This application is for financial aid for Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and/or Summer 2011. Sierra’s school code is 001290 – don’t forget to put it on your FAFSA.
Four main types of financial aid programs are available:
Federal or State gift assistance with no obligation for work or repayment.
Gift assistance with no obligation for work or repayment.
Providing funds now, but with a future repayment obligation.
Part-time work while attending Sierra College.
Financial assistance is a resource designed to supplement the cost of education, and is not intended to be used as a student’s sole means of income. The types and amounts of aid Sierra awards or recommends are subject to availability of funds, enrollment status, and financial need.