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Excelerate FAQ

Excelerate FAQ

Is there only one orientation for the program?
No, we will have at least one more orientation this summer.

What if I placed into Math 300, 310 or higher; am I still eligible for the EXCELerate Program?
Yes. Also, students taking math 120 this spring and summer 2014 will be considered if they pass math 120 with a "C" or higher.

Am I eligible for the program if I assess into Math 120 and take this class in the summer prior to the program starting?
Yes. Students taking math 120 this spring and summer 2014 will be considered if they pass math 120 with a "C" or higher.

What will happen if I do not pass a course and need to repeat the following semester, will I be dropped from the program?
No, but it will affect your completion timeline.

What is a cohort?
A cohort is a group of students who move through an educational program together. The benefits of being in a cohort are that you take classes with the same group of students throughout the program. In addition it also provides informal educational, professional and personal support groups. It also provides a sense of community within the college campus.

What other resources will I have access to? 

  • Guaranteed enrollment in the classes you need
  • Cohort model (take classes with others in your major)
  • You will be able create study groups with classmates in the program
  • The Elk Grove Center where classes will take place is a new state-of- the-art facility
  • Smaller class size
  • Support staff dedicated to your success
  • Immediate access to a counselor

If I work near SCC, can I take a course there?
The EXCELerate program is unique to CRC.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to remain in the program?
As with all programs at CRC, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their goals, in a timely manner.

Can I take other science courses to satisfy the GE requirements?
Yes, as long as the Staff Support and the Elk Gove Center Counselor approve.

If I choose the AA-Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, what can I major in at a four-year institution?
Great question for the Elk Grove Counselor and or the CRC Main Campus Career Center (phone number 916-691-7456).

What is the time commitment?
This is an afternoon program, so you must be able to attend classes between 12:30-5:30pm, Monday-Thursday in order to complete the program in timely manner. Depending on the number of units you take, one summer session may be required.

How many units per semester will I be taking?
Depending on your program, approximately 13-17 units.

If I have already earned units, can I still apply for this program?
Yes, but you would need to meet with the Elk Grove Center Counselor to review your transcripts. To schedule a counseling appointment please call (916) 525-4300.

What will my schedule look like if I have already met some of the general education requirements?
For the answer you would need to meet with the Elk Gove Center Counselor to review your transcripts.

Are the classes in this program short term/fast track?
No, all the courses provided at the Elk Grove Center are full semester courses. 

What are the benefits of this program?

  • Students are assured of completing their degree program within an accelerated timeframe
  • The program is a cohort model which allows students with the same educational goals to progress together
  • Encourages a collaborative and supportive environment
  • A full set of classes are available to members of the cohort

What if I don't want to pursue a liberal arts or business services major when I transfer? Can I still benefit from this program? Can this program still work for me?
Yes, even if you are not planning to transfer, you will be able to obtain an AA or AS degree in one of the three listed areas if you commit to the program, but our hope is that you will want to transfer. By completing any of the three programs, you will complete your lower division GE requirements and will be eligible to transfer as a junior to UC or a CSU.

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