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Prof. Cochise Said,
November 12th, 2013 @11:08 am  

Hi Melanie

You are physically located in a community college district. Your tuition and fees will be the least expensive if you stay in district. There really aren’t any authoritative rankings of CCs.

See if they have a course in ‘managerial accounting’. This is one of the most important and useful business courses you will ever take.

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maliboo_girl Said,
November 12th, 2013 @11:25 am  

Here is a list and map of CA CC’s: http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu
Search by address for schools, click on the name on the list, and get info on that college.

In the Valley there is LAVC, Pierce, Mission, College of the Canyons, Moorpark, close by there are Glendale, Pasadena, and LACC. Look on their websites to see if there are the classes you would want to take. Most/all will likely have appropriate business classes. If you’re in high school, speak to your college counselor about your options, if not, speak to a counselor at the CC.

You can attend any of the CA community colleges and pay about the same amount as long as you are a CA resident (attending high school in CA, or an adult living here for several years). For CA residents, the fee is $46 a unit for most ($31 for the fee on the quarter system), plus some other small fees that may vary slightly among CCs. Non-resident and international students pay about $5000 more full time, some colleges have temporary additional fees (called capital outlay fees) on top of the additional non-resident per unit fee ($207 per unit, added to the in state $46 per unit), which is why they don’t all charge exactly the same.

Priority for class registration is based on your completed credits at that community college, a few give a teeny bump if you’re a local resident, but most do not. They are considering changing this (San Francisco is giving it a try), but at most CC’s this is the way it works now.

It is best to attend the community college closest to your home, showing up is a big part of success, so make it easy on yourself, because some days you are not going to want to. This is why many 4 year colleges highly recommend, or require, freshman to live on campus. The exceptions to that would be if one CC has a program you want to take that the closest CC doesn’t, or if you qualify for an honors program at a CC that gives higher priority registration (most do not have this program). Higher priority registration is a big help because it’s very tough as a new student to get the classes you want/need. If possible, have as flexible a schedule as you can, because generally the early and evening classes fill up last. If you’re living with your parents, stay as long as you can, it’s too hard/impossible to try to support yourself on minimum wage and go to college. (Basically, one needs 2X minimum wage to live as a poor person in LA.)

If you’re looking for Fall 2012 classes, most will likely be full, and school has started, but look into it anyway. If you’re considering for Fall 2013, apply as soon as you are allowed to, to help you be at the top of your class registration priority group (new students, no completed credits).

Good luck!

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