LEARN ABOUT THE COLLEGE CONNECTION PROGRAMTop of Page
College Connection is a voluntary educational program that has been serving students with an immersive dual-enrollment program since 1990. The program allows high school seniors to complete their senior courses with a PUSD high school teacher while enrolled in three Butte College courses (9-11 college units) each semester. Students learn how to plan college schedules, adjust to new academic routines and expectations, utilize college learning technology and how to manage their “free” time. Connection students can earn 18-27 college units tuition free, explore a wide variety of classes, and discover what college has to offer. At the end of their senior year, College Connection students graduate with their peers, while accelerating along the college learning curve.
College Connection students are still enrolled at their high school, maintaining eligibility to participate in high school athletics, clubs, and events. Senior year coursework is delivered through independent study and traditional class time. College Connection students receive priority enrollment status at Butte College, providing students access to a wide array of courses taught throughout the day.
HOW TO BE PART OF THE PROGRAM?Top of Page
The application opens on November 29th and closes on January 21st. Qualifying applicants will be invited to interview. Students admitted to the program will work closely with the College Connection advisor starting in the spring of 2022, to develop college schedules that meet their individual: goals, needs, and interests.
- Attend an info session on 12/7 or 1/5 with a parent or guardian
- Apply for Butte College
- Ask for teachers recommendations
- Complete College Connection Application
- Have parent or guardian complete statement form
- If accepted work closely with adviser to prepare for fall of 2022 at Butte College
WHAT DOES THE DAY-TO-DAY LOOK LIKE? Top of Page
Students meet mornings 8-9:15 M-Th at Butte College and remotely on Fri with their Paradise High School Teacher. Class time is aligned with main concepts and activities contained within their independent study packets. Speakers and guest lecturers join us in the classroom to help students navigate their college transitions. Topics include: academic counseling/resources, college applications/admissions, and assistance with filing for financial aid.
College Connection students take a total of 6 classes a semester—3 high school courses and 3 college courses. Working closely with the program coordinator allows for students to build a schedule that meets both educational and personal goals. schedules offer a considerable amount of flexibility, and some College Connection students work part-time jobs including jobs on campus.