Sierra College streamlines student path to Chico State |

Sierra College streamlines student path to Chico State

From left: Taylor Tiraterra, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee history professor (background), Chico State Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Callandrella, Chico State President Paul Zingg and Sierra College President William Duncan sign the dotted line sealing a formal transfer agreement between Sierra College and Chico State.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tune in Sierra College students, you now have a streamlined channel when applying to California State University, Chico.

On Monday, April 28, at the Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus, a Memorandum Of Understanding was signed by representatives of both schools.

The purpose of the memorandum is to reaffirm a partnership with CSU, Chico in maintaining a degree path for Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee students and to formalize the understanding regarding the provision of local admission guarantee to upper division transfer applicants.

Alicia Barr and her husband Andy, owners of FiftyFifty Brew Co. at The Rock in Truckee, figured prominently in the agreement process.

“Fortunately, and unsurprisingly, everyone involved in this process saw the value in the relationship right away. It was all about getting the right decision makers in the room and keeping the energy going,” said Alicia. “The big idea was to have a stronger connection with higher education for our community, and because of our own personal ties and our community’s cultural ties with CSU Chico, that seemed like the first obvious path.”

Alicia graduated from Chico State in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in organizational communication. Alicia is involved with the Alumni Association and was the Board of Directors for six years, serving two years as president. Andy graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering. He developed strong ties to Chico during the couple’s many campus trips.

Dr. Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico and Vice President for Student Affairs from Chico State Drew Callandrella met with Superintendent/President of Sierra College William Duncan and Dr. Kimberly Bateman, dean of the Tahoe-Truckee Campus, for the MOU’s formal signing among a crowd of students, educators and community members.

According to Alicia, the advantage this agreement gives to local students is by meeting basic qualifications for the CSU system, Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee students automatically get preferential admission to CSU Chico.

A few of the eligibility requirements include: Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units / 90 quarter units, complete general education requirements in several areas of study with a “c” or higher and possess a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative, transferable GPA.

Dean Kim Bateman said of the MOU, “This partnership expands opportunities for Tahoe-Truckee students, and is a good step to continuing the integration of transfer options. I see it is a building block for possible future arrangements that will further benefit local students.”

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Sierra College serves 3,200 square miles of Northern California with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four-year universities, and offers career / technical training and classes for upgrading job skills.

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