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IVC: Transfer services help students reach educational goals

May 29, 2001

IMPERIAL — As the 2000-2001 school year drew to a close Saturday, several hundred Imperial Valley College students were preparing to continue their education at four-year universities.

The majority of students transfer from IVC to the California State University system. In the 1999-2000 school year, of the 290 students transferring, 279 went to Cal State schools.

IVC has several programs to help its students transfer.

Carol Lee, IVC transfer center director, said the goal of the transfer program is to ensure A student moving to a university from IVC is on equal footing with other students.

"When I look at the curriculum at IVC, we have a very strong general education and preparation for the major selection of courses available for most majors at the four-year institutions," said Lee.


"I want to move (the students) on and move them on well-prepared," she added.

Lee said transfer advisers help students look at their options and set academic goals.

Once a goal is set, the transfer adviser help students pick the coursework they will need to meet their general education requirements and help the student to graduate in their intended major.

IVC also works to get students transfer admission guarantees, ensuring the students a spot at their chosen university.

IVC works hard to make classes fully transferable, Lee said.

In addition to the regular transfer program at IVC, there are two separate programs for first-generation low-income students.

Janeen Kalin is a counselor in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.

"Most of our students are the first in their families to go to college," Kalin said.

Nearly 1,000 of the 7,000 students at IVC are in the EOPS program. EOPS is state-funded and provides counseling and field trips to universities for students.

"Our students graduate at about twice the rate of the general population because they get all the support services," said Kalin.

Another program that helps students transfer from IVC is the federally funded Student Support Services.

"The program is designated for students who possess the potential and motivation to succeed in college," said Dolores Diaz, director of Student Support Services.

"The primary goal is to provide support and to ensure students the opportunity for the best possible education," she said.

Services include academic, career and personal counseling, cultural and educational field trips, high-tech courses, a computer loan program and workshops.

About 350 students are involved in the Student Support Services program and Diaz said about 80 will transfer this year.

The program provides scholarship information and about 45 scholarships were awarded to students in the program this year.

"We make sure they have the support for them to do well academically," Diaz said.

She added, "We want them to be successful in college."

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