Whitney High School

Sierra Promise
 

Whitney High School has partnered with Sierra College to be part of the Sierra Promise!  The Sierra Promise is a commitment to provide local high school students the opportunity to go to college.

 

Students who commit to Sierra Promise can:

  • Receive help with all the steps to get into college

  • Get earlier access to college classes

  • Explore careers and majors

  • Create a fast-track plan to complete your degree or certificate

Students who commit to Sierra Promise get additional services and support. These include:

  • Priority registration for your first semester, an education and career plan, assistance with financial aid/scholarships

  • Referrals to support and success programs such as RISE, Guardian Scholars, Puente, EOPS, etc.

  • Referrals to additional career and academic resources

  • Workshops and events to help with registration and orientation

In return, Promise Scholars commit to the following:

  • Complete the FAFSA or Dream application

  • Participate in registration and orientation events sponsored by Sierra Promise

  • Enroll in 30 or more units within your first year (summer, fall, spring)

Do Promise Scholars also get their tuition paid for? 

Probably!  If you complete your end of the Sierra Promise commitment and are a California resident, you will be eligible to have your first year of tuition covered through either the California College Promise Grant (need-based) or the AB19 State Promise Grant (non-need-based). 

 

Learn more about Sierra College Financial Aid Assistance including Grants, Scholarships, Student Employment, Loans, CCPG (formerly BOG) Fee Waiver, and Book Vouchers.

 

Learn more with the Sierra Promise FAQs.

 

What Are Guided Pathways @ Sierra College?

 
 
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  • The ultimate goal of Guided Pathways at Sierra College is to improve the number of students earning community college credentials while closing equity gaps.

  • The Guided Pathways Model creates a highly structured approach to student success that:

  • Provides all students with a set of clear course-taking patterns that promotes better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success.

  • Integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.

 

Key Elements of Guided Pathways:

 
  • Sierra College has a structured onboarding process including improved placement tests and co-requisite instruction that provide students with clear, actionable, and usable information they need to get on the right start in college.

  • Proactive academic and career advising from the start though completion and/or transfer, with assigned point of contact at each stage.

  • Programs that are fully mapped out and aligned with further education and career advance while also providing structured or guided exploration for undecided students.

  • Early alert systems aligned with interventions and resources to help students stay on the pathway, persist, and progress.

  • Instructional support and co-curricular activities aligned with classroom learning and career interests.

  • Redesigning and integrating basic skills/development education classes to accelerate students to college-level classes.

 
 

 Watch (below) to learn about why Guided Pathways are important

Now that you have learned about the Sierra College Promise Program and about how Guided Pathways:

 

1.  Provides all students with a set of clear course taking patterns that promote better enrollment decisions and prepares students for future success.

 

2.  Integrates support services in ways that make it easier for students to get the help they need during every step of their community college experience.

 
 

1.  APPLY TO SIERRA COLLEGE

 

Come to the WHS Counseling Office to:

Schedule an appointment with a Sierra College Enrollment Specialist.

Or you can apply on your own (click the image above): 

SC Apply
 
 
 

2.  COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

 

Step 1:  Watch (below) the New Student:  Career & Academic Planning Presentation

 

Step 2:  (After Watching the Presentation

 

Complete:  SIERRA COLLEGE PROMISE INTRODUCTION SURVEY

 

(Click the image below for resources that are used in the survey)

 

Sierra College New Student

 

Step 3:  (After Watching the Presentation)

 

Complete:  Based on where you are in your Career Planning, click and complete the survey (below) that is right for you.

 

Sierra College Career Exploration Survey

OR

Sierra College Career Confirmation Survey

OR

Sierra College Career Preparation Survey

 
 
 

(Click the image below for career planning resources that may be used in the surveys above)

 
 
SC Career Coach
 
 
 

3. Schedule a Transition Counselor Appointment

 

You have just completed "Career and Academic Planning" (CAP) @ Sierra College. 

Next steps: 

 

Accept the College Terms and Conditions in mySierra, AND

Submit your Transcripts, AND

 

(Click below)

Schedule a Transition Counselor appointment at

Whitney High School

During your Transition Counseling appointment you will:

 
 

4. Congratulations!  You are now Ready4Reg.

 

Learn How to Prepare for Class Registration

(Watch the video below)

 
How To Register for Classes

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Find answers to your questions about:

  • How do I set up mySierra account?

  • How do I access mySierra?

Registering for Classes

  • When do I register for classes?

  • What classes and how many units should I take?

  • What is the best way to plan my class schedule?

  • What is a pre-registration questionnaire?

  • How to use online class schedule, register for classes and make changes to your schedule [Watch video in English] [What video in other languages]

  • What if a class is full or I'm on the waitlist?

  • What does the class registration error message I received in mySierra mean

  • How do I view my bill and pay for tuition and/or fees?