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Local college prepares students for academic endeavors and careers

College of the Siskiyous offers more than academics – it provides a map for success.

Michelle Martin
for College of the Siskiyous
Student resources at College of the Siskiyous help students succeed

With two campuses, including one located at the base of Mount Shasta, College of the Siskiyous offers a wide variety of academic and career programs – and the personalized attention and resources to help students succeed. 

Easily accessible from Interstate 5 and Highway 97, the college’s 250-acre primary campus in Weed provides associate degrees and certificate programs in areas, such as: the arts and sciences; business and computer science; and career programs, including emergency medical services (EMS) and fire technology. College of the Siskiyous also has a second, smaller campus in Yreka, 30 miles north of Weed. 

The average class size is 23, giving students a personalized learning environment with faculty and staff who know and work with each student individually. On-campus resources, as well athletics and housing, appeal to students’ unique needs and interests. 

Here are some of the ways that College of the Siskiyous offers exceptional transfer and career programs, as well as necessary resources to meet the needs of every student.

On-campus housing

College of the Siskiyous’ primary campus in Weed has two residential lodges, Juniper Hall and Ponderosa Hall, which house 154 students. 

Both buildings are co-ed, with men and women in separate wings. The residential lodges also offer dining options and meal plans for students who live on campus.

Athletics

College of the Siskiyous is home to men’s and women’s competitive sports that are played against colleges throughout the region and at the school’s athletic facilities. The Weed campus is home to athletic fields, a track, baseball diamond, weight rooms and a gymnasium.  

The college is in the Golden Valley Conference and is a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

Men’s and women’s sports include: basketball, soccer, baseball/softball, along with cross country and other track and field options. The college also has football and volleyball teams.

Career and technical education 

The college’s career and technical education programs – also known as CTE – provide students with the education and experience they’ll need to start a new career within two years or less. 

Students also can earn occupational work experience units through supervised employment in an on-the-job learning environment. 

Taught by certified instructors, hands-on CTE programs include the following: 

•    Administration of Justice

•    Alcohol & Drug/Human Services

•    Business

•    Computer Science

•    Early Childhood Education

•    Emergency Medical Services 

•    Fire Technology

•    Nursing 

•    Welding

Fine and performing arts

College of the Siskiyous’ fine and performing arts courses give students an understanding of the interrelationship between creative arts and the humanities – and themselves. The classes can be applied toward an associate degree, as well as transferred to a four-year program.

The college’s art program offers a focus in art history, painting, ceramics, drawing and photography. Studio classes are taught using the latest technology, facilities and equipment.

The college’s theater arts program gives students the opportunity to understand theater in the context of arts and culture while also teaching skills, such as acting, directing, set design and technical elements. The theater program is home to two annual productions. 

And the college’s music program teaches vocal, instrumental and theatrical performance. Students analyze works in traditional and non-traditional contexts and demonstrate the responsibilities of musicianship. The courses include theory, keyboarding and ear-training skills. 

Basecamp HQ and resources

College of the Siskiyous’ personalized focus ensures students have the resources they need to be successful. 

The college’s Basecamp HQ, a one-stop shop for student success, is home to a food pantry, hygiene products and household supplies. Its student employees provide help and assistance for any questions, including those about navigating campus resources, getting online or filling out financial aid forms. Emergency grants and loans, as well as laptop loans, are also available through Basecamp HQ.

In addition, College of the Siskiyous also provides counseling and student support programs. They include advising for articulation and transfer, assessment and placement, as well as athletics. Other programs are career counseling, educational planning and personal counseling.

Some specialized support programs are available for veterans, international students and foster youth. Support groups and hotlines for depression, suicide, self-injury and addiction are also available through the college. 

To learn more about the academic and career programs, athletics and resources available at College of the Siskiyous, visit siskiyous.edu.

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