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College and Career Foundations

Welcome to the College and Career Foundations program! College and Career Foundations (CCF) includes English Foundations, Math Foundations, GED® prep, and HS+. These classes are designed to help students improve their English and math skills so that they can move forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GED®, college coursework, and/or employment.

To take any of these classes, students must first complete Orientation and Placement Testing, which takes about four hours. Orientation and Placement Testing sessions are scheduled at the end and beginning of each quarter and during the breaks between quarters.

Our classes run on Cascadia’s Academic Calendar. However, our registration timelines are different. Please contact our office for information about when you can register for next quarter.

College and Career Foundations office hours and closures are the same as Kodiak Corner. Please see the Kodiak Corner office hours page for full office hours and closures. You can always call 425-352-8158 to check our hours. Our office is located in LBA 102.

Our program is a WIOA Title II program and is not considered a public benefit program under the “public charge” immigration rule. Please contact us if you have questions.

 

Orientation and Placement Testing—What to Do!

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To sign up for Orientation and Placement Testing, please:

  • Call the office at (425) 352-8158 to complete the application. Or, you may come in to the office, located in the Library Annex (LBA), to complete the application.
  • Orientation is one session, approximately four (4) hours long. During the session, students will complete necessary paperwork and  placement testing, as well as receive information about the program.

To take classes in the College and Career Foundations program, you must be living in the U.S. We welcome all immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens. We cannot serve students with short-term visas, for example student visas, au pair visas, and tourist visas. International students register for classes through the International Programs office. If you have questions about who we can serve, please call the office at (425)352-8158.

 

Underage Students:

Students who are 16 years to 18 years old (9th - 12th grade level status) will need to provide a School District Enrollment Release form from the high school area where you currently live.

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Our Classes

ESL photoEnglish Foundations classes help students improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. These classes are designed to help students gain skills in English so that they move forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GED®, college coursework, and/or employment.

English Foundations classes go from beginning through advanced levels. The beginning and intermediate levels are for students who speak a first language other than English, and are residents of the United States (immigrants, refugees, and citizens). Upper-level English Foundations classes include students who are working on a high school credential and/or preparing to take English 101.

Math Foundations classes help students improve their skills for a high school credential and/or to take college-level math.

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You may want to earn a high school diploma if it is the fastest pathway for you to reach your goals.  When you attend Orientation and Placement Testing, the instructor will share High School+ information with you to help you decide if you want to complete this program. If you want to earn a high school diploma, you need to complete a HS+ application so that we can get you started.

In most cases, students need to be at least 21 years old at the time of completion to earn a HS+ diploma. However, some students age 18-20 who have met their high school testing requirements may be eligible for HS+. Please ask advisor about your options.

Preparing for the HS+ Intake Appointment

  • Bring addresses for any high school or college programs you have attended so you can send for official transcripts.
  • Bring records of any College Placement Tests you have taken.
  • Complete a Washington Employment Security Division request for employment records. We will mail it for you.
  • Bring documentation of any certifications (CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers permit, etc.) you have earned.

Next Steps

  • After your appointment, send for all high school or college transcripts. These must be mailed to the our program, marked official, and be unopened. 
  • Once all of the records have been received in the College and Career Foundations office, they will be evaluated for credits and a determination of what you need to earn your high school diploma will be made.
  • Be on the lookout for a call or email from the our office to set an appointment time for you to come in to discuss your credit evaluation.

Already a BEdA Student?

If you are already a student at Cascadia, work with your instructor or the office to sign up for the appropriate classes that will result in credit toward your HS+ diploma. 

If you are a new student, schedule your Orientation and Placement Testing and complete it!

Which High School diploma option is right for you? 

Refer to this link that will explain Cascadia high school diploma options to you.

Current HS+ Students

Current HS+ students are emailed an updated progress document after each quarter in which they earn credit. HS+ students are encouraged to meet with the CCF Advisor, Neda Rabbanian, about their progress as often as needed. Neda can help explain graduation requirements, answer questions about progress to a diploma, and help you think about what you’ll do after completing your diploma. You can make an appointment with Neda by contacting the CCF office, or email Neda directly at nrabbanian@cascadia.edu.

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Financial Assistance (Waivers)

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The College and Career Foundations program provides some financial assistance to students who qualify. Students can apply for waivers to assist with tuition and a parking permit or bus pass. New and returning students can apply during orientation. Current students can apply in the program office in the LBA. Students must apply every quarter.

Tuition waivers cover the $25 program tuition fee. Parking waivers cover 25% of the cost of a quarterly pass, and 100% of the bus pass fee.

Waiver approval is based on financial need. Continuing students must also maintain eligibility by meeting the following requirements:

  • Paying tuition on time (before the program deadline),
  • Attending at least 80% of all classes, and
  • Taking CASAS post-tests at the end of the quarter.

College and Career Foundations Bus Pass Application Form

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Transitions Advising

Current, recent, and entering CCF students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor, Neda Rabbanian, to discuss college and career goals and plan to transition to college-level classes. It can take time to plan your transition, so don’t hesitate to meet with Neda. Neda can help you research careers or college programs, answer questions about the transition process, and assist you with completing the application for financial aid. Neda also has information about scholarships and other resources that could help you transition to college. You can make an appointment with Neda by contacting the CFF office, or email Neda directly at nrabbanian@cascadia.edu.

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Student Handbook

New students receive a copy of the CFF Student Handbook during Orientation. If you lost your copy, or want to print a new copy, you can find the current version here.

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Quarterly Schedule and Tuition Information

For a preview of the College and Career Foundations class schedule, please consult the Summer 2021 Class Schedule flyer. The schedule may change. Contact our office at (425) 352-8158 for the most up-to-date information.

Information about how to pay your tuition is available on our Tuition Payments flyer. Tuition is due by the third week of the quarter.

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