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Students attend college for a variety of reasons. You may know exactly what you want to do with your college education, or you may be here to find a sense of direction and purpose. Having a focus enhances student success in college so it's important to consider the options available at SRJC.

Complete an Occupational Certificate

SRJC's over 170 Occupational Certificate Programs prepare students to enter a wide variety of careers or to upgrade their current job skills. These training programs vary in length from 2 months to 2 years, changing as needed to prepare students to meet the dynamic needs of Sonoma County employers.

Earn an Associate Degree

Students can earn an associate degree in arts and/or sciences at SRJC. This degree can stand alone as an accomplishment and will enhance a student's employability and expand career options. Students may also complete an associate degree as a part of transfer preparation and should work with their counselors to make the choice that's right for them.

Transfer for a Bachelor's Degree

Students can prepare to transfer to a college or university by completing freshman or sophomore level coursework (lower division), which includes both general education and major preparation. Students should work with their counselors to create a MAP (academic plan) that will lead to successful transfer.

Achieve Personal Goals

  • Develop job skills for a new career or to advance in your current career
  • Discover or formulate career plans
  • Enhance your understanding of others and the world around you
  • Improve basic skills in areas such as English, writing and math
  • Prepare for the GED
  • Take college courses while enrolled in high school to enrich your high school experience

If you don't have an educational goal, career or major in mind (and many college students do not), consider career exploration by enrolling in one of these courses:

  • Counseling 62, Introduction to Career Development

The Career Center,, also has many resources and services to help you clarify your goals.

The final responsibility for successfully achieving an educational goal rests with the student. Information on-line is designed to be helpful; however, this information changes frequently. It is recommended that students consult catalogs, counselors, departments and universities to confirm an educational plan.

Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges