About Mt Sierra College
Mt Sierra College is located in the beautiful City of Monrovia, CA just 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, just eight miles east of the City of Pasadena in Los Angeles County. Monrovia has everything from world-class cultural facilities to glorious recreational outlets to top-rated education and healthcare facilities within minutes for its residents. Residents will find they are close to everything that is Los Angeles: the Rose Bowl, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Palm Springs, the Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other Southern California attractions are all just a short drive away.
History of the College
Mt. Sierra College was founded in January of 1990 and continues to serve the ever-growing need for leaders in design and media arts, business and technology. The effective use of technology has always been at the core of its educational mission. During the early days of its existence, the College was known as Computer Technology Institute and briefly as Pasadena Career Institute. The college changed its name to Mt. Sierra Career College in January 1991. Short courses in computer software applications were offered at that time. In 1992, the College became a Novell Education Academic Partner and was authorized to offer Novell courses. In 1993 the College began its long-standing partnership with Microsoft and was authorized to offer Microsoft certification preparation courses. The College laid the foundation for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in 1994 and changed its name to Mt. Sierra College. Now the cornerstone of its mission, the College’s bachelor degree programs undergo continuous review to ensure that students are receiving the education they need to succeed. After receiving accreditation in April of 1996, Mt. Sierra College offered its first courses leading to degrees in Telecommunications Technology, Multimedia Design Technology and Computer Information Technology. In the Fall of 2002, Mt. Sierra College launched its first business degree program, a Bachelor of Science in eBusiness. Since then, the College has introduced new programs in the Media Arts and Design department, including the innovative Game Arts and Design program. The College now offers two additional business degrees, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, as well as an additional degree in technology, Information Security. Mt Sierra College offers year-round enrollment, and applications are accepted for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. The degree programs at Mt Sierra College are open to all qualified applicants who have successfully earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance to Mt Sierra College is based primarily on a review of applicant’s high school and/or college transcripts and entrance assessments results. All Mt. Sierra College degree programs have two components: a core curriculum, which is the courses directly relating to the field of study, and a general education curriculum. The core curriculum for each degree major will provide students with a solid foundation in their field of study, preparing them for the working world or graduate study. The majority of core courses include hands-on experience to maximize their education.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs
Media Arts & Design with a Concentration in Graphic Design Media Arts & Design with a Concentration in Visual Effects & Digital Video Media Arts & Design with a Concentration in Game Arts & Design
Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
Information Technology with a Concentration in Information Security Information Technology with a Concentration in Computer Information Technology Network Communications Business Administration Business Entrepreneurship The student community of Mt Sierra College is one where you can find groups of students studying or working together on class projects, or discussing the latest trends in their industry. Faculty is always close by and accessible to help students along the way. Peer tutors are constantly available to ensure that our students have every resource available to be successful. The artistic and imaginative student who has an interest in information security, graphic design, visual effects, computer information systems, or business entrepreneurship will find a home at Mt Sierra College surrounding by peers who have the same goals and interests and who challenge and encourage each other throughout the academic experience. Hands-on experience We prepare students for real-world opportunities through the academic learning experience by attracting proven industry professional as faculty and by providing continuous opportunities to engage the community in special projects and internships. The ability to test student skills against actual industry needs helps us to continuously improve our methods, delivery, and outcomes. We constantly search for real-world opportunities through internships and partnerships with members our local community. It provides students an excellent opportunity to test their skills, to develop portfolio pieces that have passes real-world requirements and helps them develop confidence in their skills. The Right Tools From the latest iMac® student stations in our Mac Lab to our fully-functional private theatre; we offer advanced hardware and software to give students an edge in their chosen industries. Career Services From the moment you arrive at the culmination of graduation and beyond, we are involved in your career plan. We look for constant opportunities to celebrate your new skills, successes, and goals by engaging the community through multiple venues. We begin to work with for internship opportunities, resume development, employer contacts, industry associations, conducting mock interviews, and both on and off-campus employer events where students and alumni can engage potential employers. Mentored Learning is an Academic Experience At Mt Sierra College, your academic experience is one that challenges you to step outside of your known limits and stretch your imagination. It is one that encourages you to learn amazing new skills that allow you to bring your ideas to life. As a student, you are guided through the technical skills necessary to prepare to compete for new career opportunities in your chosen field. Proven faculty will guide you through the development of your new skills as you gain confidence and begin to test your own creative abilities. Through your entire experience, we hope to create a sense of community and philanthropy and believe this will help our students develop into contributing members of their own community and profession. Diverse Cultural Awareness Today’s marketplace requires new professionals to have a global awareness of technology, industry, and culture. Mt Sierra College embraces diversity by ensuring our programs are accessible, applicable and provide the necessary skills for our students to become employable. We integrate community and cultural awareness in the student life experience at Mt Sierra College which helps students learn to embrace the ideas of their peers, develop teamwork skills and improve their ability to communicate effectively in various professional settings. Comprehensive Education Students graduate with a theoretical and practical basis for understanding the forces that shape society and are taught to think critically and communicate effectively. Students will be given an opportunity to join theoretical knowledge and practical application in classrooms and labs which helps increase their confidence, skills, and ability to communicate effectively as a member of the professional community.
Mt. Sierra College is proud to accept qualified international students. Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States and wish to study in the United States will need to apply as non-immigrant (international) students. Non-immigrant students are governed by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS provides information on becoming a non-immigrant student on their website at http://uscis.gov. The United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement website at www.ice.gov is also useful. To support our international students, the College offers assistance from the initial inquiry through graduation. International applicants must meet the basic admission requirements to the College as explained in the preceding sections. In addition, international applicants must meet all USCIS requirements. Mt. Sierra College does not offer English language services, nor does it provide English Language Learners instruction. All instruction occurs in English. Mt Sierra College offers year-round enrollment, and applications are accepted for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. The degree programs at Mt Sierra College are open to all qualified applicants who have successfully earned a high school diploma or the equivalent. Acceptance to Mt Sierra College is based primarily on a review of applicant’s high school and/or college transcripts and entrance assessments results.
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