CollegeLink: Free College Courses

Overview

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) high school students can earn college credit by enrolling in courses offered by Fullerton College. These courses are taught in person on PYLUSD high school campuses and are free of charge and include textbooks. All courses are CSU and UC-approved for transfer. Students do not need to commit to attend Fullerton College in order to take these classes and receive credit. The goal of these classes is to help students transfer to their desired 4-year college or graduate quicker.

Spring 2021 Courses

All courses are online. If a time is listed for the class, the student must be available during that time to attend a virtual class. Online coursework will be done through Canvas, please see this guide to familiarize yourself with the platform.

 

Course #

Course Name

High School

Days

Start Date

End Date

Start

Time

End

Time

ANTH 102

Cultural Anthropology

Esperanza

M/W

Online

2/10/2021

5/19/2021

3:30pm

5:25pm

ART 110

Intro to Art

El Dorado

Online

2/9/2021

5/22/2021

N/A

N/A

ART 110

Intro to Art

Valencia

T/Th

Online

2/9/2021

5/18/2021

3:30pm

5:20pm

BIOL 190

Intro to Biotechnology

(11th-12th Grade or passed Chemistry)

Valencia

T/Th

Online

2/9/2021

5/18/2021

3:30pm

5:20pm

BUS 100

Intro to Business

Esperanza

Online

2/9/2021

5/22/2021

N/A

N/A

CDES 115

Intro to Early Childhood Education

El Camino

M/W

Online

2/10/2021

5/19/2021

3:30pm

5:25pm

COMM 100

Public Speaking

El Dorado

M/W

Online

2/17/2021

5/19/2021

3:15pm

6:05pm

COUN 140

Educational Planning

(12th Grade Only)

Multiple Campuses

Online

Various Dates

Various Dates

N/A

N/A

ETHS 150

Intro Chicano Studies

Buena Vista

Online

2/9/2021

5/22/2021

N/A

N/A

MUS 119

History of Rock Music

Esperanza

T/Th

Online

2/9/2021

5/18/2021

3:30pm

5:20pm

NUTR 210

Human Nutrition

Yorba Linda

Online

2/9/2021

5/22/2021

N/A

N/A

SOC 101

Intro to Sociology

(11th-12th Grade Only)

Yorba Linda

Online

2/9/2021

5/22/2021

N/A

N/A

*Please note that 11th-12th grade students are given priority as 9th-10th grade students have other opportunities to take these classes.
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Family Orientation Night
If you missed the Family Orientation Night on Thursday, December 3rd, find the Presentation Slides here.
 
If you are a senior and plan to attend Fullerton College after you graduate, Counseling 140 is for you! Walk through the steps to be a Promise student and receive 2 years of free tuition!
Spring 2021 Fullerton College Counseling 140 Sections

Start Date

End Date

Day

Time

2/16/21

3/21/21

Tuesday

Online

4/12/21

5/16/21

Monday

Online


 
Course Descriptions

*NEW* ANTH 102 – Cultural Anthropology – (3 Units) This course is an introduction to the cultural aspects of man's behavior and the nature of culture. It includes the uniformities and variabilities of culture, social organization, family structure, religion, language, and other basic topics. This course fulfills the Multicultural Education Requirement for graduation. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 4) and CSU (Area D).

 

ART 110Introduction to Art – (3 Units) This lecture-based course provides an introduction to art from prehistoric times to the present. Classroom presentations are supplemented by gallery and museum visits. While examining the role that the visual arts have played in the development of the cultures of the world, the student is exposed to a wide variety of artistic media. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 3) and CSU (Area C).

 

BIOL 190Introduction to Biotechnology – (3 Units) This course will teach students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Topics will include the biology, business and legal/ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 5) and CSU (Area B). Due to the difficulty of the course, it is only offered to 11th-12th grade students or students that have passed Chemistry with a C- or better.

 

BUS 100Introduction to Business – (3 Units) This introductory business course is designed to give an understanding and appreciation for the American business/ economic system. The course surveys the nature of economics, business ownership, physical factors, personnel relations, marketing, finance, corporate ownership, management control, business regulation, law, taxation, and the international business environment. Transfers to UC as elective units and fulfills GE requirements for CSU (Area D).

 

CDES 115 - Introduction to Early Childhood – (3 Units) This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age six. Students will examine a teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include but not be limited to: Art, Science and Math education, language and literacy, social and emotional learning and creativity. Transfers to CSU for Degree Credit, but does not fulfill GE requirements.

 

COMM 100Public Speaking – (4 Units) This course is to give students concentrated opportunities to communicate their ideas. Emphasis is on developing the speaker’s ability to present original subject matter. This is accomplished by the preparation and presentation of four to six informative and persuasive speeches, as well as various in-class assignments and exercises to develop speaking proficiency by skillfully using logic and reasoning. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 1) and CSU (Area A). This class is intended for 11th-12th grade students.

 

COUN 140Educational Planning – (.5 Units) For seniors going to Fullerton College. Students taking this course will receive an overview of graduation requirements, transfer requirements, campus policies, student services and career planning. This course is strongly recommended for first-time students with declared majors or enrollment in specific programs. Course sections may be designated for specific majors or programs. Transfers to CSU for Degree Credit, but does not fulfill GE requirements.

 

ETHS 150Introduction of Chicana/o Studies – (3 Units) This course is an introduction to the field of Chicana/o studies. It is designed to acquaint students with the most significant social, political, economic, and historical aspects of the Chicana/o experience in the United States. This course fulfills the Multicultural Education requirements for graduation. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 4) and CSU (Area D).

 

*NEW* MUS 119 History of Rock Music – (3 Units) This course presents a historical study of the music of a rock musician. The principal focus will be on the music with analysis, secondary emphasis is placed on the socio-logical, political, and economic conditions which so heavily influenced this musical genre’s development. Listening Active, directed listening, will be the primary function activity in the classroom. Out-of-class activities will include music listening and concert attendance. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 3) and CSU (Area C).

 

NUTR 210 Human Nutrition – (3 Units) This course is an introduction to the science of nutrition. Major principles, functions and sources of nutrients, health and disease, as well as, chemistry and physiology as they relate to nutrition are discussed. General application as it applies to today’s students is stressed. Students will analyze their food intake. Transfers to UC as elective units and fulfills GE requirements for CSU (Area E).

 

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology – (3 Units) This course introduces concepts, theories, and vocabulary associated with the field of sociology. The major sociological perspectives are explored surrounding: social control, social interaction, social differentiation, and social institutions. The processes of social change are understood in the contact of collective human behavior. Transfers to CSU/UC and fulfills GE requirements for IGETC (Area 4) and CSU (Area D). This course is only offered to 11th-12th grade students due to mature content.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are a good fit for these classes:
 
1. Do I have the time in my schedule to be committed to complete college coursework on time?
2. Do I meet the prerequisites (if there are any) for the class I want to take?
3. Will I ask questions if I need help?
4. Will I check my Canvas account on a regular basis without being prompted to check for announcements and assignments?
5. Am I serious about attending all classes and earning college credit?
6. Am I aware that these courses and grades will go on my permanent college record?
 
If you answered "Yes" to all these questions, you may be a good fit to take CollegeLink courses! It is always a good idea to talk to your Counselor or College and Career Technician to determine the best fit for you.
Registration 

Are you interested in taking a course in Spring 2021? --> Follow this instruction sheet to register. <--
Please do not register using any CRN code. A CRN code will be provided once the roster is confirmed on January 25th. Students may express their interest by filling out this Interest Survey or by contacting their respective College and Career Technician as indicated below.

 

School

CollegeLink Rep

E-mail

El Camino

Laura Gonzalez

lgonzalez@pylusd.org

El Dorado

Ashley Hamilton

ahamilton@pylusd.org

Esperanza

Cheyenne Beever

cbeever@pylusd.org

BVVA/ Parkview

Sarah Miller

smiller@pylusd.org

Valencia

Christine Hughes

chughes@pylusd.org

Yorba Linda

Angelica Rossoni

arossoni@pylusd.org

 
If you signed up for a class, but now you don't think it is the right fit for you or something happened and the timing for this semester is not working out, you may drop your class. Depending on when you are dropping the class, it may affect your college record, college GPA, and financial aid awards.
 
Term Time Result What does it affect?
Full Semester Term Prior to the 3rd week of class Nothing on your transcript (as if you never signed up) Nothing
Full Semester Term During the 3rd-12th week of class Receive a Withdrawal "W" grade College transcript and possibly Financial Aid
Full Semester Term During the 13th-15th week of class Receive a letter grade College transcript, GPA, and possibly Financial Aid
Summer Term Prior to 20% of the length of the course Nothing on your transcript (as if you never signed up) Nothing
Summer Term During the 20-75% of the length of the course Receive a Withdrawal "W" grade College transcript and possibly Financial Aid
Summer Term During 76-100% of the length of the course Receive a letter grade College transcript, GPA, and possibly Financial Aid
 
How is a Withdrawal grade different from an "F" grade?
A Withdrawal "W" grade shows up on your transcript but does not affect your GPA. It may affect your Financial Aid because a "W" may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress status. An "F" grade shows up on your transcript and affects your GPA.
 
Please see Fullerton College's Withdrawal handout for more information.
Click these links to learn more about CSU General Education units or IGETC courses.
 
Chart showing what areas our CollegeLink classes fulfill.
If you are a senior that needs all your college credits on a college transcript to apply to various colleges, follow these steps:
 
1. Log into your MyGateway account
2. Click on Webstar in the right corner
3. Click on the Students Records Tab
4. Click Request Official Transcript
 
Be sure to check that all your classes and grades are correct before requesting an official transcript. Check the Status of your order by entering your Order Number on the Credentials' self-service portal.
 
More information can be found here: https://admissions.fullcoll.edu/transcripts/
 
1. Does my student need to attend Fullerton College to receive the college units earned from these classes?
No, the college units are on Fullerton College's official transcript so your student can take with them to any college they plan to attend. Students must pass these classes in order to receive units. Where the units are applied may vary between colleges. If your student plans to attend a private college, please contact them directly to inquire about transferable units. Visit https://admissions.fullcoll.edu/transcripts/ for information to receive your official transcript.
 
2. Are the classes scaled down for high school students?
No, the classes are equally as rigorous as other college classes as they are taught by college Professors.
 
3. Will these grades be on my permanent record?
Yes, all grades will be included on your permanent college transcript and affect your college GPA. This has negative consequences if students fail the class.
 
4. Will these classes be on the High School transcript?
Please see your Counselor to ask about this.
 
5. What is a Withdrawal "W" grade?
A withdrawal grade indicates that a student withdrew or dropped a class. The grade does not affect the GPA. Students that drop before 20% of the total class time will not receive any record of having taken or dropped the class. Please see Fullerton College's handout on Withdrawal grades for more information.
 
6. Can I take multiple classes in the same semester?
Remember that these are college courses and have very rigorous curriculum. We have seen a handful of students be successful with 2 classes, but it is rare as the workload can be overwhelming. You would also need to take classes that are not at the same time in Fullerton College's system. Even if the class is fully online, they still have a designated date and time in the system. If the times overlap, the system will not let you register for both classes. It would be equivalent to having two 3rd period classes.
 
7. How many classes can I take?
There is no limit to how many classes you can take throughout all of high school that go on your permanent college transcript, not your high school transcript. If you would like to know how to get classes on your high school transcript for elective credit, please see your counselor. However, we recommend only taking 1 class at a time to promote a balanced, healthy schedule.
 
8. I am a 9th grader, what classes can I take?
CollegeLink courses are intended for 11th-12th grade students, but if you are a self-motivated and hard working 9th-10th grade student, you may do well in our classes. As long as your Counselor or CCT thinks you are capable enough to handle the college-level workload and approve you to take a course, you will be considered for the course. Please note that 11th-12th grade students will have priority as you still have more time to take these courses. Some classes also have requirements or are intended for 11th-12th grade students only.
 
9. Can I take a course that is not on the list?
Yes, you may take a course that is not offered as a CollegeLink class, however, you will need to pay for your own textbook and you will be in a class with other Fullerton College students. You will also be given last priority as Fullerton College would like to serve their own students first. You can select classes through the Special Admit program. Learn more here. You may also take classes at other Community Colleges, but you may need to pay for tuition and/or textbooks.
 
For any additional questions, contact Sara Kong at skong@pylusd.org or Bryce Hamamoto at BHamamoto@fullcoll.edu