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, or online, at PYLUSD campuses, 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 prepare for college and complete their chosen degree sooner after they graduate. 

Here is our spring schedule. Details are subject to change.

 

 

Course #

Course Name

Type

Days

Start Date

End Date

Hours

COMM 100

Public Speaking

Zoom

M/W

02/28/2022

05/11/2022

3:15pm - 6:05pm

COUN 140

Educational Planning

100% Online

 

02/14/2022

02/27/2022

Asynchronous

COUN 140

Educational Planning

100% Online

 

03/07/2022

03/20/2022

Asynchronous

MUS 119

History of Rock and Roll

100%

Online

 

02/07/2022

05/21/2022

Asynchronous

NUTR

Human Nutrition

100% Online

 

02/07/2022

05/21/2022

Asynchronous

ART 110

Introduction to Art

100% Online

 

02/07/2022

05/21/2022

Asynchronous

ETHS 150

Introduction to Chicana/o Studies

100%

Online

 

02/07/2020

05/21/2022

Asynchronous

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

Zoom

T/TH

02/07/2022

05/01/2022

3:15pm - 5:40pm

 

 

**All classes will be offered online**

Zoom classes with start and end times listed require students attend a virtual lecture during the designated time.

 

Priority is given to juniors and seniors; however, courses are available to all PYL students grades 9 - 12.

 

Students can sign up for any class that is offered in the district. PLY students may take two classes with Counselor Approval, providing the times do not conflict. Even though the majority of classes are taught asynchronously, they may still show as a conflict in the College’s registration system and students will not be able to sign up for two classes “scheduled” at the same time.

 

 

 
 
Click on this link to view the full flyer.
 
 
Course Descriptions:

 

 

ART 110Introduction to Art – (3 Units) This 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).

 

COMM 100Public Speaking – (3 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).

 

MUS 119 History of Rock and Roll – (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).

 


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.

Application
Click here to see the full registration process flyer with workshop dates.

Step 1: Apply to Fullerton College for the Spring 2022 term. Click here to see an instructional video.
Step 2: Complete the Special Admit form. You MUST select a high school or your form will automatically be rejected. Click here to see an instructional video.
 
ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY, January 19, 2022
 
You MUST complete step 3 to enroll in the course.
 
Please ignore the email from [email protected] (shown below) that tells you about a registration appointment. This is an automated email that goes out to every Fullerton College student, but does not apply to you as a CollegeLink student.
 
Example Email
 
Step 3: Register for the class. You will receive a CRN code from your CCT that you will use to enroll in the class through your MyGateway portal on fullcoll.edu. DO NOT look for a code on your own or you will enroll in a regular Fullerton College class with other college students and will need to pay for your own textbook.
 
Registration Deadline is September 10th
 

For more information, contact your CollegeLink Representative (College and Career Tech or Counselor).

School

CollegeLink Rep

E-mail

El Camino

Laura Gonzalez

El Dorado

Patricia Cardenas

[email protected] 

Esperanza

Vanessa Cazares

[email protected] 

BVVA/Parkview

Sarah Miller

[email protected]

Valencia

Christine Hughes

[email protected]

Yorba Linda

Angie Rossoni


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/
 

What do your grades mean? Get an explanation here.
 
Watch a tutorial on adding your CollegeLink grades into the CSU Apply application here:
 
Watch a tutorial on adding your CollegeLink grades into the UC Apply application here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gph-c0K4lIo&ab_channel=UCSBAdmissions
 

 
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 that do not go on 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. We recommend only taking 1 class at a time to promote a balanced, healthy schedule. Students may also not take multiple classes that overlap in times they are offered.
 
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, Bryce Hamamoto at [email protected]