SRJC developed the JumpStart Early College Preparation Program to align the matriculation process with the same timeline as 4-year-bound students. The idea originated at Casa Grande High School (CGHS) and was first tested there. SRJC-bound students were sidelined during the college application season, prompting CGHS to advocate for an earlier Fall application. The process not only improved access but also provided vital information about college readiness through our Math & English Placement process. It also introduced students to an introduction/orientation class where students could connect with a college counselor and have the opportunity to create an education plan before high school graduation. What began with one school in 2013, expanded to include over 300 students from five schools in South Sonoma and Marin Counties. Today, JumpStart is a highly regarded Student Success Program designed for High School Seniors, known for its strong retention rates.
Research shows that students who complete this early college preparation process (Application, Orientation, and Education Plan) are more successful in achieving their educational and career goals. In addition, completing these steps will provide students with priority registration and prepare them for their first official semester at SRJC. Students will also become familiar with SRJC programs, services, and resources to help them be successful at and beyond SRJC.
High schools are responsible for recruiting their seniors interested in attending SRJC as high school graduates for entry the following Fall semester. Working closely with SRJC programs, these students will:
- Complete an SRJC online application
- Check and Understand your placement
- Complete an Online Orientation (on the Student Portal)
- Complete an Education Workshop. Students will develop an educational plan with an SRJC academic counselor.
- Complete a Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or Dream Act)
- Learn about SRJC Learning Communities, Programs & Services
- Earn Priority Registration for Summer & Fall Enrollment