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Taking Trade Tech Classes

Taking college courses while still in high school is a great idea for students who want to get a head start on college requirements or their college major.  Or, you might want to explore fun classes like music, cooking, etc.  Either way, exploring the exciting world of college while still at Santee will help build your record and give you the confidence to succeed after graduation.


LATTC and other Community Colleges


Community college classes are free to high school students, and Santee is fortunate to have LA Trade Tech right down the street!  To see which courses are being offered at Trade Tech during the upcoming term, just visit their web site and click on the class schedule link for the next term.  Please note that it is never advisable to take more than 2 college courses at a time, and during intensive winter and summer terms, you should take only one.  Remember that each college course you take becomes part of your permanent college record, so you’re not helping your record if you do poorly!


To sign up for college classes, you must complete an application and meet with a school counselor (Mr. Abarr or your SLC counselor) to discuss your plans.  Once you have found a suitable course, the counselor will sign a concurrent enrollment form and send you to the Bridge to College office at LATTC.  You’ll need to receive an orientation from the Bridges program at least 2 weeks before the start of the new term (preferably even earlier).

At the bottom of the page is a file listing the general requirements (“IGETC”) for the UC and CSU systems.  If you take these courses, you’ll be getting a head start on a college degree!

NOTE: Taking college courses to make up D’s or F’s earned in high school classes is NOT a good idea and is not allowed!  College courses are at a higher level than high school courses, so you wouldn’t try a college course when you struggled in the high school course.  Failed high school courses should be made up through adult school, summer school, or a credit recovery program like Apex.


CSU Dominguez Hills Young Scholars Program


California State University Dominguez Hills offers high school students in California the opportunity to earn up to six units of college credit each semester for a very low price. Courses are broadcast live on cable television and webcast live on the Internet each semester on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30PM.   

Students who view the live broadcasts/webcasts can interact with the instructor by calling a toll free number or sending an email to Students can also view archived videos of the classes at Credits for the courses are recorded on a Dominguez Hills transcript which can be transferred to any college or university.


To learn more, visit the Young Scholars web site or talk to Mr. Abarr in the College Center.