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Joshua Miller, AA-T in psychology, transferring to CSUS

Joshua Miller considered himself to be a rebel in high school, sometimes dismissing the benefits of a college education.

Miller, 21, chuckles at the recollection of his mindset just a few short years ago before enrolling at Sierra College in Rocklin. Now, Miller holds a valuable Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree and has been accepted as a junior to California State University, Sacramento, for the fall 2012 semester.

“Yeah, call me a rebel, I guess, because my dad has a degree and I always knew I’d get one too, but in high school I did talk about not going,” Miller said. “I’m glad I went to college because I did well and I met a lot of great people.”

Miller graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and plans on becoming a therapist or counselor. His AA-T degree helped him get into CSU Sacramento.

The California Community Colleges and the California State University system have a new Associate Degree for Transfer program that simplifies the transfer process for community college students wanting to continue their education at a CSU. For the first time, community college students who complete an associate degree designated for transfer are guaranteed admission to a CSU with junior status and will be given priority consideration when applying to a CSU campus and to a particular program that is designated as similar to the student’s community college major. Working toward this goal has never been more important as, due to budget cuts, many of the CSU campuses are only accepting students with these special transfer diplomas who are looking to transfer this spring.

“Over last summer I met with one of Sierra’s counselors and we went through the graduation requirements,” said Miller, who has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. “It’s then that she told me about the (Associate Degree for Transfer) program that guarantees transfer to a CSU offering a similar major. Luckily I met all of the requirements and I’m proud that I’m part of that first wave of graduates. I think it’s a wonderful program.”