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Roadmap to the future: Four-year Transition class

By Willadean Wright

Chemeketa student Randy Rasmussen always envisioned himself as a college art student.

But after he graduated from high school, he said he made a wrong turn by working as a tile-setter for his dad, which in turn led to a series of dead-end jobs.

“I just kept thinking, maybe things are going to get better, and they never did,” Rasmussen, now 25, said.

He had always wanted to do graphic art work, so he finally decided to go back to school.

Rasmussen said he talked with a Chemeketa adviser and explained that he was undecided on which way to go.

The adviser’s recommendation for a good starting point was Chemeketa’s CG224 class: Understanding the Four-year Transition.

“This class has been so helpful; it has given me insight and resources that I wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Rasmussen said.

For instance, “I was going to enroll at The Art Institute of Portland, but we learned in class that the Art Institute is a for-profit college.

“If a student wants to transfer, this is a good class to point them in the right direction.”

Rasmussen is now majoring in Graphics Design and plans to transfer.

“I have my path set on Portland State University,” he said.

Through the transition class, Rasmussen said he learned about PSU’s internships and the vast design community.

“It has started my feet on the road to success,” he said.

Karen Stevens, a Chemeketa counselor for the past eight years, said, “Four-year Transition is like a roadmap to a student’s education.”

Stevens teaches the class and also works in Advising and Counseling Career Center in Bldg. 2-115.

“First-year students come in and keep their heads down. They don’t want to look like they need help. I just want to look at them and say, ‘This is a class that will help you,’” she said.

Daisy Garcia, a second-year, student, said, “The class was valuable because it provides a solid foundation for many of the areas that students need to be successful in college.

“I am just learning so many things I didn’t know. It gives you a direction so you don’t waste time and money; it’s so beneficial.”

Garcia plans to transfer to Western University and major in Early Childhood Development and eventually become an elementary school teacher.

“I wish that I would have taken this class my first term. It’s not boring, and Karen is really nice. She gives examples for each university,” she said.

For more information on Four-year Transition classes, students are asked to contact the college’s Advising and Counseling Career Center.

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