Cerro Coso offers new Spanish Language Program

Cerro Coso Community College is offering a new Spanish Associate of Arts Transfer degree (A.A.-T). The A.A.-T degree offers students the opportunity to complete a two-year degree with course credits that allow them to transfer as a junior to designated Spanish bachelor’s degree programs at California State universities and gives priority admission consideration to the local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to the community college major.

The Spanish AA-T degree offers two tracks to choose from: one for Non-Heritage Speakers and another for Heritage Speakers. Both guarantee acceptance to the CSU system. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

This program of study prepares students for transfer to the CSU system to earn a baccalaureate in Spanish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and translation. It provides students with a strong foundation in fundamental language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) and a better understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

The Associate of Arts in Spanish for Transfer degree also serves as supplementary preparation for diverse professional fields such as: healthcare, the legal system, social work, business, customer service, public relations, journalism, hospitality, travel industry, bilingual education, translation and interpretation, and non-profit organizations. “Employers are seeking marketable skills that help them expand their reach and students can be a leader with an AA-T degree in Spanish,” said Spanish Professor Lucila Gonzalez-Cirre.

The English and Foreign Language department at Cerro Coso offers a rich selection of lower-division courses, from beginning to conversational to Intermediate Spanish. Experienced instructors lead students to a valuable level of proficiency and cultural understanding in a stimulating and supportive environment. Learning is enhanced through a communicative approach, multimedia technology, and enriched by the International and Latino clubs at the college.

Learning Spanish not only provides practical life and career skills, but also gives new perspectives on the world. Find out more at www.cerrocoso.edu.

Story First Published: 2022-01-07