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Students come to American River College to pursue many different educational goals. American River College offers associate degrees, certificates, and/or transfer to a four-year institution. Learn more about the types of programs we offer.
Education and Training Opportunities
American River College offers the associate degrees and certificates needed to qualify students for a well-paying job with opportunities for advancement. Students planning to graduate with an associate of arts or science degree must complete the general education requirements. Certificate programs have been developed to assist those already employed in business and industry or those who desire to upgrade their skills or acquire special training.
Career education programs are offered in many areas that employers need. Career education includes technical trades, health occupations, business and finance, computer sciences, law enforcement, and many others.
The college has up-to-date equipment, facilities, and professors who are experts in their fields.
General education courses are those classes that cover a wide range of disciplines. The college is committed to the principle of providing a broad general education that includes: natural science, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and the arts, and language and critical thinking. The college continues to offer other courses that enhance lifelong learning and prepare students for the needs and demands of everyday life. All of these skills help create a balanced life in a democratic society that is diverse in its social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
The college offers courses that meet lower division (first two years) requirements of a four-year college or university. The college faculty are continually developing lower division educational programs that parallel the first and second-year courses of four-year colleges and universities. American River College also offers associate degrees for transfer (AD-T) that guarantees admission within the California State University (CSU) system as well as Transfer Agreement Guarantees (TAG) with other participating institutions.
Courses designed to assist students who need to strengthen their basic skills in mathematics, reading, writing, speaking, and analyzing are offered in several non-degree applicable programs.
In its commitment to lifelong learning, the college offers courses that are responsive to the varied needs of anyone interested in pursuing academic experiences in an educational setting.
The Los Rios Community College District offers unique study opportunities in cities such as:
- Paris, France
- London, England
- Barcelona, Spain
- Florence, Italy
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Programs and Majors
Learn about American River College homebases, programs, degrees, certificates, and courses.
A HomeBase pathway community is a dedicated, welcoming space where students in a particular major or area of interest can get the support they need to complete their academic program while also enjoying a sense of community and belonging.
Career Education is a term for educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation.
Online courses are a great way to take advantage of one of Los Rios’ greatest assets – the full course inventory of four outstanding colleges, all at your fingertips!
Internships and Career Services
The Work Experience and Internship Program is an experiential academic program. ARC Career and Pathways offers an array of resources to assist students in choosing career options and planning for college.
Los Rios Study Abroad
The Los Rios Community College District offers unique study abroad opportunities in cities such as Paris, France; London, England; Barcelona, Spain; and Florence, Italy.