ARC Funeral Service Education Program
A Career in Funeral Service
The United States Department of Labor maintains an excellent website that include information on the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training, advancement, job outlook, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.
Courses are designed to meet the prerequisite for licensure and employment in the funeral service industry as funeral directors and embalmers through courses in biology, chemistry, funeral service management, embalming, restorative art, funeral service fundamentals, counseling, accounting, and funeral service law and ethics. Coursework will be conducted on the ARC campus, while the clinical component will be offered off campus at local funeral industry sites.
Entering the Funeral Service program involves three steps, outlined below. For complete program information, contact the Health & Education office .
Counseling and Submission of Application
- After completing the prerequisite courses, request a pre-enrollment form from the Health and Education Division office. Call (916) 484-8902 for the current application deadline.
- Student must make an appointment with a counselor (in the semester before the program begins) to obtain a current Curriculum Planning Summary Sheet, which must be included with the completed application packet. Please call (916) 484-8572 to make an appointment with the counseling office.
Dean: Jan DeLapp
Admin. Asst.: Line Kao
Clerk: Olga Nabok
Phone: (916) 484-8176
Fax: (916) 484-8030
Department Chair: Valarie Rose
Coursework will be conducted on the ARC campus, while the clinical component will be offered off campus at local funeral industry sites.
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I participated in researches funded by NSF in the physics department at the University of California, Davis. The research project was in the experimental condensed matter lab led by notable faculty members.
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After completing my lower division courses at ARC, I transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, to obtain a degree in civil and Environmental Engineering. I participated in "The Steel Bridge Competition." I was on the design team, and we competed against 48 universities at the national competition, and we earned first place overall for the second consecutive year.
Currently, I serve as a mentor to high school and college students. After obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering, I started working at Forell/Elsesser, an award-winning structural and earthquake engineering firm in San Francisco, CA. Currently, I am in a master's program in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials at UC Berkeley, and I intend to graduate in May of 2016.