Community Services Classes
Community Services offerings enable you to improve the quality of your life through lifelong learning. This program of fee-based classes is designed to serve individuals with educational goals that do not require college credit (there are no transcripts or grades). Community Service classes are usually shorter than credit classes, and normally do not require lengthy preparation. Many classes are offered in response to a specific population's expressed interest or need.
Register by phone at 916-485-6000, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
The next Community Services class will be CCDET I - Online, June 13, 2020, 7:30am – 4:30pm. This course is Inspection and Periodic Smoke Detection Programs. Topics include common causes of high diesel smoke levels and smoke diagnostic information.
- Opacity Meter: Student must have access to an Opacity Meter and all the attachment/related items to use during the hands-on assessment
- Zoom Meeting & Connection: Student must have the ability to transmit video to a Zoom meeting during the classroom and hands-on assessment sessions
- Camera / Broadcast Devices: Student must have access to computer/laptop, tablet and/or smartphone devices that allow the instructor to observe them as the class, test and hands-on assessment are being conducted
(Hint: Recommend to have one stationary-computer or laptop, and one mobile-tablet or smartphone device during class)
- Zoom Downloaded/Installed, Functioning and Ready Prior: Student should download and install the Zoom application onto their computer/laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone and make sure it’s functioning properly prior to the class date. One of the devices needs to be portable for the hands-on Opacity Testing assessment.
(Hint: Should be familiar with settings and functions within Zoom, such as “Mute/Unmute”, “chat”, etc.)
- Switch from front to rear camera as needed: Student or person holding the device for the class should be able to switch between front facing and rear facing camera, or point the single camera in a way that the relevant parts of the vehicle are visible (stack/tailpipe, emission components, etc.)
- Two-way Communication: Devices must be capable of two-way communication with the instructor
- Power Supply: Student needs to have power supply to power the computer/laptop, tablet and or smartphone for the duration of the class
- Identity: Student must have ID to identify self on video
- Vehicle Information: Know the diesel engine make, model, year of the vehicle to be tested. If using a personal vehicle for simulation, interpret the result as if a fleet vehicle were being tested
- Classroom Student Materials: Student class materials will be provided after registration.
The above protocol is set up to minimize the interruption during the class, keep communication in case one device becomes malfunction.
Web address for the virtual meeting will be provided after registration. Students can contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the class date for questions or need additional information.
After my first year in the United States, I started taking classes at ARC. MESA helped me adapt to the new culture, make life-long friends, and plan my future accordingly.
Through MESA, I improved my public speaking, leadership skills, teamwork, and communication skills while attending several conferences, field trips, and joining on-campus clubs. I could not finish a single personal statement or scholarships or UC application without the help I received from Dr. Will and the coordinators.
In 2013, I transferred to UC Berkeley to pursue a Bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Prior to transferring, I received the Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship, which covered my entire tuition and living expenses until I graduated.
After transferring, I spend the first summer interning for General Motors in Michigan. I also conducted academic research in the experimental fluid dynamics laboratory in UC Berkeley for more than a year. I promoted STEM among high school students in Richmond and Oakland, and I became an engineering mentor for several new transfer students in the engineering program at Berkeley to make the transition smoother for them.
I have to admit that my best mentors and friends up to this day are the ones I met at MESA.