InterCoast Colleges School Catalog - July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 Website: www.intercoast.edu

 
InterCoast Colleges School Catalog - July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 Website: www.intercoast.edu
InterCoast Colleges
           School Catalog
           July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

           Website: www.intercoast.edu

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InterCoast Colleges School Catalog - July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 Website: www.intercoast.edu
INTERCOAST COLLEGES
                                    CALIFORNIA CAMPUSES

                                               ORANGE
                                           MAIN CAMPUS
                          3745 W. Chapman Avenue Orange, California 92868
                                           (714) 712-7900
                                      AUXILARY CLASSROOM
                               1515 S. Harris Court, Anaheim, CA 92806

                                            BURBANK
                                         BRANCH CAMPUS
                       175 East Olive Avenue, 3rd Fl Burbank, California 91502
                                          (818) 500-8400

                                                CARSON
                                           BRANCH CAMPUS
                        1 Civic Plaza Drive, Suite 110 Carson, California 90745
                                            (310) 847-8400

                                              RIVERSIDE
                                           BRANCH CAMPUS
                            1989 Atlanta Avenue Riverside, California 92507
                                            (951) 779-1300

                                         WEST COVINA
                                        BRANCH CAMPUS
                      1400 West Covina Parkway West Covina, California 91790
                                         (626) 337-6800

                                            ROSEVILLE
                                         BRANCH CAMPUS
                       1200 Melody Lane, Suite 100 Roseville, California 95678
                                          (916) 786-6300

                                            ELK GROVE
                                         BRANCH CAMPUS
                   9355 East Stockton Blvd. Suite 100, Elk Grove, California 95624
                                          (916) 714-5402

                                              FAIRFIELD
                                           BRANCH CAMPUS
                                 2480 Hilborn Road, Fairfield, CA 94534
                                            (707) 421-9700

                               Instruction is held at the campus of enrollment.

     HVAC Technician students attending the Anaheim auxiliary classroom will also attend some classes
                                         at the Orange campus.

Otherwise, students are not required to attend different locations in order to meet their course requirements.

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INTERCOAST COLLEGES

  A Message from the President:

  On behalf of the Administration and Faculty of InterCoast, we wish to thank you for taking the time to visit our
  school(s). The Education and skills training you will receive here at InterCoast is directed toward the development
  of technical skills and knowledge, along with the development of professional attitudes and behaviors related to
  study and work habits, interpersonal communication skills, self-discipline, and confidence.

  In order to aid our students in achieving these objectives, InterCoast has established a professional work-like
  environment consisting of:

  A faculty of mature and competent industry professionals who possess superior job-related knowledge, skills, and
  enthusiasm in teaching, with sensitivity and concern for you and your progress.

  A classroom/work-like atmosphere that brings out the best effort in each student through the use of modern
  equipment and current resource materials.

  A curriculum devoted to job-related subjects and tasks, which will enable you to focus in on the major areas of
  interest and employment skills development, thereby preparing you, in the shortest possible time, with the
  knowledge and skills that will enable you to gain respect, success, and the means of rewarding self-support.

  A Career Services Department accomplished in assisting students with “Externships” as well as individualized
  career services assistance. The career services department often functions as a liaison between the employer and
  the student/graduate. This is a service provided to eligible graduates.

  The Administration and Faculty of InterCoast know that your time here will be both an exciting and a challenging
  experience. We care about you and your need for success. By our combined efforts, your determination and hard
  work, and the expertise of our Faculty and Staff, achievement of your career goals is within your reach.

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INTERCOAST SCHOOL CATALOG
                                                                                                     Table of Contents

APPROVAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT ...............................................................................................................................................................................6
PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES ..............................................................................................................................................................................................7
   PHILOSOPHY ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7
   OBJECTIVES ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
HISTORY OF INTERCOAST..................................................................................................................................................................................................7
GENERAL INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................................................................................................8
   APPROVALS................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
   ACCREDITATION ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
   FACILITIES ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
   LIBRARY (RESOURCE CENTER) ......................................................................................................................................................................................8
   HOUSING....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
   SCHOOL OF VOCATIONAL NURSING ............................................................................................................................................................................8
   ADMISSIONS POLICIES..................................................................................................................................................................................................9
   CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION ...........................................................................................................................................................................................9
   HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION ...............................................................................................................................................................................10
   HOLIDAY SCHEDULE....................................................................................................................................................................................................11
   CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS TRAINING ..............................................................................................................................................................................12
   TRANSFER OF CREDIT .................................................................................................................................................................................................12
   TUITION ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
   VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION APPLICANTS OR WIA APPLICANTS .......................................................................................................................... 13
   VETERANS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
   FINANCIAL AID............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 13
   STATE OF CALIFORNIA STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND ....................................................................................................................................13
   CANCELLATION POLICY...............................................................................................................................................................................................15
   WITHDRAWAL POLICY ................................................................................................................................................................................................15
   TRIAL PERIOD.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 15
   RETURN OF TITLE IV POLICY .......................................................................................................................................................................................15
ACADEMIC INFORMATION..............................................................................................................................................................................................16
   METHOD OF INSTRUCTION ........................................................................................................................................................................................16
   CURRICULUM STRUCTURE .........................................................................................................................................................................................16
   HOMEWORK ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC & ATTENDANCE POLICY.......................................................................................................................................................17
   SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY ..........................................................................................................................................................17
   MAXIMUM TIME FRAME FOR COURSE COMPLETION...............................................................................................................................................17
   SEMESTER CREDIT HOUR MEASUREMENT ................................................................................................................................................................17
   ACADEMIC PROBATION POLICY .................................................................................................................................................................................18
   GRADING POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................................................................18
   STUDENT APPEAL PROCEDURES ................................................................................................................................................................................19
   RE ENROLLMENT/RESTART POLICY............................................................................................................................................................................19
   ATTENDANCE POLICY .................................................................................................................................................................................................20
   MAKE‐UP TIME POLICY...............................................................................................................................................................................................21
   MAKE‐UP WORK POLICY ............................................................................................................................................................................................21
   LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................................................21
   EXTERNSHIP TRAINING...............................................................................................................................................................................................22
   SUSPENSION AND DISMISSAL POLICY........................................................................................................................................................................22
   GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ..................................................................................................................................................................................22
STUDENT SERVICES/CONDUCT .......................................................................................................................................................................................23
   STUDENT ADVISING POLICY .......................................................................................................................................................................................23
   STUDENT CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR POLICY ............................................................................................................................................................23
   DRESS CODE POLICY ...................................................................................................................................................................................................24
   ANTI‐DISCRIMINATION POLICY ..................................................................................................................................................................................25
   ANTI‐HARASSMENT POLICY .......................................................................................................................................................................................25
   TELEPHONE CALLS / CELL PHONES AND BEEPERS......................................................................................................................................................25
   EATING / DRINKING / SMOKING POLICY ...................................................................................................................................................................25
   PARKING POLICY......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
   STUDENT RECORDS POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................................................25
   GUESTS POLICY ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25
   HONOR SYSTEM POLICY (Academic Integrity)...........................................................................................................................................................25
   COPYRIGHT POLICY.....................................................................................................................................................................................................28
   DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY ...................................................................................................................................................28
   PERSONAL PROPERTY.................................................................................................................................................................................................28
   COMPUTER LABORATORY USE...................................................................................................................................................................................28
   STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES ..........................................................................................................................................................................28

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ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANT..........................................................................................................................................................................31
ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELING STUDIES .................................................................................................................................................................33
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY & ADMINISTRATION ...............................................................................................................................................................34
COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING .......................................................................................................................................................................................35
ELECTRICAL TRAINING PROGRAM (ETP) .........................................................................................................................................................................36
FITNESS SPECIALIST ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 37
HVAC TECHNICIAN........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 38
MASSAGE THERAPY......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 39
MEDICAL ASSISTANT .......................................................................................................................................................................................................40
MENTAL HEALTH REHABILITATION TECHNICIAN............................................................................................................................................................41
MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST ................................................................................................................................................................................................42
PARALEGAL SPECIALIST ...................................................................................................................................................................................................43
VOCATIONAL NURSING ...................................................................................................................................................................................................44
START SCHEDULES........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 47
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS ...................................................................................................................................................................................................49

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APPROVAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
InterCoast Colleges, a private institution, was granted institutional approval to operate by the BPPE, Bureau for Private
Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8. The Bureau’s approval
means that the institution and its operation comply with the minimum standards established under the law for occupational
instruction by private Postsecondary educational institutions and does not imply endorsement or recommendation.

                                                                 Clock         Academic
  Program                                                                                            Financial Aid Units
                                                                 Hours         Credits**

  ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN
                                                                 1325          67                    67
  SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

  ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANT                               750           41                    25

  ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELING STUDIES                            905           41                    30

  BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY & ADMINISTRATION                           720           39                    24

  COMPUTERIZED ACCOUNTING                                        720           34                    24

  ELECTRICAL TRAINING PROGRAM                                    900           49                    30

  FITNESS SPECIALIST                                             900           Clock Hour            24

  HVAC TECHNICIAN                                                720           39                    24

  MASSAGE THERAPY                                                750           34                    24

  MENTAL HEALTH REHABILITATION TECHNICIAN                        720           42                    24

  MEDICAL ASSISTANT                                              900           42                    28

  MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST                                          900           37                    30

  PARALEGAL SPECIALIST                                           900           50                    30

  PHARMACY TECHNICIAN                                            800           Clock Hour            21

  VOCATIONAL NURSING                                             1590          Clock Hour            42

**Additional Information located on each Program's page                 A student or any member of the public may file a complaint
details the breakdown of Academic Credits.                              about this institution with the Bureau for Private
                                                                        Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by
The institution does not provide English-as-a-Second
                                                                        completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the
Language instruction.
                                                                        bureau’s Internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov
Instruction is in residence with facility occupancy levels
                                                                        Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog
accommodating approximately 200-400 students at any one
                                                                        that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution
time, depending on campus location. Courses are also
                                                                        may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary
available on ground and online. Graduates of InterCoast who
                                                                        Education at P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798,
successfully complete the course of study are awarded an
                                                                        Telephone (916) 431-6959 Toll Free: (888) 370-7589 Fax:
appropriate diploma or certificate.
                                                                        (916) 263-1897 www.bppe.ca.gov
Prospective enrollees for on-campus programs are required
                                                                        As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this
to visit the physical facilities of the school and to discuss
                                                                        catalog prior to signing and enrollment agreement. You are
personal educational and occupational plans with school
                                                                        also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact
personnel prior to enrolling or signing enrollment
                                                                        Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an
agreements.
                                                                        enrollment agreement.
Persons seeking to resolve problems or complaints should first
contact the instructor or Student Services Coordinator.
Requests for further action may be made to the Campus
Director. Unresolved problems at the campus level may
contact the President by email at president@intercoast.edu
or by calling (818) 672-2100.

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PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES
PHILOSOPHY

The central mission of InterCoast is to provide Associates Degree and Diploma level educational career program designed to
prepare students to succeed in the medical, legal, business, and technical industries by enabling them to meet the highest
expectations of employers for entry level professions. Each program shares this mission.

OBJECTIVES

Education and training at InterCoast are directed toward preparing students to:

                 o   Develop technical skills, knowledge, and an understanding of their application.

                 o   Develop professional attitudes and behaviors related to study and work habits, interpersonal
                     communication skills, self-discipline and confidence.

                 o   In order to aid the students in achieving these objectives, InterCoast has established a
                     professional work-like environment consisting of:

                 o   A faculty of mature and competent industry professionals who possess superior job-related
                     knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm in teaching and sensitivity and concern for students and their
                     progress.

                 o   An atmosphere that brings out the best effort in each student. It is well recognized that qualified
                     students learn in proportion to the effort they can be stimulated to exert. The faculty, therefore,
                     makes learning demands on the time, mental resources and the character of its students.

                 o   A curriculum devoted to job-related subjects and tasks enabling the students to focus on their
                     major areas of interest. Because students are directed along these paths, they make the most
                     rapid progress and are equipped, in the shortest possible time, with the knowledge and skills that
                     will gain them respect and the means of rewarding self-support.

                 o   Curriculum Structure and Program Objectives are included in this catalog under Academic
                     Information.

HISTORY OF INTERCOAST

InterCoast was originally founded as a travel school in South Orange County. The first class started in May 1985. InterCoast
received its initial accreditation in 1987. Currently, InterCoast has many locations throughout California, Maine, and its newest
location in New Hampshire, offering over 12 different careers to its students. The Company is committed to optimum entry
level training to meet the needs of the medical, legal, technical and business communities, and continues to upgrade all aspects
of the training programs as needed.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
APPROVALS                                                     FACILITIES
  InterCoast Colleges, a private institution, was granted     Each campus includes student classrooms, learning
  institutional approval to operate by the BPPE, Bureau       labs, a computer laboratory, a student resource
  for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to             center, restrooms, offices, reception area, audiovisual
  California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part       equipment, and other teaching aids. The lecture
  59, Chapter 8.. The Bureau’s approval means that the        classrooms are designed to accommodate
  institution and its operation comply with the minimum       approximately up to 45 students at any given time.
  standards established under the law for occupational        The computer laboratory classes are designed to
  instruction by private Postsecondary educational            accommodate up to 24 students. The average
  institutions and does not imply endorsement or              student/teacher ratio for lecture classes is 45:1
  recommendation.                                             (Lecture) and for lab classes is an average of 24:1.
                                                              The institutions provide facilities for the handicapped,
  InterCoast Colleges is accredited by ACCET, the
                                                              and comply with those requirements relating to fire
  Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and
                                                              safety, building safety and health required by
  Training.
                                                              applicable law. A student break area is located
  InterCoast is a recognized member of various support        adjacent to, or near the classroom areas for the
  organizations representing career schools, and the          convenience of all students. Vending machines are
  medical, legal, technical, and business professions.        available for student use.
  Most of the InterCoast locations are approved for
                                                            LIBRARY (RESOURCE CENTER)
  training through WIA, VA, TRA, EDD, State and               Resource materials consisting of reference books and other
  Private Vocational Rehabilitation. The Practical            texts are located on campus and are available to students
  Nursing program is approved by the BVNPT for                to help provide information which may aid them in their
  Vocational Nursing.                                         course of study, or which can further enhance their
  The school has no pending petition in bankruptcy and        understanding and technological knowledge of their chosen
  has not filed a petition within the last five years.        field of study. Most resources can be accessed on the
                                                              internet. The resource lab at the campus contains computer
ACCREDITATION                                                 terminals that allow students to access the Jones Virtual
  InterCoast Colleges / InterCoast Career Institute is
                                                              Online Library. The resource lab also houses a small
  nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for
                                                              collection of books, videos and instructional materials for
  Continuing Education and Training. Accreditation is
                                                              student use.
  the process whereby an association or agency,
  recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, grants       The eJones Virtual Online library contains an up-to-date
  public recognition to a school, institute, college, or      collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, and other
  university, which meets certain qualifications and          instructional materials which are readily accessible to the
  educational standards, as determined through initial        faculty and the students. Students attending a campus
  and periodic evaluations. The essential purpose of the      will access their library resources at the campus. Online
  accreditation process is to provide a professional          and degree students will receive a login and password,
  judgment as to the quality of the educational               along with written instructions, to access the online library.
  institution or programs offered.
                                                            HOUSING
RECORDS RETENTION                                             InterCoast does not maintain housing
  InterCoast maintains student records for each               accommodations for students and has no
  student that received Title IV assistance for five
                                                              responsibility to find or assist a student in finding
  years. Student transcripts are held indefinitely
  (effective January 1, 2010). Any records                    housing. Each campus is located in an area where
  involved in any claim or expenditure which has              housing is readily available in a variety of cost options
  been questioned by federal, state or                        ranging from $700 to $1,200 per month.
  accreditation audit are retained until the question
  is resolved or for five years, whichever is later.        SCHOOL OF VOCATIONAL NURSING
                                                              The Fairfield Campus’, School of Vocational Nursing is
                                                              fully accredited by the California Board of Vocational
  Administration of Branches
  The administrative staffing at each branch                  Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and maintains a
  location shall reflect the purpose, size, and               separate admission’s procedure, student handbook
  educational operations at that location. All                and program policies. Students and prospective
  InterCoast branches operate under the same                  students should contact the Fairfield Admissions
  policies and procedures of the main campus. The             Representative for information about the program.
  staff of the main and branch campus work
  closely with the corporate office staff in all
  operational areas.

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ADMISSIONS POLICIES
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
 To enhance the success of its graduates and to insure that only qualified applicants are accepted, the following factors are
 carefully considered prior to acceptance:

 1. Results of Aptitude Testing:

 The test is designed to measure one’s scholastic level. It is used as the required entrance exam and given to those candidates
 who express a desire to enroll in any of the programs being offered. Candidates for admission must meet or exceed the
 recommended minimum score levels for admissions consideration. The institution complies with the procedures outlined by the
 test publisher. Re-tests are allowed as prescribed by law. Students will be given the Wonderlic entrance exam. The minimum
 passing scores for the Wonderlic are as follows:

                      Program                                                       Wonderlic SLE
                      AAS Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling                         Score   of   15
                      Administrative Medical Assistant                                 Score   of   15
                      Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies                              Score   of   15
                      Business Technology & Administration                             Score   of   15
                      Computerized Accounting                                          Score   of   15
                      Electrical Training Program                                      Score   of   15
                      Fitness Specialist                                               Score   of   15
                      HVAC Technician                                                  Score   of   15
                      Massage Therapy                                                  Score   of   15
                      Medical Assistant                                                Score   of   15
                      Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician                          Score   of   15
                      Multimedia Specialist                                            Score   of   15
                      Paralegal Specialist                                             Score   of   18
                      Pharmacy Technician                                              Score   of   15
                      Vocational Nursing                                               Score of 20

 High School Diploma or GED is required for enrollment.

Ability to benefit is defined as the demonstrated aptitude to successfully complete the educational program to which the
applicant has applied and to subsequently be employed in a training-related field. For students who will not receive Title IV
federal financial aid, the institution must document the ability of applicants without completion of high school/GED
equivalency (ATB) to benefit from training offered a nationally recognized, standardized test. InterCoast recognizes the
Wonderlic Basic Skills Test Ability-to-Benefit Exam.

No enrollment agreement may be signed prior to the applicant's demonstration of the aptitude to successfully complete the
program to which he or she is applying, (e.g. obtaining a passing score on the ability-to-benefit test or completing high
school/GED equivalency). Institutions which participate in the Federal Title IV programs must adhere to all policies and
guidelines of the U.S. Department of Education, including the ineligibility of new ability-to-benefit students to participate in
Title IV federal financial aid programs after July 1, 2012. InterCoast will refer students without completion of high school or
GED equivalency to independently operated GED training programs or to GED programs conducted by InterCoast provided
that: (1) the final GED testing is conducted by independent organizations and (2) any tuition charged for the institution’s
GED training is consistently applied to all students.

2. Prior Educational Background:

Students must be at least 18 years of age, or possess a valid High School Diploma or GED equivalent for admissions. Candidates
who do not possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent shall also be considered for admission, provided that they take and
pass an independently administered “ability-to-benefit” examination. Individuals admitted as ability-to benefit students will
receive GED testing locations and will be encouraged to obtain this certificate before graduating from InterCoast. Students who
attend the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program must show proof of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent if they choose to
pursue CAADAC certification upon graduation. High School Diploma must be validated as received from an accredited high
school.

3. Placement Potential:

During the admissions interview, each applicant is evaluated to determine his/her potential for graduate employment in his/ her
chosen field. Factors considered are job history, background, attitude, professional appearance, communication skills, and all
negative legal history. Students who do not disclose full negative legal history or who falsify admissions application will be
denied admission.

4. Interest and Motivation:

Of prime importance is the student’s desire to succeed. Evidence of a willingness to make sacrifices is necessary to successfully
complete their career program. A proper attitude is essential if the student is to gain the maximum from the learning experience
in order to prepare for a new career.

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5. Availability of Time:

Of equal importance to the student’s success is the availability of time to attend classes, and at least 1.5 hours/day to complete
classroom projects and homework. Each student is expected to spend approximately one and a half additional hours for each
session attended. The more time spent on preparation, the better the opportunity for achieving success. InterCoast Colleges
does not provide ESL instruction. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency to be
enrolled.

        Achieve a passing score on the Wonderlic SLE exam within the 12 minute allotted timeframe; or

        Document achievement of at least High Intermediate level ESL formal training; or

        Document that you have earned a minimum score of 70 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)ibt

6. Interactive Distance Learning:

Availability of Time: Of equal importance to the student’s success is the availability of time to participate in online classes, and
any additional time to complete classroom projects or homework as assigned. Each student is expected to spend approximately
28.5 hours per week. The more time spent on preparation, the better the opportunity for achieving success.

During the online course, students should expect to receive feedback and grades on their submitted work within 48 hours of
submission.

INTERCOAST DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF SEX, AGE, PHYSICAL HANDICAP, RACE, NATURAL
ORIGIN, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, CREED OR RELIGION IN ITS ADMISSION TO OR
TREATMENT IN ITS PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING ADVERTISING, TRAINING, PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE,
AND EMPLOYMENT. This policy applies to hiring of all positions and admission of all students into all programs. Students with
special needs such as physical or mental handicaps or learning disabilities are considered for admission provided they meet the
entrance requirements. Special accommodation requests must be made in writing and documented by a physician. The Director
is responsible for accepting students and determining whether applicants, including those with special needs, can benefit from
the training.

HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION                                                arranged by appointment during any of the normal
All applicants are required to have a personal interview                  admission hours.
with an admissions representative, successfully complete
the entrance examination, and a complete facility tour                    PROGRAM SCHEDULES
before acceptance into the training program. The                          InterCoast conducts classes throughout the year,
interview usually lasts approximately one hour. During                    typically every two to five weeks, depending on the
that time, the admission representative will discuss the                  program. These classes consist of structured modules,
various aspects of training, programs offered, tuition,                   courses, or sections of instruction. Subject matter is
financing, and entrance requirements. If qualified,                       based on strong educational principles to assure that
applicants may fill out application forms and complete                    high standards are maintained. The design is flexible to
the enrollment agreement or they may return to enroll                     provide for the integration of new materials and
at a later date. Applicants are encouraged to observe                     techniques as they are developed. InterCoast’s system
classes if they desire. Applicants require the approval of                of scheduling modules allows participants of most
the Director.                                                             programs to commence training at the beginning of each
ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT SCHEDULE AND                                        module, term, or course of training on a space available
CONTACT                                                                   basis. The teaching, learning methods and materials are
                                                                          competency based. These methods allow an individual to
The Admissions Offices are open from 9:00 a.m. until                      progress as they gain competency in specific subjects.
8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8:00                          Instructional techniques are employed so students
a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays; and from 9:00 a.m.                       receive the attention required to reach their objective.
until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday by advance appointment                        This combination of method, technique, and scheduling
only. The campus admission representatives can be                         assure that diligent participants are able to attain their
contacted by calling the admissions department at 1-                      goal in an efficient and effective manner.
877-CAREERS. Personal interviews for admission may be

Minimum Admission Requirements for Degree Program

Students enrolling in a degree program at InterCoast must submit proof of high school graduation or GED before being
accepted. As written in the School Catalog and approved by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and
Training, to enhance the success of its graduates and to insure that only qualified applicants are accepted, the following factors
are carefully considered prior to acceptance for admission into all programs:

1. Results of Aptitude Testing:
The test is designed to measure one’s scholastic level. It is used as the required entrance exam and given to those candidates
who express a desire to enroll in any of the programs being offered. Candidates for admission must meet or exceed the
recommended minimum score levels for admissions consideration. The institution complies with the procedures outlined by the
test publisher. Re-tests are allowed as prescribed by law. Students will be given a national recognized entrance exam, with the
cut off scores recommended by the test publisher. Students must achieve a minimum score of 15 on the Wonderlic SLE to qualify
for acceptance into a degree program.
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2. Prior Educational Background:
Students must be at least 18 years of age, or possess a valid High School Diploma or GED equivalent for admissions. Students
must show proof of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent before being accepted. If you attended high school in a foreign
country, additional documentation may be required. High School Diploma must be validated as received from an accredited high
school. If official high school graduation cannot be verified, the student may not be permitted to continue in the program.

3. Placement Potential:
During the admissions interview, each applicant is evaluated to determine his/her potential for graduate employment in his/ her
chosen field. Factors considered are job history, background, attitude, professional appearance, communication skills, and all
negative legal history. Students who do not disclose full negative legal history or who falsify admissions application will be denied
admission.

4. Interest and Motivation:
Of prime importance is the student’s desire to succeed. Evidence of a willingness to make sacrifices is necessary to successfully
complete their degree program. A proper attitude is essential if the student is to gain the maximum from the learning experience
in order to prepare for a new career.

5. Availability of Time:
Of equal importance to the student’s success is the availability of time to attend classes, and at least 1.5 hours/day to complete
classroom projects and homework. Each student is expected to spend approximately two additional hours for each one hour
session attended. The more time spent on preparation, the better the opportunity for achieving success.

All courses are taught in English. The student must be able to speak, read, and write English fluently. English abilities will be
determined through the interview, the application process, and placement exam.

InterCoast Colleges does not provide ESL instruction. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English
proficiency to be enrolled.

        Achieve a passing score on the Wonderlic SLE exam within the 12 minute allotted timeframe; or

        Document achievement of at least High Intermediate level ESL formal training; or

        Earn a minimum score of 90 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)ibt

All applicants must complete any programmatic admissions requirements, if applicable. Contact our Admissions Department for
specific requirements.

The state and various other agencies may require criminal background checks before the student can be placed in an externship
or take professional licensing, certification, or registration exams. If a student has prior felony convictions they may be denied the
opportunity to take professional licensing, certification, or registration exams, or may be denied a license or certification to
practice in some states even if the exam is taken and successfully completed. Students are responsible for inquiring about current
requirements prior to enrolling in the program of their choice.

Some programs require documentation that need not be submitted at the time of admission, but is required for successful
completion of the program.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
InterCoast will not offer instruction on the following days/holidays:

*Martin Luther King
*President’s Day
*Memorial Day
*Independence Day
*Labor Day
*Veteran’s Day
*Thanksgiving Day/Day After
*Christmas Day

Holidays of all religious beliefs are respected and allowed. Students are not charged for breaks longer than five school days.
InterCoast may close up to three days per year for Faculty and Staff In-Service Training. InterCoast reserves the right to modify
this schedule with reasonable advance notice.

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NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS TRAINING                                        number of classroom hours and date of completion,
                                                                    official training record, or other verification of course
Credit for previous applicable educational training is              completion.
accomplished by waiving courses, which are prerequisites to
the satisfactory completion of the program. If course(s) for        All submitted coursework contained in the Credit
which the waiver is requested was taken at a postsecondary          Recognition Guide (CRG) and used by the University of
                                                                    Phoenix for credit evaluation will be subject to all
institution other than InterCoast, a postsecondary school or
                                                                    University of Phoenix policies, procedures and fees in
college transcript and course syllabi, course outline, or catalog   effect at the time of submission. Students who submit
or equivalent are required, the student must have earned a          coursework for credit evaluation that does not appear in
“C” grade or better, and the course must have been taken at         the CRG may be subject to additional evaluation fees. It
an accredited school. InterCoast will determine the credit          is the responsibility of the student to pay any and all
assigned for prior course work completed and reserves the           fees incurred in the evaluation process. Specifically, the
                                                                    University of Phoenix will charge a fee to transfer
right to reject all or a portion of any request. Furthermore,
                                                                    InterCoast credits to the University of Phoenix. Any and
the course content must be compatible to the course that will
                                                                    all fees, including transfer and evaluation fees are the
be taken at InterCoast, and the student must have completed         responsibility of the student.
that coursework within five years from his/her enrollment           There is no guarantee that University of Phoenix will
date at InterCoast. There is a fee of $75 per unit charged for      accept InterCoast credits.
transfer credit outside of InterCoast and $25 per unit charge
for transfer fee credit for courses taken at InterCoast.            There is no guarantee that any credits awarded to
                                                                    students through University of Phoenix’s Prior Learning
There is no charge to the student for evaluation of previous        Assessment process will transfer to other colleges or
credit or proficiency testing. Except in a formal teach-out         universities. In addition, certain states may have
agreement, the institution will accept up to 50% of the             restrictions on the amount of credit that can be awarded
                                                                    to students.
program's credits for transfer. Requests for transfer must be
made in writing by the enrollee and submitted to the Campus         Units students earn in our programs in most cases will
Director or Director of Education prior to enrollment. The          not be transferable to any other college or university. For
school maintains a written record of all credit for previous        example, if students entered InterCoast Colleges as
training granted to the student. The institution will conduct an    freshmen, they will still be freshmen if they enter
evaluation of previous education and training for all veterans      another college or university at some time in the future
and eligible persons, grant appropriate credit, shorten the         even though they earned units here at our College. In
training period proportionately, and notify the student             addition, if students earn a degree, diploma, or
accordingly. Notification will be given to all agencies including   certificate in our programs, in most cases it will not serve
the VA. Tuition will be prorated accordingly. Transfer Credits      as a basis for obtaining a higher level degree at another
are counted as both attempted and completed hours in the            college or university. In addition, there may be a fee
measurement of Satisfactory Academic Progress. Financial aid        charged by the receiving institution. This fee is the
awards may be adjusted if credits are transferred or accepted.      responsibility of the student.
If the student does not agree with the Campus Director’s
decision, the student can appeal the decision to the “School’s      TUITION
Appeal Committee”. See appeals section for more
information.                                                        Specific tuition and fees charged for each program may be
TRANSFER OF CREDIT                                                  found on the Program pages of the Catalog. Tuition for
                                                                    students not receiving financial aid: payment for the first
NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND                    four months of the program is due on the first class
CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSITUTION                                session unless other arrangements have been made with
                                                                    the School and documented in the student’s file. The next
The transferability of credits you earn at InterCoast Colleges
                                                                    payment must cover at least three months of training and
is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you
may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma or          the last payment must pay the balance in full. Payment in
certificate you earn in your program is also at the complete        full is accepted at the student’s option after the student
discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer. If     has been accepted and enrolled and the date of the first
the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted      class session is disclosed on the enrollment agreement.
at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be
required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that           Private tuition payments may be made through the
institution. For this reason you should make certain that your      school’s Business’s Office in the form of personal check,
attendance at this institution will meet your educational           cashier’s check, money order, credit or debit card, private
goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you      financing company, or through various alternative loan
may seek to transfer after attending InterCoast Colleges to
                                                                    programs. Delinquent tuition payments over 60 days may
determine if your credits will transfer.
                                                                    cause an interruption of a student’s training program in
InterCoast Colleges has entered into a Corporate Articulation       which case the student may not return to his or her
Agreement with the University of Phoenix. The Credit                studies without bringing all tuition and fee payments
Recognition Guide (CRG) executed by the organizations               current. Delinquent tuition beyond 90 days may be turned
includes course by course transfer categories for courses that      over for collection efforts. In addition to private tuition
are designated to fulfill general education credits. It is the      payments, most of the institutions participate in various
responsibility of the student to submit a request for prior
                                                                    tuition assistance programs, including but not limited to
learning assessment of their training to the University of
Phoenix. Students must submit a certificate specifying the          Veteran’s Educational Benefits (VA), WIA, NAFTA, PAN,
                                                                    TRA, Vocational and State Rehabilitation, tribal programs,

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alternative loan programs, and employer sponsored programs.               rehabilitation agency), WIA or other programs such as
                                                                          NATFA or TRA, should apply for these benefits through
Financial Aid is also available through the Title IV Programs
                                                                          the appropriate agency. The Admissions Office will assist
under the U.S. Department of Education for those who
                                                                          in the application process. When approval is received for
qualify. (Please see Financial Aid section in this catalog for
                                                                          a student from a given agency, it should be submitted to
more information.) If a student obtains a loan to pay for an
                                                                          the school’s Business’s Office, who then bills the
educational program, the student will have the responsibility
                                                                          appropriate agency for the amount approved. It is the
to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the
                                                                          student’s responsibility to obtain appropriate approvals
amount of any refund, and if the student has received federal
                                                                          and submit proper documentation to the school. Failure
student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund
                                                                          to obtain proper approvals from these agencies could
of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid
                                                                          result in the student being 100% financially responsible
program funds according to the refund policy.
                                                                          for the tuition and fees.

                                                                          SPONSORED STUDENTS
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION APPLICANTS OR
WIA APPLICANTS                                                            Information concerning employer sponsorship should be
                                                                          obtained directly from the student’s employer. Questions
Prospective students wishing to attend InterCoast under                   concerning tuition payment arrangements for sponsored
Veteran’s Educational Benefits (VA), Vocational Rehabilitation            students should be referred to the Business Office or
Benefits (either through a state agency or a private                      Campus Director.

VETERANS

Some of InterCoast’s locations and programs are approved for Veterans benefits, including Chapter 33, Post 9/11 benefits, and
effective October 1, 2011. Please verify with your campus for eligible locations and programs.

Eligibility for benefits is determined by the VA. Detailed information concerning eligibility requirements and education benefits for
veterans, eligible spouses or dependents, how to apply, programs covered and payment rate information is available on the
Department of Veterans Affairs website www.GIBILL.va.gov, by calling 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) or contacting the nearest
Veterans Regional Office.

Veterans eligible for VA benefits must be certified by InterCoast’s designated certifying official located at the approved location in
order to receive VA educational benefits. Submission of required documentation and evaluation of prior credits is mandatory to
initiate the process for VA enrollment certification. Documents required are:

Copy of your DD-214 or Statement of Service

Certificate of Eligibility

Transcripts for any prior college/university attended regardless of subject*

* Students are responsible for requesting academic transcripts from all schools attended before, during or after military service—
whether or not benefits were received.

FINANCIAL AID

InterCoast is an eligible institution under the Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Loans, Subsidized Stafford Loans, Unsubsidized Stafford
Loans, Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Programs. The institution
also participates in the College Work Study Program. Students may also qualify for various alternative loan programs. For more
information regarding eligibility for any of the programs, contact the InterCoast Financial Aid Official. Students will be asked to
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applications for all available loan programs, including
alternative loans will be discussed. The student will be notified of his/her financial award. Students who default on Title IV loans
received while attending the institution may not be eligible for re-enrollment, refresher courses, or career services.

STATE OF CALIFORNIA STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND

You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

 You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay
all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

 Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you
have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following
applies:

 You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

 Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no
separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by
students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools
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