Here is a guide to the colleges that have classrooms you can attend here in the high desert. Many colleges now offer coursework completely online, too. You should investigate online if you can’t find a classroom course here that meets your educational needs. Regarding financial aid: anyone who is even thinking of attending college classes should immediately fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is required as early as January for the Fall semester – each year. At every college in California this form is used to determine if you are eligible for any financial aid. The earlier you apply, the more financial aid sources there are available to you. You can apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Victor Valley College, 18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville, CA 92395 760-245-4271
This is a junior college where you can get an AA degree. There are no admission requirements; everyone who wants to take classes here, can. You can also take your freshman and sophomore classes at VVC and then transfer them to a four-year college or university. VVC’s partner universities are California State University and the University of California, but the counselors can help you meet virtually any four-year school’s requirements for your first two years. You can schedule an appointment with them by calling (760) 245-4271 x2296 or x2531. Counselors from Azusa Pacific, California Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara visit VVC’s Transfer Services center on a regular basis and you can schedule an appointment with one of them by calling 760-245-4271 x2447 or x2439.
You can attend traditional classes on campus. There is also a program designed for working adults with families where you only attend class one day a week, and the rest of your coursework is online. This is called the Program for Adult Education, or P.A.C.E. California resident enrollment is a steal at just $20 per unit. See this page for VVC’s California residencey requirements. Non-resident enrollment is $603 per 3-unit class for most people, and $150 per 3-unit class for Nevada residents. The complete course catalog is online at www.vvc.edu.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 140 Methusa Avenue Building 2453 Edwards AFB, CA 93524 (661) 258-1264 (661) 258-1265
This is one of 130 worldwide teaching centers for this university that is based in Florida. Edwards is no longer an active Air Force Base, but there is still a maintenance airport here. On this page are links to the details about all the degrees and certificates you can earn at this teaching center. They include degrees and certificates in Technical Management, Aviation Maintenance, Professional Aeronautics, Aviation Safety, and Pre-Engineering Studies. Contact them by phone to discuss enrollment or the cost of the course you are interested in.
Chapman University College Victor Valley 12421 Hesperia Road, Suite C-6 Victorville, CA 92395 (760) 955-7555
This is a satellite campus of a four-year university where you can get a BA degree. Admission is limited, and the person to contact about admission is Karen Hamilton the Enrollment Services Specialist. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and her office phone number is (760) 955-7555. Once admitted, you can attend classes on campus or you can complete class requirements entirely online. Here is the long list of programs offering classes at the Victory Valley campus. Their full course catalog is online here.
Victor Valley Beauty College 16515 Mojave Drive Victorville, CA 760-245-2522
This is a cosmetology school where you can be trained and certified for a license as a hair stylist, hair colorist, manicurist, make-up artist, or as a beauty salon operator. You have to be at least 17 to attend, and you have to have completed the tenth grade. It takes about a year to complete the course to become a Hair Stylist. There is a state exam required to get each license, in addition to passing a course at the college. Contact them by phone to discuss enrollment or the cost of the course you are interested in.
Mojave Barber College 15505 7th Street Victorville, CA 92395 760-955-2934
This is a working barber shop where the work is done by supervised students and customers get a substantial discount. They do hair Cuts, styling, coloring, permanents, shaves, and fades. It takes about a year to complete the course to become a Hair Stylist. There is a state exam required to get each license, in addition to passing a course at the college. Contact them by phone to discuss enrollment or the cost of the course you are interested in.
West Coast College Victorville 14725 7th St # 1000 Victorville, CA 92395 866-662-1966
This college’s website at www.wccollege.com is currently suspended, for what it’s worth. Their course catalog is posted online here through ebrochures.com, who say this college offers courses in dental assisting, medical assistant training, and massage therapy. On their page at the Beauty Schools Directory, West Coast College says “Upon successful completion of our program, you will be able to practice as a massage therapist and will be eligible to apply for most city licenses.” Contact them by phone or through this online form regarding enrollment and cost.