Clarnetta Madden’s original objective was to obtain her Associate Degree (AA-T) and transfer to a California State University for the fall 2015 semester. However, in March, her professor at Norco College, Raul Madrid, informed the class about a new Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Guarantee Transfer Program for California Community College students. As a full-time college student and native of California, Clarnetta had an interest in transferring to HBCUs because of their rich histories and supportive environments.
After talking with her professor and getting some recommendations from the HBCU Grant Project Director and Counselor, Elaine Moore, Clarnetta researched the nine HBCU partner schools and applied to four. With a GPA above a 3.0, Clarnetta had no problem qualifying for the new transfer guarantee program. After some extensive research, Clarnetta decided on Tuskegee University. “I selected Tuskegee because of their strong business program and their high graduation rate” Clarnetta explained.
Clarnetta will begin her junior year this fall at Tuskegee University. Although expressing some nervousness about leaving family and adjusting to the weather, she feels that she is ready for the new experience. “I am looking forward to interacting with different cultures, people and environments that will help prepare me for the future,” Clarnetta stated. Her goal is to become an accountant and entrepreneur.
Clarnetta is the first student to take advantage of the new HBCU Transfer Guarantee Project that is funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Under this initiative, students are guaranteed admissions as juniors with an Associate Transfer degree or with 30 or more University of California or California State University units and a 2.5 grade point average. Students will also be given priority consideration for housing and scholarships with a 3.2 or higher grade point average.
For more information please visit www.cccco.edu/hbcutransfer.