By Alma N. Maldonado
The Transfer Center offers students a variety of resources which help students transfer to four-year universities.
Most community college students feel lost, especially during their first year.
The Transfer Center is available to cater to students’ needs and answer questions on the transfer process.
The Transfer Center offers a variety of workshops and university campus representatives for the students including: personal assistance for campus research, workshops on transferring, applying, scholarship information, personal statement tips, information on private universities, AA and AA-T degrees and special transfer programs.
During the month of May alone there will be workshops on for California State Los Angeles, University of California Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cal State Dominguez Hills and others.
“Helping people builds a transfer network where people I inform help other people out. When they come back excited about their admissions, you know you were a part of that and you’re happy that were a part of their achievement,” student worker Junior Cervantes said.
Despite the opportunities made available by the Transfer Center, many students on campus have never been or are not aware of the Transfer Center’s location.
“I wouldn’t go to the Transfer Center because it was intimidating. I thought I didn’t have the right questions, I didn’t want to go in there feeling dumb,” Vanessa Lopez, who has been attending ELAC for four years, said.
The workers at the transfer center are looking to create a comfortable environment, where no student is feels afraid to visit, but there are still some issues that students face.
“I know they know about scholarships, my counselor has mentioned it. But every time I go there’s only one person available who is helping out someone else so I hardly get the help I need,” Alma Hernandez, who is in her first year at ELAC, said.
The Transfer Center is working hard to accommodate the students’ needs with all the services on its agenda planned by the director.
The Transfer Center Director Paulina Palomino always has a smile on her face and, according to the student workers, makes students feel comfortable.
These free services are similar to the counselors’ services.
Most transfer information is on the ELAC website. elac.edu, which is constantly being updated.
There is also a Facebook page where students can post their questions and learn about events.
Transfer Center is located in E1-176, and its hours are on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.