Open House June, 4th
Last Saturday June, 4th Mt. Sierra College had Open House with Private Tours of new campus, individual course stations for Visual Design, Game Arts, VFX and Business where everybody had the opportunity to explore the college classroom environment. Attendees had a head-start on their college experience, made connections and explored the career-focused programs at Mt. Sierra College. Game Arts & Design and Visual Design Programs Presentations were presented by Professor Wu and Professor Pace, Visual Effects Program was presented by Professor Klick and Information Technology Program was presented by Professor Klick.
After Program Presentations open house attendees enjoyed complimentary lunch that was catered by local café “Something Healthy”. After lunch Open House program continued at Mt Sierra College Theatre Room where everybody had opportunity to ask questions that were important to them, academic questions were answered by our provost Jon Persavich. Student Melissa, who is graduating this year, gave presentation on student life and activities and what is like to be a student at Mt Sierra College. It was great experience for faculty and staff to meet with the community.
Please check back for Fall Open House, date will be announced soon.
VFX Student Project
Check our VFX student working on his short video projet.
Name: Joseph Clifford
Program: Visual Effects and Digital Video
Project: ” Student short video will be ready at the end of this semester. It will be approximately 3-5 min, the story revolves around a typical day in Lillys’ life. She soon finds out she is not alone at night, making this particular day not so typical…”
Mt Sierra College newest program – English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
It is with great pleasure to announce Mt Sierra College newest program: English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Our ESL program will be available to domestic students beginning the summer 2016 quarter. The College’s remedial ESL courses will be offered in three progressing levels: basic, intermediate, and near proficient. Each level will consist of a reading, a writing, and an oral communication skills course intended to help students acquire proficiency in the English language. These courses are designed to help students to prepare for their post-secondary education.
While supporting the mission of the College, the objectives of the ESL courses were developed in alignment with the College’s Institutional Learning Outcomes. Therefore, upon successful completion of Mt Sierra’s ESL Courses, students will be able to:
- Think critically, independently, and creatively
- Demonstrate effective verbal and listening communication skills
- Demonstrate effective reading and written communication skills
- Make decisions in accordance with ethical principles
- Locate, access, analyze, organize, and utilize information
- Demonstrate and apply an understanding of living in a global community
- Pass the TOEFL exam with a score of 65 or greater
We are all very excited to offer and expand our services to prospective students both domestic students. We look forward to meeting and helping them achieve their educational goal of mastering the English language. Most importantly, we are eager to welcome them to the Mt Sierra family.
May 17, 2016
Mt Sierra College
Visual Effects Industry Talk by “VFX Legion” – May 24
Join us for an industry talk with James Hattin President, Creative Director of VFX and Nate Smalley – VFX Producer and Head of Production. James has over two decades of experience in the visual effects industry and has over a hundred visual effects credits. Nate is a talented and ex-perienced producer with a gift for organization. His career in visual effects commenced as a data manager, following which he made the move into the world of VFX production.
About Legion Studios:
Legion is a forward-thinking and fully remote large-scale post-production and vfx studio. they work with a worldwide talent pool of in-novators, creative thinkers, and problem solvers to meet the shifting needs and budgets of contemporary content creation.
Speaker: Nate Smalley and James Hattin
Date: Tuesday May 24
RSVP required – https://www.facebook.com/events/1541769516129140/
Space is limited.
Guest Speaker “Revolutionize Your Finances” – April 19th 12pm to 1pm
Company: Financial Revolution
Speakers: Darrell Benton and Johanna Hidalgo
Location: Theater Room
Title: Revolutionize Your Finances
Topics of Discussion: Developing a Foundation for your finances, Rule of 72
Monrovia’s local community television station KGEM is part of Mt Sierra College now
Monrovia’s local community #television station – #KGEM is part of Mt Sierra College now! The main station (KGEM) is located in Monrovia at 847 E. Olive Avenue at Mountain. It has a #studio, three editing bays and an office. KGEM provides studio time, #cameras, and editing #equipment. We’ll also show you how to use it! Check back soon for #DigitalStudio #Workshops at KGEM Studio by Mt Sierra College featured by Emmy Award professor Laurel Klick!
Applying for Financial Aid
Step 1. Apply for FSA ID (Parent must apply if student is dependent) – www.fafsa.ed.gov
Step 2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – www.fafsa.ed.gov (school code – 031287)
Step 3. Student must complete Master Promissory Note (MPN) and entrance counseling if borrowing student loans. Parent must also complete parent MPN if borrowing parent loan for dependent student – www.studentloans.gov
Step 4. Check your financial aid history (federal grants and loans) – www.nslds.ed.gov – “MYDATA” button
Step 5. Apply for outside scholarships – www.fastweb.com
Step 6. Need assistance or have more question – Contact our Financial Aid office – 626-873-2100
Mt Sierra College Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Showcasing New Campus
Mt Sierra College hosted their ribbon cutting ceremony on March 9, 2016. The ribbon ceremony marked the opening of Mt Sierra College’s brand new campus and state-of-the-art facilities. Owner and interim president, Jie (George) Zhao, welcomed the community and guests to join in the celebration. Those involved included the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, Duarte Chamber of Commerce, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, and many community professionals and leaders.
The Ribbon Ceremony also included an award observance by the Student Council to honor Professor Randy Slade. The MSC Standout Award was presented to Professor Slade by Student Council Vice President Melissa Valle, and Treasurer Rachel Luviano. The MSC Stand out Award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond their respective duty and demonstrates a hard work ethic. “We picked Slade because he goes above and beyond for his students. Every student has nothing but positive comments about him. He has always attended our townhall meetings and is a big supporter of student council,” said Student Council Vice President, Melissa Valle.
The college moved to the new facility in January 2016. The new space features an atmosphere that promotes group learning and collaboration. The high-tech classrooms are designed to enhance the revamped curriculum. Mt Sierra College offers approximately 25,000 square feet of space dedicated to student learning. The new campus provides laboratory and traditional classroom instruction in spacious and efficient classrooms. The new campus includes a student lounge; an intimate twenty-one seat theatre; break out spaces and conference rooms; a learning resource center with the latest in online resources, books, videos, periodicals; rental equipment center with professional video and photography equipment. Classrooms and labs are networked using the latest in wired and wireless technology. Mt Sierra College has developed a campus that simulates the environment in which students will be working as they enter the professional world. The College laid the foundation for its Bachelor of Science degree programs in 1994. After receiving accreditation in April of 1996, Mt Sierra College offered its first courses leading to degrees in Network Communications, Multimedia Design Technology, and Computer Information Technology. In the Fall of 2002, Mt Sierra College launched its first business degree program, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. Since then, the College has introduced new programs in the Media Arts and Design department, including the innovative Game Arts and Design program as well as Visual Design, Visual Effects and Digital Video. Since 2015, the 100% shareholder of Mt Sierra College, Inc. is Wellsland, LLC; a single member Limited Liability Company. The change in ownership in 2015 allowed for the current changes and revamping of the college. Today, Mt Sierra College continues its pattern of innovative curriculum development attached to their education philosophy- to offer students an education that prepares them for entry into a wide variety of careers in media arts and design, business and technology.
In his speech, owner and interim president, Jie (George) Zhao stated, “My dream has come true. We are happy to welcome you to our new facility. I hope this to be a playground where our students can enjoy learning and growing.” The new and improved campus is a testament to the commitment of Wellsland, LLC to the growth of Mt Sierra College.
The revamped curriculum displays dedication to the evolution and improvement of the college. The changes to the curriculum include shifting the courses to benefit each program. New curriculum includes updated software courses like ZBrush, Quixel Suite 2, Camtasia and Quick Time Player for the Game Arts Program. This is in addition to 8 other professional game art programs implemented in the core curriculum. The media program has added a new web design and development path to its Visual Design program with intensive focus on visual design and theory. Mt Sierra endeavors to expand it’s focus with future plans in Mobile Gaming, 3D printing, and Virtual Reality development.