What is ASTEP?

African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) helps students of all ethnicities and abilities identify their strengths and talents. This Learning Community encourages and supports students in their educational goals, such as transferring to a four-year college or university, and earning an associate’s degree or vocational certificate.

The ASTEP Learning Community offers a strengths-based, talent-development approach which encourages and supports students in their goal of transferring to a California State University, University of California, or other 4 year college or University system to earn a Bachelor's Degree.

ASTEP includes the following:

  • Comprehensive Academic Program, Guaranteed Courses, and Core Requirements
  • Intensive Student Monitoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Other Services

Comprehensive Academic Program for Transfer Bound Students (What to Do!)

  • ASTEP 1: Student declares goal to transfer to a four-year college or university
  • ASTEP 2: Student and ASTEP Counselor develop an individual Student Educational Plan (SEP) established on a strengths-based, talent-development approach which identifies what general education requirement courses the student needs to take each semester
  • ASTEP 3: Student and ASTEP Counselor identity a specific major and the prerequisite courses necessary for that major
  • ASTEP 4: Student and ASTEP Counselor identify the college or university campus that fulfills the student's needs

Course Options

Students have the ability to choose their courses with the help of their counselor. First-semester students typically are clustered and enrolled in two or three courses that have a common theme. Since a student’s course load is tailored to his or her ability, first semester students typically take pre-collegiate English and pre-collegiate mathematics, or transfer-level English and transfer-level mathematics.

  • Pre-collegiate English
  • Pre-collegiate Mathematics
  • Transfer Level English
  • Transfer Level Mathematics

General Education Core Requirements: Cross-Cultural Communication, African-American History

  • Career Development
  • Computer/Learning Skills/Multi Media
  • Library and Information Resource Skills
  • Black Psychology
  • African Diaspora
  • Math Academy

*To participate a student must be: registered as a part-time or full-time Skyline student and willing to meet with the ASTEP counselor.


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