The Degree Completion Program is designed for those who have already completed some college-level course work (perhaps from a variety of academic institutions or through Ben U) who would now like the opportunity to turn that collection of classes into an Associate’s Degree.
Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust (BHMT) has partnered with Coastline Community College to provide a completely online solution to help you reach that goal. Coastline is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. As a Coastline Community College student, you will have more than 25 AA/AS degree programs and 12 Academic Certificates to choose from.
A typical AA/AS degree with CCC requires 60 semester hours (approximately 20 classes) to complete. If you qualify for admission into the Degree Completion Program, BHMT will pay your tuition directly to Coastline for courses required for your degree
Anyone with prior college-level experience wishing to complete their AA or AS degree or Academic Certificate.
The Degree Completion Program is open to BHMT bargaining unit members employed at Kaiser Permanente who are eligible to receive benefits from the Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust and Tuition Reimbursement program. See a BHMT Career Counselor for options if you have not met this criteria.
TIP: You may apply for the BHMT Individual Stipend Program to use while obtaining your degree or academic certificate.
View Coastline’s Academic Calendar for registration and drop deadlines.
Creating a Coastline Academic Plan is essential to success and required for all participants in the Degree Completion Program. Every student will be expected to complete their Academic Plan before their third 8-week session at Coastline. More information is available on the Coastline Academic planning webpage.
TRANSFER IN – Make your experience at Ben ‘U’ work for you. Students enrolled at Ben ‘U’ education partners will be able to transfer many credits they have taken from our Ben ‘U’ providers and apply them to Coastline’s program.
Official transcripts from all institutions are subject to review by Coastline to determine the appropriate articulation of each completed course. A counselor from Coastline will help you identify how transfer courses can be applied to your major.
Thinking about an Associate’s degree but haven’t taken a Ben ‘U’ course yet? Talk to your BHMT Career Counselor or Academic Success Coach about which Ben ‘U’ classes would transfer into the AA/AS degree you want to pursue.
TRANSFER OUT – Coastline has several articulation agreements with institutions within California that offer guaranteed admission to community college students who meet specific requirements. Coastline also has several degree pathways with private or out-of-state schools that are for students planning to complete their Associate’s Degree with Coastline and later transfer to a four-year institution. To view the degree pathways, refer to the specific Associate’s Degree you are interested in.
Learning 1st (L1st) is an online academic pathway program available through a collaborative partnership between Coastline College and four nationally recognized, regionally-accredited public 4-year institutions – Pennsylvania State University, Troy University (Troy), the University of Illinois-Springfield and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Learning 1st students receive an academic plan that leads to a Coastline associate (AA/AS) degree to a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. In addition, students receive advising support and access to various online student support services, resources, and libraries from both institutions.
Learning 1st is now available to BHMT participants with an educational goal in Human Services or Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management; BHMT benefits will cover tuition for both institutions. Those wishing to pursue the other Learning 1st Pathways may use their KP Tuition Reimbursement benefit toward those pathways.
Please visit kp.coastline.edu/learning1st for more information about this program.
Your first step is with your BHMT Career Counselor who will help you to develop an overall career plan. During your time at Coastline, you will be required to check-in with your Academic Success Coach. This certificate will allow you to remain active in the Degree Completion Program. BHMT Career Counselors are available to assist you with your overall career plan and to discuss how previous course work may fit. Your BHMT Team—Career Counselors, Academic Success Coaches and Project Managers, can also ensure that you are accessing all the tools available to help you in your studies. Contact your regional career counselor.