Apparently Gord has a problem with Orange Coast College - based on what personal knowledge I have no idea. So, again, I will re-state my central point:
The purpose of attending any
is to cover the core
curriculum in a cost-effective way, then transfer to a four-year school
to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree. I have no connection to Orange Coast College whatsoever, but I do know it to be a highly regarded institution (though not, apparently, by one person in Thunder Bay, Ontario
, Canada). It just happens to be one that I know has a School of Sailing and Seamanship.
I never said it was the equivalent of the Merchant Marine
Academy or the United States Naval Academy, but, it seems to me, a 17-year-old who doesn't know what career he intends to pursue, but does know he is drawn to the sea, and who's sailing experience is limited to dinghy
sailing, would find the OCC program worthwhile. Recreational sailing is where you are, at the moment, and the OCC program could help you move up from your Sunfish in a cost-effective way, getting you experience on larger vessels right here in Orange County, while at the same time you can get the first two years of your quest for a bachelor's degree out of the way.
Yes, if you stray from the core
curriculum and waste your time taking classes
in Badminton Theory and Principles of Sneaker Design, the credits will not be accepted at any reputable university. But if you knuckle down and apply yourself to getting through the core curriculum, all of those credits will transfer!
If you're just heading into your senior year of high school, kk, your school should have student counselors available to explain all of this to you. The fact that you may not be aware of your options makes me wonder where you're located. If you've already graduated from high school, and never received the counseling that would help you, I'm very sorry for that inexcusable oversight and would highly recommend that you consider relocating to a state that places greater emphasis on higher education.