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Q1. What is a ERA?

A1. ERA is an acronym which stands for "Empowering to Reach Achievement". It also signifies that the program helps to shape a new 'ERA' in a young person's life.

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Q2. Who is ERA geared towards?

A2. ERA is designed by transfer students, for transfer students. Specifically, ERA is aimed towards students attending high schools in the San Joaquin Valley who intend to earn a 4 year (or higher) degree from an accredited college/university, by way of a California Community College.

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Q3. Who qualifies to be a member of ERA?

A3. ERA is geared specifically for community college bound students who attend ERA member high schools and current community college students.

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Q4. Why would I want to be a student participant in ERA?

A4. Community College students in the San Joaquin Valley share an especially low rate of transfer to 4 year colleges and universities. ERA participants enjoy help early on selecting courses, college fairs, and several other resources geared towards empowering students to get in, out, and on with their lives.

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Q5. Which schools are 'member high schools'? 

A5. Currently there are 5 participating campuses: Merced High School, Buhach Colony High School, Atwater High School, Madera South High School, and Livingston High School.  Students who attend schools outside of these campuses, but wish to participate in ERA and ERA events, should contact one of the ERA Program Coordinators for more information.

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Q6. What is expected of program participants?

A6. To be a program participant, students are expected to attend a California Community College with the intent of transferring out to receive a 4 year degree, or better. Furthermore, students are expected to interact with peer mentors to decide individual learning paths and attend at least two ERA events a semester. By doing so, participants inform themselves on how to make the most of their education and get into the school of their choice when it's time to transfer.

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Q7. How long are student members expected to participate?

A7. ERA participation is voluntary. However, we ask that students who sign up remain members until they have completely transferred to their 4 year school of choice. 

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Q8. When should I sign up?

A8. Generally, you will be contacted by one of your high school advisors or an ERA program coordinator regarding program participation. However, if you feel interested in our services, you can initiate contact by calling/emailing one of the ERA Program Coordinators.

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Q9. What IS the ERA High School Transfer Conference?

A9. The ERA High School Transfer Conference is an all-day event June 8th for parents and students designed to give families an inside track on the community college system. Information on course selection, financing, and family involvement will be covered, followed by a recognition dinner where students will be identified for committing to do what it takes to achieve their academic goals.

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Q10. How Do I sign up?

A10. Students can sign up by either contacting one of the ERA coordinators, or emailing era@ucmerced.edu

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Q11. When is the sign up deadline?

A11. We encourage students to sign up early, as spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the deadline to sign up is November 30th of each year.

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Q12. Do I have to go to UC Merced after community college?

A12. No. ERA is a program designed to guide students to the school of their choice, provided that it is accredited and provides 4 year degrees, or better.

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Q13. I can't make it to the conference this June. Does this disqualify me?

A13. No. While the conference is a great opportunity to get you and your parents in the right direction regarding transfer success, a student can still participate in ERA if they don't attend the annual post-graduation High School Transfer Conference.

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Q14. I'm already in community college. Is it too late to sign up?

A14. No. ERA has resources available to students at all levels of their journey from high school, to community college, to a 4 year degree.

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Q15. How do I get a hold of the ERA staff?

A15. You can reach ERA at era@ucmerced.edu or by phone at 559-824-7473.

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