Professor Regina Rhymes Revamps Legacy

The Legacy Program is under new leadership. Cypress College Professor Regina Rhymes (Social Sciences, Sociology) has revamped the College’s Black Studies cohort. Established in 2000, Legacy was the very first community college program in Orange County to concentrate on the African American experience in the United States. The mission of the Legacy Program is to help educationally underrepresented populations of students reach their dreams of college success. With a strong and focused academic curriculum that combines writing, math, counseling and mentoring along with experiential learning opportunities, Legacy provides a solid base of support for students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, earn higher-level degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Weekend College Tours
  • Accomplished Mentors
  • Networking
  • Friendships
  • Institutional Support
  • One-on-one Counseling
  • Increased Leadership Skills
  • Increased Self Esteem

The Legacy Program curriculum includes:

  • ENGLISH – Legacy students take English 060C and English 100C consecutively. These classes work to improve students’ basic written language skills and to help them develop research methods and critical reading and thinking skills.
  • COUNSELING – Legacy students also take Counseling 150C and Counseling 160C consecutively. These classes help Legacy students improve their study skills, explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals.
  • ETHNIC STUDIES – While taking English 100C, Legacy students will be concurrently enrolled in Ethnic Studies 129C. These classes offer complementary curriculum so students will be able to take material they learn from both classes to improve their knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the African-American experience.
  • MATHEMATICS – Once Legacy students complete the math placement tests administered by the Assessment Center at Cypress College or by another college, they will be placed in a mathematics course that corresponds to their tested leve.

Course Breakdown:

FALL – English 60 / Counseling 150
SPRING – English 100 / Counseling 160 / Ethnic Studies 129 / Any Math Course
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Newly Appointed Program Director, Professor Regina Rhymes (second from left) with colleagues:

Cypress College hosted its 48th Commencement on Friday, May 22, 2015. A total of 1,041 students earned 1,151 associate's degrees as members of the Class of 2015. In addition, 938 occupational certificates were awarded. Two-Thirds of the graduating class, 670 students, earned transfer certification into California's public university system. The Class of 2015 had 259 members graduating with honors and another 65 graduating with high honors. More information is available in the "graduation Central" section of the College website at: http://news.cypresscollege.edu.

2015 Legacy Program cohort of mentors & students:
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