Steps to Success

Step 1: Apply Online

Apply online using Open CCC Apply. Students will receive their Student ID “w” number via email within 2-3 business days (during business hours) of applying. *Note: High school students must also complete the Petition for Advanced Admission. Students must complete the CORE STEPS below by the college established deadline for priority registration.  See Important Dates for specific semester deadline dates.

Step 2: College Orientation (CORE STEP)

All students must complete a college orientation to be eligible for priority registration. Please wait 2-3 business days (during business days) after submission of your application to complete the online orientation. For first time log-in users, the ID is your “w” number using a lower case ‘w’ and the password is your 6 digit birthdate. See the orientation web site for more information at

Step 3: English & Math Placement (CORE STEP)

Please visit for English & Math placement options.

Step 4: Educational Planning (CORE STEP)

Choose your first semester classes with a Counselor in a Group Advising session. After completing Orientation, contact the Counseling Office to schedule a Group Session at 209-575-6080See the Counseling web site for more information at

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid

The priority filing period for Financial Aid is Oct. 1 - June 30 of each year. If you miss that period, you may still apply. To apply complete the FAFSA at You can also apply for the Cal Dream Application at

Step 6: Register for Classes

Registration appointments will be available via your PiratesNet account under the 'Registration Date and Time' link. At the time of or anytime after your registration date and time you may register for classes using PiratesNet

Effective Fall 2014:
Complete CORE Steps to be eligible for a priority registration appointment. Students who have completed college orientation, assessment, and developed an education plan, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 local academic units, will now have enrollment priority over students that do not meet this criteria.