By Angela Rodriguez |Staff Writer|
CSUSB celebrated College Awareness Month Saturday, Feb. 9, presenting an informational “College: Making it Happen” event for young students interested in going to college.
The informational was held in the College of Education building room 105 for students in grades 6-8 and parents interested in learning about how to prepare for future educational opportunities.
The informational intended to encourage students from middle school to high school that college can be affordable.
The event was free and open to the public along with complimentary parking.
Supporting College Awareness month in Feb. is structured to help our community become informed about the three educational systems of higher education: Community College, California State Universities and University of California campuses.
“I think this informational is a great help! I wish I would have known about it when I was in high school because applying to college I really didn’t know where to begin or know the differences between the UC and CSU systems,” said student Yasmin Huerta.
According to U.S. News, parents need to be their student’s biggest cheerleader and involved in the college planning process.
The informational aimed to help parents and guardians become better informed on preparing their children for different educational opportunities after high school graduation.
CSUSB’s Upward Bound program and the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment worked together in promoting and recruiting students for the event.
Many institutes collaborated on the project from U.S. Department of Education funding the informational, to the Upward Bound program providing the high school students with all-around support from educational and personal areas all aimed towards increasing future high school and college graduation.
Last year, CSUSB’s Upward Bound program was able to get high school freshmen and sophomore students from surrounding schools such as: Pacific, Arroyo Valley, Eisenhower and other neighboring San Bernardino high schools to participate in the informational due to increase of grant funding in 2012.
“I took my younger cousin who’s graduating from Arroyo Valley next year and my aunt was pretty happy that there were sources like financial aid that could help him pay for college and not leave them in complete debt,” said student Bryant Ruiz.
The event was developed to inspire families within the community that higher education is obtainable and not impossible.
According to the director of CSUSB’s Upward Bound program, Stephen Villaseñor, “We want to bring awareness about college-going programs.”
Right now is the time where students are being recruited for universities to prepare and inform them about application requirements and deadlines.
For more information about “College: Making It Happen,” call (909) 537-5188.