April 16, 2004

Community Notes:

Southwestern College Helps Protect Children from Dental Disease

National City—Sources of cavities, oral health, problems with plaque, teeth protection, and general dental safety are a few of the many topics that will be addressed during a free dental workshop for parents sponsored by Southwestern College’s (SWC) Family Resource Center and its Dental Hygiene Program. The workshop will take place Wednesday, April 21 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the National City Collaborative Family Resource Center, 304 West 18th Street, adjacent to Kimball Elementary School. Free childcare and parking will be available to workshop participants.

“We want to educate parents about how to protect their children from dental disease,” said Cynthia Nagura, director of SWC’s Family Resource Center. “We also want to create awareness about the community programs available to them and provide information on issues that impact the family.”

The Southwestern College Family Resource Center was recently established thanks to a Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities grant. The Family Resource Center, located at the College’s Higher Education Center in National City, offers childcare, health and social services, and family support services.

National College Fair Offers One-Stop Shopping For Students and Families

Out of the thousands of colleges and universities available for students to attend, how can students find the one that is right for them? A good place to start is the annual San Diego National College Fair to be held Thursday, April 22 at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Sponsored by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the event will include college representatives from more than 200 postsecondary institutions nationwide who will provide students and parents with timely information on a wide range of topics including admission requirements, campus life, major fields of study, scholarships, grants and other available financial aid, and tips . The event will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, breakout sessions will be held to explain the University of California, California State University, and California Community College education systems, and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Clearinghouse procedures. A counseling center will also be available for those seeking one-to-one educational, career, and financial aid counseling.

For detailed information about the fair, including directions and a list of exhibitors, visit the NACAC website at www.nacac.com, or contact Erica Murrietta at 858.569.1866.

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