March 31, 2006

Universities and Community Partners Come Together to Sponsor Fourth Annual College Expo For Students and Parents

A free College Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 8 at San Diego City College located at 1313 Park Boulevard between Balboa Park and downtown San Diego. The event, to be held in City College’s main quad area, is a collaborative effort between many of San Diego’s leading college and university campuses, and educational organizations and community resource groups. The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at the University of California, San Diego, California Student Opportunity Access Program (Cal SOAP) and San Diego City College (SDCC) are three main sponsors joining a host of other participants to spread the message of “empowering parents and students” toward enhancing their knowledge about preparing for college admission.”

The Expo is a day of informational activities designed to educate parents and students on how to stay on track for higher education. The premise is to get parents and students together to offer practical advice, tips and information needed for students to meet admission standards at local schools and institutions farther a field. According to the event chairperson, Nicole Jackson, “This is another way for parents to learn about college, get involved and support their children.”

As the new interim Director of SEA Service Learning Initiatives at UCSD, Jackson is in charge of service learning initiatives like developing tutoring programs for the community. With a multi-disciplinary approach to student and parent outreach, Jackson is chairing the College Expo in order to further awareness.

The Expo is designed to be fun while providing necessary information. There’s live music, food, networking opportunities and an informal atmosphere with 12 different hour long workshops throughout the morning. The workshops are designed so parents can show up when they want. If they miss a 9 a.m. workshop, they can go to it later.

There will be workshops on financial aid, college admissions standards, standardized test preparation and early academic preparation for college. The workshops are geared toward parental outreach. The biggest emphasis will be on support programs to connect parents with community resources in encouraging higher education for their children. There also will be a parent/student panel to answer questions. “We tried to get all the community education groups to come together and work collaboratively as a county in an effort to reach the parents” Jackson says.

The community resource and college fair areas of the Expo will provide parents and students opportunities to meet with representatives and collect information from San Diego’s premier colleges and community educational service groups. Representatives from UC, CSU, private colleges and community colleges as well as community service organizations will be in attendance. For more information, contact Aisha Hollins at 858-569-1866, ahollins@ucsd.edu, or visit the program Website at www.collegeexpo.org.

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