More than 30 colleges expected at IVC's college day on Oct. 8

October 01, 2001|STAFF REPORT

Imperial Valley College expects to host several thousand people, including about 1,500 Imperial Valley high school and IVC students as well as their parents and other interested community members Oct. 8 during the 28th annual College and University Day on the campus.

"College and University Day has proven to be an academic highlight for the whole Imperial Valley," said IVC transfer center Director Carol Lee.

Lee is coordinating the three-hour event, which will take place in IVC's quadrangle near the College Center. It will last from 9 a.m. to noon.

It is the Imperial Valley's largest single gathering of representatives from public and private colleges and universities. Last year more than 30 institutions gave out information regarding transfer requirements, financial aid, scholarships, housing and other crucial information for prospective students.


Because the Imperial Valley is in such a remote area, this day may be the only opportunity for many parents and students to personally speak with representatives of four-year colleges, Lee said.

She stressed that this event is not just for high school seniors. In fact, she said, seniors by this time in their high school careers should have their college plans fairly solidified.

"We have especially designed this day for high school juniors," said Lee, adding she fears those younger students miss out on this opportunity due to misconceptions that the event is designed only for those graduating in June.

Lee also said parents of high school students are invited.

"I want parents to come, especially parents of juniors. They may have questions of the college representatives that their sons or daughters may not ask," Lee said.

Additionally, she said, other members of the community are invited. For example, if someone is contemplating graduate school, this would be an excellent opportunity to discuss admission requirements with a number of different college and university representatives.

Fourteen high schools will be bringing students, including all high schools in the core areas of Imperial Valley as well as Borrego Springs, West Shores and San Pasqual.

On hand will be representatives from campuses of the University of California system and the California State University system along with a number of private institutions and some out-of-state colleges and universities.

Also, for those students planning to begin their college careers at IVC, there will be a number of tables set up with representatives from various divisions on the IVC campus.

At least half of all graduating seniors from Valley high schools begin their college careers at IVC. This year, more than 60 percent of the June graduates from the seven largest local high schools began classes at IVC in August.

"At the IVC transfer center, we share a commitment to provide the students of Imperial Valley with the greatest number of options to meet their educational goals," Lee said.

The transfer center is designed to work with students who continue on to four-year colleges and universities after first attending IVC.

Counselors in the transfer center frequently continue working with former IVC students even after they have transferred on to four-year colleges.

Those seeking more information are welcome to come by the transfer center or call 355-6274 and set up an appointment with one of the transfer center counselors.

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