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.