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Students get view of higher-learning opportunities

October 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — Imperial Valley College on Monday hosted its 28th annual College and University Day providing information to high school students from all over the Imperial Valley.

Over 30 learning institutions were present offering various information from cost of enrollment to degrees and programs offered.

"I think it was really successful," said Beatrice Avila, IVC's Transfer Center counselor.

"The majority of Imperial Valley high schools attended and it was a good turnout," she said.

"I think this event is crucial because it helps (students) learn more about the campuses they're interested in," she said.

A press release from IVC stated the campus was expecting about 1,500 students from 14 different high schools and more than 30 learning institutions to participate in the event.

Alternative education schools and community schools attended for the first time in their history, said Roger Rubalcava of the Imperial County Office of Education.


Nazareth Santoyo, 18, of Brawley is attending Del Rio High School in Brawley.

Santoyo wants to major in psychology and was planning to attend San Diego State University, Imperial Valley campus but changed her mind after she stopped at the University of California, Irvine, booth at the IVC event.

She said she was impressed by the campus and its psychology program, and she will apply at UCI.

Dana Chino, 17, of Yuma attends San Pascual High School. She wants to study fashion design at the San Francisco Art Institute.

"I think it's good," she said about college and university day.

"I have found a couple of colleges I might apply to," she said.

She added every student in high school should be allowed to attend the event.

Eric Trevino, 18, of Brawley attends Desert Valley High School and wants to major in psychology at the University of North Carolina.

"It gives you information on different colleges to go to," he said about the event.

He wants to attend a college or university on the East Coast.

Yashica Taylor, 18, of Central Union High School in El Centro wants to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, which has locations throughout California.

She said of the event, "It's good information because at high schools they don't give you as much information."

Maria Arreola, 17, of CUHS agreed.

"It's very important. It gives everybody the information to look at what they want to study," she said.

Arreola wants to study either cosmetology or law. She hasn't decided what college or university she wants to attend.

Dalia Castillo, 17, of CUHS is thinking about studying international business.

She was looking forward for the IVC event to search for information on good programs in international business.

Central student Lillian Lazarin, 16, said: "I think it's good for students from high schools to look at where they want to go."

She has not decided where she wants to attend college but she knows she wants to major in liberal studies and become a teacher.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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