The first step in preparing for college is to picture being there, even if nobody in your family has done it before. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, College Bound participants got a chance to explore community colleges up close and personal.
Elementary school kids visited Pierce College, where representatives from the Outreach and Recruitment Office treated Club members to a full walking tour of the campus, answered a barrage of questions and handed out Pierce College highlighters, notebooks, water bottles and other souvenirs.
Members learned about the college’s signature programs, including Child Development, Nursing and Agriculture. The kids were especially delighted by the on-campus planetarium and farm. After learning about the transfer process and educational opportunities offered at community college, the young students took pictures, visited a renovated classroom and headed back to the Main Clubhouse for a hot lunch.
After visiting Pierce College, our high school College Bound participants made their way to Valley Glen to explore the less-familiar Los Angeles Valley College. Members were introduced to various college program offerings, and learned about resources they will need once they are on campus: admissions, counseling, EOPS, and financial aid.
Mission College in Sylmar was the last stop and became the highlight of the day when a friendly wandering dog joined the tour. The teens fed and watered their new companion, eventually delivering it to the school’s sheriff’s office so it could be reunited its owner.
These outings, funded by the generosity of College Bound donors, are memorable and can be life-changing for our members. Many of them will be first-generation college students; it is gratifying to see the spark of hope in their eyes when they realize that higher education is within their reach.