October 2017 Journal Plus Magazine

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college night welcomes local students By James J. Brescia, Ed.D. County Superintendent of Schools

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” —John Dewey Throughout life, each individual is ultimately responsible for his or her college or career pathway. Today’s rapidly changing world presents us with new educational opportunities and career paths that are constantly unfolding. Traditional paths are different, and shifts are taking place in occupation skills and educational requirements throughout every sector. These changes are a result of new technology, changes in organizational design and the trend towards global business operations. Because of this ever constant change, it is critical that we promote and take advantage of opportunities to obtain information and plan for the future. Once a plan is in place an individual is better equipped to take advantage of changes in the economy and job market. An upcoming opportunity to plan is our county-wide College Night which will be held on the evening of October 30th at the Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus. Events such as College Night are excellent opportunities for local high school students and their families to meet with representatives from colleges and universities throughout California as well as other states. Many University of California (UC) and California State

University (CSU) Campuses, Cuesta Community College, the United States Military and Naval Academies, as well as other independent and private colleges, will make up the over 50 institutions planning to present. College Night is sponsored by the Harold J. Miossi Trust, the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation in partnership with Cuesta College, the Cuesta College Foundation and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. College Night builds on similar events previously held in our county but has expanded to include free transportation from the north and south county courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Transit Authority (SLORTA). The event will be held at the Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Campus, in the Student Services Center (Building 5400) with workshops held every hour on college preparation between 5:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Opportunities to meet college representatives will be from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Free parking is available. College Nights are provided to assist students and their families with the array of decisions involved in selecting a college or university. These decisions have grown increasingly complex over the years because of the variety of choices and the escalating cost of higher education. Budget reductions during the recession decreased high school counseling services that were once a mainstay in assisting students and their families with college and career decisions. Events like College Night are an important resource for students and families. The Central Coast is very fortunate that our community has stepped up to assist one of our most precious resources, our youth. The evening will be a chance to meet and speak directly with representatives from the colleges and universities without having to make an appointment. Areas such as admission requirements, application procedures, campus housing, costs, availability of campus jobs, transportation, possible majors, and graduation rates are just some of the topics that will be addressed. Students at all high school grade levels should consider attending since decisions regarding college attendance should be considered throughout high school. In addition to the representatives from the colleges and universities, the evening will also feature some workshops designed to assist students with their college decisions. These workshops include a session on Financial Aid presented by the Cuesta College staff; a presentation on NCAA eligibility and athletic recruiting for students who have prospects of gaining an athletic scholarship or assistance for college; a workshop on “Writing the Application Personal Statement” which is usually an important element in most college admission requirements; a presentation on completing the application for undergraduate admission; and much more. Students planning to attend events like College Night should prepare to gain the most from these types of evenings. Planning may include: narrowing the possible college choices, consideration of the location of the school, possible offerings, and costs. Lack of pre-planning can



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