UCSF Offers Bay Area Families a Chance to 'Plan on College'

March 27, 2003
News Office: Mike Mason (415) 502-6397

UCSF's Center for Science Education and Outreach will welcome more than 500 eighth-grade students and parents to "Plan on College!" on May 3. This one-day event is designed to provide resources and encouragement to San Francisco and Daly City families unfamiliar with college preparation and admissions procedures.

"It's important to get students thinking about college as they enter high school," said Center director Tracy Stevens. "Current college entrance requirements call for students to make informed course choices beginning in ninth grade in order to be eligible by the time they graduate."

Information sessions for parents will be conducted in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Students and parents wishing to attend may register online at www.ucforyou.com.

Parent sessions will focus on California's higher-education systems, how to prepare a child for college, and how financial aid programs work. Student sessions will cover California's higher-education systems and course requirements for UC and CSU admissions. Also, a panel of high school students will talk about making the transition to high school. The event will inlcude small group meetings with counselors and staff members from community-based education access programs.

The Center encourages elementary, middle and high school students from the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue higher education. The Center coordinates programs that help students explore academic interests, prepare academically for college, learn how to apply to and finance college, and decide which colleges best fit their academic goals.

Center programs include: informational conferences about college; bus trips to University of California campuses for tours and workshops; field trips to museums, laboratories and other educational sites; summer science academies offering science and math classes; and hands-on science experiences. These programs are developed in collaboration with counselors, teachers, and administrators of the San Francisco Unified and Jefferson Union school districts.

For more information about the Center and its programs, please call (415) 514-2132.

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