High School Students Given Opportunity to Preview College

Bernadette Medina
El Vaquero Staff Writer

High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to tour the campus, get information about GCC and the programs that are being offered, and even attend classes during Start Smart Day on Saturday.

Start Smart Day is an event specially planned for high school students to learn more about GCC. Many activities are being planned for the day. After the morning information sessions, both juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn how to start their college career, get acquainted with GCC’s academic and vocational programs, learn how to obtain an associate’s degree or get a certificate, and learn how to transfer to a four-year college or university with or without an associate’s degree.

“Start Smart Day is one of the strategies for the recruitment plan of the office of school relations and student outreach,” said Hazel Ramos, student outreach coordinator. The recruitment committee, which consists of faculty, classified staff, and administrators, is organizing the event.

Faculty and staff will be available to talk about admissions, financial aid, and other special programs, as well as classroom experiences. There will also be booths to visit that will have information on GCC’s special programs.

“High School students will have an opportunity to see the college first hand and learn about how college works [through department presentations],” said Ramos.

Families of the juniors and seniors are also welcome to attend Start Smart Day. Programs for parents will be provided not only in English but also in Spanish, Armenian, and Korean.

Students will also be able to tour the campus and attend classes. There will be entertainment and a food fair where food will be available for purchase. Students can also participate in raffles to win prizes.

“We hope to continue to have a Start Smart Day every semester,” added Ramos.

Registration will take place in the auditorium from 8 to 9 a.m. The opening session will be from 9 to 10 a.m., during which a talk will be given on “The Benefits of Higher Education in Glendale Community College.” A 30-minute break will follow and there will be five different general workshops offered every half hour from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be an open house for the rest of the day from noon to 3 p.m.