Friday, July 31, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY -- School Counselors Summit: Navigating the College Process

MEDIA ADVISORY from San Diego Unified School District, July 31, 2015


School Counselors Summit: Navigating the College Process; Mapping strategies for achieving objectives of the Reach Higher Initiative                                                    


WHAT: San Diego Unified School District school counselors will participate in a Summer Institute on “Navigating the College Process” – a three-day series of workshops bringing together district school counselors and administrators from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) to improve the capacity of district school counselors in navigating the college admissions process for their students.


WHEN: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 3-5, 2015


WHERE: Monday and Wednesday, August 3 & 5, 2015 – UCSD Price Center Ballroom East; Tuesday, August 4, 2015, SDSU Templo Mayor, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union


DETAILS: School counselors from the district's high school campuses will participate, along with school counselors from several of the district elementary and middle schools.  One of many objectives will be mapping out strategies for achieving objectives of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative.


The Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:

- Exposing students to college and career opportunities

-  Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make affording college a reality

-  Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities

-  Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college


SPEAKERS: Numerous speakers and presenters will be available, representing San Diego Unified, UCSD, SDSU and SDCCD.  They include:

-  Melissa Janak, Director of Counseling and Guidance, San Diego Unified

-  Mae Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor Admission and Enrollment, UCSD

-  Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCSD

-  Matthew Hebert, Director, Student Recruitment and School Relations, SDSU

-  Lynn Ceresino Neault, Vice Chancellor, Student Services, SDCCD

-  Shirley Balbin-Stracher, Associate Vice Chancellor Admission and Enrollment Services and Evaluations, UCSD

-  Jennifer Atkins, International Admissions Officer, UCSD

-  Julianna Barnes, Vice President Student Services, Mesa College/SDCCD

-  Gerald Ramsey, Vice President Student Services, Miramar College/SDCCD

-  Brian Ellison, Vice President Student Services, San Diego Continuing Education/SDCCD

-  Matthew Hebert, SDSU Director Student Recruitment and School Relations

-  Laura Owen, SDSU Assistant Professor Department of Counseling and School Psychology

(Please see program for complete list of speakers)


PHOTOS: School counselors at workshops with university/college partners


CONTACT: Ursula Kroemer, chief public information officer, 619-760-6919