CSUSB to host ‘College: Making it Happen’ for parents and middle school students


Summer Steele (left), an Upward Bound CSUSB program coordinator speaks with Fernando Viera of Eisenhower High School in Fontana.

Cal State San Bernardino will host an information session for students in 6th through 8th grades and their parents on how to prepare academically and financially for educational opportunities after high school.

“College: Making it Happen,” will be presented by the university’s Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment together with Upward Bound on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.-noon, in CSUSB’s College of Education building room 105. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in Parking Structure East (PK2 on campus map).

Celebrating College Awareness Month in February, the information session is designed to educate the community and parents of middle school students about the state’s three educational systems of higher education: California Community Colleges, The California State University and the University of California, as well as private colleges and universities.

“College: Making It Happen” will offer information to parents and guardians of middle school students to assist them in preparing their children for the various higher education opportunities. The information will be offered in English and Spanish.

This is the first year that CSUSB’s Upward Bound program will join with the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment in the collaborative effort to recruit students. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Upward Bound program provides high school students with educational and personal support services that will help increase high school graduation, college enrollment and persistence rates.

After receiving additional grant funding in 2012, the CSUSB Upward Bound program is seeking eligible 9th and 10th grade students from Carter, Eisenhower, Rialto, Arroyo Valley, Pacific and San Bernardino high schools to fill a limited number of slots.

“We want to bring awareness about college-going programs,” said Stephen Villaseñor, director of CSUSB’s Upward Bound. “As it is our peak recruiting season, there are a number of openings for interested students to join.”

The event is intended to create a mind-set among middle-school students and their families that a college education is both attainable and affordable.

To RSVP for “College: Making It Happen,” contact the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment at (909) 537-5188 or (909) 537-5192. For information about CSUSB’s Upward Bound program, contact (909) 537-5023.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.