ICOE Holds Higher Education Week

The Imperial County Office of Education’s Higher Education Week II was held from May 23 through May 25, targeting high school 11th graders by providing them contact with college recruiters and information they will need as they prepare to apply for colleges and universities in their senior year.
Higher Education Week II, done in coordination with the Imperial County College Going Initiative, will feature a parent-student evening at the Imperial Valley Mall from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.
“We encourage 11th grade students and families to attend the Higher Education Week Parent Night at the Imperial Valley Mall Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,” said Denise Cabanilla, higher education coordinator for ICOE. “More than 25 college campus recruiters and higher education outreach partners will be present to provide information regarding college admissions, financial aid, and other information as students prepare to apply for college in the fall.”
The parent-student event at the mall will be held in the food court area near Cinemark movie theaters, Cabanilla said.
In addition, participants will have a chance to view a short movie presentation in the theatre on how families can apply to colleges and universities in the fall and on preparing for the transition from high school to college. There will three free viewings of the movie – 5:45 to 6:05 p.m., 6:15 to 6:35 p.m., and 6:45 to 7 p.m.
The May 24 event marks the third time ICOE and the College Going Initiative have teamed with the Imperial Valley Mall for a higher education week.
Earlier this academic year, Higher Education Week I featured a parent-student night at the mall attended by more than 300 families.
“That event was a great success in that it provided an important opportunity to reach out to parents and their children,” said ICOE Superintendent Anne Mallory. “We would like to see even more families attend this event as there is great opportunity for high school juniors to get a clear picture of what they need to accomplish in their senior year to achieve their higher education goals.”
Each year ICOE holds two higher education weeks. The first held in the fall targets high school seniors as they move through the process their senior year of filling out college and university applications and seek financial aid and grants. Then, Higher Education Week II targets the 11th graders so as to prepare them for what they will face as seniors.
Along with the parent-student event, college recruiters and higher education partners will be attending each of the Imperial Valley high schools to share information with the 11th graders.
For more information, see the College Going Initiative website at www.collegeisnext.com and for questions about the parent event or about Higher Education Week II, contact the ICOE at 760.312.6618.

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