VACAVILLE — Will C. Wood and Vacaville high schools are teaming up once again to present their fourth annual college night – and any student in Solano County can benefit.
The college night is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Vacaville High’s gym.
“We’re trying to get more students and more community members,” said Karla Gonzalez, a college adviser at Wood who works for the Destination College Advising Corps out of the University of California, Berkeley.
Gonzalez said she and other organizers have been reaching out to Vanden High School and Buckingham Charter, but that’s hardly the limit.
“We really want to promote this to make it a community event,” she said.
So far, Gonzalez said, representatives from 30 colleges and universities are confirmed for the event.
Schools include the University of California and California State University, as well as a number of private institutions and even some from out of state.
“We got a lot of schools, like UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of schools that don’t usually come to the Solano area. They’ve confirmed, so we’re really excited.”
Each year, the college night has grown in attendance.
“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” Gonzalez said. “Our goal is to get our students exposed and start networking, meeting reps and starting that conversation.”
A financial aid expert will also be available for families to discuss how to cover the ever-increasing cost of higher education.
“It’s a great way to start off the application season, which goes up until Nov. 30 for the UC and CSUs,” Gonzalez said.
The event is not limited to high school seniors or even high school students, Gonzalez added.
“Hopefully for our seniors, it will help them narrow their lists and for underclassmen and middle school students it will get them to start thinking about creating a list,” she said.
The college application process is by no means easy and the college night is designed to help smooth it out.
“It is definitely daunting. This is hopefully to ease all those concerns and help find out what each campus wants in the application,” Gonzalez said.
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