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March 25, 2014 > It takes a community!

It takes a community!

Submitted By Patrick Gannon

Over 1,500 middle and high school students got a feel for the college experience at the ÒIt Takes a Community! Education SummitÓ on March 8. The summit connected first-generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander middle and high school students and their families, with resources to improve access to and success in higher education.

Held on the California State University East Bay Campus, the summit featured workshops ranging from ÒHow to Pay for CollegeÓ to ÒLife in College.Ó The summitÕs college and resource fair included over twelve universities and community colleges such as UC Berkeley and College of San Mateo as well as community vendors and assistance programs.

ÒOur high school college counselors have heavy caseloads. The summit provides additional support and information,Ó said Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools. ÒLearning to navigate and understanding what is available is critical to the success of our first generation students. This summit is about bringing the community together and building partnerships to help connect the dots and leading to the pathway to higher education for these students.Ó

The 2014 Education Summit was sponsored by the Alameda County Office of Education, Chabot College, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Bank Foundation, California State University East Bay, Contra Costa County Office of Education, the US Dept. of Education AANAPISI Grant - Student Service Operation for Success Program at CSUEB, and Laney College. For more information, visit www.acoe.org.

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