By MIRIAM YORDANOS
AVID and the Career Center are hosting a district-wide College and Career Week from Oct. 8-12. Throughout the week many activities, such as workshops, spirit days, field trips and presentations will take place in middle school and high school campuses within the Redlands Unified School District.
Denise Luna, an AVID sophomore student, stated, “College week is to show [students] the college experience and to see their options. Give them an idea.”
On Monday, students participated in “Military Monday” by wearing camo or military gear. Teachers on campus shared their college journey during their classes. Juniors from Redlands East Valley, Citrus Valley, and Redlands high schools attended a field trip together to Cal Baptist University and the University of California, Riverside. Seniors attended a senior kick-off college assembly during their 4th period and during lunch, all grades had the opportunity to take virtual college tours at the career centers.
On Tuesday, the spirit day theme is “On my way to an occupation.” Students participating in spirit week will be dressed in the clothing of their future careeer. REV counselors will be assisting students on creating FSA ID and college application accounts in the media center during government and economics classes. San Bernardino Valley College and the University of Redlands will be making a visit to RUSD high schools. Also, workshops will be held to apply to California State Universities.
Students who have pre-registered will have passes to attend either workshops or presentations. If students are not pre-registered, they must ask their teachers and it is the teacher’s decision to allow them to attend.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, students seventh to eleventh grade will be taking the PSAT, while twelve grade students will be taking the SAT. Due to spirit day, students will be able to test in their pajamas and schools will be having a modified minimum day.
Later on Wednesday evening, the RUSD College Fair will be held at Redlands High school Terrier Gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the fair, there will be over 65 colleges present, including Arizona State University, UC Berkeley, and the University of East London. The fair is open to all RUSD students and parents.
On Thursday, if needed, seniors will have the opportunity during classes to go to the media center and work on college applications. La Sierra and California Baptist University will be having a presentation for students, while Grand Canyon University and the University of La Verne will be doing on-the-spot admissions inside REV’s upstairs conference room, Citrus Valley’s career center, and RHS’s career center and student center. Thursday’s spirit day is “Time to Interview” and students will dress as if they were going to an interview.
Later on Thursday evening, at the Citrus Valley Blackhawk theater, an overview of college and career readiness in RUSD will be provided. This is to help families through the transition from middle school to high school or the transition toward a successful post-secondary college or career path from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Friday, students will be wearing their favorite college gear and seniors who signed-up will be visiting Crafton Hills College. A mini-college and career fair, sponsored by ROP, will be held during lunch. The fair will include vocational schools, community programs, and former AVID students.