Antelope Valley College prepares elementary students for college
Annual “I’m Going to College” event will be held
Antelope Valley College (AVC) will host its sixth annual “I’m Going to College” program for fourth- and fifth-grade students on Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The one-day program is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the opportunities that higher education can offer by promoting college as an attainable goal.
During the program, children and parents will attend interactive college-readiness workshops including, “College 411” and “College Cash,” where they learn college concepts, such as majors and minors, and how to prepare financially for college.
Members of the community will put on presentations about their careers and educational background so that students can understand how college connects to future career options. In previous years, the event hosted professionals in various fields including finance, green energy, art, automotive technology, animal health care, the fire department, and police force.
A resource fair will be held between workshops, and will provide students and parents with information from different organizations on how pupils can get involved in their community through joining service organizations in the area and school clubs. The resource fair will also give participants an opportunity to speak with representatives from many four-year universities.
According to Michelle Herandez, director of student activities and community outreach at AVC, research has found that fourth grade is the pivotal time where students show whether they are good students and whether they are going to college. The purpose of “I’m Going to College” is to catch the students at this age and instill in them the necessity of higher education.
This event is open to all fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Antelope Valley. Participants must bring one parent to attend with them, and must register by July 19 at www.avc.edu/studentservices/infowelcome.
Antelope Valley College (AVC) will host their sixth annual “I’m Going to College” program for fourth and fifth grade students on Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This one-day program at AVC is designed to help students gain a better understanding of the opportunities that higher education can offer by promoting college as an attainable goal.
A memorial service is planned May 31 beginning at 1 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, for former college trustee Don Ross. He would have been 97.
Ross, an author, engineer, Air Force veteran and former Antelope Valley College (AVC) trustee died May 3 in Lancaster, according to his son, Gary Ross.
Ross had served on the college board 32 years until he stepped down in 1999.
Ross retired as deputy director of the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in 1971.
Erin E. Vines, Ph.D., has been hired as Antelope Valley College (AVC) vice president of student services, effective June 17.
On a unanimous 5-0 vote, college district trustees recently chose Vines over three other finalists.
Vines currently serves as dean of counseling and special services at Solano Community College in Fairfield.
He has a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s from University of LaVerne.
Antelope Valley College (AVC) hosts its 18th semi-annual career information and job fair April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus in the Fine Arts Quad, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster.
The job fair is open to AVC students as well as job seekers from the general public.
An estimated 80 representatives from companies in the Antelope Valley and surrounding areas are expected to set up booths. To get a detailed list of businesses expected to attend, visit the web site www.myavc.edu, click on student services and then job placement.