On Monday, January 26th fifty-five 12th grade students from the Tehama County Educational Talent Search Programs at Red Bluff and Corning High Schools attend â€œETS Senior Dayâ€. The goal of the Educational Talent Search program is to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education. This event was geared toward helping these students make a successful transition from high school to college by providing information about the resources and support systems available to them as college students.
At the event students attended three workshops which covered topics including: Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters, How to be an Advocate for Yourself, and How to Maintain Balance and Health during Change. After the workshops students had a chance to interact with various college and career based programs who hosted booths at the event. The representatives included the Chico State Career Center, UC Davis Study Abroad program, Simpson University Housing, College OPTIONS scholarships, Butte College Transfer Information, Shasta College Counseling and Trio/SSS, Chico State Admissions, Shasta College University Center/Degree Completion, and the Tehama County Job Training Center.
Throughout the event students were able to earn tickets in the carnival like setting through participating in workshops and asking questions at the various booths. Students could then use their tickets to win raffle items to help with the transition to college including sandwich makers, study kits, dorm supplies and even a Kindle Fire.
The event was a success and many of the students felt the day better prepared them for their transition to college.
Olga Valladares, senior at Red Bluff High stated, â€œI learned a lot more about college when I thought I already knew a lot.â€