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Program aims to generate interest in college

Junior high students visit COC

Posted: May 10, 2008 2:29 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Some local junior high students got a taste of college life Friday when they visited College of the Canyons.

The visit was part of COC's "College, Making It Happen" program, which is designed to get seventh and eighth graders to start thinking about college and lifetime careers.

"So many kids don't pay attention to what their parents or neighbors do for a living," said Herlisa Hamp, director of the office of student recruitment and school relations at the college. "So we just wanted to give them an idea of the many career options that are out there."

More than 200 students from Arroyo Seco, La Mesa and Placerita junior highs and Castaic Middle School were exposed to various college classes like photography, fire technology, nursing and culinary arts throughout Friday morning before heading to the campus cafeteria for lunch. Sierra Vista, Rio Norte and Rancho Pico junior high students participated in the program in March.

The students also visited a few student services offices like student development, admissions and records, and the transfer center.

"In the transfer center, they learned that COC can serve as a bridge to a four-year university, if they choose to go that route," Hamp said.

Tyler Larinto, an eighth grader from Arroyo Seco, enjoyed touring the COC campus.

"It was cool getting to see all the buildings and the classrooms," Tyler said. "It's very modernized - I like how it's set up."

Tyler was already planning to attend college, but said that now he is looking forward to it even more.

"I liked learning about business and accounting, because that's what I want to go into," he said.

Alysah Barrava, a seventh grader at Castaic Middle School, liked learning about nursing and is now considering that field as a career.

"We got to put on a stethoscope and listen to people's heartbeats," Alysah said. "I thought it was pretty cool."


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