Valencia Teaches Students That College is Possible; Valencia is Possible

By La’Tasha Graham, Assistant Director, Transitions Planning

As part of West Campus’ Valencia Is Possible initiative — our effort to reach out into the community to show area K-12 students and their parents that Valencia is a great pathway to a college degree that is achievable, practical and affordable — Transitions Planning recently hosted several Valencia Is Possible events at Westridge Middle School on Wednesday, January 17; Friday, January 19; and Thursday, January 25, 2018.

During the event on Wednesday, January 17, Transitions Planning conducted career exploration with sixth graders, leading an activity that combined students’ values and goals to decipher what career path best suits their future. By the end of the session, students were well versed in the variety of careers they can obtain with a college degree.

Enjoy a brief video of the night with the sixth graders below.

On Friday, January 19, Transitions Planning presented You’re Smarter Than You Think, by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D, to connect their varying intelligence to campus exploration activities and interactive presentations, which emphasized the importance of planning early and reaching higher. The goal of this night was to teach each student that his or her dreams are possible. Students were also given Career Coach buttons. “I grabbed a leader button because leaders can be anything,” one student said.

Finally, on Thursday, January 25, Andy Ray, professor, building construction technology, and John Reilly, programmer analyst, participated in Curriculum and Community Night, hosted at Westridge Middle School. The night served to connect students and parents with community organizations and Westridge staff. Andy and John set up an interactive table covered in Career Coach buttons, career books, which included information on our 125 degree programs, along with Valencia pencils and Steps to Enrollment Checklists (specifically for any high school or parent attendees).

“The Westridge Middle School night went well, and we talked with several families and individual students about various career options,” Andy said. “The buttons were a big hit, and we had comments about what a great marketing gimmick that was for the College.”

Valencia always appreciates these opportunities to reach prospective students. We thrive on seeing and feeling the impact that we have in a room full of students who are just learning about college. You can see the students’ eyes light up when they realize that college is possible — that Valencia is Possible.

We look forward to connecting with eight-grade students for College Prep Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the West Campus.

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