POTRERO AVID STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE FAIR
By Shirley Burkhardt
El Monte, CA – Eighth graders in the Potrero School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program recently attended the New Futuro College Fair at the Pasadena Convention Center. Students had the opportunity to interact with college representatives as well as military representatives and learn about the requirements and expectations of both groups. New Futuro targets Latino students to help close the achievement gap and encourage students to plan for education after high school. There were representatives from junior colleges, technical schools, private universities, the Cal State system, as well as the UC system. Students also learned about scholarships, financial aid, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) program. There were workshops for students to attend.
The AVID program is part of El Monte City School District’s ongoing efforts to empower and inspire all students to be “college aware.” All the schools have college awareness programs. The District has also partnered with the afterschool program, ASPIRE, to focus on college awareness through the Keys to College Program.
Potrero was the only El Monte City school able to attend because New Futuro paid for the bus transportation for them to go. Kathy Leeper, Potrero’s vice principal; Robert Schrader, AVID teacher; Liz Torres, Potrero’s AVID coordinator; and Ricardo Padilla, Outreach Consultant; accompanied the students.