Wilcox, Sandoval to Speak at Centennial High School for Achieve UC on Nov. 7

Visit is part of the systemwide program designed to encourage students to go to college

Sandoval speaking to room

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval will join Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox at the Achieve UC event at Centennial HS on Nov. 7, 2013.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval will visit Corona’s Centennial High School on Thursday, Nov. 7th as part of the annual system-wide Achieve UC program.

The visit, which will run from 12 noon to 3 p.m., will include a lunch for select student leaders and UC officials and an assembly for the school’s’ 11th and 12th grade students that will deliver the message that  a college education is achievable.

“Our goal is to inspire these students and provide them with the academic and financial information they need to make college a reality,” Wilcox said.

Now in its second year, the Achieve UC program was the first coordinated effort to connect high school students with leaders across the UC system, reaching 10,000 freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Chancellors from each of the University of California’s ten campuses will participate with a visit to a local high school in their area that is in a historically under-resourced community and has lower-than-average college going rates.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox Photo by Carrie Rosema

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox Photo by Carrie Rosema

“Achieve UC helps show high school students that we are serious about them going to college. We can reach them at a critical point in their educational career  and let them know that attending college is not a dream, it is an attainable goal” he said.

Sandoval, who also participated in last year’s inaugural Achieve UC event, said it was a rewarding experience for him.

“Our visit to Perris HS last year was a very positive experience. It was great to have the opportunity to speak with these young people, hear their dreams and plans.”

Students will have the opportunity to meet with advisors who can help them assess their preparation for college and learn about scholarships designed to make college affordable to all Californians, including the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, which covers the full cost of tuition for students whose families earn $80,000 a year or less.

Event schedule

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)

12 noon – Kim A. Wilcox and James Sandoval have lunch with principal, local dignitaries and selected students.

1 – 1:30 p.m. – Student assembly featuring keynote by Wilcox.

1:30 p.m. – 2:38 p.m. – Workshop for 12th grade students by UCR admissions counselors with information on UC application process, personal statement tips.

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