UC Riverside Leadership to Speak at Ramona High School on Nov. 9

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Vice Chancellor James Sandoval visit part of system-wide program designed to encourage students to go to college

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University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox is pictured here speaking with students from Centennial High School in Corona in 2013.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs James Sandoval will visit Riverside’s Ramona High School on Monday, Nov. 9 as part of the annual system-wide Achieve UC program.

Now in its fourth year, the program targets schools with lower than average college-going rates, to encourage students to pursue higher education. Chancellors from each of the University of California’s 10 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. The message that a UC degree is both attainable and affordable will reach about 6,500 students across California this fall.

“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.

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.

“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” Wilcox said.

In the four years that the Achieve UC program has been underway, some participating schools have significantly boosted the number of students who pursue a UC education.

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