How to boost college/career plans

Q: Looking for an edge in college prep or career planning? 

A: Then check out Pathways to Higher Education, Sept. 24 at Patriot High. 

The second annual, half-day event will serve a buffet of information – including speakers, panels and breakout sessions – on career and college opportunities.

"There is something there for everyone, from financial aid to college savings plans," said Jose Campos, Director of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach for Jurupa USD.  "We have truly made it an event that supports every student and family, regardless of what their aspirations may be."

The program is free – and arranged to help those uncertain where to start, those who need guidance only in key areas, and everyone in between.  Families can sample from a menu of breakout sessions in English and Spanish.

Last year, 275 students and parents attended, of diverse ages and backgrounds, Campos said.  This year, the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. event is bigger, and the table broader:  The district has more than doubled the number of breakout sessions available.

New presentations in 2016 cover tax-advantaged college savings plans; financial aid applications; college support for foster youth; ROTC; and the Advancement Via Individual Determination college readiness program.

The additions join sessions on college admissions and career paths, including which forms of job training – such as medical assistance, welding and information technology – are offered at each district high school.  Elementary and junior-high students should give early consideration to which high school offers specialty classes they may wish to take, Campos said.  This event can help them do that.

Pathways to Higher Education is cosponsored by two elected officials who represent Jurupa Valley: California Sen. Richard Roth, and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, a former Inland teacher.  According to Sen. Roth, "Preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow is critical to both our state and region.  That's why I am proud to partner with Jurupa USD to again bring Pathways to Higher Education to our students and their families.  By connecting them with key information and resources about college and career paths, this program helps give students and families the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century global economy."

Also on the program this year: student role models who have successfully transitioned to college from JUSD.  These inspiring young men and women overcame adversity and often were the first in their families to attend a university.

"One of our core goals is to help all students realize their potential," said JUSD Superintendent Elliott Duchon.  "This program highlights a range of choices and opportunities available to our students in support of their long-term success."

To register for Pathways to Higher Education, please visit

For more information, contact Jose Campos, Director of Parent Involvement and Community Outreach, at (951) 360-4175​.