January 30, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

Parents with seventh and eighth graders in Haven Drive Middle School and DiGiorgio School in Arvin, and Mountain View Middle School in Lamont are invited to a special parents’ day at California State University, Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.

The parents’ day program is hosted by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP. GEAR UP, a federally funded program at CSUB, works with students and their families to develop the skills needed to go to college.

“It’s important to work with families when their children are in junior high so that they become aware of what is required to prepare their children for college,” said Rosa Ocampo, GEAR UP’s parent/mentor coordinator. “Our goal is to significantly increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school.”

To do that, Ocampo said, CSUB’s GEAR UP works to maximize interaction and communication between families and the schools, as well as encouraging interaction and communication within the family in order to create college awareness and a college-going culture in the Arvin/Lamont community.

The special parents’ day, which is free, will provide parents with information on CSUB admission requirements, financial aid, academic advising, and educational suggestions. Parents will also receive campus tours, a tour of the Walter Stiern Library and lunch. The program concludes at about 2:10 p.m.

“This an important step in their children’s future, and we hope parents will take the opportunity to come to CSUB and find out the things they need to do to prepare their children for a university education.”

For more information or to make a reservation, please call Ocampo at (661) 665-6168.