College Access Day 2017

You are invited to participate in GEAR UP 4 LA’s College Access Day, a series of workshops designed to help you become familiar with and trained in the college application process. Take an in-depth look into one of six session options.

Who: Open to LAUSD teachers, counselors and administrators.


8:30—9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Sign-In
9:00—9:20 a.m. Welcome and Opening
9:30—12:15 p.m. College Access Day Session
12:15—12:30 p.m. Feedback Form and Sign-out


The CSU/UC Application: A Reader’s Insider Look: Hugo Cristales, UCLA

Don’t tell parents, but grades aren’t everything. Get an inside look at how candidate transcripts are evaluated and what makes an applicant competitive, including personal statements, awards and extra-curricular activities.

Financial Aid from A to Z: Sergio Ceja, GEAR UP 4 LA

Don’t let your students leave money on the table. Explore financial aid GPAs, FAFSA, and CA Dream Act; what the March 2nd priority deadline means for Cal Grant eligibility; CSAC and how to register; and how to navigate the confusing financial aid award letter.

Make Your Writing Stand Out: Dr. Rebecca Joseph, Cal State LA

How can you stand out as 1 in 100,000? Learn about UC Personal Insight Questions, college and enrichment opportunity essays, and how students can use their narratives to distinguish themselves from a sea of applicants. Receive classroom resources to uncover each student’s unique story.

Match and Fit: Robert Franek, The Princeton Review

Which school provides the best bang for your buck? What makes students happiest with their college experience? Join Rob Franek from The Princeton Review to find out which colleges best match and fit your students’ wants, needs and why.

Ways to Study Smart: Jack Friedman, Study Smart Tutors

Help your students become more college competitive! Explore test-taking tips and strategies in multiple subject areas of exams such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. Materials provided include a flash drive with a year’s worth of 5-minute warm-up problems.

Your Letter of Recommendation Makes All the Difference: Cynthia Macias Maravilla, Cal State Long Beach

It may determine scholarship money, EOP placement, or even college admission. Does this make you anxious? You are not alone. Learn to paint a vivid picture of each student you are recommending.

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Occidental College



RSVPs are closed for this event.

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