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AVC to host 4th grade pupils for “I’m Going to College”

Instilling a vision for a college education among elementary age children and their parents is the goal of “I’m Going to College,” a half-day event hosted by Antelope Valley College 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14.

The event is open to youngsters entering the fourth grade. Youngsters, who must be accompanied by a parent, will attend a series of workshops and events covering such topics as preparing and accessing college, paying for college, and exploring subject areas to study in college.

“What we’re trying to do is help create more of a college-going culture in the Antelope Valley by reaching kids and parents in elementary school,” said Michelle Hernandez, AVC outreach director. Hernandez noted that concepts of attending college are shaped in children at a young age.

Last year’s event attracted hundreds of young people and their parents. Admission is free.

“This is a fun event. We want people to understand they can attend college no matter what their background or their income. There are great opportunities just waiting for these young people,” Hernandez said.

Event sponsors include McDonald’s, Lockheed Martin, Aerotech News and Review, Antelope Valley Federal Credit Union, Boeing, Antelope Valley College Foundation and Lancaster West Rotary Club.

Call (661) 722-6331 for registration information.

Upon request three business days before the event, reasonable accommodation will be provided to facilitate the participation of covered individuals with disabilities. Call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay).