Fresno State and the Fresno Unified School District have announced a partnership to provide guidance services and counselor training to promote a college-going culture in district schools.

Fresno State, Fresno Unified announce partnership

Fresno State and the Fresno Unified School District have announced a partnership to provide guidance services and counselor training to promote a college-going culture in district schools.

The agreement was announced today, Sept. 29, at the California State University and AT&T Road to College Tour outreach event, held at Bullard high school.

“The Fresno State and Fresno Unified partnership aims to increase the number of college-ready students graduating from Fresno high schools,” said Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson. “Both Fresno State and Fresno Unified have the qualified staff, materials and equipment to provide the services outlined by this partnership.”

Among the initiatives is a College Making It Happen (CMIH) program at each of the 18 middle schools in the district. CMIH is a program designed to communicate to families and school educators the importance of early academic and financial planning in order for middle school children to have choices after high school graduation. Fresno State will provide speakers, CMIH booklets and other materials to students and parents.

Fresno State also will provide College Ambassadors – university student mentors – to each of the district’s high schools to help students maneuver through the college application process.

Fresno Unified will provide “How to Get to College” Guides that will be distributed by guidance counselors to middle and high school students.

The school district and the university will jointly fund a University College Counselor Liaison to work in the schools to promote college-going activities, train staff, etc.

“This partnership will result in a greater opportunity for our local high school students to attend college,” said Fresno State President John D. Welty. “Careful financial planning and academic preparation are the first steps to getting into college.”

  • Hector Cerda

    This is odd. i thought we already have an ambassador program for years that visit high schools, and this story makes it sound like we are just implementing it.
    I also find it strange that FUSD and FSU want to partnership, because FUSD needs major reconstructing and i think the communication to families should be the major factor when it comes to linking students to college.

    Forget the pamphlets and steps to college brochures and booklets. Students will get those things on their own. Im interested in who the speakers will be and what the target locations are? Will it be all middle schools? Middle school is a whole different culture in my opinion. Nobody wants to admit but ill be the first that projects like these, ethnicity and location in this city play a big part in who gets access to the information and who does not. If FSU and FUSD want to make partnerships they should focus on the schools that have the lowest test scores.

    Anybody? What your take on this?

  • Hector Cerda

    This is odd. i thought we already have an ambassador program for years that visit high schools, and this story makes it sound like we are just implementing it.
    I also find it strange that FUSD and FSU want to partnership, because FUSD needs major reconstructing and i think the communication to families should be the major factor when it comes to linking students to college.

    Forget the pamphlets and steps to college brochures and booklets. Students will get those things on their own. Im interested in who the speakers will be and what the target locations are? Will it be all middle schools? Middle school is a whole different culture in my opinion. Nobody wants to admit but ill be the first that projects like these, ethnicity and location in this city play a big part in who gets access to the information and who does not. If FSU and FUSD want to make partnerships they should focus on the schools that have the lowest test scores.

    Anybody? What your take on this?

  • James S. V.

    The biggest problem that I have seen, having worked for Fresno Unified, is that a lot of the parents dont care or are struggling and dont have the time to properly help their kids. Truthly young parents as well as bad parenting are part of the big problem.

  • James S. V.

    The biggest problem that I have seen, having worked for Fresno Unified, is that a lot of the parents dont care or are struggling and dont have the time to properly help their kids. Truthly young parents as well as bad parenting are part of the big problem.

  • thatfresnoguy

    How about trying the program at a school south of ashlan. Bullard istudents arent exactly needy.

  • thatfresnoguy

    How about trying the program at a school south of ashlan. Bullard istudents arent exactly needy.