NORWALK - Nearly 700 local high school students toured Cerritos College on April 27 as part of Senior Preview Day.Students from John Glenn High School in Norwalk joined students from Downey and South Gate for the half-day event. "We are always excited to showcase our campus to high school seniors and counselors through Senior Preview Day, which is now in its 14th year," said Shirley Arceo, coordinator of school relations who orchestrates the event. "This year's event was another success, thanks to 40 volunteers from various student clubs and organizations - the largest number in the event's history." Activities began with a welcome rally in the Falcon Stadium - complete with a DJ, dancing contests, games, prizes and beach balls. Following the rally, groups of visiting students were assigned guides who led them to faculty presentations and facility tours. Following a morning filled with exploration of academic and vocational options, students were provided a free lunch and entertainment by the Cerritos College Music Department. Music students performed as part of their final for class. A booth fair offering prospective students access to resources such as academic and vocational programs, student services and student clubs was held in Falcon Square. The event brought the first food truck - Hot Dog on a Stick - to the Cerritos College campus. The college also hosted a luncheon for high school counselors where specific programs and services were highlighted. Emceed by ASCC student senator and peer counselor Santiago Zuniga, the luncheon provided the counselors with key information for their seniors transitioning from high school to college. Every year, Senior Preview Day introduces high school seniors to Cerritos College's academic and career technical education programs, student services, student life and athletic programs. The event showcases the college and presents individualized program options to high school seniors. College student volunteers and peer counselors give campus tours to the high school seniors and participate in an array of presentations. "The Welcome Rally was very energetic, and the campus tour highlighted friendly staff, faculty and great services," said one high school senior, who declined to give her name. Senior Preview Day is coordinated by Cerritos College's Office of Public Affairs that collaborates with the campus community. For more information on volunteer and sponsorship opportunities with Cerritos College, call Shirley Arceo at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2129.
********** Published: May 17, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 05