Pierce College will host a Transfer Day and College Fair to help students learn more about University of California, California State University and out of state public and private schools.
Recruiters will provide students with flyers, programs, and core information for the entire process of transferring.
“We have workshops covering everything from appointments to personal statements,” Transfer Center assistant Joe Garcia said. “In addition, we have events from transferring college fair, UCLA/CSUN days, as well as on-campus visits from area colleges and recruiters.”
As many as 40 different schools such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), California State University, Northridge (CSUN), University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Arizona State University (ASU) will participate.
“There have been occasions where we’ve had more than 60 schools,” Garcia said. “But we’ve never had less than 40.”
Pierce sent over 100 invitations to local, private and out of state colleges to guarantee them a space in the event. Those invitations are based upon the information from the workshops and students’ one-on-one consultations with the counselors.
“We try to target the big schools that a lot of students want to transfer to,” Garcia said. “And about 90 to 95 percent of the time, they’re more than willing to send a recruiter.”
Anaiza Casillas, a 19-year-old communications major will go to the Transfer Day and College Fair to talk to representatives directly.
“I feel like it will benefit students who are going because they can learn more about the schools that they’re trying to go to,” Casillas said. “They’ll see how they can transfer faster and maybe do extra things to get accepted easier than most other students.”
The majority of Pierce students transfer to CSUN and UCLA, which are called “feeder schools,” according to Garcia.
“I work in construction with Sunday Salter, who is the director of the Transfer Center,” Garcia said. “As a result of us both working together, we put together the different options, events, and activities for all the students to help and assist them through the transfer process.”
With the knowledge of opportunities being given by attending the event on Thursday, students even realize their decisions on where to go can either change or encourage them to keep their choice.
“They’re giving us options and we should take advantage of them,” Sociology major Noemi Barradas, 18, said. “Of course I want to attend it because I want to have my options open, especially since nothing is set in stone for me yet.”
Transfer Day and College Fair is Thursday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Mall in front of the Great Hall.