Road to College Bus Tour Stops in North County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

The California State University and AT&T are once again taking to the road with the message of academic preparation, access for underserved students and the need for future workforce professionals in California.

North County San Diego stops are two of 40 statewide

On April 14 the biodiesel Road to College tour bus will stop at Escondido High School from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. before moving on to Oceanside High School from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.  Students will be invited onboard to participate in an interactive, hands-on experience, working on Mac laptops to explore career interests, majors and courses of study at CSU's campuses; campus information and college life, and financial aid and scholarship information. Cal State San Marcos student volunteers will be on hand to serve as ambassadors and assist the students with questions and information.
Thousands of middle and high school students at nearly 40 stops statewide throughout the month are expected to board a 40-foot high-impact "wired" bus wrapped with the "Road to College: Get on Board" theme, and complete with laptop computers with career exploration, academic preparation and financial aid-planning information.

Tour funded by donation from AT&T

This year's tour is made possible by $500,000 in funding provided by AT&T. A complete schedule of dates and locations can be found on www.calstate.edu/roadtocollege.

"Education is the key focus of AT&T's philanthropy and the Road to College is a great way to get young people thinking ahead and excited about higher education," said Ken McNeely, president, AT&T California.  "We are driven to make California more competitive in the workplace, along with the better lives and improved communities that come from students graduating from colleges and universities."

This is the second time that AT&T and CSU have partnered for Road to College. In 2008, a $1.6 million four-year contribution from the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Corp. (NYSE:T), funded the CSU College Corps program to provide college advising for 1,000 high school students, as well as the first Road to College bus tour.

"Student success is built on having a goal, a plan and the commitment to overcome challenges along the way," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Road to College is designed to provide students with the tools to create a better future. Student preparation is the key to a college education that ultimately drives California's economic engine."

Track the progress via Twitter

Throughout the tour, students, parents and educators will be able to track the progress of the Road to College bus through Twitter and Facebook. The CSU Voices and Views blog will also provide continuous updates and stories from the road.

Who: Over 500 high school students, Cal State San Marcos student volunteers and outreach staff.

What: CSU/AT&T Road to College Tour 2010, a statewide education and college preparation campaign centered on improving under-served student access to the CSU, emphasizing the importance of early preparation for college, and ultimately expanding California's professional workforce.

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where:  Escondido High School (1535 North Broadway) from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. and Oceanside High School (1 Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside) from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.

Why: Students will be invited onboard to participate in an interactive, hands-on experience, working on Mac laptops to explore career interests, majors and courses of study at CSU's campuses; campus information and college life, and financial aid and scholarship information. Cal State San Marcos student volunteers will be on hand to serve as ambassadors and assist the students with questions and information.