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Sacramento State partnership
help parents guide kids toward college
Sacramento State has joined a statewide partnership to increase
the number of students who are eligible to attend college. The University is
among 23 campuses in the California State University system that will work with
the Parent Institute for Quality Education, or PIQE, to strengthen parental
involvement in preparing elementary and middle school students for higher education.
The University will partner with Sacramento-area schools to identify parents
of Latino and other underserved populations to take part.
“One-third of our students come from families where one or both parents
did not attend college,” said Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez.
“We see our involvement with the PIQE program as a significant step in
helping us attract more of these first-generation students by showing their
parents that a college education is not only attainable, but vital.”
The San Diego-based Parent Institute for Quality Education offers nine-week
training programs where parents learn how to improve performance in the classroom,
enhance the parent/child relationship, motivate their child to stay in school
and identify steps to help their child attend a college or university. Class
sessions are taught in English, Spanish and 12 other languages, and are offered
in morning and evening sessions. The course content is customizable for each
parent and can address such issues as home-school collaboration, motivation
and self-esteem, communication and discipline, drug and gang awareness, and
college and career selection. The training will be provided by PIQE facilitators.
Children whose parents “graduate” from the Sacramento State-affiliated
PIQE program will receive an identity card that reserves them a space at the
University if they meet the minimum admission requirements when they graduate
from high school.
Since its inception in 1987, PIQE has graduated more than 350,000 parents and
guardians. It is credited with developing and implementing a model for increasing
parent involvement in K-12 where parent participation has been difficult to
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed will provide $75,000 in funding over the next
three years for CSU campuses statewide to partner with local schools. PIQE will
match this amount and host schools will cover a portion of the program costs.
For more information, contact Phil Garcia, Sacramento State executive director
for Governmental and Civic Affairs at (916) 278-6710. Media assistance is available
by contacting the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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