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Students learn about college on Super Sunday


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Representatives from Sacramento State visited three churches in Sacramento’s African American community on Sunday, Feb. 19, urging young people to start thinking now about a college education.

University President Alexander Gonzalez visited St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley stopped by St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and College of Education Dean Vanessa Sheared addressed the congregation at Antioch Progressive Church.

The visits were part of the California State University system’s Super Sunday, when CSU officials fan out across the state to spread the word about higher education.

“Our message at Super Sunday is that preparation is key to attending college. Education is one thing that can build our communities, and Sacramento State is ready to help,” said Gonzalez.

Sheley noted that, during this economic crisis, people need to stop thinking of education as an expense. “We need, all of us need, to begin looking at higher education – education in general actually, high school, middle school, grade school – as an investment in California’s future. It’s an investment in our state.”

Sheared stressed the importance of getting an early start. “In order to earn a college degree, early academic preparation is essential,” she said.

Following each presentation, students and their parents stopped to chat with members of Sacramento State’s Admissions and Outreach office, Financial Aid and Educational Opportunity Program to learn about the details of applying to college.

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– Craig Koscho