February 11, 2004

College tour video
featuring CSUS airs Feb. 20

California State University, Sacramento is featured in a new televised tour of four California colleges that will premiere on KVIE Channel 6 at 3 and 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20. It will also be shown on other California stations throughout March and April.

The half-hour video, called Kids on Campus, includes footage of tours given by college students from each of four campuses – CSUS, Occidental College, Santa Ana College and UC Berkeley. In it, middle school students are shown exploring geology labs and the University Union at CSUS, Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, recreational facilities at Occidental and more. Many are then interviewed about the experience.

The goal is to make college feel more accessible and to get kids thinking about higher education before they even start high school.

The video was produced by Joyce Mitchell, an independent Sacramento producer who often teaches broadcast classes at CSUS. It was made through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of California State GEAR UP, a program that promotes college to middle school students.

“With all the budget cuts, many middle-schoolers, especially the under-represented, never get the opportunity to visit or see a college campus,” Mitchell says. “That makes higher education almost elusive, something almost out of reach. The Kids on Campus video offers students and parents a glimpse of what a college campus looks like, taking some of the mystery and mystique out of what it might be like to attend.”

Media assistance is available by contacting Mitchell at (916) 480-9770 or the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156. The California GEAR UP website is at www.castategearup.org.

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