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College Week served thousands of students virtually

San Juan Unified held its Virtual College Week from Sept. 13 to 17 to bring together high school students and top university representatives.  

The week kicked off with a spirit day encouraging students to wear their college gear, followed by a Naviance night. Naviance is a college, career and self-exploration platform available to San Juan Unified students in grades 6 to 12.

“Naviance Night was fun!” said College and Career Readiness Counselor Julia Roesser. “We had the opportunity to teach students and families how to use the college search tools available to them. We had over 1,000 people register which is exciting because it shows people are interested in learning more.”

By day three, more than 200 students took their shot at a chance at an acceptance letter from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). This night aimed at allowing students of all races to learn more about colleges they may not have heard about. 

“The teams at our high schools made HBCU night an accessible opportunity for all of their students,” said Omar Field Ridley, Director of Equity and Student Achievement. “That is phenomenal and speaks to the way that we can support the interests and talents of our students.”

On Thursday, the College and Career Readiness Department hosted College Night, where students heard presentations from 24 different colleges and universities.

Roesser said her department received great feedback on the event, adding that one student missed the end of the event raffle because they were having a great conversation with a college rep.

The week ended with a swag bag pick up for all attendees, bringing back a fun social aspect of college week that hadn’t been fulfilled virtually.